Congratulations to Bryson Jones, a 6th-grade student at The Fulton School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Bryson wins a $10 gift card to Sugar Fire Smokehouse Washington, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Feb. 10-11 weekend issue of The M…

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They’re hard to find, books that grab you by the throat and won’t let go — addictive novels that make your heart race. “Only Killers and Thieves” tops that category, a debut by Paul Howarth set in rough-and-tumble Australia in 1885, concluding with a section in 1904.

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A bad dream awoke Nancy Campbell, Labadie, from her sleep several years ago and immediately sent her searching for paper and pen to capture the thoughts in her head.

Dale and Barb Aholt, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Lynn Aholt, Washington, to Joshua David Riegel, Washington, son of David Riegel and Connie Small, both of Marthasville.

Jon and Julie (Bleckman) Ballmann, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Jonathan Michael Ballmann Jr., “Jack.” Born Dec. 27, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

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Billy Rombach had been a student at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., for one semester when he realized he wanted to become a consecrated religious of some sort.

Chelsea Lynn Iffrig and Christopher Rolando Jimenez were united in marriage Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Immaculate Conception Church, Union. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Joseph Post.

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It was a bleak Friday evening, a cold front arriving when I got to the Washington City Park Auditorium. Quite honestly, I’d wanted to snuggle in at home, veg in front of a movie, not drive across town to go to the Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the Parks Department. But I thoug…

Jane Walde Klein and Brian Klein, Mount Vernon, Ill., announce the birth of a daughter, Eloise Kennedy Klein. Born Jan. 30, 2018, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 8 pounds.

Emily Moore, Lake Sherwood, and Timothy Reel, Augusta, announce the birth of a son, Jamison Walter Moore. Born Nov. 22, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Jacob and Jackie (Broeker) Wesselschmidt, New Haven, announce the birth of a daughter, Mabel James Kathleen Wesselschmidt. Born Jan. 3, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Congratulations to Michael McFerrin, a 5th-grade student at New Haven Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Michael wins a $10 gift card to Sugar Fire Smokehouse Washington, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Feb. 3-4 weekend i…

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Win toddlers’ hearts with “Love, Mama,” by Jeanette Bradley, a charmer for Valentine’s Day, or anytime of year. It’s the newest book chosen for Baby Buzz, The Missourian’s ongoing program highlighting quality, hardcover books for children birth to age 5.

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The crowd at Otis Campbell’s was just letting out as Aaron Evers was driving around late one night last year taking photos of the streets in Downtown Washington.

Adam and Kinsey (Meyer) Brinker, Bland, announce the birth of a daughter, Ellie Isidor Brinker. Born Jan. 12, 2018, in Rolla, she weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

Brad and Ashley McCarthy, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Hailey Lynn McCarthy. Born Jan. 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces.

February is National Bird Feeding Month . . . Now that we are in the throes of winter, and the coldest month of the year is upon us, it is a good time to assess how the birds are doing. This time of year, is especially difficult for them. If given a little assistance, their chances of surviv…

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T-shirts handed out at the Union Kiwanis Club’s annual Memorial Day Day 5K Run/Walk for the last four years have had a single message — “I Saved 11 Lives.”

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Sometimes flies get in the honey, making for sticky situations. It happens to the best of us. “Bridging Obstacles” in life requires that we be of good courage, act to right the wrong, and discover new paths to solve our problems. The characters in Newsbee’s February Picks take the high road …

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Three nights a week, spirited voices swell the sanctuary of a church off Highway 100, up a curving hill on South Point Road. That’s where the Presbyterian Church of Washington is located and where longtime East Central College Theater Director John Anglin is applying his expertise as a pluck…

Congratulations to Jamie Freeman, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridget School in Pacific, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Jamie wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Jan. 27-28 weekend…

Sometimes flies get in the honey, making for sticky situations. It happens to the best of us. “Bridging Obstacles” in life requires that we be of good courage, act to right the wrong, and discover new paths to solve our problems. The characters in Newsbee’s February Picks take the high road …

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The sight of half a dozen white doves bursting forth from their container at the start of last year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Washington brought tears to Barb Hellmann’s eyes — and the eyes of everyone present, she imagines.

