Garrett and Jill (Hoying) Searcy, West Chester, Ohio, announce the birth of a daughter, Hazel Eileen. Born Jan. 17, 2020, at Bethesda North Hospital, she weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

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It’s being touted as the book of the year — “American Dirt” pinned me to the page with its shocking start and held me entranced throughout; this exquisitely crafted novel by Jeanine Cummins is a must-read.

Congratulations to Lukas Etter, a 7th-grade student St. Bridget School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Lukas was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education News Quiz s…

Though “Everybody Says Meow” might appear to be all fun and games, author Constance Lombardo offers an apt message wrapped in hilarity as a perplexed kitty works its way toward acceptance.

Congratulations to Ria M., a 4th-grade student at Our Lady of Lourdes School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Ria was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! Ria wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education News Quiz sponsors:…

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If you have ever heard someone wonder, on a really frigid day or stretch of days here in Franklin County, “What ever happened to that global warming?” Jody Miles has an explanation for you.

Jeff and Teresa Hamlett, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Hamlett, Kansas City, to Benjamin Angell, Kansas City, son of Edward and Carla Angell, Gerald.

The Missourian will publish a new serialized story for young readers celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial beginning in the Jan. 11-12 issue. A companion teaching guide is available here.

This year marks The Missourian’s 10th annual regional spelling competition! The Bee 2020 will be held on Saturday, May 2. The Bee is organized by The Missourian, sponsored by hth companies, and hosted by East Central College in Union.

Kyle and Jessica (Dyson) Mantle, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Cooper Charles Mantle. Born Nov. 18, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Steven Ross and Sandra Kay Ford are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Steven is the son of Leroy and Dorothy Ford, and Sandy is the daughter of Wilbur and Shirley Hansel.

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This time last year, Kara Bell was in her ninth month of a new whole food, plant-based lifestyle and nearing a milestone: losing 100 pounds.

Though we read for entertainment, a great joy for sure, we also learn from the models that literary characters offer. In this month’s Book Buzz Picks, we meet “Visionary Characters in 2020” — a girl with grit who refuses to conform, a gifted artist who worked to make his dreams come true and…

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Sharks to the right of me. Sharks to the left of me. Sharks all around me. It’s a situation in which I never expected to find myself, but there I was, submerged in the water and clicking away with the Go-Pro that is part of the shark dive experience package.

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What does it take to win the title of “Best Christmas Market in Europe” three years in a row? Seeking the answer to that question was the motivation behind an early December trip to Croatia for this self-described Christmas market junkie.

Ethan and Melissa Busse, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Mary Rose Busse. Born Nov. 25, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

lan and Julie (Kassebaum) Sahm, New Haven, announce the birth of a son, Oliver Wayne Sahm. Born Nov. 11, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

Andrew Graham had only met Heidi Nuckolls of Washington one time before she came to him in February as a personal training client at the Four Rivers Area YMCA.

Thomas Buescher, Washington, and Maxie Buescher, Waynesville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Taylor Buescher, to Sean Kearbey, son of Richard and Judy Hockersmith, Saint James.

Nothing makes Tracey Kemp happier than to see her students “fight” over who gets to read one of the new books on the Book Buzz shelf in her classroom. As an English and communication arts special education teacher at St. Clair High School, she loves seeing the teens so excited about reading. 

In this season of giving, books deliver — providing hours of enjoyment, taking us to faraway places or fantastical settings that would be a dream come true to visit. Accompanying us on these flights of imagination are true and fictional characters we come to know, everyday heroes we admire a…

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It was wet and muddy over Thanksgiving weekend, but that didn’t stop a record number of families from heading to Heritage Valley Tree Farm on Four Mile Road just south of Washington to find their choose-and-cut Christmas tree.

Jerome and Donna (Skornia) Kuenzel, Washington, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 30, by attending the 4:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Borgia Church and having dinner with family and friends at the KC Hall in Washington.

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There’s nothing better than a cheery pair of mittens to dispel winter’s chill, but if you want to give a gift with staying power, look to books.

Congratulations to Nathan Rusu, a 7th-grade student at Washington Middle School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Nathan wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education News Quiz sponsors: Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union and Sugarfire Smoke House in Washington.

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The temperature may be dropping, but many of the rides are still running at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka, where the grounds have been transformed for the fourth annual Holiday in the Park, open now on weekends and select days through Jan. 1.

Chris and Ashley (Blust) Allen, Union, announce the birth of a son, Everett Cole Allen. Born Sept. 19, 2019, at Mercy Hospital South, St. Louis, he weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

Congratulations to Chloe Cronin, a fifth-grade student at New Haven Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Chloe was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and she had the correct answers! See them below. wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Ed…

For Gary Meyer, the parsonage at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaufort, where he and his wife, Donna, have been members for 12 years, represents more than just a place for the pastor to live.

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It’s rare to find a writers’ group that is supportive and friendly. At least that’s the reality of many writers in the Washington Wordsmiths, a group that meets the fourth Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Washington Public Library.

Gary and Karen (Myers) Butterfield, Union, announce the birth of a son, Vance Butterfield. Born Nov. 4, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce.

David and Virginia Young celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary recently. Mr. Young and the former Miss Martin were united in marriage Sept. 26, 1964.

Gary and Karen (Myers) Butterfield, Union, announce the birth of a son, Vance Butterfield. Born Nov. 4, 2019, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce.

Tracy and Dorothy Brown, Gerald, will soon celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary. Mr. Brown and the former Dorothy Ware were united in marriage Dec. 18, 1948.

Congratulations to Josie K., a 7th-grade student at St. Gertrude School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Josie was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and she had the correct answers! See them below. Josie wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education …

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Certain items carry deep meaning—a lace tablecloth that’s Aunt Betty’s, a teapot from Nana’s china cabinet, or a stamp collection passed down by Uncle Harry. “Around the Table That Grandad Built,” by Melanie Heuiser Hill, focuses on a cherished, handmade piece of furniture.

Glenn and Mary Ann (Struckhoff) Kluesner, Augusta, were joined together in holy matrimony Nov. 15, 1969, at Immaculate Conception Church in Augusta. With much love, faith and dedication they raised three children, Dan Kluesner (wife Tina), Sarah Peper (husband Tony) and Rachel Bley (husband Greg).