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Five indicted on charges involving drug conspiracy

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

According to the United States Attorney’s Office in St. Louis, five men were indicted on Tuesday for their alleged conspiracy and distribution of large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine in Audrain County. Travis and Cody McDonald are also charged with growing over 100 marijuana plants between September 2007 and the present time, and laundering the proceeds of the illegal activity. The defendants were arrested by agents Monday. Indicted: • Travis

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Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

FCCLA students attend national conference

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Van-Far FCCLA students Abbegail Robinson and Abbi Kuda joined more than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference on July 6. Abbi Kuda The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Abbi Kuda, a sophomore at Van-Far R-I School District, was among the members who took part in

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  • Grand Vandalia Hotel set for auction

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    A pair of Thornhill Auction signs are visible outside the Grand Vandalia Hotel.

    An auction sign is currently in front of the history Grand Vandalia hotel as owner Virginia Howdeshell has plans to sell the landmark in an auction scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. Howdeshell lists the death of her husband as the reason for the public auction. The Howdeshells purchased the hotel from the Smith family in the ‘90s. According to the “Vandalia, Missouri: Queen of the Prairie” history

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  • Audrain Medical Center to officially change name

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:49 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. Recently, they announced that this fall AMC will be changing their name to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. This name links Audrain Medical Center to its parent organization, SSM Health Care, which has a care network that extends across four states. It also

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Van-Far/Community R-VI running back Conner Albrecht heads for the endzone late in the game against South Callaway.

Indians football team still at .500 in spite of big loss to Bulldogs

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

The Van-Far/Community R-VI football team ran into the No. 4 ranked team in the state last Friday night on the road and couldn’t wait to get home after a tough 82-14 loss. The Bulldogs’ Cory Hanger tied a state record for a single game with two punt returns for a touchdown. South Callaway’s 75 points scored in the first half were the third most by a team in state history

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  • Lady Indians knock off Hermann

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    A Van-Far runner slides safely into home plate against Hermann.

    While weather washed out most of Van-Far’s softball games last week, the Lady Indians managed to get in one home game against Hermann before the flood games opened. The Lady Indians made the most of that opportunity as they scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to an 8-3 victory over Hermann last Monday. The defense was key to Van-Far’s win as it made just

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  • Little Indians football teams play tough against Monroe City

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Bryson lay during the 5th and 6th grade game.

    — submitted by Krystal Wheeler The Van-Far Little Indians 3rd and 4th grade football team played the Monroe City Panthers on Saturday, September 13 on their home Field. They took the field first, won the coin toss, and choose to kick off. The Panthers were able to work their way down the field to score a touchdown with an extra- point early for a 7-0 lead The Little Indians fought

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Looking back on National Guard career of Randall Watson

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

The state militia-commonly referred to as the National Guard -not only augments the nation’s armed forces when mobilized by the president, but also responds to local emergencies under the authority of the state’s governor. These state “call-ups” have historically been of a humanitarian nature-such as response to floods, tornadoes, and snowstorms-and have served as the highlight of one local Guardsman’s career. “I was called to state emergency duty for the

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  • Nutt – Busbey Engagement

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm


    Charles and Carolyn Nutt, of Vandalia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Ann to Dillion Lee Roy Busbey. He is the son of Lee and Julie Busbey of Mountain View, Missouri. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Van-Far High School of Vandalia. The prospective groom is a 2011 graduate of Koshkonong High School in Koshkonong, Missouri. He is employed at Royal Oak. The couple will wed Saturday,

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  • Davis wins plaque

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Fred Davis

    Fred Davis won the Runner-Up plaque at the “Car Show in the Park XV” River City Cruisers event held this past weekend in Hermann, Mo. Davis won the award for his 1986 El Camino. There were a total of 294 vehicles on display

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Live Line electricity demo Oct. 2

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

The employees of Consolidated Electric Cooperative invite local emergency officials to attend a Live Line electricity demonstration on Thursday, October 2, at 2 or 6 p.m. at 3940 E. Liberty in Mexico. This program is geared toward first responders, fire and rescue, medical personnel, sheriff departments, and other workers that could encounter electricity-involved situation in their work. The Cooperative will provide barbecued hamburgers, chips, and drinks. The demonstration will follow

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  • Farber Lions Club hosts Hunter Safety Event

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:01 pm


    The Farber Evening Lions Club hosted an official Hunter Safety Course, presented by representatives from the Department of Conservation on Saturday, September 13 at the Farber Community Building. Audrain County Conservation Agent Norman Steelman, Pike County Conservation Agent Mike Christensen, Hunter Education Instructor Mike Trammell, and Jim Bradford taught the course from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. There were 44 area residents who graduated from the two part course that featured items

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  • Homecoming Week features Powder Puff game

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Van-Far Homecoming King and Queen Candidates, from left: Kyle Ebers, Anthony Cole, Michael Colson, Brandon Otis, Sarah Motley, Renee Nelson,

    The Van-Far R-I School District is currently celebrating Homecoming Week with a several planned events and activities to show pride in the district. The first big event of the week takes place tonight  on Wednesday, September 17 at the high school football field with a Powder Puff football game. This event features junior girls from both Van-Far and Community R-VI battling senior girls from both districts playing football. Meanwhile, several

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