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2019 08/18 – Michael “Mike” Wade Lux

2019 08/18 – Michael “Mike” Wade Lux

Michael “Mike” Wade Lux, 54, of Kell, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019, at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia.  Mike worked at Beelman’s Trucking Company in Mt. Vernon for 21 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He enjoyed cooking and grilling for his family and friends. Mike loved spending time with his family.…Read more »

2019 08/21 – Debra A. (Bowman) Hughes

2019 08/21 – Debra A. (Bowman) Hughes

Debra A. (Bowman) Hughes, 73, of Central City, passed away November 8, 2018 in Saint Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Debra has dedicated her life to those she loved, cared about, and even to those whom she did not know. She has always fought, for an individual’s constitutional rights, for those who could…Read more »

The FIRE Movement

The FIRE Movement A radical new approach to working, saving, and retiring. Provided by MidAmerica Financial Resources   Retire before 50 and live your best life. That is the message of the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) movement, which is drawing interest worldwide.   Adherents of the FIRE movement contend that many young adults can…Read more »

2019 08/24 – Lewis Sylva Morgan

2019 08/24 – Lewis Sylva Morgan

Lewis Sylva Morgan, 85, of Mt. Vernon, passed away at 11:10 p.m., August 9, 2019, at the Veterans Affairs Community Living Center, in Marion. He attended Mt. Hope Elementary and Cameron High School, and served for four years in the United States Air Force. Mr. Morgan worked for the railroad for many years before his…Read more »

Believe It or DON’T

Believe It or DON’T

Believe It or DON’T   On this day in 1899, in Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford resigned his position as chief engineer at the Edison Illuminating Company in order to concentrate on automobile production.   Believe It or DON’T   On this day in 1961, East German soldiers laid down more than 30 miles of barbed…Read more »

2019 08/19 – Cortland Parker

2019 08/19 – Cortland Parker

Cortland “Cort” W. Parker, 71, of Irvington, passed Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at his home. In the early years of his life, he lived in Benton, IL where he spent a lot of quality time with his grandparents: Earl and Pearl Shaffer. His grandpa taught Cort many life lessons that he passed on to others…Read more »

Wise World of Wellen

Wise World of Wellen

Wise World of Wellen Duffel bags are named after a town in Belgium called Duffel, where the fabric for the bags originally came from. One witness of Lincoln’s assassination lived so long he was able to be interviewed about it on TV. Samuel Seymour was at Ford’s Theater . . . and was interviewed about…Read more »

The Gift Tax

The Gift Tax Not all gifts are taxable. Provided by MidAmerica Financial Resources   I’d like for you to meet my friend, Hugh. He’s a retired film stuntman who, after a long career, is enjoying his retirement. Some of what he’s enjoying about his retirement is sharing part of his accumulated wealth with his family,…Read more »

2019 08/16 – Marcia Anne (Schleifer) Sodko

2019 08/16 – Marcia Anne (Schleifer) Sodko

Marcia Anne (Schleifer) Sodko of Richview, IL departed this earth on Friday, Aug 9, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Marcia moved at an early age from Madison to rural Ashley, IL. While growing up she enjoyed dance and modeling. Marcia graduated from Ashley High School in 1965, and later married Kenneth R Sodko on…Read more »

2019 08/17 – Donnie “DJ” Warren, Jr.

2019 08/17 – Donnie “DJ” Warren, Jr.

Donnie “DJ” Warren, Jr., 41, of Centralia, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019. Donnie worked at Swan Corporation. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and he enjoyed playing golf. His biggest enjoyment in life was spending time with his two children, family and friends. Cremation Rites will be accorded, and no public service will…Read more »