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Goodwin’s Grocery owner Greg Goodwin, left, and employee Amanda Grawe stand near the cash register. The grocery store will be closing by the end of January.

End of an Era: Goodwin’s Grocery closing its doors by end of January

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

Since 1965, the City of Laddonia’s residents enjoyed having a local grocery store to help meet their family’s needs without having to go far from home. Unfortunately, it appears that era comes to an end at the end of January when Goodwin’s Grocery closes its doors after it served Laddonia as the main grocer for the past 30 years. Owner Greg Goodwin said he had plans to keep his business

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Stoops arrested for drugs

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte releases the following information: On January 17, a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route NN near Pike 277 for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop, a passenger in the vehicle, Heather M. Stoops, 37, of rural Louisiana, was found to be in possession of marijuana. Stoops was taken into custody and transported to the Pike

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  • Elementary pods might be addressed in possible no tax bond increase

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:48 am


    The Van-Far R-I School Board held a Work Session last Thursday night to discuss Van-Far’s facilities and possible upgrades that could become a reality through a no tax bond increase, followed by a passing vote from voters. The meeting came as a result of a community survey taken last Fall that had 200 responses offering input on the facilities of the district. Jay Berendzen and Jon Berendzen, of Porter, Berendzen

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  • Utility deposit policy discussed at meeting

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Several Vandalia landlords and residents packed the Lange Building last week for the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

    After expressing concerns last month on changes approved in November in regards to the City of Vandalia’s utility deposit policy, landlords gave the city a proposed policy that they felt would be best for the city. The proposed policy would include a $300 utility deposit, a two strikes and out structure, along with a need for documentation (city and landlords working together) showing head of household from the landowner (lease,

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Community R-VI head coach Kenneth Jett talks to his players during a timeout against Elsberry.

Trojans pick up two EMO wins

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm

The Community R-VI Trojans basketball team continued its strong season last week after picking up two big EMO Conference wins over Elsberry and Wright City. The Trojans are now 4-1 in the EMO Conference and have an overall record of 11-2. Beating Elsberry In a home matchup with Elsberry, the Trojans jumped out to a 27-11 first quarter lead and never looked back. Community R-VI led by 22 points at

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  • Lady Trojans get two victories

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Community R-VI’s Danielle Brooks battles an Elsberry defender.

    The Community R-VI Lady Trojans carried its momentum from a second place finish in the Madison Tournament into last week and picked up a pair of EMO Conference victories. The wins moved the Lady Trojans’ record to 3-2 in the EMO Conference and 9-4 overall. Home win over Elsberry The Lady Trojans jumped out to an 18-7 first quarter lead against Elsberry at home last Thursday night and cruised late

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  • Indians rally to knock off South Shelby, fall to B.G.

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Van-Far’s Lathyn McMorris goes up for a tough shot against the Bobcats.

    The Van-Far Indians basketball team picked up a big road win last week when it traveled to South Shelby and left with a 52-50 victory. “Tonight was a hard fought win and hopefully is a huge confidence builder,” said Van-Far head boys basketball coach Pat Connaway. “…We learned a lot during this game and to be able to sneak out of there with a road win is great for us.

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Computer Classes

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:49 am

The schedule for Wednesday Computer classes to be held at the Vandalia Branch Library. • Beginning Internet classes will be on February 4, from 10- a.m. to 12:15 p.m. • Step 2: Microsoft Word classes will be on February 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. • Email classes are on February 25 from 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Please register in advance at the library.

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  • YMCA Project’s a go, meeting on Jan. 22

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

    There will be a capital campaign meeting on January 22 at 6-7 p.m. at the Vandalia Area Historical Society on Main Street pertaining to The Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project. When the project acquired the $500,000 from the NAP grant, that made this project official. Pledges are being collected as well as one time donations to help fund and start construction. The sooner people contribute the sooner the project can get

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  • DAR holds December meeting

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on December 4 at the United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Regent Ann Carter called the meeting to order. Joy Davis asked the blessing before the meal. The meeting began with the opening ritual including the singing of the National Anthem. The President General’s message was read by Davis, Judy Flowers delivered the American Indian Minute, and Brenda Gower

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Vandalia area residents enjoyed this year’s Card Party held last Saturday, which was hosted by the Vandalia Area Historical Society.

Card Party hosted by VAHS

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:45 am

The Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) held their 2nd Annual Fundraising Card Party last Saturday. Due to the party’s overwhelming success these past two years, it was decided to make this an annual event. At the party, the VAHS expressed appreciation to Charlene Teague and Pat (Ray) Trower for their dedication and professional management of the local history museum. In addition, the VAHS expressed gratification to the continued support of

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  • Vandalia Fair Auction to be held February 7

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:40 am

    The Vandalia Area Fair Fundraiser Auction and Fish Fry has been scheduled for Saturday, February 7 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia. Doors will open at 4 p.m., the meal will be served at 5 p.m. and the fundraiser auction begins at 6 p.m. Debra Ingram will provide this year’s live entertainment. For more news on the event as it is released, visit the Vandalia Area Fair Association’s

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  • Second Christian Church holds MLK Celebration

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Guest Speaker 
Rev. C.W. Dawson

    The Second Christian Church in Vandalia honored the memory and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a celebration on Sunday afternoon in Vandalia. Sister Lillian Johnson was the Master of Ceremony. An opening song of “Lift Every Voice” was followed by scripture reading from Lionel Shaw. Geriod Davis led the congregation in prayer before the large crowd received a welcome from Dolly Leo Salmon. An A&B

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