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Chalanda Courtright and Kory Blank to Wed



Together with their parents Chalanda and Kory are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding. 


Chalanda is the daughter of Allen & Chandra Reever of Fairfield and Scott & Chris Courtright of Salem. She is the grandaughter of Terri J Robson of Fairfield and the late Murel Brown and Art Courtright. The great grandparents are Don & Jean Robson of Fairfield.


Chalanda is a 2008 graduate of WCHS. She graduated from EIU in August 2013 with a Masters Degree in Kinesiology & Sports Studies – exercise  science.


Kory is the son of Dr. Stan & Julie Blank of Wayne City. He is the grandson of Keith & Carolyn Kessler of Kinmundy and Mary Kneemyer of Salem and the late Harold Blank.


Kory is a 2008 graduate of WCHS, he then graduated  with a Bachelors Degree in Biology from EIU in 2012 and is now attending U of I College of Medicine at Rockford, Il where he will graduate in 2016. He plans to practice family medicine in the Fairfield area once he completes residency.


Their wedding will be held on September 28, 2013 at Evergreen Christian Church in Salem, Il with the reception following at the Floral Hall in Fairfield. Formal invitations have been sent.

Pearce and Bailey to Wed

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Jessica Pearce and Logan Bailey to wed.

Together with their parents and her son, Journey, Jessica Joan Pearce and Logan Matthew Bailey are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming wedding.

Jessica is the daughter of Joe and Cristy Pearce of Fairfield.  She is the Granddaughter of the lte Bill Sons and Joan Sons of Fairfield and Ron and Rosalee Pearce of Rinard.  Jessica is a 2009 graduate of FCHS.  She will graduate from USI in December 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.

Logan is the son of Matthew Bailey of Albion and Kim Milligan and the late Leon Milligan of Grayville.  He is the Grandson of Gary and Jean Ellen Bisch of Grayville and Fred Bailey and Betty Bailey of Louisville, Il.  Logan is a 2008 graduate of Grayville High School.  He graduated in 2012 from SIUE with a degree in Business Management and Marketing.  Logan is co-owner of the family oil business.

A wedding and reception will be held on July 28, 2013 at Blue Sky Winery in Makanda, Il.  Formal invitations have been sent.  Logan, Jessica and Journey will make their home in Grayville.

Delbene and Keyser to Wed

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Jim and DeMara DelBene of Sesser would like to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Chynna Leigh to Ethan Kent Keyser.  A July 11, 2013 wedding is planned in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a small group of family and friends.      

Chynna is a 2008 graduate of Sesser High School, and a 2011 graduate of Eastern IL University, Charleston.  She has recently been hired to fill the position of 3rd grade teacher at Johnsonville Grade School in the North Wayne School District. 

Ethan is a 2008 graduate of Cisne High School, and a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  He is employed as the Ag instructor at West Richland High School in Noble.  

Ethan is the son of Greg and Kim Keyser of Geff, and the grandson of Walter and Bernadine Keyser, Geff, the late Iva Keyser, and Mike and Carol Spittler of Martinsville, IL.  Chynna is the granddaughter of Deon and Elaine Seiler, Sesser, and Alex and Lena DelBene, Girard, OH. 

A July 27th reception is planned at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Fairfield.  Invitations will be sent.


Michels and Knackmus to Wed


Wayne and Tena Michels of Ellery would like to announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter Crystal Michels to Brock Knackmus, son of Rachael Knackmus of West Salem and Jackie Knackmus of Vincennes, IN.

            Crystal is the granddaughter of Larry and Kate Michels of Ellery, IL and the late Robert and Shirley Lyons of Virginia, IL. Crystal is a 2010 graduate of Edwards County High School and a 2012 graduate of Wabash Valley College with an associate’s degree in both Agriculture Production and Agribusiness. She is now attending Southern Illinois University of Carbondale majoring in animal production. She is currently employed as an Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay.

