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…

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Earlier this summer, 80 college students from the University of Texas-Austin embarked on a nationwide 4,000-mile, 70-day bicycle odyssey known as the Texas 4,000 that will take them to nearly every corner of the continental U.S. 

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Over six years ago, Grace’s Place CEO Amanda Jones began envisioning a second Grace’s Place home, one to build on the impact of the Washington-based emergency shelter for children in crisis. It had only been about five years since Grace’s Place was founded in 2010, but the nonprofit already …

Alex and Lisa (Allen) Breig announce the birth of a daughter, Cecilia Therese Breig. Born May 15, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Genevieve Latting was in search of a new hobby. The Union-based licensed clinical social worker needed something to cure the restlessness she — and her two border collies — were facing amid their new routines. 

Nicholas and Ellie Huesgen announce the birth of a son, Brekyn Juniper Indigo Huesgen. Born June 11, 2021, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, he weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 21 inches long. 

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They’re all what I call ‘stuff you’d find on a farm.’ Nobody wanted them, so I took them and fixed them up. They’re really educational and neat to see.” – Stan Laubinger

Nick and Andrea (Unnerstall) Straatmann announce the birth of a daughter, Greta Michelle Straatmann. Born May 6, 2021, at home in Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.

Megan Elizabeth Hanneken and Aaron Ray Strope announce their engagement. The couple plans to wed June 12, 2021, at St. Gertrude Church in Krakow. Hanneken is the daughter of Dave and Becky Hanneken, Washington. She graduated from Washington High School in 2015 and earned her bachelor’s degre…

Brent and Kayla (Forget) Bargen, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Hunter August Bargen. Born April 14, 2021, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and he was 21 inches long. Hunter joins older brother Blake Matthew, 2. Maternal grandparents are Dave and Sheri …

Don and Pat Kappelmann, New Haven, celebrated 60 years of marriage on May 13. The couple was married in 1961 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. The marriage has been blessed with two daughters, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family marked the day May 16 with a gathering of r…

Emily Melissa Scheible and Richard James Tobben, both of Washington, announce their engagement. The couple plans to wed June 5, 2021, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Washington. Scheible is the daughter of David and Kay Scheible, Washington. She is a 2015 graduate of Washington High School,…

Mark and Kelly (Trentmann) Diener, New Haven, celebrated 30 years of marriage on May 25. The couple wed in 1991 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Dutzow. The marriage was blessed with three children, Jessica Hoerath and husband Ian, Valerie Diener and boyfriend Scott Buddemeyer and Alex Diene…

Laura Anne Bardot and Zechariah Adam Moore announce their engagement. The couple plans to wed October 16, 2021. Bardot is the daughter of Roger and Wendy Bardot. She is a 2014 graduate of St. Clair High School and a 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is employed with S…

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Five Franklin County and St. Louis area tradeswomen made up the Four Rivers Career Center’s April 27 panel on women in trades careers. Instead of listing female role models, all of them said men had inspired them to join their fields.

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Miriam Weseman has celebrated more birthdays than most. Just weeks before her first birthday, the U.S. Congress voted to declare war on Germany, beginning the country’s direct involvement in World War I. On her second birthday, the world was preparing for a global pandemic, one that until re…