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Stark and Morton To Wed

Amber Rose Stark and Eddie Leon Morton of Fairfield, IL are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
Amber is the daughter of Ronald and the late Wilma Stark of Fairfield, IL. She is a 2006 graduate of Wayne City High School and a 2012 graduate of Kaskaskia College.  Amber is employed by Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
Eddie is the son of Ed Shelton of Fairfield, IL and Madge Morton of Norman, AR.   Paternal grandparents are Shirley and the late Fred Shelton of Wayne City, IL. and Betty and the late Al Thomas of Plano, IL. Maternal grandparents are Ocie Mae Morton and the late James Diggs of Norman, AR.  Eddie is employed at Kincaids.
Amber and Eddie are exchanging vows on June 21,  2014 at Sam Dale Lake in Johnsonville, IL.

Pennington and Mason Wed

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Laurel Pennington and Kevin Mason were united in marriage on October 19, 2013.  Spencer Meagher and Richard Brown performed the 3:00 p.m. ceremony at Red Brush Church in Louisville, IL.

Laurel is the daughter of Lawrence & Sherri Pennington of Cisne.  Kevin’s parents are Keith Mason and Donna Mason of Louisville.  Laurel’s Grandparents are Betty Pennington of Cisne, and Glen and Shirley Byars of Geff.

The bride chose colors of ivory, chocolate brown, yellow, orange, green and red.  The isle was adorned with cream pumpkins and ivory satin bows that draped to the floor.  A burlap runner was used down the isle.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a lace strapped, satin corseted, ivory dress, embellished with crystal jewels, with a chapel length train.  She chose a blusher veil, with small crystal trim.  Her hand tied bouquet of red and orange roses, yellow and orange gerber daisies, green hydrangeas, orange, yellow, and burgandy mini calas, burgandy lilies and green hypericum berries, was stem wrapped with a sheer ivory ribbon.

Serving as Matron of Honor was Kellene Kinney of Fairfield.  Bridesmaids were Meg Yandell of Indiana, both friends of the bride,  Kelly Pratt of Mascoutah and Marissa Byars of Geff, cousins of the bride.  All of the attendants wore a straples, melon, sheer overlay, full length chiffon taffeta dress.  They were accented with a ruched scarf that hung free down the back.  The girls carried hand tied bouquets with the same flowers and colors of the brides.  All of the flower arrangements were made by the brides mother.  Emily Mason, daughter of the groom, was the flower girl.  Her dress was ivory rosettes, with an orange sash.

The Groom wore a black tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie.  The groom chose his cousin, Tony Degner of Lousiville as his best man.  Groomsmen were Wayne Woods and Vincent King of Flora, friends of the groom, and Justin Degner of Evansville, cousin of the groom.  Ushers were Andrew Pennington, brother of the bride, and John Neihls, friend of the bride and groom.  Serving as Ring Bearer was Brendon Mason, son of the groom.  The groomsmen were attired in black tuxes with melon vests and ties.

The Sanctuary was decorated with cream pumpkins, ivory mums and lanterns, staggered at different heights, setting on ivory burlap.  Flowers in the brides colors draped the lanterns.  Flower arrangements on pedistals and ferns adorned the communion table.

Pianist Kim Keyser played a medley of songs.  Friends of the bride, Kathy Young, Debbie Simpson and Valerie Brown sang “Going to the Chapel” as the bridal party entered.  Henry Pratt, cousin of the bride, carried a “Here Comes The Bride” sign, as Laurel began to enter the Sanctuary.  Cousins of the bride, Jay Meagher and Kelly Pratt sang “Captivate Us” during the ceremony.  They were accompanied by the bride’s Aunt, Cindy Meagher.

A dinner reception was held in the church fellowship hall.  The tables were covered with white table cloths and each had a burlap table runner.  Tables were decorated with mason jars and pumpkins, with fresh flowers in them.

The meal consisted of pulled pork, potato bar, baked beans and the bride’s fathers cole slaw.  Dessert was homemade pies.

