Michael and Cindy Prinzi announce the upcoming wedding of their daughter, Danielle Lynn Prinzi, Union, to Nicholas Ray Murphy, Villa Ridge, son of Terry Murphy and Kathy Woods.

Ken and Audrey Schlote, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jamie Schlote, Maplewood, to Justin Kussman, Maplewood, son of Laura Kussman, Union.

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“The Diplomat’s Daughter,” a paperback by Karin Tanabe, draws you in from the first page. This World War II novel has well-drawn, believable characters, a timely theme and a plot that holds your interest as the action moves from Austria, to the United States, Japan and China.

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Jessie Cargas, Rosebud, has had a turnaround in her way of thinking over the last four years.

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When the military dog tag that Nathan Pinter, a Washington police officer assigned to the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crime Enforcement Unit, had purchased on eBay arrived in his mailbox just weeks before Christmas last year, he was excited to take it out and hold it, this unique piec…

Kimberly Jo Liesmann and Mason Robert Adler were united in marriage June 17, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington. The Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert and the Rev. Matthew Hardaway officiated at the 2 p.m. double-ring ceremony.

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Twenty years, 1,040 “Sights and Insights” columns, and too many words to count. This week marks my 20th anniversary at The Missourian, the happiest two decades of my working life employed by a newspaper that heartwarmingly serves its community.

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I was giving an eclipse presentation to one of the local Rotary Clubs in the area and one of the questions asked was, “Would it be safe to view the sun through binoculars if the viewer put solar viewing glasses on first?”

David L. and Rose M. (Minx) Dierker, Lonedell, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at a weekend getaway with their children and grandchildren — Steve, Michele, Hannah and Grant Dierker, and Jamie, Scott, Callie and Wyatt Schneider, who hosted the gathering.

Marvin and Diana Harness celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 29, 2017, at the 5 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Parish in Union with Father Joseph Post officiating. A dinner reception followed at Hagie’s restaurant, with wedding party members, family and friends in attendance.

Tommy and Casey Tobben, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Mya Grace Tobben. Born July 11, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 18 1/2 inches long.

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Missourian columnist and author Chris Stuckenschneider and a special guest will be the readers this Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Neighborhood Reads, 401 Lafayette St., across from Washington Public Library.

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Olivia Dulany, 15 1/2, Washington, has only had her driver’s permit for a few weeks now, but she’s eager to get out on the road as often as she can talk her parents into taking her for practice.

Mr. David Griffin, Marthasville, and Ms. Barb Griffin, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Marie Griffin, Marthasville, to Nicholas Adam Mebruer, Marthasville, son of Patricia Mebruer, Marthasville, and the late Paul Mebruer.

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Swimming in tomatoes or up to your ears in cucumbers? It’s bumper-crop-time, produce ripening on the vine.

Travis and Lauren (Rothschild) Summers, Marthasville, announce the birth of a daughter, Samantha Mae Summers. Born July 11, 2017, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, she weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Matt and Gwenn Wright, Union, announce the birth of a son, Cormac Nolan Wright. Born Aug. 2, 2017, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, he weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces.

Newsbee takes his cue from Old MacDonald this month by suggesting some awesome rural reads for hayseeds in Buzzville. Your bee buddy is blowing his horn about his “Down on the Farm” theme — thumb’s up books for August. Don’t be sheepish, read one of his picks and send your review to the hive…

Joy Wunderlich and Matthey Barnes were united in marriage July 15, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington. Pastor Mark Bangert officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Danny and Laura Hillerman, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Molly Marie Hillerman, St. Joseph, to Austin Wade Hamilton, St. Joseph, son of Rusty Hamilton and Rhonda Hamilton, both of Butler.

Cynthia Perkins Ingram and Shavar Ingram, Robertsville, announce the birth of a son, Elijah Robert Ingram. Born July 16, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7.7 pounds.

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Prior to the start of the Washington Town and Country Fair Queen contest Wednesday evening, Natalie Ruether, Washington, had made plans with a friend to meet after the program so they could watch bull riding together.

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We crossed over the Iowa-Missouri border recently on our way home from a getaway to escape the heat. The weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, was cool, perfect for riding the area’s 100-plus miles of paved bike trails without sweating your pedal pushers off.

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Citizens lined the streets waving flags and cheering as local first responders — firefighters, police officers, EMS workers — and dozens of Freedom Riders turned out Tuesday morning to escort the 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit to its place at the Washington Town and Country Fairgrounds.

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With the Washington Town and Country Fair kicking off this week there’ll be an influx of visitors coming to town. Hopefully many will drive along our riverfront and have a look at our historic center.

Alaina Arnold and David Rogers were united in marriage June 18, 2017, in an outdoor ceremony at Boone Monument Village in Marthasville. Ian Ashby, the couple’s pastor from New Hampshire, officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

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Though we’re in the homestretch of summer, Newsbee urges Buzzers and Buzzettes to continue to swing the bat for literacy. There’s ample time left to check out books at Washington Public and Scenic Regional Library. And to write reviews on my August Picks, “The Darkest Dark,” “Armstrong,” and…

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The Brothers Osborne, a twang-and crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years, will close out this year’s Washington Town and Country Fair with a concert Sunday night, Aug. 6, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Though we’re in the homestretch of summer, Newsbee urges Buzzers and Buzzettes to continue to swing the bat for literacy. There’s ample time left to check out books at Washington Public and Scenic Regional Library. And to write reviews on my August Picks, “The Darkest Dark,” “Armstrong” and …

Matt and LeAnne (Dinter) Westhoff, Weldon Spring, announce the birth of a daughter, Faith Judith Westhoff. Born May 16, 2017, at Missouri Baptist Hospital, she weighed 6 pounds, 4 ounces.

Kodi (West) Gildehaus and Josh Gildehaus, Marthasville, announce the birth of a daughter, Odelia Ann Gildehaus. Born May 25, 2017, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces.

It’s with great pleasure that Mrs. Grace Coppedge announces the engagement of her sister, Amy M. Miller, Washington, to Donovan G. Barnes, Lake Ozark.

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Behind the lipstick, formal dresses and high heels are 21 unique, professional young women who are all competing for one thing ­— the title of Washington Town and Country Fair Queen.

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We crossed over the Iowa-Missouri border last week on our way back from a short getaway to escape the heat. The weekend in Waterloo was cool, perfect for riding the area’s 100-plus miles of paved bike trails without sweating your pedal pushers off.

The day before George Thorogood is set to perform on the main stage at the Washington Town and Country Fair, the legendary guitarist/vocalist known the world over for his anthemic hit “Bad to the Bone,” will release his first-ever solo album.

Kyle and Toni Triplett, Washington, announce the engagement of McKaela LeaAnne Triplett, Columbia, to Herbert Joseph Alferman, Washington, son of Curt and Lynn Alferman, Washington.

Bill and Clare Huber, Washington, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Wednesday, July 26. Dr. Huber and the former Miss Fick were united in marriage July 26, 1952, at Sacred Heart Church in Rich Fountain.

Tom and Betty Fink celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 28, 2017, with an open house reception for family and friends at the Union KC Hall.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved 10 No. 1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying to Me,” and their crossover smas…

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