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Audrain County R-VI and Van-Far FFA chapters shine at state event

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Both the Audrain County R-VI and Van-Far R-I FFA Chapters earned several honors at the 87th Missouri FFA Convention held April 16-17 in Columbia, Mo. Audrain County R-VI FFA with Advisor Stacy French The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter placed 31st out of 338 chapters in the state. Only 10% of state chapters receive a top chapter designation each year. Chapter activity awards, sponsored by FCS Financial, are given to

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Shown, from left: Van-Far Board members Pete Nasir and Dr. Greg Frost take the Oath of Office, as led by Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter.

Van-Far accepts several resignations, fills several staff positions

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

The Van-Far R-I School Board had a busy meeting last Thursday as it approved several resignations and filled several staff positions. Among the resignations accepted was one from longtime Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Teresa Klott. Klott had been with the district for 32 years before announcing her planned retirement this past week. “This decision was very difficult for me to make as you know I have always given my

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  • R-VI hires coaches, newly elected board members take oath of office

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Community R-VI Board members are sworn into office. Shown, from left, on left: Scott Sims, Terry Davenport, and Amy Brooks.

    The Community R-VI School Board officially hired staff members for a list of extracurricular activities during its meeting last Wednesday. The board voted to accept the extracurricular schedule, which includes: Jonathan Guilkey-Sophomore Class Sponsor, HS Golf Coach Bob Curtis-HS Girls Basketball Coach, Asst. JH Girls Basketball Coach Sarah Simmons-HS Track, Assistant JH Softball, Senior Sponsor Brandon Talbot-HS Baseball, Assistant Football Stacie Carroz-Assistant HS Girls Softball Coach, JH Track, JH Girls

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  • Aldermen sworn into office for Vandalia

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Vandalia City Clerk Karen Shaw leads alderman in taking the Oath of Office. Show. Shown, from left: Dempsey Dixon, Gabe Jennings, Bob Dunn, and Karen Shaw.

    The City of Vandalia officially filled three aldermen seats with an Oath of Office taken last week during the monthly meeting inside the Lange Building. City Clerk Karen Shaw led the ceremony for newly elected aldermen Bob Dunn (Ward I), Dempsey Dixon (Ward II), and Gabe Jennings (Ward III). City Administrator Alan Winders also presented plaques to outgoing aldermen Ron Stallcup and Larry Shaw. Aldermen then voted to name John

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Van-Far pitcher Michael Colson gets ready to send a pitch to the plate against Mark Twain.

Van-Far baseball gets first win

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:29 pm

The Van-Far baseball team picked up its first win of the season last week when they traveled to Wellsville and left with a 14-5 victory. “We were much more patient at the plate in our approach,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “We still swung at some bad balls but not as bad…I liked the way we came back in the top of the fourth to score most of

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  • Trojans set to host tournament after two EMO wins last week

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:24 pm


    The Community R-VI Trojans baseball team is feeling pretty good after it improved its overall record to 6-2 and 3-1 in the EMO Conference last week. This upcoming Saturday, the Trojans host Silex at 9 a.m. in the Community R-VI Tournament and will play either Sturgeon or Van-Far in the third place game (3 p.m.) or championship game (1 p.m.). A week ago, the Trojans blanked Wellsville 8-0 after Kyle

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  • Van-Far track at Wright City

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm


    The Van-Far track and field team earned several medals at the Wright City Wildcat Relays last week. Sharrod Connor led the Indians by setting a personal record in the long jump by leaping 21’2” to win the event. He was also second in the triple jump, and third in both the 100 and 200 meters. Lathyn McMorris won the 3,200 meters in 10:38. He set a personal record time in

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Local D.A.R. Chapter honors area winners

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.) held a Patriots’ Day Celebration this past Sunday, April 19 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia. The area students receiving honors for DAR Good Citizen Award and the DAR Essay winners with their families and guests were invited. Those in attendance enjoyed patriotic music provided by Glee  Hanson and hearing the first place essays being read by

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  • Brandon Westlake receives prestigious national scholarship

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Brandon Westlake

    Community R-VI teacher Brandon Westlake has been selected as one of 25 teachers nationwide to receive a prestigious scholarship to the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The scholarship gives Westlake the opportunity to study U.S. History in Dallas, Texas from July 19-25 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the Southern Methodist University campus. The course is called “America  after the Cold War.” “I am really looking forward

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  • Lasley crowned Miss Missouri Jr. Teen

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Miss Missouri Jr. Teen Arayanna Lasley

    Vandalia’s Arayanna Lasley took home honors when she was crowned the 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen on March 7 at the University Plaza Hotel, in Springfield, Missouri. Pageant contestants from all over the state came to compete in the Missouri U.S.A. Ambassador Pageant to showcase their talents and achievements while supporting S.L.I.C.C. The USA Ambassador Pageant was founded in September of 2010 to celebrate the individuality and achievements in the

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A vehicle from last year’s Cruise Night.

Cruise Night this week in Martinsburg

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:15 pm

Submitted by Rhonda Arens You stand in the street; you hear the engines roar.  The smell of fried taters and grilled meat fills the air.  You see the souped-up muscle cars, classic cruisers, custom-built choppers, and the one-of-a kind street rides.  These sights, sounds, and smells can only be experienced at an event like our Cruise Night, held in scenic downtown Martinsburg, Missouri.  This year, Martinsburg Community Betterment will be

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  • Ralls County 4-H teens attend state conference at Mizzou

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Halynna Yager, Rebecca Moore, Sydnee Brothers, and Jaylyn Hudelson.

    On March 28-29, four Ralls County girls, Halynna Yager and Rebecca Moore, of Vandalia’s Brice Happy Hustlers; Sydnee Brothers, of Center’s Wise Guys; and Jaylyn Hudelson, of New London’s Rocky Point 4-H Club, were among the 342 people attending the 2015 State 4-H Teen Conference, at the University of Missouri and the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The delegates, ages 11-13, attended workshops to develop belonging, generosity, and mastery of new

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  • Fitness Night set for Van-Far Elementary

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Van-Far Elementary School will be having their annual Fitness Night on April 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to celebrate the end of our “Jump Rope for Heart” fundraiser. This is a night for Van-Far Elementary students and their families to come out and get active together. Make sure you wear your tennis shoes!

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