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Weddings: April 23, 2015


Mr. and Mrs. Michael John Prey

Melanie Joy Scott and Michael John Prey were married on Friday, Mar. 20, at sea by Captain Robert Oliver during a Caribbean cruise with Princess Cruise Line.

Attending the couple as matron of honor was Molinda Scott, sister-in-law of the bride and best man, Michael Scott, brother of the bride, who were celebrating their 10th anniversary. Also attending were Sharlyn Scott, Fred Goedel, Paul and Joy Prey and Herb and Ruth Brommeck, the groom’s uncles and aunts.

Melanie is the daughter of Sharlyn Scott of Williamsville and the late Lonnie Scott. Grandparents are the late Nelson and Madelyn Kottwitz of Nokomis and the late Levenne and Wanda Scott of Pana. She graduated from Riverton High School and Lincoln Land Community College and is employed as a registered nurse in the cardiac ICU at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.

Michael graduated from Center Grove High School in Greenwood, IN and from Ivy Tech in Indianapolis. He is employed at Pilkington NSG in Franklin, IN, as a glass inspector.

After returning from their cruise, the couple are residing in Whiteland, IN.

Weddings: April 2, 2015


Mr. and Mrs. Brady Black

Kelli Marie Thompson and Brady Lee Black were married Jan. 24, 2015, in Immaculate Conception Church, Shelbyville.

Their parents are Ed and Becki Thompson of Cowden and Barry and Amy Black, Herrick.

Matron of honor was Kristin Bennett and maid of honor was Harley Black. Flower Girl was Kyndall Bennett.

Groomsmen were JD Vetetto and Cody Miller. Serving as ushers were Royce Thompson, Brent Thompson and Ralph Thompson.

Kelli is a 2010 graduate of Cowden-Herrick High School and 2013 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She is the agriculture teacher at Raymond High School.

Brady is a 2007 graduate of Cowden-Herrick High School and 2009 graduate of Lake Land College. He is a custom applicator and seed/fertilizer salesman for Miller Ag Supply, Inc.

The couple reside in Herrick.

Weddings: September 11, 2014


On Saturday, August 29, Alexis “Lexi” Marston of Ramsey and Gregory Paul Hays of Tower Hill were united in marriage at a six o’clock evening ceremony held at Coal Creek Village, rural Pana.

Lila Chaplin, associate pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, officiated the double ring ceremony.

The couple’s attendants were Sarah Kennedy and the bridegroom’s brother, Anthony Hays, both of Pana. Bandy Frye of Ramsey, brother of the bride, was ring bearer.

The bride wore a red-on-white floral dress featuring a strapless bodice with sweetheart neckline and gathered short skirt. Her headpiece was a wide white bandeau laced with pearls and rhinestones, and she wore a pearl and diamond necklace. She carried a bouquet of red roses, baby’s breath, calla lily and greenery, with sheer white ribbon sprinkled with silver sparkles.

The bridegroom was attired in casual wear, with a black hollyhock boutonniere.

A reception was held at the general store of the village. Serving Hawaiian wedding cake, apple pie and ice cream were Myra Lyons and Vicky Achenbach.

Parents of the couple are Danny Curtis and Kari Marston of Ramsey, Marietta and Kevin Stevens of rural Tower Hill.

Mr. Hays is employed at Pizza Hut in Pana.

The newlyweds are making their home in Tower Hill.

(Bill Outis Photo)

Weddings: July 31, 2014


Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Bender

Erin Klein and Bryan Bender were married  Friday, June 6 in an outside ceremony. The bride’s brother, Rich Klein III, officiated the ceremony.   Erin is the daughter of Vicki Miles and the late Rich Klein, Jr.  Bryan is the son of Mike and Vicki Bender.

Maternal grandparents are Carolyn Epley and the late Bob Newberry, Marian Klein and the late Sleepy Klein.  Paternal grandparents are Jim Harbert and the late Bobbi Harbert, the late Albert R. Bender and the late Maxine Bender.

Erin works at Caterpillar in Global Purchasing.  Bryan works at Sloan Implement in IT Support.  They now reside in Moweaqua.

Weddings: December 19, 2013


Mr. & Mrs. Blake Berner

Lacy Dawn Sparks and Blake Karl Berner, of Glen Carbon, were united in  marriage at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pana.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a Mori Lee bridal gown by wedding dress designer Madeline Gardner. The ivory, alencon lace gown had a mermaid silhouette and was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. The bride wore a crystal belt around her waist and a veil with a scalloped lace edge. She carried an ivory bouquet with a mix of Vendela roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, and football mums, hand-tied and wrapped in ivory lace.

Matron of honor was Lacy Morrison of Pana. Bridesmaids were Nichole Wallace, Taylorville, Samantha Crawford, Chatham, Ashley Austif, Chicago and Kassie Rudow, Champaign.