Mollie Allison Ulsas and Philip Andrew Landwehr were united in marriage Nov. 4, 2017, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Washington. The Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Nathan and Kate (Mantle) Nold, Kansas City, announce the birth of a daughter, Elliot Jane Nold. Born Dec. 7, 2017, at Saint Luke’s South Hospital, Overland Park, Kan., she weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

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It was nerve-wracking having friends over for the first meal in our Instant Pot, a cast-off gift meant for Mom. The gizmo comes with a story, as does our new Swiss pressure cooker, a Kuhn Rikon we got at a kitchen shop in St. Louis.

The best way to start the New Year is in the company of great books. Readers of all ages know that — and so does Newsbee. He’s bursting with pride to share reviews with Missourian readers this month. Here’s hoping the following reviews will inspire other students to jump on the Book Buzz ban…

Congratulations to Morganna Pope, a 5th-grade student at South Point Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Morganna wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Jan. 20-21 week…

Jasmine Denise Roy, New Haven, and Brandon Joseph Patton, St. Louis, announce their engagement.

Jesse and Ashli (White) Hofstetter, Pacific, announce the birth of a daughter, Aubree Elizabeth Hofstetter. Born Sept. 10, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds and was 20 inches long.

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World War II Army veteran and Bronze Star recipient Dean Corsa started building the room-sized train layout that would become his life’s hobby in 1946 in Alton, Ill., with an HO engine that he and his new wife, Lee, purchased in Vienna, Austria, before coming to the United States to start th…

Michael and Theresa Kopp, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany Kopp, Washington, to Anthony Swoboda, Villa Ridge, son of Martin and Donna Swoboda, Villa Ridge.

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When a vacation is over, I look in the rearview mirror, replaying what we did while we were away, and feeling a bit nostalgic. Spark is just the opposite. On Saturday, when we left Florida after being on Hutchinson Island for two weeks at my parents’ condo, he said when it’s time to go home,…

Scott and Carlie Isaak, Hermann, announce the birth of a daughter, Ellie Leora Isaak. Born Jan. 11, 2018, she weighed 9 pounds and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Ricardo and Sara (Hernandez) Neira, Keller, Texas, announce the birth of a son, Sebastian Thomas Neira. Born Nov. 5, 2017, at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, he weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

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An adventurous spirit coupled with unwavering persistence helped Billy Gawronski, the 17-year-old son of Polish immigrants, realize his dream. In 1928, he stowed away on one of two ships in the Byrd Expedition led by Richard E. Byrd. Byrd’s mission was to establish a base in Antarctica and b…

Congratulations Maddy Hassan, a 6th-grade student at The Fulton School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Maddy wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Jan. 13-14 weekend issue of The Mi…

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The bitter cold temperatures felt here earlier this month had at least one winter-loving creature feeling right at home — Kali (pronounced Cully), the Saint Louis Zoo’s resident polar bear. 

Matthew and Heather Mueller, Villa Ridge, announce the engagement of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth Mueller, Virginia Beach, Va., to Joshua Thomas Carter, Virginia Beach, Va., son of Pamela Duncan and Thomas Carter, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

Annette Garth, Washington, and Stephen Garth, Eureka, announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandra Frances Garth, Washington, to Brandon Lee Korman, Rhineland, son of Candice Starke and Brian Korman, both of Hermann.

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Napoleon Bonaparte once said that an army marches on its stomach. The same is true for tourists. Food is often a main focus for travelers, and culinary tours have become one of the most popular things to do.

James and Alicia (Breitenbach) Warden, Washington, announce the birth of twin daughters, Savannah Grace and Rylie Elizabeth Warden. Born Dec. 27, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, they weighed 5.9 and 4.3 pounds.

David and Marcia (Freese) Coulter, Wildwood, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Oct. 22, 2017, with an open house at their daughter and son-in-law’s home in Wildwood.

Katie Lynn Nadler, Augusta, and Levi Jerome Gildehaus, Washington, were united in marriage Sept. 23, 2017, at Femme Osage United Church of Christ, Augusta. The Rev. Carleton Norton officiated at the 1 p.m. ceremony.

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School hadn’t started for the day when students began pouring into Kaylin Bade’s classroom at Washington Middle School.

Congratulations to Phin Shaw, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridget's School in Pacific, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Phin wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Jan. 6-7 weekend issu…