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Ruth Naomi Sifford

  Ruth Naomi Sifford, 87, of Carlinville, passed away at her residence on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 at 8:39 p.m. She was born May 10, 1935, in Missouri to Jasper Dover and Edna Chapell Willard. She married Jerry Sifford in 1953.  He preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 2022. Ruth worked at Drury’s Care…

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Imo Jean Merrick

  Imo Jean Merrick (Gross), 91, of Carlinville, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023 at Heritage Health Care facility in Carlinville. Imo (Jean) was born Nov. 3, 1931 to Lester and Cora Gross in Jersey County. She married Stewart Merrick, on March 15, 1970, in Kansas City, Mo., and he passed away Sept. 11,…

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Norma J. Hammann

  Norma J. Hammann, 98 of Carlinville, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 29, 2023, at Heritage Health Care in Carlinville. Norma was born March 5, 1924, in Carlinville, a daughter of William F. and Edna Lawrence Culp. Norma graduated from Carlinville High School in 1941.  She married Carl E. Hammann Nov. 14, 1943 in Carlinville.…

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Jeanette M. Tongate

  Jeanette M. Tongate, 79, of Roodhouse, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 26, 2023,  at her residence in Roodhouse. Jeanette was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Havana, a daughter of Loren and Lutha Mae (Close) Turner. She retired from the Chesterfield Tavern as a bartender. Jeanette loved her cats and enjoyed their company. Jeanette is…

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Robert Lee Gooding

  Robert Lee Gooding, 81, of Carlinville, passed on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023 at Hallmark Health Care in Carlinville. Robert was born April 27, 1941 in Chapin. He married Carole Eller on May 4, 1962. Bob retired from Monterey Coal Mine after 33 years of service. He loved fishing, camping, and spending time with his…

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Staunton girls rally from 16 down, swipe county title from Gillespie

  Carlinville beats North Mac for third place; Southwestern ends 15-game slide By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter In 1995, Corrie Allan led Staunton to a championship win over Gillespie at the Macoupin County Tournament as a player. 28 years later, she got to witness that same celebration all over again as a coach. On…

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Season concludes for county bowlers at sectionals

  By JACKSON WILSON Enquirer Democrat Reporter Four Macoupin County bowlers traveled to the Camelot Bowl in Collinsville to compete at an Illinois High School Association sectional Jan. 21. Three bowlers from Carlinville as well as a lone representative of Southwestern’s team took their best shot at state, but fell short. The closest to advancing…

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Rustic Venues holds ribbon cutting, open house

  By ERIN SANSON Enquirer~Democrat Reporter The Rustic Venues held its grand opening ceremony on Saturday night, featuring a ribbon cutting with the Girard Chamber of Commerce, an open house meal and entertainment from the Silver Dollar Band. The Rustic Venues is owned and operated by Albert and Sheila Hammann and their three sons and…

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