The pie table was decorated with a ruffled burlap overlay.  Glass cake stands of different shapes and heights were used to showcase the many variety of pies.  The Bride and Groom cut their favorite pie.

The couple went on a Royal Caribbean Bahama Cruise for their honeymoon.

The couple resides in Flora.  Laurel is an E.R. Nurse at Clay County Hospital.  Kevin is an E.M.T. with Clay County Ambulance, and North Wayne Ambulance.  He is currently finishing classes for his Paramedic license.

Many cousins, Aunts and Uncles, friends and family came together and helped decorate, welcome guests, dress the bridal party, make pies, serve food, take pictures and videos, and clean up after the wedding.  The couple would like to thank everyone for making this day the most beautiful and special event.

Shryock and Stopher to Wed


Leah Marie Shryock of Newton, IL and Donovan Lee Stopher of Mt. Erie, IL are happy to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

 Leah is the daughter of Randy and Glenna Shryock of Newton. Grandparents are Glenn and Judi Frichtl, the late Monica Frichtl, and the late Raymond and Genevieve Shryock, all of Newton.  She is a 2009 graduate of Newton Community High School and will graduate from the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University in May of 2014 with degrees in Management and Finance.

 Donovan is the son of Bill and Tina Stopher of Mt. Erie. Grandparents are Norman and Delores McKinney of Mt. Erie, and the late Don and Violet Stopher of Cisne. Great-grandparents of the groom are Alberta and the late Virgil McKinney, and the late Russell and Lillie Yohe, all of Mt. Erie.  He is a 2009 graduate of Cisne Community High School and a December 2013 graduate from the School of Business at Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Management Information Systems. He is employed in the IT department of First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust in Mattoon.

 Donovan and Leah will be married at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Scott Avenue Christian Church, with a reception to follow at the Sunrise Community Center, all in Newton.


Kayla Ping & Kevin Murphy to Wed

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Together with their parents, Kevin and Kayla are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding.

Kayla is the daughter of Tiffany Minton, of Marseilles and Michael Ping of Aurora.

Kayla is a 2013 graduate of SIUC with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. Kayla is employed by the Fairfield Area Development Commission serving as Economic Developer/Zoning Administrator for the City of Fairfield.

Kevin is the son of Bryon and Chris Murphy of Fairfield and the grandson of Ray and Sue Murphy of Fairfield and Mike and Sue Maculevics, of Geff.

Kevin is a 2012 graduate of SIUC where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Sciences. He is currently employed on his family’s farm as a farmer north of Fairfield.

Kevin and Kayla will marry on March 6th, 2014 on the beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Their wedding reception will be held on May 24, 2014 at the Floral Hall in Fairfield. Formal invitations will be sent.


Murbarger and Johnson Wed


Kiersten Janelle Murbarger of Albion and Dustin Michael Johnson of Ramsey, Illinois exchanged vows on June 15, 2013. They were united in marriage at 4:00 p.m. at the West Village Christian Church north of Albion. Bro. Andy Whitten of El Dorado, Arkansas officiated the ceremony.



The bride is the daughter of Lonny and Valerie Murbarger of Albion, and granddaughter of Edwin and Lila Fewkes and Barb Lister, all of Albion. The groom is the son of Mrs. Jodi (Steven) Smith of Ramsey and Mr. David (Pam) Johnson of Mulberry. Dale and Judy Rhoads, Harold and Donna Johnson, Shirley Barenfanger, and Mrytle Kern, all of the Vandalia area, are Dustin’s grandparents.



Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory Fit-and-Flare dress, a Jasmine design with a sweetheart neckline. The bride chose a veil hemmed with clear rhinestones, which was intertwined with the french twist in her hair. Kiersten carried a bouquet of ivory hydrangeas. The stems were wrapped with a white handerchief which was borrowed from her grandmother, Lila Fewkes, and had belonged to her great-grandmother, Evelyn Hocking.



