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New utility policy adopted for the City of Vandalia

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

After a couple of months of discussing a possible change to a utility policy that hasn’t been adjusted since August 2000, aldermen adopted Resolution No. 14-08 during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting held last week. This resolution is set up allowing only property owners to contract for utility services. This is to allow deposits to be eliminated and virtually eliminate write-offs while affording property owners complete control

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FFA Members Karissa Graves and Bryan Allen received Audrain County R-VI FFA’s National Chapter 3 Star Award on stage at the National FFA Convention.

Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter wins National Chapter Award

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter, of Laddonia, has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team, and serve others in their communities. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27 – August

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  • Several speakers, Miss Missouri talk with students at Van-Far A+ Career Fair

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman during her speech to students in a kickoff assembly.

    Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman kicked off the 6th Annual Van-Far A+ Career Fair with her motivational speech last Friday inside the high school gym. Hartman told the students in the assembly that when their high school days are over, they will find life outside the district’s walls won’t be easy. “It will be much harder to succeed and you will fail more than once,” she said. “But what will

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  • Aldermen, staff set goals at City of Vandalia meeting

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm


    Following their main Board of Aldermen meeting last Tuesday, the City of Vandalia’s aldermen and staff held a Goal Setting Session. Goals set by the BOA include: • Support Library/YMCA Project • Economic Development-jobs • Drug Enforcement • Review Reservoir maintenance policy • Officer training • Fireman notification system • Comply with Water treatment regulations • Review electric rate structure • Street improvements (smoother) • Study Housing—property maintenance codes •

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Mike Smith plays for Mons-Hainaut.

Smith helps Belgium team to solid start

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Van-Far graduate and current international basketball player Mike Smith is enjoying his first season as a starter for the Belgium team, Mons-Hainaut. Smith is currently the second leading scorer on a team that has started the EuroChallenge play in Group E with a 2-0 record. Smith’s team is currently sitting in a tie for first place with Nanterre. He’s averaging 12.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. Smith

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  • Community R-VI teams ready to make run at districts

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Community R-VI girls basketball team. Front row, from left: Mikyla Wagner, Samm Jett, Danielle Brooks, Sam Jackson, Rebecca Hagan, Danie Jackson, and Lexus LaGesse. Back row: Assistant Coach Stacie Carroz, Ivy Stathem, Alissa Curtis, Charley Anne Stone, Chelsea Hoyt, Tayler Cope, Morgan Duenke, Bethany Schmidt, and Head Coach Bob Curtis.

    Lady Trojans to make run at districts The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team is coming off a year in which they finished 19-9 and won a district title. This year’s squad is returning leading scorer Samm Jett and Danielle Brooks. While losing some inside presence to graduation, head coach Bob Curtis said he expects newcomer Allisa Curtis and Rebecca Hagan to help in the post. Other top contributors will

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  • Van-Far boys and girls optimistic about this season

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Van-Far girls basketball team. Front row, from left: Jayda Borgmeyer, Breanna Strange, Kayelee Harrower, Abilene Gatson, Annaliese Hubert, and Janie Swarthout. Back row: Assistant Coach Kylie Epperson, Alex Connaway, Gina Clausen, Mackenzie Kurz, Alexis DeTienne, Renee Nelson, Hailey Hopke, Autumn Sutton, Reaghan Case, Morgan McDowell, and Head Coach Kelly Orf.

    The Van-Far Lady Indians basketball team is optimistic about the 2014-2015 season, one year removed from a 2-22 record. They will have to overcome the loss of their second leading scorer Brooke Johnson to graduation as well as defensive specialist Haven Atkinson and starting point guard Ciara Craven, but several returners will be key to their success. Abilene Gatson, Annaliese Hubert, and Breanna Strange are returning starters. Strange led Van-Far

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Parker-Harmon Engagement

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Sierra Parker and Geoff Harmon, along with their parents Trey Parker and Cindy Strother and Tom and Liz Harmon, announce their engagement and upcoming wedding on December 28, 2014 at Quail Ridge Lodge in Wentzville. Sierra is the granddaughter of Connie Strother and the late Garland Strother. Geoff is the grandson of Marlene Harmon. Sierra graduated from Van-Far High School in 2003, received her Associate of Science from Cottey College

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  • Brookshier inducted at CMU

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Sally Brookshier

    Sally Louise Brookshier was inducted into the Missouri Kappa Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu on October 16 at Central Methodist University. Pi Gamma Mu is an International Honor Society in the Social Sciences. The mission of the society is to encourage and recognize superior scholarship in the discipline of social-science and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. Pi Gamma Mu serves the various social-science disciplines which seek

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  • Births-Evans

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:24 am


    Michael and Audra Evans, of Vandalia, announce the birth of a son, Ethan Alexander, who was born on September 29 at Hannibal Regional Hospital weighing 7 lbs., 8 oz., and was 20 inches in length. Grandparents are Paul and Cindy Evans, of Farber, and Jim and Cindy Mistler, of Rosebud, Missouri.

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Clover Kids were recognized and received a bag full of fun and goodies.  Shown front, from left: Callie Reynolds, Kaylee Armour, Justin Jaspering, Kylie Miller, Cade Carman, Ty Evans.  Back: Cierra Vansickle, Samantha Barnes, Sam Northcutt, Marin Mallory and Dalton Dameron.

Ralls County 4-H holds annual Recognition Night

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

The 4-H Recognition Night was held on October 4 at the Mark Twain High School. This is a celebration honoring all the 4-H members and leaders for their accomplishments and outstanding work they have completed throughout the year. The evening started off with honoring the first-year leaders: Dana Keller, Daniel Mallory, Debbie McMillen, Jessie Armour, Jessie Mundell, Kaylyn Powell, Pam Barnes, Ruth Evans, Sarah Evans, Tresa Lempka, and Bill Moore. 

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  • Community R-VI PTO holds Craft Fair

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm


    The Community R-VI PTO held a Craft Fair on Saturday, November 15 in both the old and new gymnasiums at the district. There were more than 45 vendors selling their goods. The Community R-VI Music Booster Club provided breakfast and lunch in the concession stand, located in between the gyms.

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  • Van-Far 2nd grade students enjoy visit from veterans

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm


    Ms. Orr’s 2nd grade class at Van-Far Elementary School had two visitors on Monday in honor of Veteran’s Day. Both are residents of the Veteran’s Home in Mexico. Time was spent visiting and answering questions about their time of service.

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