Today's Top Story

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain President Dave Neuendorf addresses the crowd during a press conference to announce the name change last Tuesday in Mexico.

Audrain Medical Center reveals new name, enhanced patient promise

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Since joining SSM Health Care last year, Audrain Medical Center has been transforming the care it provides to patients in Mexico and the surrounding communities. At a press conference held on Tuesday, October 14, it was announced that the local hospital is changing its name to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. This name links Audrain Medical Center to SSM’s parent organization, SSM Health Care, which has a care

Read Full Story

Local Videos

Local News

Brock and Stephanie Bailey and their Curryville area family after being honored for the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day in August.

Bailey family honored at Mo. State Fair

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Brock and Stephanie Bailey and family of Curryville were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 11. The Baileys were selected as the Pike County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Pike County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  The family includes Austin, Micah, and Elise. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the

Read Full Story
  • Van-Far says no to Amendment 3

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    MSBA Associate Executive Director Kelli Hopkins visited Van-Far’s Board meeting last week and discussed the Sunshine Law, among other topics.

    The Van-Far R-I School Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution on Amendment 3 during last week’s monthly meeting to state that the local board of education opposes the amendment set to appear on the November ballot. According to the resolution, the board notes that the state mandate shifts local control for education decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards. The board feels the amendment is poorly drafted

    Read Full Story
  • Discussion begins on liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals in town

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Randy Senor, of the Audrain County Health Department, addresses the Vandalia Board of Alderman.

    Discussion began at last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting on a possible mandatory liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals. According to the meeting minutes, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird told the group that this item provides for discussion  regarding a proposed regulation for owners of dangerous animals that would require the owner to show proof of liability insurance covering the dangerous animal. The proof of insurance

    Read Full Story

Sports

Varsity football falls late to Thunderbirds

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm

The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team was just a few plays away from hosting this week’s district rematch with Clopton/Elsberry. The Indians took an early 16-point lead over North Callaway last Friday night before falling late in the game, 40-30. “I thought the effort was there,” said Van-Far/Community R-VI head coach Blake Logan. “We would be in their backfield a lot of times, would get there, and not finish the tackle.

Read Full Story
  • Indians JH football finishes with a win

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    The Van-Far/Community R-VI Junior High football team.

    - submitted by Krystal Wheeler The Van-Far/Community R-VI Junior High football team traveled to Center to take on the Mark Twain Tigers for their final game of the season last week. The Indians walked away with a victory to finish a great season with a 5-1 record. To start the game, the Indians kicked the ball off to the Tigers. The Indians defense held strong and kept the Tigers away

    Read Full Story
  • Softball honors

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Two Van-Far softball players recently earned all-EMO Conference or all-district honors for their performance during the 2014 season. Junior Madison Orr received first-team utility position honors in the EMO Conference and earned all-district honors. Her senior teammate Breanna Strange was named to the District 4, all-district team for her peformance in districts. No Community R-VI softball players earned EMO or district honors.

    Read Full Story

Lifestyles

butler-engagement-by-tree

Allen-Bulter Engagement

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

It is with great joy that Mark and Diana Butler of Vandalia announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Michelle Nichole, to Paul LeRoy Allen. He is the son of Marion and Sheryl Allen, of Van- Michelle is the granddaughter of Richard and Evelyn Butler and Marilyn Burgert, all of Vandalia. Paul is the grandson of Colleen Wright, of Vandalia. A June 2015 wedding is planned.

Read Full Story
  • Births

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Jackson Marshall Lee Olebeare

    A son, Jackson Marshall Lee Olebeare, was born to Marlena Jones and Lee Olebeare, of Vandalia, on October 7 at SSM Audrain Hospital in Mexico, Mo. The little man weighed 5 lbs., 14 ozs., and was 18 1/4 inches long. His grandparents are Joe and Pat Jones, of Mexico, and Fred and Theressa Crandell.

    Read Full Story
  • Waters family gathers for reunion

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

    The descendants of Shelah Waters, of Tennessee, gathered on September 28 for the annual Waters Reunion held at The Junction Restaurant in Perry. Several family members attended the Centennial of the Olivet Christian Church in Center on September 14 when the 100th year of the current building was celebrated. George Waters, Sr., an ancestor, was on the first official board when the Olivet Church was organized in 1830, and a

    Read Full Story

Entertainment

Van-Far’s Autumn Sutton plays a drum during this year’s concert held on Monday, October 20 at Van-Far High School.

Van-Far band holds concert event

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

The Van-Far Chiefs Marching Band entertained the crowd this past Monday evening with a concert entitled “A Marching Year in Reveiw.” The event was directed by Alex Cucciarre. Band members first performed three songs under the theme “007: The Music of James Bond.” Those included “Die Another Day,” “Live and Let Die” with senior Warren Kraft on the trombone, and “Secret Agent Man.” The Junior High band performed for the

Read Full Story
  • Vandalia Class of 1947 holds reunion

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Front row, from left: Margie Jean Boyd Burnett, Dale Keller, Dorris Jean Sanderson Breneman, and Norma Jean Griggs Willis. Back row: Ann Riney Wasson, Doris Shoemate Nation, Betty Lee Weiser Blase, and Minnie Fern Wasson Brookshier.

    The 1947 Vandalia High School graduating class met for their 67th class reunion on October 4 at the “Country Cupboard” in Vandalia. At 11:30 a.m., classmates, their spouses, and guests began arriving for fellowship time. Dorris Sanderson Breneman and Ann Riney Wasson greeted everyone as they arrived and Dorris registered everyone. Each of the two tables had a centerpiece of a fall arrangement. Ann Riney Wasson presided as spokesperson beginning

    Read Full Story
  • Graduating Class of 1956 holds reunion in Vandalia

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Front row, from left: Olean Mudd Rohn, Elsie Jo Gore Phillips, Donna Beedle Hanson, Carol Goree Girard, Anita Gatson Allee, Sharon Gore Geerlings,
Bob Utterback, Vernon Dale Bailey, and Norma Martin Conklin. Back row: Virginia Foree Robertson, Billy Wayne Moore, Wanda Graves Bruner, Robert
Askey, Lester Wright, Clinton Winders, Durward Johnson, Richard Lewis, Dean Jones, Joe Hassien, Wayne Atkinson, Fred Coss, Richard Jones, and Daryl
Smith.

    On October 11, the graduating Class of 1956 for Vandalia High School held it’s third annual class reunion with 41 in attendance. An enjoyable evening at the Country Cupboard with classmates renewing friendships and discussing 58 years of “what has happened since graduation.” There was great food, great time, and looking forward to next year. Those traveling the farthest were Dean Jones, Bill Moore, and Carol Girard. Richard Lewis, who

    Read Full Story

Headlines of the Day