They wore knee-length lilac chiffon dresses by designer Bill Levkoff. The dresses had a ruched bodice and were strapless with a sweetheart neckline, similar to the bride’s gown. The bridesmaids carried bouquets with a mix of Ocean Song roses, purple hydrangeas, and lavender football mums, hand-tied and wrapped in muslin.

Flower girl was Joliana Morrison, daughter of Jarrad and Lacy Morrison of Pana. She wore a short, ivory lace dress and carried a bouquet of baby’s breath, hand-tied and wrapped in ivory lace.

Best man was Philip Jostes of Chathan. Groomsmen were Ben Endris, Brandon Dull and Justin Reed, Edwardsville, and Jake Claxon, Normal.

Ringbearer was Conner Reed, son of Justin Reed of Edwardsville.

Ushers were Eric Henderson, Pana, brother of the bride and Lev Furman, St. Louis, MO.

Guestbook attendant was Stefani Beverlin of Newton and program attendants were Raegan Reed and Jaclyn Reed, Pana, cousins of the groom.

A reception was held at 5:00 p.m., at Oak Terrace Resort, Pana.

The couple enjoyed a week-long stay at the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Lacy is the daughter of Steve and Adella Sparks, Pana. Grandparents are Josephine Henderson and the late Roy Henderson and Carol Sparks and the late Gary Sparks, Pana.

Blake is the son of Mike and Gina Trexler of Pana and Larry and Sue Berner, Tower Hill. Grandparents are Dennis and Lynda Reed and Al and Shirley Berner, Pana.

Both are graduates of Pana High School and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Blake is also a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic. They work and reside in the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon area.

Weddings: November 14, 2013


Mr. & Mrs. Todd Hardwick

Tiffany Kay Pinkston and Michael “Todd” Hardwick of Pana, were united in a double ring ceremony at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in United In Faith Church. Rev. Marilyn Rauch officiated.

Tiffany is the daughter of Mike and Sandy Pinkston of Pana. Todd is the son of Michael Hardwick of Bloomington and Linda Gilliland, Florida.

Given in marriage by her father and son, Dylan Pinkston, the bride wore a strapless A-line gown with pleated top. She carried dark purple calla lillies with lavender and white roses and a string of her grandmother’s pearls.

Flowers were made by Linda Scott.

Rachel Reatherford of Pana, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were LeAnna Grissom, Pana, Kelly Williams, Paxton, Christina Pinkston, sister-in-law of the bride and Madison Hardwick, daughter of the groom.

Flower girl and ringbearer were Emma Pinkston and Jonathon Pinkston, niece and nephew of the bride.

Jeff Gilliland, brother of the groom of Mattoon, was best man. Groomsmen were Tommy Delgadillo, Monticello, Travis Pinkston, Mt. Vernon and Troy Pinkston, Pana, brothers of the bride, and Taylor Hardwick, son of the groom.

Decorations were  by Beth Hilton and music by Jill Young and Mike Williamson. Dena Newton, Tisha Miller and Tara Williamson, cousins of the bride, were in charge of the guest book.

A reception was held at Pana Eagles Club.

Tiffany is employed with Trexler & Co. and Todd with Holthaus Heating & Appliance, both in Pana.

(Lacie Whitesell Photo)

Weddings: October 31, 2013


Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Sherman III

Stacie Amling of Tower Hill and Glenn Sherman III, of Taylorville, were united in a double ring ceremony at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pana. Rev. Terrence O’Brien of St. Paul Lutheran Church, officiated.

Stacie was given in marriage by her parents.

Maid of honor was Emma Hallam of Taylorville. Bridesmaids were Katlin Davis and Kelsey Beyers of Pana, Lindi Hettinger, Charleston and Julie Letzkus, Bloomington.

Jamieson Schnieders of St. Louis, was ringbearer.

Todd Buesinger, Morrisonville, was best man. Groomsmen were Nathan Franklin, TJ Shoemaker, Vince Reid and David Schafer, all of Taylorville.

A reception was held at Oak Terrace Resort in Pana, following the ceremony.

Stacie is the daughter of Rob and Debbie Amling and granddaughter of Eleanor DeRochi and the late Geno DeRochi of Taylorville and Martin Amling and the late Jean Amling of Pana. She is employed as an auditor with the State of Illinois Auditor General’s Office in Springfield.

Glenn is the son of Glenn Sherman, Jr. and Tammie Smith. Grandparents are the late Loren and Lucille Smith, Glenn Sherman, Sr. and the late Sharon Sherman. He is employed as a service advisor with Bob Ridings Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Taylorville.

Following a honeymoon trip to Las Vegas, the couple are making their home in Langleyville.

Weddings: July 25, 2013


Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Daehnke

The wedding ceremony of Beth Wilhour and Bryan Daehnke was held on the beach of Cape May, N. J. on Saturday, May 11, of this year.

