With her new book, “News of the World,” author Paulette Jiles has outdone herself. It’s my pick for the coveted National Book Award, one of five finalists, the winner to be announced next month. “News” is a tiny treasure, 209 pages of poetic passages and scenes that burst to life with brilli…
Michael and Laurie Filla, St. Albans, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Michelle Filla, Wildwood, to Daniel Joseph Stokes, Wildwood, son of Gary Stokes, Arnold, and Barb Phillips, Lake St. Louis.
The names of various countries were written on the sides of boxes stacked up in the shipping area of Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe factory in Downtown Washington. Orders for these world-famous pipes get shipped to all over the globe — Germany, England, South America, Malaysia, China, Sco…
Peace Lutheran Church, Washington, has received a substantial grant to enable its minister, the Rev. Aimee Appell, to participate in the 2016 National Clergy Renewal Program. This competitive grant program is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary i…
The weather was crisp last Saturday night, Oct. 8, as the Franklin County Honor Flight was returning to St. Louis from their one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to see and tour the war monuments. It was colder than what bikers would normally want for an extended ride like that, but the forecas…
The annual candlelight vigil to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Franklin County Historic Courthouse in Union.
The first nip of fall weather had some participants in the 11th annual Run to Read donning jackets, gloves and hats to participate in the 5K run, 1-mile story stroll and Baby Buzz Dash, held this past Saturday, Oct. 8, in Washington.
Twice a month, Brother John Spila and four other Franciscan brothers visit St. Andrew’s at Francis Place, a skilled nursing and medical rehab facility in Eureka, to provide a special meal for the residents. The brothers call it Snack Shack, and the residents consider it a real treat.
Ed and Eileen Best, Pacific, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, with more than 80 family and friends at a gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall in St. Clair that was given by their family.
The WINGS Educational Foundation provides just that for educators in the Washington School District, the opportunity to fly high. Their acronym aptly describes their mission: Washington’s Investment in Great Schools rewards innovative teachers with grants that help educators bring out the be…
A cute storyline and interactive opportunities – young readers get both with “Peck Peck Peck, ” by Lucy Cousins. This charming board book was just chosen as the October Baby Buzz Pick by parent educators with the Washington School District.
Foundations for Franklin County Inc. will hold a Taste of Franklin County event Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington.
Kenneth Sohn weighed around 173 pounds when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army infantry in 1943 at age 18. When he was liberated from a German POW (prisoner of war) camp in 1945, he weighed around 70 pounds.
Ralph and Tonette (Williams) Thurman, St. Clair, are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They were united in marriage Oct. 11, 1986, at First Baptist Church of St. Clair.
Andy and Laverne Sullentrup recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party at the Washington Senior Center given by their daughters, Diane Sawyers and Kristin Hagedorn, and attended by many friends and family.
It’s officially fall and there’s a nip in the air, time for some comfort food. My Book Buzz buddy Dawn came by recently with a gift that pleased the palate — a loaf of her homemade bread. For years I’ve made yeast bread off and on, memories of my grandmother kneading loaves in her farmhouse …
Iron Spike Interactive Model Train Museum at the corner of Highway 100 and High Street in Washington will hold its second annual Trunk or Treat Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting).
As a part of a national movement to prevent violence, Franklin County will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month with several events planned Oct. 4-12.
When the time came for Scott Potter’s adult son to move out of the family’s Washington home because he was no longer abiding by his parents’ rules, there was no screaming or yelling as there had been in the past. They simply came to an agreement.
Chad and Michelle Weiser, New Haven, are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. They were united in marriage Oct. 5, 1996, at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, New Haven.
John Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy (Mueller), Washington, announce the birth of a son, Jack Oliver Kennedy. Born Sept. 22, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.
Elias and Julia (Mueller) McDonald, Marthasville, announce the birth of a son, Rylan Elias McDonald. Born Sept. 26, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
Take a jumble of letters, 26 in all. Rearrange them into words; create sentences that flow, paragraphs that connect. Arrange graphs into chapters, or columns, and you’ll have a book, or article, but not without rewrites and a touch of magic from the muse.
The Holiday Inn at Six Flags St. Louis, Eureka, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. And with it marks the anniversary of two Franklin County women who helped open the hotel’s doors all those years ago.
Alec Ingram’s jaw dropped as he opened the pocket door to his bedroom in Washington Saturday, Sept. 24, after a team of volunteers led by Jenny Diel with Special Spaces, Clayton chapter, had given it a complete baseball-theme makeover.
Ben and Kelsey Breitenbach, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Lynleigh Sophia Breitenbach. Born Aug. 24, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
Paul Michael and Jessica Ebsworth Steffens, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Winston Joseph Steffens. Born Sept. 13, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 22 inches long.
Ethan and Hannah (Diederich) Bruckerhoff, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Rowan Kenneth Bruckerhoff. Born Sept. 24, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, he weighed 8 pounds and was 20.5 inches long.
The 25th annual Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, in Washington, beginning and ending at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, at Fifth and Market streets in Washington. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the walk at 1 p.m.
Congratulations to Gracia Mehrhoff, a 6th-grade student in Miranda Straatmann’s class at Marthasville Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Gracia wins a $15 gift certificate to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this Missourian In Education News Quiz.
The Pulliam family of Gray Summit will be participating in the third annual St. Louis Walk for Victory for the Marfan Foundation Sunday, Oct. 9, at Queeny Park in Ballwin. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
People who live along the Missouri River Valley probably all know some of its historical details — like the Lewis and Clark expedition that came through in 1804 and 1806 or the German immigration in this area or the steamboats that went up and down the river — but what was it like actually t…
Join me in a remembered trip to Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Festival, Mackinaw Island, a ride through the Sault Sain Marie locks, a train ride into the Agawa Wilderness and a visit to the legendary Northwest trading post “Fort William” — and there is more.
It had been years since I’d seen Rich and Doris Boland of Washington, who used to live up the street from our old house. Imagine my surprise when I was hip-deep in Sinking Creek, no makeup on, pink swimsuit clashing with my red creek shoes. That’s how I looked when I happened onto the Boland…
Gerald “Fuzzy” and Kathryn Branson will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Oct. 2. They were united in marriage Oct. 2, 1976, at St. Paul’s UCC, Marthasville, by the Rev. Robert Hedeman.
Richard and Bonnie Riegel, Washington, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a gathering hosted by their children and families. Richard and the former Miss Hellebusch were married Sept. 10, 1966, at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Concord Hill.