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Vandalia’s Connie Kuda purchased the Grand Vandalia Hotel at auction early in October.

Connie Kuda purchases landmark

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:05 pm

When Connie Kuda, of Vandalia, attended the auction of the Grand Vandalia Hotel on October 5, she wasn’t expecting a realistic shot at buying one of the most historic properties in town. With a low starting bid of just $10,000, she was intrigued early but didn’t know how high the price tag would rise. Fortunately, with the encouragement of her husband Jim, she won the auction and purchased the hotel

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Correction: Rep. Ed Schieffer (D) was endorsed by Missouri Right to Life

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Rep. Ed Schieffer (D), candidate for District 10 State Senate seat, was endorsed by Missouri Right to Life. The information I previously found didn’t indicate what this image clearly shows. I personally apologize for the error. Ron Schott, of The Vandalia Leader Note: Local candidates Rep. Ed Schieffer (D)

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  • Voter’s Guide to help you in casting your vote

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm


    Be sure to purchase a copy of this week’s issue or purchase an electronic edition at to get this week’s Voter’s Guide. Here’s a taste of what you’re missing…… Race for District 43, House of Representatives State Representative District 43 Candidate: Ed Lockwood Party: Democrat Campaign: Ed Lockwood for House District 43 Issues/Profile: Lockwood previously ran for the former District 10 representative seat. He founded a successful small business

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  • Drug arrest in Vandalia

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Alexis Page Kasper

    During the late evening hours of October 22, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Vandalia Police Department served a search warrant in the 1000 block of South Maple, in Vandalia. As a result of the search warrant officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officers were also seeking Alexis Page Kasper, age 23, of Vandalia suspected of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare

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Receiver Nick Barnes goes up and over a defender to make a big catch.

Van-Far/Community R-VI football battles adversity in district victory

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

In spite of battling a Clopton/Elsberry team that beat them a few weeks earlier, battling several bad calls by the officiating crew, playing late in the game without their injured quarterback, and battling a timekeeper who seemed to be helping out the home team with when they chose to start the clock, it all didn’t matter last Friday night. The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team forced four turnovers and gained momentum

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  • Both Community R-VI JH teams have success at Madison

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    The Community R-VI Junior High Lady Trojans with the second place plaque.

    Lady Trojans JH takes second The Community R-VI Junior High Lady Trojans basketball team took second place in last week’s Madison Tournament. The Lady Trojans opened the tournament with a 31-17 victory over Higbee. Dalaney Bowers led the team with 14 points. Taren Clark scored eight points, Sadie Hoyt added seven points, and Maddee Gastler had two points. In the championship game against the host Lady Panthers, the Lady Trojans

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  • Shawn Evans hits third 800 series in three years

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:04 pm


    Shawn Evans, of Laddonia, celebrated with his brothers of the Monday Night Mens’s League recently as he reached another Individual milestone with his third 800 series in three years.  At age 50, he has bowled an 810; that is a 276, 270, and 264. Shawn says he has been bowling now for over 14 years. He bowls at Spare Time Bowl & Grill in Vandalia.

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Agape House meeting minutes

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Meeting in regular session on Tuesday, October 21, Agape House of Vandalia board members reviewed the attendance and program at the October 12 open house and 10-year anniversary celebration. The event was considered a great success with both first-time and frequent visitors in attendance. It was decided to discontinue annual open houses but perhaps offer an open house in five years. However, tours of the facility are available upon request

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  • Naughton Reunion

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    The Naughton family reunion was held Sunday, October 19 at the Senior Citizens Center, Vandalia. The day was enjoyed by all visiting, taking pictures, eating, and fellowshipping with one another. After the 12:30 p.m. carry-in dinner, prizes were awarded to the following: Marvin Jones, oldest person present; Breigha Varner, youngest; one traveling the farthest, Curt and Jeanie Athey, Yuma, Arizona; door prize adult, Rachel Harlan; kid’s door prize, Breigha Varner.

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  • 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.

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Faith Tabernacle COGIC Pastor Richard Smith, left, Deacon Joe Walker (backside), and Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda, Jr. during the prayer breakfast on Saturday morning.

Faith Tabernacle COGIC celebrates 48 years

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

The 48th Church Anniversary for Faith Tabernacle COGIC began last Friday evening with a musical and history reflections of the church. On Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., there was a prayer breakfast. Vandalia Mayor Ralph Kuda, Jr. was the guest speaker. A Candlelight Service was held in honor of those members who have passed on after the breakfast. On Sunday, dinner was served after morning service around 1:30 p.m. The

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  • Laddonia Athletic Association hosts annual Fall Festival

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Grand Champion Girl winner was in “a league of her own.” Evelyn Deimeke, daughter of Josh and Melissa Curtis, of Laddonia.

    The Laddonia Athletic Association held their 2nd Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 25. The event featured a Co-Ed Softall Tournament with costumes on players, kids games, a baby contest, and more. The parade was canceled.

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  • Fish Fry coming to Pike Co. school

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The Pike County Christian School Fish Fry will be held on Friday, November 14 at 4-7 p.m. The cost is $10 per plate at the school, 203 East Maple, in Curryville. The menu consists of fish or ham, potato salad, green beans, bread, a drink, and dessert.

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