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Vandalia’s Mayor Pro-Tem John Weiser, left, presents Mayor Barnes with an official proclamation.

End of an Era: Mayor Ramon Barnes honored for service

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Several city officials, friends, and family members attended a retirement celebration to honor the service of Vandalia Mayor Ramon Barnes held on April 17 at the Vandalia Fire Station. Mayor Barnes recently completed his final term after serving the City of Vandalia from 1992-2014. City Administrator Alan Winders thanked everyone who showed up to the ceremony to honor Mayor Barnes for his service. Mayor Pro-Tem John Weiser presented Mayor Barnes

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A few parents commented on a letter sent to 5th grade parents during the R-VI board meeting.

Community R-VI parents share concerns with board

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

The Community R-VI Library was packed full of parents last Wednesday night for the district’s school board meeting. Many in attendance wanted their voices to be heard in regards to an alleged abuse scenario between a 5th grade teacher and student. Kim Replogle was going to speak but was reminded that she was on the Executive Session agenda. She had several pages to read to the board. Board President Andrew

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  • School Resource Officer hired by Van-Far, R-VI

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Front row, from left: Van-Far Board Treasurer Larry Wheeler and Board President Christy Nelson. Back row: Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter, Lt. Jeff Scrogin, Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Eastern Commissioner Roger Young, and Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller.

    Just one night after the Community R-VI School District approved a measure to hire a School Resource Officer, the Van-Far R-I School District finalized things with the board’s approval of a memorandum between the two districts. Attending both meetings were Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Commissioner Roger Young, Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller, and officer Jeff Scrogin, the new SRO. The districts are splitting the total of $44,403.12 to

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  • Special Election scheduled for May 20 in City of Farber

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    A Special Election will be held in the City of Farber on Tuesday, May 20 for Farber voters to choose either incumbent Lynn Flowers or write-in candidate Wiliam Robinson in a race for the final alderman seat. Both candidates tied with 11 votes a piece in the April 8 election. Farber City Hall will be the main polling location for the race.

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R-VI baseball has tough games

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:26 pm

The Community R-VI Trojans baseball team had mixed results in recent Madison Tournament and EMO Conference games. In the Madison Tournament, the Trojans dropped game one 11-0 to Canton. Pitcher Doug Davenport pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs on seven hits with five walks. He struck out one batter. Zane Meador finished the game and allowed two earned runs on two hits with three walks. In game

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  • Kobush ties for medal honors in Palmyra JV golf tournament

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Treyton Kobush paced the young Community R-VI Trojans golf team in the Palmyra JV Tournament after tying for medalist honors. Kobush tied a school record with a 41 over nine holes. The event was scheduled to be 18 holes but snow and wind along with cold temperatures dipping to 27 degrees shortened the tournament. Bryan Allen shot a 47 to tie for 15th place, his personal best. Trever Hoyt shot

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  • Local bowlers excel at state event

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    The 2014 Missouri State Women’s Bowling Tournament was held in Springfield, Mo. on consecutive weekends starting March 15 through April 13. Vandalia’s Spare Time Bowl & Grill was represented by three top placing teams. Divisions 3 Daydreamers: Helen Crew, Gay Lynn Fife, Gale Knight, Connie McGlasson, and Mary Scherder placed second out of 150 teams. Rolling Pins: Judy Hull, Teresa Moss, Carrie Reading, Leah Wendel, and Vicki Wright placed fourth

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Henderson 90th Birthday Celebration

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Several Vandalia area veterans joined Earl Wayne Henderson for  a surprise 90th birthday celebration on Wednesday, April 16 at The Country Cupboard.  Twelve people attended the celebration including John Masulit, Larry Anderson, Ed Horton, Forrest Schoneboom, Leo McBride, Larry McBride, Larry Anderson, and Larry Shaw. Charlene Teague, Patsy Clithero, Mary Andrews, and Lorene Syler also attended the event.

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  • Cut Scout Pack No. 59 meets

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    On April 10, Cub Scout Pack No. 59 met at the Vandalia United Methodist Church. The meeting was opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Cub Scout Promise, and the Cut Scout Motto. During the meeting Bob Cat badges were awarded to the  scouts who had completed the requirements to earn the badge. They were Joseph Govero, Kai Blackford, Gabriel Freie, Drake Woodson, Alex Wilson, Richard Hayden, and Trinton Kasper.

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  • Engagements (Brooks – Wieczorek)

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm


    Mr. and Mrs. Artie J. Brooks, of Wellsville, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter Kayla Michelle Brooks to Jason Michael Wieczorek, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Wieczorek, of Perry, Mo. and Ms. Sarah Bradshaw of Troy, Mo. Miss Brooks is the granddaughter of Mrs. Val Galloway, of Vandalia, Mo. and Mrs. Lizzie Brooks, of Mexico, Mo. Mr. Wieczorek is the grandson of Mrs. Lucille Wieczorek, Mr.

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Reggie Householder and Richard Primus get a good visit in during the 10th Annual Martinsburg Cruise Night on Friday, April 26.

Martinsburg’s set for annual Cruise Night and Car Show

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Martinsburg will be welcoming spring on Friday, April 25, with the annual Cruise Night and Car Show.  Martinsburg Area Community Betterment Council will host the eleventh annual event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  While it might be a bit early in the season for the true car show enthusiasts, the get-together is sure to invoke some spring fever in local contenders.  Spectators are invited to stroll the downtown area

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  • Library/YMCA event set for raising funds

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    The Eastern Audrain Library and YMCA project fundraiser night will be held on Monday, April 28 at 4-8 p.m. at the Vandalia Pizza Hut. All tips and 20% of receipts (carry-out or dine-in) will be donated to the Eastern Audrain Library and YMCA project. For more information or to make a donation contact Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell at 573-473-9362 or donate online at

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  • VAHS meeting features speaker

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:55 pm


    The Vandalia Area Historical Society will have a guest speaker on Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library on Main Street. Audrey Jones will speak about her experience of getting into the world’s largest hobby, genealogy. The program will also include her work with the Pike County Genealogical Society and Museum. She will speak about the many projects the society is doing to continue the growth of

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