Today's Features

  • Kevin and Lauren (Smith) Foley announce the arrival of a daughter, Abigail Paige Foley, born Sept. 3, 2017, at Indiana University Health North in Carmel. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

    Abigail was welcomed home by siblings, Elizabeth Grace, 3, and Gabriel Patrick, 2. The family resides in Whitestown.

    Grandparents are Dean and Theresa Smith of Jasper and Rick and Theresa Foley of Chandler. Great-grandparents are Joe and Judy Hagedorn of Tell City, Charlotte Smith of Bristow and Ellie Foley of Newburgh.

  • Ashley Chapman and Stuart Cassidy were united in marriage Oct. 21 in a 3:30 p.m. double-ring ceremony at the Schergens Center. The wedding was officiated by Jim Adams.

    The bride was given in marriage by Brad Henrickson, a long-time family friend.

    Ashley is the daughter of Diane and Travis Hoffman of Ferdinand and the late Jeff Chapman. She is a 2004 Tell High School graduate and 2007 graduate of Daymar College with a degree in criminal justice. She is employed by Heart to Heart Hospice.

  • ST. MEINRAD – Saint Meinrad Archabbey and its Seminary and School of Theology will have on display a replica of The Saint John’s Bible, from Jan. 12 through Feb. 3.

    The Saint John’s Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the Benedictine abbey in Collegeville, Minn., and remains the first handwritten and illuminated Bible created in more than 500 years.

  • ST. MEINRAD – The monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey continue to maintain a podcast, “Echoes from the Bell Tower.”

    Hosting the audio talk show are two young monks, Br. Kolbe and Br. Joel. The idea behind the podcast is to bring stories from the monastery to the rest of the world, demystifying some of the notions of monastic life and sharing the wit and wisdom found among the monks who have lived in southern Indiana for more than 160 years.

  • Landon and Megan (Culbertson) Hoppes of Evansville welcomed home a daughter, Emery Marie Hoppes, born on at 1:08 a.m. Dec. 5, 2017, at Deaconess Women’s Hospital. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.

    Emery has a big brother, Griffin Orlando Hoppes.

    Grandparents are Keith and Cindy Culbertson of Bristow and Roger and Michelle Hoppes of Anderson. Great-grandparents are Shirley Van Winkle of Bristow and Jack and Connie Juday of Anderson.

    Great-great grandmother Betty Hudson of Bristow.

  • Is there a dragon in your crib scene?

    There should be.

    Each year I check out the crèche in the Archabbey Church in St. Meinrad. The spiritual home to about 100 monks, the church is beautifully decorated for Christmas. In the rear of the church, there is a very traditional nativity set with Mary cradling the infant Jesus. Joseph stares lovingly at the child and there are angels with trumpets, etc. All seems normal.

    Then there is the plush multi-headed dragon, usually lurking nearby, either under the crib scene or in a corner.

  • Karen Damin and Jeff Simpson were united in marriage during a 2 p.m. ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at St. Paul Catholic Church.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Janet Damin of Tell City. Mr. Simpson is the son of Bill and Connie Simpson, also of Tell City.

    The Rev. Thomas Richstatter OFM presided at the ceremony, in which the bride was given in marriage by her father.

  • Erin and Zach Toothman of Plainfield welcome the addition of their first child, a daughter, Jane Evelyn Toothman. She was born at 1:16 a.m. Nov. 4, 2017, at Indiana University Health North Hospital in Carmel.

    Jane weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Mark and Mary Jo Vickery of Plainfield. Paternal grandparents are Beth Foutz of Owensboro, Ky., and Jim Toothman of Tell City.

  • In a 5:30 p.m. evening ceremony in Bloomington on Oct. 28, 2017, Kristen Elizabeth LeClere and Evan John Portelos, both of Fairfax, Va., were joined in marriage. The Rev. Lee Brown officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dr. Joe and Leanne LeClere of Tell City. Mr. Portelos is the son of Steve and Cindy Portelos of Norfolk, Va.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father. Lauren Knight, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor.

  • Erica Wilson and Austin Reed were wed in an Oct. 14, 2017, at Blue Heron Winery. The 2 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Joel Grigsby.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Jim and Lisa Wilson.

    Austin is the son of Ray and Amy Reed.