The maid of honor was Sadie Murbarger, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included Hallie Murbarger, sister of the bride, Jenna Turpin, friend of the bride, Jamie Hagan, Kate Jenkins, and Jill Hancock, friends of the bride who attended Lincoln Christian University with her. All of the young ladies wore knee-length coral dresses, and the bodices were wrapped differently for each bridesmaid. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath, which were designed by Nathan Gentz of The Watering Can in Albion. Elaina Hagy, cousin of the groom, was the flower girl. She wore an ivory, floor-length dress with a fitted bodice. She carried a white basket and dropped white and coral rose petals as she walked down the aisle.



Spencer Carrell, friend of the groom, Ramsey, IL, was the best man. Groomsmen were Kris Hageman, Tevis Gaylord, Justin Hagan, Sean Crocker, and Ben Harrison, all friends of the groom from Lincoln Christian University. They all wore a silver tux, white shirt, a coral vest, and a coral tie.



Michael Aaron, cousin of the bride, and Jeremy Cook, cousin of the groom, were ushers. Samantha Eller and Bailey Smith, sisters of the groom, were guestbook attendants. Lauren and Matthew Hagy and Andrew Kelly passed out bags of edible rice to throw at the bride and groom.



Sherrie Turpin, friend of the bride, was the piano accompanist during the wedding. Beautiful pictures were taken throughout the day by Lindsay McDonald.



Following the ceremony, a buffet dinner was served and a dance took place at the Mt. Zion Community Building southwest of Albion.


Friends and family from Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana attended Kiersten and Dustin’s wedding.



Following their wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Destin, Florida. They resided in El Dorado, Arkansas until November while Dustin did his youth ministry internship. Dustin is now working in Springfield, Illinois.

Vaughn and Garrison to Wed



Natalie Vaughn and Todd Garrison of Fairfield, along with their parents announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.
The prospective bride is the daughter of Mark and Dorothy Vaughn of Fairfield. The future groom’s parents are Randy Garrison, Fairfield and Marilyn Garrison, Fairfield.
The couple is planning a small private ceremony and reception in the spring of 2014.   Formal invitations will be sent.

Savage and Kuykendall to Wed


Together with their parents, Jessica Savage and Jonathan Kuykendall are pleased to announce their upcoming union.

Jessica is the daughter of Bob and Kris Hart of McLeansboro, Russell Savage of Dahlgren, and Violet Savage of Fairfield.  She is a 2007 graduate of Hamilton County High School, and is a public service representative for the Illinois Secretary of State.

Jonathan is the son of Harold and Beverly Johnson of Fairfield, and the late Howard Kuykendall of Albion.  He is 2003 graduate of FCHS, and is currently enlisted in the United States Air Force with over 10 years active duty service.

The two will exchange vows November 16, 2013 at the Wayne City Church of God, Wayne City, IL.

Alyssa Henson and Aaron Rogers

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Herb and Michelle Henson, of Flora, are please to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Marie Henson, to Aaron Daniel Rogers, son of Dan and Dalisa Rogers of Cisne.

The future bride is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.  Alyssa teaches sixth grade at Lawrenceville Junior High.  The future groom is a graduate from Lincoln Trail College.  He currently works for Patriot Cable Construction. 

The wedding date is set for October 5, 2013 at the first Christian Church in Flora.

Melanie Bryant and Joshua Scott to Wed


Gary and Karen Bryant of Fairfield announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Melanie Joy to Joshua Michael Scott of Bluford.

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Jake and Helen Bryant of Burnt Prairie and Bob and Regina Reed of Barnhill.

Melanie graduated from Fairfield Community High School in 2008.  She graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  Melanie is currently employed as a post-surgical/trauma nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Joshua is the son of Michael and Marcia Scott of Bluford.  He is the grandson of James and Georgia Scott of Bluford, and Jerry and Wilma Ellis of Mt. Vernon.

