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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.


Mattie Newby – Ryan Brand to Wed


            Together with their parents, Mattie Newby and Ryan Brand announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

            Mattie is the daughter of Michael and Brenda Newby of Fairfield.  Her maternal grandparents are the late John and Mattie Warren of Fairfield.  Her paternal grandparents are Betty Newby and the late Wilburn “Red “ Newby of Fairfield.  Mattie is a 2006 FCHS graduate.  She attended the University of Southern Indiana for two years and transferred to Colorado State University.  In 2011 Mattie graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition.  She will be applying to medical school in the spring of 2014.  Mattie is currently working at SkinWise Dermatology.

            Ryan is the son of Scott and Angela Brand of Niwot, Colorado.  His maternal grandparents are Dr Phil and Sara Hale of Kokomo, Indiana.  His paternal grandparents are Stan and Bernie Brand of Popular Bluff, Missouri.  Ryan is a 2002 graduate of Carmel, Indiana high school.  In 2007 Ryan graduated from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelors of Science in economics and a minor in finance along with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies.  Ryan will be graduating in the spring of 2014 with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Colorado.

            Mattie and Ryan will exchange their wedding vows on September 15, 2013 in Estespark, in the St. Vrain River Amphitheater at the Wild Basin Lodge in Allenspark, Colorado.


Troyer - Richards to Wed in the Fall



Kyler Richards, together with friends and families, announces the upcoming marriage of his parents, Kaylee Troyer and Tab Richards.

Kaylee Illene Troyer is the daughter of Bruce and Gwen Troyer.  Her grandparents are Don and Emma Troyer and Dee and Willene Welty.

Kaylee is a 2008 FCHS graduate and earned her Associates Degree from Frontier in December 2009.  She will graduate with her Bachelors Degree in Accounting in December 2013.  She is employed part time at Troyer Electric.

Tab Andrew Richards is the son of Ty and Dianna Richards.  His grandparents are Shirley Churchill and the late Phillip Churchil and Anna Richards and the late Bill Richards.

Tab is a 2005 FCHS graduate and employed at American Coal in Galatia.

The wedding will be Saturday, October 12, 2013 at four thirty in the afternoon.  The wedding will be east of Fairfield at Weber’s Lake.  Formal invitations have been sent.

The couple currently resides in Fairfield.

Pennington and Mason to Wed

 Together with their parents, Laurel Mae Pennington and Kevin James Mason
are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.
 Laurel is the daughter of Lawrence and Sherri Pennington of Cisne, IL.
She is a graduate of Cisne High School and is currently employed by the
Clay County Hospital in Flora, IL as a Registered Nurse in the ER. She is
the granddaughter of Glen and Shirley Byars of Geff and Betty Pennington
of Cisne.

Kevin is the son of Keith Mason and Donna Mason, both of Louisville, IL.
He is a graduate of North Clay High School and is currently employed by
Clay County Ambulance as an Emergency Medical Technician. He is the
grandson of the late Frank And Barbara Wascher.

The couple plans to wed on October 19, 2013 at Red Brush Christian Church
in Louisville, IL. Formal invitations will be sent.

Fearn and Bailey to Wed


Together with their parents, Karlie and Andrew are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding.

Karlie is the daughter of Neil and Debbie Fearn of Albion. She is the granddaughter of Elaine & Leon Harris of Albion and Carol & Jack Fearn of Cisne. She is employed at Crop Production Services of Browns.

Andrew is the Son of Sandy and Larry Bailey of Albion. He is the grandson of  Mary Lou (& the late John) Riley of Grayville and Bernice (& the late George ) Bailey of Albion. He is employed at Walmart DC of Olney.

The wedding will be held on Saturday, October 5th at the home of Neil and Debbie Fearn with the reception to follow. Formal invitations will be sent. The couple will make their home in Albion.

Reever and Mourey to Wed


Mr. & Mrs. Clifford Reever would like to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter Bridgett Reever to Jonathan Mourey, son of Mr. & Mrs. Stanton Mourey of Fairfield and Mr. & Mrs. Terry Prosise of Mt. Carmel.
Bridgett is the granddaughter of Mr. & Mrs. John Cox of Fairfield and Mr. Dwight Reever and the late Mrs. Betty Reever of Fairfield. Jonathan is the grandson Mrs. Darlene Mourey of Fairfield and the late Mr. & Mrs. Ed McLean of Mt. Carmel.
The couple has planned a beach wedding for this year but isn’t saying when or where they will be eloping to. Invitations for the reception will be sent at a later time.

Deitz and Doty to Wed

Travis and Gretchen

Together with their parents, Gretchen Doty and Travis Deitz are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding.