The bride, Beth Wilhour, formerly of Assumption, is a graduate of North Central College in Naperville in which she earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in political science and Spanish and Drexel University where she completed her master’s degree in higher education.  Beth’s parents are Kim and Mike Wilson of Assumption and Alan Wilhour of Pana. The Bride’s grandparents are Josephine Henderson and the late Roy Henderson and also the late Bernice and Melvin Wilhour of Pana, as well as  the late Doris and Elmer Wilson of Assumption.

The bridegroom, Bryan Daehnke, formerly of Westampton, N. J., is a graduate of Drexel University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. Bryan’s parents are Sue and Glenn Daehnke of Westampton, N. J.  The Bridegroom’s grandparents are Barbara Johnson and the late Dave Johnson of Einnaminson, N. J., Janette Daehnke and the late Herbert Daehnke of Ramsey, N. J.

After a beautiful beach ceremony, the couple enjoyed a reception with friends and family at the Chalfonte Hotel, also in Cape May.  The Maid of Honor in the wedding was Naomi Roots of Allentown, Penn. and the Best Man, Erik Amrine of Baton Rouge, La.

Beth and Bryan have recently relocated from San Francisco, Calif., and now reside in Houston, Tex., where Bryan recently accepted a position as a Chemical Engineer for Exxon Mobile.

Weddings: July 11, 2013


Mr. and Mrs. Rick McGraw of Litchfield are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lynne, to Richard Alan Beyers of Edwardsville, son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Beyers of Chatham.  Rich is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Radcliff of Pana and Mr. and Mrs. Harley Beyers of Oconee.

Rich and Jenna were married on Saturday, June 15, 2013 in St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Burlington, Wis., with a reception following in the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Lake Geneva.

The bride’s sister, Christa McGraw, served as Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Juliana McGraw, Amy Erickson, Lisa Ping, Stephanie Hart and Sherry Lamb.

Mike Steers and Todd Wilderman, friends of the Groom, were Best Men. Groomsmen were Mike McGraw, Ben Kuhn, Brad Kuhn and Tom Wells.

The groom’s children, Bryce and Grace Beyers, served as Junior Groomsman and Junior Bridesmaid.

The bride is a graduate of Purdue University and currently owns and operates a family business of hotels in central Illinois, southern Indiana and Missouri. The groom is a graduate of Illinois State University and is now a Loan Officer and VP at Small Business Growth Corporation in Springfield.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Beyers reside in Edwardsville.

Weddings: April 25, 2013

Andrea Spannagel-Siehr and Gabriel Siehr

Andrea Lynn Spannagel and Gabriel Gerard Siehr of Charleston, were united in marriage at 5:15 p.m., Nov. 3, 2012, at Unique Suites Hotel, Charleston. Judge Brien O’Brien officiated the ceremony.

Andrea is the daughter of Gloria “Dee Dee”  and Steve Spannagel. Grandparents are Gerald and Lola Dilley of Pana and Glen and the late Betty  Spannagel of Strasburg.

Gabriel is the son of Sandra  and Michael Siehr, Mishicot, WI. Grandparents are the late Norbert Sr. and Monica Geiger and Clarence and Loretta Siehr and Sylvia Siehr.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an ivory lace over satin dress with a sweetheart neckline and beaded sash belt at the waist and  a Swarovski crystal headband. Her bouquet was burgundy roses, orange calla lillies, dark orange and burgundy daisies, mums, dahlias and green berries, plus red roses from her grandmother’s casket spray.

Bridesmaids were Melissa Phillips, Charleston, Kim Owens, cousin of the bride, Pana, and Laura Siehr, sister of the groom, Indianapolis, IN. They wore black Y-neck short cotton dresses and carried miniature bouquets similar to the bride.

Best man was Mike Herlihy of Joliet. Flower girls were Ava and Sadie Phillips, and ring bearer Owen Phillips, children of Melissa and Hadley Phillips of Charleston.

Decorations included pumpkins, mums, burlap, lighted tree branches, wood and candles. Music was provided by Big Daddy Frank of Decatur.

Instead of the traditional guest book, every guest put their fingerprint on a “Fingerprint Wedding Tree” to make a leaf. Attendants were Natalie Fedder and Lindsey Lamb of Charleston.

Program attendants were Jonathan and Cameron Owens, cousins of the bride and sons of Kim and Mike Owens of Pana.

A reception was held following the ceremony in the banquet hall of the hotel. Servers were Natalie Fedder, Lindsey Lamb, Carrie Jones, Shelbyville, and Jennie Purcell, Bloomington. Helping with decorations were Beth Hilton and Bekah Simpson, Pana.

Following a trip to Oahu, Hawaii at Turtle Bay Resort, the couple are residing in Charleston.

Andrea is a 2004 graduate of Shelbyville High School and attended Lake Land College in Mattoon. She is assistant property manager with the Melrose on Fourth & Brooklyn Heights Apartments in Charleston.

Gabriel is a 2002 graduate of Roncalli High School in Manitowoc, WI, received his undergrad in political science & German studies from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in 2007 and received his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2010. He is an Assistant State’s Attorney for Coles County.