            Brock is the grandson of Betty and the late Firman Tipton, and Jack and Cheryl Knackmus all of West Salem. He is a 2011 graduate of Edwards County High School and a 2012 graduate of Frontier Community College with a certificate in electrical distribution systems. Brock is currently employed through Michels Farm.

            Brock and Crystal will join together as one on October 19, 2013 in Albion, Illinois. Formal invitations will be sent out.

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Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnston

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Johnston
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Charles Johnston of Cisne and Mary (Warren) Atkins of Fairfield were united in marriage on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  Charles is the son of Gayn and Mona Johnston of Cisne and Mary is the daughter of Betty Warren of Fairfield and Gary Warren of Fairfield.
Family and friends gathered at the lake behind the couples home in Cisne to witness the ceremony conducted by Pastor Troy Shook beginning at 4:00p.m.  The wedding party consisted of Charles; his daughter, Peyton; Mary; and her son, Noah.  A reception/dinner immediately followed the ceremony.

Blanton and Rodgers Wed

Kara & JaradJarad and Kara (Rodgers) Blanton were united in marriage at the Grove in Las Vegas, NV. on April 8th, 2013.  Kara is the daughter of Terry and Jean Weedman and Andy and Kim Rodgers of Fairfield, IL.  She is the granddaughter of the late Ab and Lola Penrod of Mt. Erie, IL. and Robert and the late Nelda Rodgers of Fairfield, IL.  Jarad is the son of Richard and Jane Blanton of Geff, IL.  He is the grandson of B.J. and the late Raymond Vangeison and Ethel and the late Richard Blanton all of Pawnee, IL.  The couple was accompanied in Las Vegas by thirteen of their family and friends.

Adams and Fagan to Wed

  scan4  George and Janet Adams of Mill Shoals have announced the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Adams to Ryan Fagan.  Ryan is the son of Randall and Cindy Fagan of Mansfield, Ohio.
    Jessica graduated from Fairfield Community High School in 2009.  Ryan graduated from Temple Christian School in Mansfield, Ohio, in 2009.  They both graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, on May 4.  Jessica and Ryan received their Bachelor of Science degree in music education.
    Jessica is the granddaughter of Jake and Helen Bryant of Burnt Prairie.
    Jessica and Ryan will marry on June 15, 2013 at the Wesleyan Church in Fairfield.

Kelley and Hanisch to Wed

of=50,100,100Together with their parents,  Ryan Kelley and Kayla Hanisch are excited to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. 


Kayla is the daughter of Craig & Connie McKinney of West Salem, IL and Jay & Jody Hanisch of Evansville, IN.  She is the granddaughter of Ron & Linda Kelsey of Bone Gap and Paul & Peggy Downen of Freeburg, IL.   After graduating from Edwards County High School in 2009,  she attended Olney Central College and obtained an Associate Degree in 2010.   Presently, she works as a CNA at Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney, IL.   


Ryan is the son of Dan and Deb Kelley of Olney, IL.  He is the grandson of Martin & Edith Miller of Lawrenceville, IL and the late G.L. & Snooks Kelley of Olney, IL.    Ryan is a 2008 graduate from Olney High School.  Currently Ryan is employed as a Team Leader at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Princeton, IN.     


A June 1, 2013, wedding will be held at the Little Prairie Christian Church in Albion, IL with the reception to follow at the Richland County Country Club in Olney, IL.  Formal invitations have been sent.     The couple will make their home in the rural West Salem, IL area.

Pollard and Schmalz Exchange Vows

The intimate wedding of Ashlea Brooke Pollard and Robert Allan Schmalz was held on the beach at the Long Boat Key Club and Resort, Long Boat Key, Florida on February 16, 2013.  Ashlea is the daughter of Jim and Pat Pollard of Fairfield and Bob is the son of Mary Schmalz of Clayton, Missouri and Bob and Lynn Schmalz of Kirkwood, MO.


