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Woodhurst – Phegley Exchange Wedding Vows

November 4, 2016
Andrew Phegley and Rabecca Woodhurst were married Oct. 1, 2016, at the Las Vegas Mini Castles in Las Vegas, Nev., They were joined in the poolside ceremony by family and friends.  Melyssa Devine was the Matron of Honor and Travis Pautler was the Best Man. A reception for family and friends was held Oct. 8,... Read More

Minton – Manville Announce Their Engagement

November 1, 2016
Maria Minton and Blake Manville announce their engagement to be married.  Plans are underway for a Dec. 17, 2016 ceremony at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Highland.  The future bride is the daughter of Paul Minton of Maeystown and Karlene Covilli of Columbia. Maria is a 2008 graduate of Valmeyer High School. She then earned... Read More

Jagger Floyd Gregory

April 7, 2016
Jessica and Joshua Gregory of Hecker announce the birth of a son. Jagger Floyd Gregory was born Jan. 30, 2016, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis. He weighed 9 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 3Ž4 inches long. Jagger is welcomed to the family by older brothers, Jakson Gregory, 4, and Jase Gregory,... Read More

Quinn Elizabeth Ramsey

April 7, 2016
Allison and Jacob Ramsey of Columbia announce the birth of their first child, a daughter. Quinn Elizabeth Ramsey was born Feb. 9, 2016, at Missouri Baptist in St. Louis, Mo. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long. Maternal grandmother is Willa J. Bates of Columbia. Paternal grandparents are Craig and Becky... Read More

Harper Kay Taylor

April 7, 2016
Tiffany Green and Mike Taylor of St. Louis announce the birth of a daughter. Harper Kay Taylor was born Jan. 26, 2016. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 18 inches long. Maternal grandparents are George and Linda Green of rural Fults. Paternal grandparents are Tom and Jane Taylor of Atlanta, Ga.

Woodhurst – Phegley Announce Engagement

April 7, 2016
Andrew Phegley and Rabecca Woodhurst announce their engagement. Andrew is the son of Glenn and Gina Phegley of Prairie du Rocher. Rabecca is the daughter of Dave and Connie Woodhurst of Rock Falls. Andrew’s maternal grandparents are Marilyn Shinabargar of St. Charles, Mo., and the late Charles Shinabargar. His paternal grandparents are the late Dale... Read More

Cole Lane Welshans

April 7, 2016
Cassie Oakley and Dylan Welshans of Red Bud announce the birth of a son. Cole Lane Welshans was born Feb. 28, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. He weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Tom and Tami Oakley. Maternal great-grandparents are Eugene and Suzanne Doerr of Waterloo. Paternal... Read More

Walter Lane Scheibe

April 7, 2016
Mary and Aaron Scheibe of Valmeyer announce the birth of a son. Walter Lane Scheibe was born Dec. 14, 2015, at 11:12 p.m., at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Mo. Maternal grandparents are Carl and Carole Brumit of Waterloo. Paternal grandparents are Randy and Robin Scheibe of Valmeyer. Great-grandparents are Ralph Niederhoffer, Robert and Karlene... Read More

Caleb Alan Glessner

April 7, 2016
Andrea and Andrew Glessner of Waterloo announce the birth of a son. Caleb Alan Glessner was born Feb. 5, 2016, at St. Luke's Hospital in St Louis. He weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Caleb is joined in the family by a big brother, Colton Glessner, 3. Maternal grandparents are Randy... Read More

Mabel Louise Jensen

March 15, 2016
Lauren and Colby Jensen of Waterloo announce the birth of their first child, a daughter.  Mabel Louise Jensen was born March 5, 2016, at 12:22 a.m., at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Tara and Robert Schulmeister of Waterloo. Maternal... Read More