Gretchen is the daughter of Donny & Stephanie Doty of Fairfield. She is the granddaughter of Jim & Mary White and Cleve & Rita Doty all of Fairfield. Gretchen is a 2009 graduate of Wayne City High School and a 2011 graduate of Rend Lake College. She is employed as a Graphic Designer at HB Williamson Company.


 Travis is the son of Steve & Peggy Deitz of Keenes. He is the grandson of Bob & Jackie Deitz & the late Sharon Deitz of Mt. Vernon and the late Marsh & the late Marjorie Youngblood of Keenes. Travis is a 2008 graduate of Wayne City High School and a 2011 graduate of Kaskaskia College. He is employed as a Physical Therapist Assistant at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital.


The wedding will be held at The First Christian Church in Fairfield on Saturday, October 12th. Formal invitations have been sent.


Together with their parents, Emily & Travis are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding.
Emily is the daughter of Kelvin Lomas, and Becky & Von Miller, of Olney. She is the granddaughter of Mae & Robert Lomas and June & Steve Jones of Olney. Emily is a 2007 graduate of East Richland High School and a 2010  graduate of the Olney Central College Nursing program. She is employed as a Registered Nurse at Richland Memorial Hospital in the Obstetrics Unit.
Travis is the son of Dale & Teresa Troyer of Enterprise. He is the grandson of Rheba (& the late Warren) Troyer and Phyllis & Paul Ulrich all of Olney, and Jerry Samford of Flora. Travis is a 2006 graduate of Cisne High School and received a welding certificate from Olney Central College in 2007. He is currently working as a welder on a project for the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company in Metropolis, IL.
The wedding will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Olney on Saturday, October 26 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon with the dinner/dance reception to follow at The Holiday. Formal invitations have been sent. The couple will make their home in the rural Geff area.

Mr and Mrs Joshua Pope


Katie Ann Harvey and Joshua Thomas Pope were united in marriage May 25, 2013 at 4:00 in the afternoon at New Beginnings Church in Fairfield, IL.  The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s father Pastor Tom Pope.  The bride is the daughter of Pat and Judith Ann Harvey of Wayne City, IL and the granddaughter of Rosa Lee Harvey and the late Lloyd Harvey and the Late Clyde and Bernadine Hall of Wayne City.  The groom is the son of Tom and Deb Pope of Geff, IL and the grandson of Helen Tedrick and the late Elvin Tedrick of Mulberry Grove, IL and the late Leroy and Dorothy Pope of Fairfield, IL.

 Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless gossamer gown with a drop waist.  The bodice was highlighted with subtle ruching and floral appliqués.  The organza overlay on the skirt was adorned with floral appliqués and a chapel train.  The fingertip length two-tier veil featured a beaded scallop edge with beaded flowers and sequins.  Small shiny iridescent discs accented the veil.  The headband featured a floral motif with clusters of rhinestones.  She carried a bouquet of silk calla lilies and peacock feathers accented with iridescent pearl sprays brought together with an organza teal bow with a vintage broach that belonged to the bride’s great grandmother.  Attached to the bouquet were small charm picture frames with pictures of the bride and groom’s deceased grandparents.

 Maid of honor was Christe Jarvis, Vincennes, IN, college roommate.  She wore a short brown cotton sateen strapless dress gathered at the waist with ruching on the bodice.  Bridesmaids were Kayla Peters, Toledo, IL, sister of the groom; Dae Harvey, Fairfield, IL, sister-in-law of the bride; and Rachel Johnson, Belle Rive, IL friend of the bride. The bridesmaids wore short brown cotton sateen dresses pleated at the waist with Y-necklines and ruching above the waistlines.  The attendants carried a single silk calla lily accented with dried willow and white berries tied with organza teal ribbon streamers.  Flower girl was Karigan Nicole Harvey, niece of the bride.  She wore a floor length white satin spaghetti strap dress with pick-up skirt and brown sash.  She carried a brown vintage basket accented with a teal bow and calla lilies and dropped brown silk hearts and teal feathers.

 Best man was Jeremy Witter, Fairfield, IL.  Groomsmen were Jarrod Pope, Geff, IL, brother of the groom; Patrick Harvey, Fairfield, IL, brother of the bride; and Justin Curry, Fairfield, IL, friend of the groom.  Ring bearer was Keaton Charles Harvey, Fairfield, IL, nephew of the bride.  The groom wore a black tuxedo, white shirt and teal vest with teal tie.  The groomsmen wore black tuxedos, white shirts and brown vests with brown ties.  The ring bearer wore a black tuxedo, white shirt and teal cummerbund with teal bow tie and carried a brown satin ring pillow.

 Prior to the ceremony a picture slide show of the couple was shown from birth to the present time.  The alter was beautifully decorated with a teal satin background flanked by two large peace lilies.  The unity candle was on a table that belonged to the bride’s great great grandmother.  The bridal march was played by Kristin Musgrave, Wayne City, IL.


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