Ashlea was escorted by her father over a wooden bridge to the beautiful white sand private beachfront where a simple alter was formed by white chiffon draped over wooden pillars and adorned with hot pink roses. 

The bride wore a strapless flowing white gown of chiffon over bridal satin with a chiffon bridal train attached by three chiffon rosettes.  The bodice of the gown was centered with an Isenberg brooch which gathered the bodice to make a sweetheart neckline.  The brooch and the matching bracelet were her something borrowed from her aunt, Joan Pollard of Evansville, IN.  Her ensemble was made complete with the diamond earrings, which were a wedding gift from the groom and a bouquet of hot pink roses.

Serving as her sister’s matron of honor was Alisha Schmutzler of Orlando, FL.  Bridesmaids were Trisha Griffith, sister of the bride, Joni Luchesi, cousin of the bride and Lydia Griffith, niece of the bride.  The bridal attendants and the sister of the groom wore navy chiffon dresses with hot pink shawls and matching earrings and necklaces.  They carried bouquets of hot pink roses.  Averi and Amelia Schmutzler, nieces of the bride served as flower girls and wore hot pink chiffon dresses.    

The groom was attired in a tailor made navy blue suit with white shirt and hot pink tie.  His best “man” was his sister Jill Schmalz of Washington, DC.  Groomsmen were Jamie Pollard, brother of the bride, Ted Toczylowski, cousin of the groom and junior groomsman Eli Schmutzler, nephew of the bride.  The men and the father of the bride were attired in navy suits, white shirts and hot pink ties and wore hot pink boutonnieres. 

The ceremony was performed by the bride’s brother-in-law, Kyle Schmutzler of Orlando, FL with scriptures read by Bill Edwards of Carmi, IL.    Ushers were Will Griffith, Jake and Zak Pollard, nephews of the bride, and Daniel  Alves, who is mentored by Bob in the Big Brother program.  Music for the wedding and the evening meal was provided by a chamber of five string musicians.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were transported by trolley across the resort compound to the Harborside Clubhouse for cocktails before the sit down dinner and dancing.   The entrance to the Clubhouse was lined with lanterns while tables for the reception were centered with mirrors that held a variety of white flowers and floating candles in tall crystal vases.  The Bride and Groom’s table was adorned with three bouquets of fresh hot pink roses and an accompanying table held the four-tier wedding cake embellished with a large “S” and fresh hot pink roses.  The backs of the white satin reception chairs were tied with hot pink satin sashes.  Before the serving of the meal, Jim Pollard welcomed everyone and thanked guests for traveling to the celebration recognizing one lady that had traveled from Germany for the ceremony.  He also asked everyone to join in the singing of “Happy Birthday” to Joni Luchesi and Ted Johnson.

On Friday evening, the wedding party and out of town guests enjoyed a rehearsal dinner on the reserved patio at the BeachHouse Restaurant.  Cocktails and appetizers were enjoyed and later a buffet meal that included grouper, chicken and beef tenderloin was served.

The newlyweds recently returned from their honeymoon in St. Lucia to their home in Orlando.


Rowe/Harris to Wed


Together with their parents, Kristen Ashlee Rowe and Patrick Ian Harris are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.

Kristen is the daughter of Kirk and Lesia Rowe of Albion, IL. She is the granddaughter of Sonny and Patricia Smith of Hindman, KY and Dr. Louis and Dianna Rowe of Florence, KY. Kristen is a 2010 graduate of Edwards County High School. She will graduate from Georgetown College in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. She is planning a career as a physician assistant.

Patrick is the son of Gary and Cindy Harris of Bone Gap, IL. He is the grandson of Lowell and Jean Smith of Carmi, IL and Doris and the late Leroy Harris of Bone Gap, IL. He is a 2008 graduate of Edwards County High School. He will graduate from the University of Southern Indiana in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Science Secondary Education. He is planning a career as a middle or high school teacher.

The couple will marry on June 22, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Albion, IL with a dinner reception to follow. Formal invitations will be sent.


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