Brooklyn Nichole Rogers and Sgt. Mason Roscoe Jones were united in marriage Oct. 30, 2021, in the courtyard of the student union at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The bride’s father, the Rev. John Patrick Rogers, officiated the ceremony. 

Steve and Diane (Brinkmann) Hanneken, of Washington, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday, Nov. 7. The couple wed in 1981 at St. Francis Borgia Church, Washington. 

Michael and Amy (Thompson) Eads, St. Clair, announce the birth of a son, Oliver Michael Eads. Born Nov. 11, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

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Much has changed in the nearly five decades since 1976, the year the U.S. celebrated its bicentennial, the Apple computer company was first founded and Judith Hunt purchased a historic home at 783 Homestead Lane in Villa Ridge, moving with her then-husband and two young sons from Webster Gro…

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Over a thunder of tambourine beats, warm voices echo throughout the small sanctuary in Robertsville Sunday, Nov. 14. Just under a dozen people stand and share their struggles and gratitudes in a conversational prayer, with more joining virtually on Zoom. The number is smaller than most Sunda…

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Sitting in a circle outside the two-story white farmhouse that has belonged at different times to their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents, four of the five Koch siblings recently shared memories of the structure, of the surrounding corn and cattle fields that have been the backdro…

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Several piles of brightly colored Mardi Gras-style beads were among the first things people saw when entering the Union City Park pavilion Sunday. The beads sat on a table managed by a volunteer, who shared the beads’ meanings with guests. Blue beads were for people who support efforts for s…

Andrea Feldmann and Clayton Voss were united in marriage Saturday, June 19, at St. Francis Borgia Church in downtown Washington. The Rev. Mike Boehm officiated the ceremony. 

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Just north of downtown Augusta on Jackson Street, an unassuming gravel driveway leads to a site with a story that has been centuries in the making, even predating the town of Augusta. 

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Among the most memorable lines in L.M. Montgomery’s beloved book “Anne of Green Gables” is one that could apply to many Missourians as easily as to the Canadian author. “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” she writes.

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When he first stepped onto the stage, the bright lights warming his face, Gus McAfoos had never performed with a microphone before. A stagehand adjusted the stand’s height to better suit the 11-year-old Washington boy, and as McAfoos began, he concentrated on remembering the microphone tips …

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Among a multitude of joyful and sometimes searing memories from 13 years volunteering at Franklin County CASA, one moment in particular never fails to warm Carol Gruber’s heart. She was attending a “A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail” at East Central College with the 9-year-old she’d been assi…

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For music enthusiasts, peering into Greg Krone’s violin shop in rural New Haven inspires a similar feeling to one a child would likely have while viewing the elves at work in Santa’s toy shop. Work tables display the organized chaos of custom built violins in various stages of completion, fr…

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In the days following the crash that would change his life forever, Greg Kruse couldn’t speak. Amid the flurry of monitors beeping and tubes protruding from his body, of doctors and nurses and specialists coming in and out of his room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, he wanted to get a …

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In almost all of the many community projects that Norma Klemme volunteers for each year, she serves with her hands. From distributing food at the Union Food Pantry to collecting cans and boxes for the Zion United Church of Christ recycling program, her hands are her instruments. But each Oct…

Brianne Sierra Smith and Cody Allan Forsee, both of New Haven, announce their engagement. The couple plans a holiday farm wedding for Dec. 11, 2021, at the Seven T Farms event venue in Sullivan. 

Gary and Karen (Myers) Butterfield, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Chelsea Ruth Butterfield. Born May 14, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces, and she was 19 inches long.

Erik and Leigh Howard, Pacific, announce the birth of a daughter, Aubrey Noelle Howard. Born May 20, 2021, she weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 inches long. 

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Nov. 25, 2020, is a day Mike Bursey will never forget. It’s the day he tested positive for COVID-19 and started a monthslong battle with the virus that doctors told him likely cut five to six years off his life.

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For most of human history, medics and doctors could have done little to help the one in 10 Americans who live with diabetes, a chronic condition that causes people to not produce or absorb enough insulin, the hormone that turns sugars from the food we eat into energy. People with this diseas…

Emily Melissa Scheible and Richard James Tobben, both of Washington, announce their recent wedding June 5, 2021, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Washington. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Mike Boehm. The bride was given in marriage by her father. A reception followed at KC H…

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As the pandemic unfolded last year, former Kansas City Chiefs assistant and Washington native Brock Olivo moved into his Italian girlfriend’s mom’s house in Rome to spend lockdown, where they were only allowed to leave the house for trips to the pharmacy, doctor’s office or grocery store.

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Following an unprecedented year for the Washington Town & Country Fair and the city’s history, the 2021 fair dug its toes in over the weekend with good showings at its first events. The 5K, 10K and kids 200-yard dash Saturday morning and Sunday’s well-attended parade and kickoff party ma…

Ken and Carol Rohrbach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 14.  They were joined by their daughter, Audra Arand, and her husband, Travis, as well as their granddaughter, Lauren Arand, at the Top of the Rock at Big Cedar Lodge. Many celebrations were observed at that time, includin…

Capt. Wayne and Carole (Roj) Lohmeyer, New Haven, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 17. The two were married in 1971 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts. The Rev. John O’Donnell and the Rev. Raymond Scheer officiated the ceremony.

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For many area residents, the 50th anniversary of Six Flags St. Louis brings back memories of visiting the park as children — the heat of a sunny day in July, the taste and sticky sweetness of cotton candy, the smell of  waffle ice cream cones fresh from the oven. 

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When Fred and Serena Stuart sit down to a meal at their Gerald farm, they can often name the exact acre of land that each item on their plates comes from. They grow the vast majority themselves, and other goods are sourced from farmer friends and markets where they have a relationship with t…

Geoffrey and Stephanie (Terschluse) Ballmann, Dutzow, announce the birth of a daughter, Ella Shana Lynn Ballmann. Born May 12, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and she was 19 inches long.

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For Washington High School alumna Paige Hall, the road to success has often been more like an obstacle course than a straight sprint. Not unlike the drills she completes every weekday as an ROTC cadet at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE), Hall’s path requires determination and…