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The late Orville Rosenstengel

Rosenstengel highway dedication on Oct. 4

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:50 pm

The families of fallen Vandalia police officer Orville Rosenstengel are looking forward to this Sunday when a Memorial Highway Dedication will be held to honor the late public servant who was shot 50 years earlier. The event will take place at 3 p.m. on October 4 at the V.F.W. Hall in Vandalia. There will be finger foods following the dedication. An effort began in June 2013 when Rosestengel’s descendants established

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Four Arrested in Ralls County

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie announced that on Sunday, September 21, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol discovered an active meth lab in rural Ralls County. Deputies arrested Norman Melvin, age 46, Kara Crane, age 23, Paula Feldman, age 57, and Nicole Bosley, age 33. All are being charged with Distributing, Delivering, Manufacturing, Producing or Attempting to Possess With Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture or

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  • Meth bust leads to find of human remains

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    James Robert Lee II

    Dave Moller Louisiana Press-Journal A Colorado funeral home is hoping to get back the cremated remains of humans found in a Louisiana man’s vehicle last week. The remains were found by a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy after Louisiana Police arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, at his home on Prospect Drive for possession of methamphetamine and pipes to smoke it. The story began to unfold on Tuesday, Sept. 23 when

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  • Vandalia Leader wins six Missouri Press Awards

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm


    The Vandalia Leader was recognized this past Saturday at the 148th Missouri Press Association Convention in Columbia for winning six awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. “I am extremely excited that our newspaper was recognized once again by our peers in the industry,” said The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott. “Our staff works hard each week to provide a quality newspaper to our readers and our advertisers. Winning

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Van-Far’s backup quarterback Parker Wallace looks for an open man downfield.

Indians get shutout by rival Bowling Green

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Coming off the previous week’s historic Homecoming win over Montgomery County, the Van-Far/Community R-VI football team was hoping to carry that momentum into a road contest with Bowling Green last Friday night. Unfortunately, the Indians ran into the Bobcats, led by Adam Holt, and lost 56-0. Holt accounted for 30 points in the first half, tying him for the sixth most points scored by a single player in a half

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  • Busy stretch of games end with Van-Far softball getting two wins

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Van-Far pitcher Breanna Strange, No. 44, attempts to tag out a Silex runner at home plate.

    The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team won two of five games in a busy schedule last week for the squad. Their first victory came against Wellsville behind 23 hits in a 17-9 victory. Wellsville made six errors in the loss. “We played with enthusiasm, we were aggressive with the bats,” said Van-Far head coach Wes Rowden. The Lady Indians scored five runs in the first inning. Gina Clausen led Van-Far

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  • Lady Trojans struggle in losses

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    A Community R-VI batter gets hold of a pitch.

    The Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball team was plagued with errors after a handful of losses last week. They began the busy week with a 19-2 loss to Monroe City after making five errors. Mikyla Wagner had a singled and scored one run; Samm Jett reached base on an error; Amber Harrison had a single and an RBI, Danie Jackson had a single; and Chelsea Hoyt reached base on an

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Pease-Straube Engagement

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Straube, of Vandalia, Mo., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kailyn Brooke to Dustan Pease, son of Mr. Ed Pease, of Laddonia, Missouri, and Ms. Theresa Vollmer, of Forestell, Missouri. Kailyn is a 2007 graduate of Van-Far High School and a December 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is employed as a

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  • Ella and Violet King turn 4

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm


    Ella Marie King and Violet Elizabeth King, twin daughters, of  O’Fallon, celebrated their 4th birthday on September 14 at their home in O’Fallon. Ella and Violet’s grandparents are William and Betty Barber, of Vandalia; Mark and Diane King; and Judy King of Alton, Ill. Those attending the birthday celebration were their Aunt Lori, Chase Branham, Brent, Christina, Madux, and Cameron Brown along with some of their friends from O’Fallon.

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  • Class of 1954 holds 60 year reunion

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Vandalia High School Class of 1954 Reunion. Front row, from left: Shirley (Moore) Morris, Dorothy (Seeley) Moore, Ron Tate, Yvonne (Welch) Kline, and Barbara (Meyers) Bergthold. Back row: Alan Williams, Don Bass, David Schulze, Larry Shaw, Lee Smith, Jerry Maxwell, Jerry Breneman, Harold Libby, and Ron Talbert.

    The Vandalia High School Class of 1954 met for their 60-year class reunion on September 13. The celebration began with an informal “meet and greet” at the Perry Junction, followed by a superb dinner. Thirteen of the original 28 graduates paid their respects to deceased classmates Suzie Potter, Lamar Williams, Bill Wayne Smith, and Randell Hudson. Letters were read from those classmates unable to attend. Those attending were Don and

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Vandalia area residents enjoy packed Prairie Days schedule

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

This year’s Prairie Days featured many contests on Saturday, September 27. Winners include: Baby Show Results 0-6 months boys. 1) Ian Hull, son of Lori Allison and Aarron Hull; 2) Jackson Dameron, son of Jason and Sonya Dameron. 0-6 months girls. 1) Olivia Harness, daughter of Alex and Heather Harness; 2) Ceilidh (Kaylee) Montgomery, daughter of Joel and Janis Montgomery; 3) MaReesa Murrow daughter of Michael and Katie Murrow 7-12

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  • Van-Far holds All-School Reunion

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    The Rev. Charlene Wheeler-Williams was the guest speaker at this year’s All-School Reunion.

    Several graduates from past Vandalia and Van-Far High School classes enjoyed the Van-Far Alumni All-School Reunion held this past Saturday night, September 27. Attendees purchasing $20 or $25 tickets enjoyed their reunion time with the proceeds going towards the Van-Far Alumni & Friends Scholarship Fund. Notable classes at the event included the classes of 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and 2009. Renowned

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  • Elvis performs at Tri-County Care Center

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm


    Elvis impersonator Steve Davis put on a show for Tri-County Care Center residents last Wednesday. See video of his performance on our website and on our Facebook page.

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