Joshua is a 2007 graduate of Webber Township High School.  He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, and is currently employed as an engineer at Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative.

The wedding ceremony will be performed by Rev. Philip Trent on Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Fairfield at the First Christian Church.  Formal invitations have been sent.


Haygood – Nealey Wed


Charsie Ann Haygood of Fairfield, IL and Micheal Brent Nealey of Salem, IL exchanged vows on June 8, 2013.  The 4:15 pm ceremony took place at Herman Hill Village in Hermann, Missouri.  Pastor Steve Edwards of Calvary United Pentecostal Church, Mt. Vernon, IL and Pastor Calvin Jean of the Apostolic Church, Salem, IL preformed the ceremony.

 The bride is the daughter of David and Loretta Haygood of Fairfield, IL and the granddaughter of Mort and the late LeeAnn Dibble of South Haven, MI and the late Ford and the late Mary Haygood of Harrisburg, AR.  The groom’s parents are Brent and April Nealey of Salem, IL and the grandson of Bob and Lavon Pitts of O’Fallon, IL and Lee Otis and Patricia Butler of Sparta, TN and Bill Nealey of Waterloo, IL.

 Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a sweetheart neckline gown with chiffon ruching on the top accented with floral beaded cap sleeves.  The empire waistline was accented with jewel appliques and the bottom was fit and flare with a lace overlay. The bride carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, peonies, roses, and spider mums.  Throughout the bouquet were brooches of sentimental value.

 The maid of honor was Sylvia Haygood, sister of the bride, of Fairfield, IL.  Bridesmaids included Alicia Nealey, sister of the groom, Salem, IL and Taylor Finley, friend of the bride, Mattoon, IL.  All of the attendants wore long coral chiffon dresses with a matching chiffon shrug.  They carried bouquets of hydrangeas, roses, and spider mums tied with antique white ribbon and accented with clear jewels.  The flowers were designed by Shirley Miller of Fairfield, IL.

 Junior bridesmaids were Brooke Dibble, cousin of the bride, South Haven, MI and Mckenzie Pitts, cousin of the groom, O’Fallon, IL.  They each wore silk coral dresses with a lace overlay and accented with rhinestones at the waist.  Flower girls were Morgan Wuebbels, cousin of the groom, Shiloh, IL, Grace Pitts and Riley Pitts, cousins of the groom, O’Fallon, IL. They wore silk coral dresses with a white lace overlay on the top and tulle covering the silk on the bottom.  Each of the girls carried white silk baskets to toss the white and coral flower petals. 

 Jacob Sanders, friend of the groom, Addison, IL was the best man.  Groomsmen were Cyrus Haygood, brother of the bride, Fairfield, IL and Tomas Pacheco, friend of the groom, Sparta, IL.  The groom wore a light gray suit with a white shirt and a custom made plaid coral tie.  The groomsmen wore darker grey suits with white shirts and custom made solid coral ties.  The ring bearer was Judah Nealey, nephew of the groom, Salem, IL.  Judah wore a grey suit, white shirt and a coral bowtie and carried a sign that said, “Uncle Mike here comes your Girl.” 

 Johathan Tolley, friend of the couple, Salem, IL was usher. Chera Edwards, friend of the bride, Mt. Vernon, IL, attended the guest book.

 Chera Edwards, friend of the bride, Mt. Vernon, IL, accompanied by Sharla Edwards, Sung two special songs during the ceremony that were chosen by the bride and groom.  Stetzen Fleming, friend of the couple, Mt. Vernon, IL played the piano before the ceremony.

 The couple wrote their vows and also had a knot tying ceremony.  During this ceremony the couple tied a fisherman’s knot out of thick rope.  This knot is the strongest known and cannot be broken. The ceremony also included a memory table with pictures of the bride’s grandparents who have passed away. 

 Following the ceremony a formal dinner was served at Hermann Hill Village, Hermann, MO.

 Friends and family from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Tennessee attended the wedding. 

 The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Jamaica and are residing in O’Fallon, IL.


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