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A diagram of Van-Far Elementary School showing the proposed early childhood addition (in red) and remodeled pods (purple).

Ballot language drafted to ask voters for approval of no tax bond increase

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:36 am

With just one “No” vote from board member Larry Wheeler, the Van-Far R-I Board of Education approved its fourth no tax bond increase since 2006 during its monthly board meeting last Thursday. Board member Kimber Nation was unable to attend the meeting due to a prior commitment. The board passed a resolution for a bond issue in the amount of $2.161 million and approved ballot language to be turned into

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Man arrested for setting fires

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

On January 24, the Pike County Sheriff’s department and Curryville Fire Protection District responded to three separate fires. Taken into custody that night was Melvin J Yoder, 23, of rural Bowling Green. The Sheriff’s office received the first report of a field on fire at 3:44 p.m. on route Y near Pike 477. Curryville Fire responded and extinguished the fire. The second fire was reported at 4:40 p.m. and was

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  • R-VI School Board gives approval to Superintendent

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

    An interactive iPad program was demonstrated by Hailey Nobis and Becky McCurdy during the Community R-VI School Board meeting last week.

    The Community R-VI School Board expressed their confidence in current Superintendent Cheryl Mack when they met to discuss her evaluation after the regularly scheduled board meeting last Wednesday night. The board voted to extend her contract through the 2015-2016 school year during Executive Session. Superintendent Mack shared information on House Bill 1689 during the open session. She said that she would be finalizing the Annual Lagoon Report in the next

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  • Several area candidates file to run in April 7 election

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:38 am


    Area residents officially declared their candidacy for area elections by the Tuesday, January 20 deadline. These candidates will be hoping for the support of area voters in the upcoming April 7 election. City of Vandalia There are three Wards up for election in the City of Vandalia. All three positions feature two year terms. Current incumbents include Larry Shaw (Ward I), Dempsey Dixon (Ward II), and Ron Stallcup (Ward III).

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Community R-VI’s defense smothers a Louisiana basketball player.

Lady Trojans beat Louisiana

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

The Community R-VI girls basketball team used their solid defensive play to help them to a dominating 65-39 road victory last week in Louisiana. The Lady Trojans held Louisiana to just six points in the first eight minutes of play. Community R-VI increased their lead to 37-18 at halftime before cruising in the second half for the 26-point victory. The Lady Trojans made 13-of-20 free throws and 19-of-46 shots from

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  • Trojans get revenge on Louisiana

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Community R-VI’s Conner Brooks makes his move against Louisiana.

    The Community R-VI Trojans avenged a buzzer beater loss from a year ago last week when they traveled to Louisiana and beat a good Bulldogs team, 68-61. Community R-VI jumped out to a 21-15 first quarter lead and held on for a 34-32 halftime edge. The Trojans offense was aggressive and outscored Louisiana 34-29 in the second half for the seven point victory. Community R-VI made 14-of-22 free throws and

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  • Indians battle top seed tough in Palmyra

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:55 am


    The Van-Far Indians drew a tough assignment in the first round of last week’s Palmyra Tournament as the No. 8 seed taking on the top seeded host team coached by former Indians coach Brian Meny. While the Indians struggled early, they put together a strong second half and scored more than 60 points in a 79-64 loss to the Panthers. Van-Far trailed 42-20 at halftime before outscoring Palmyra 42-37 in

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Agape House holds meeting

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

In their January 20 meeting, board members of the Agape House, of Vandalia learned that 112 guests, including 27 children, had stayed at the guesthouse in November and December. These guests came from 17 Missouri counties and four states to visit family members staying at the correctional centers in Bowling Green and Vandalia. In other business, board members approved a raise for the house manager, Doris Donoho.  A new copier

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  • Weddings (Sohm – Orf)

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:49 am


    Callie Lynn Sohm and Justin Ray Orf, both of Troy, were married on Oct. 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy. Callie’s parents are Calvin and Nancy Sohm, of Troy. Grandparents are August and Arleene Sohm, of St. Louis, and Richard and Shellie Nash, of Troy. Justin’s parents are Marty and Anita Orf, of Bowling Green. Grandparents are Roland and Mary Orf, of Bowling Green, and Stanley and

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  • Mexico-Audrain Library receives award

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Shown, from left: ACHD Public Health Specialist Jodi Elliott and Mexico-Audrain County Library Director Ray Hall.

    The Mexico-Audrain County Library recently received a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite award. There are three standards; Gold, Silver, and Bronze. ACHD’s goal is to help support other worksites in Audrain County to be recognized as being breastfeeding friendly. Audrain County Health Department congratulated the Mexico-Audrain County Library for becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Work site. ACHD is part of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) program which is sponsored by the Department

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Happy Hustlers set for fundraiser event

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

The Brice Happy Hustlers 4-H Club All You Can Eat Soup Fundraiser will be February 7 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Menu includes chicken noodle soup, chili, and vegetable  soup, sandwich, dessert, and drink for $6. Children ages three and under eat free with a adult purchase. The fundraiser will be held at the Modern Maturity building.

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  • “Story Time” set for Feb. 5 in Vandalia

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:56 am

    The Vandalia Branch Library will start “Story Time” on Thursday, February 5 from 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. “Story Time” is for children  ages 2 1/2 to 5. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time. It will be held every Thursday unless school is not in session or is canceled due to bad weather. Our Programs are planned around a weekly theme. The library staff will read books,

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  • Card Party hosted by VAHS

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:45 am

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

    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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