Year in Review: Top news stories for first six months of 2013

REVIEWJanuary 2
The Modern Maturity Building may be donated to the City of Vandalia due to a lack of funds and members.
The Audrain County Health Department is set to start a new era after 51 years as the Audrain City-County Health Unit.
January 9
The Audrain County Farm Bureau holds 16th Annual Legislators Appreciation Banquet in Mexico, Mo.
Audrain Medical Center aligns with SSM Health Care.
YMCA receives public support in feasibility study for possible new location in Vandalia, Mo.
Vandalia area stunned by sudden loss of Bill and Nancy Stafford after a tragic car accident.
Emma Fitzpatrick, age 88, shows off a “rodeo snow chicken” made by neighbors Matt and Victoria Puller.
January 16
Two Illinois men try to rip the ATM from the Fastlane in Laddonia. One suspect once killed a deputy in Illinois.
The Second Christian Church in Vandalia holds Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.
Local bondsmen shoot at and beat up a fugitive in Mexico, Mo.
Rush Hill Community Center building to be donated to the town board once the Community Center Board has disbanded.
The City of Vandalia writes off five-plus years worth of delinquent utility bills totaling about $110,688.60.
USDA gives Audrain County disaster designation after suffering from severe drought.
January 23
Van-Far Superintendent Chris Felmlee tenders his resignation effective June 30.
Martinsburg hosts a Home and Art Tour.
Second of Pike County Jail escapees, Jacob Darnell, receives sentencing of four years after guilty plea.
Rep. Jay Houghton (R) officially sworn into office in 43rd district.
Few candidates file for municipal and organizational seats for upcoming April election races.
City of Farber receives $60,706.40 in weed killer atrazine case.
Community R-VI extends contract of Superintendent.
January 30
The number of domestic abuse cases have increased in Audrain County, causing the formation of a new position to combat the problem.
Audrain County Health Deparmtent releases annual report. Shows prevalence of chlamydia cases being the highest in Missouri.
A retirement reception is held for Roger Woodward by the City of Vandalia.
February 6
Niemann Foods, Inc. buys four Hickman’s IGA stores, including stores in both Vandalia and Mexico.
Van-Far hosts Courtwarming 2013. Those crowned were Courtwarming King Ethan Gooch and Queen Jaselle Brookins.
Renewed Incorporated opens in Vandalia.
Van-Far board takes next step in Superintendent search.
Vandalia’s Carli Farrell shares information with readers on mission trip to Paris, France.
February 13
City of Vandalia gets boost of more than $236,000 from herbicide settlement.
Vandalia Area Fair Association raises nearly $11,000 with annual auction event.
Membership spikes for Moderan Maturity.
Community R-VI’s Courtwarming King was Kaleb Harris and Queen was Julie Hale.
Van-Far FCCLA celebrates National FCCLA Week.
Van-Far Elementary School receives $5,000 Monsanto grant.
February 20
City of Vandalia passes a balanced budget. Larry Baird retires after 42 years of service.
Van-Far hosts first annual “Pink Out” event during Senior Night.
Ralls County Sheriff’s Department makes felony drug arrest of Lawrence Nett.
Mrs. Food Joyce Jerman retires from University of Missouri Extension office.
Audrain County R-VI FFA and Van-Far FFA celebrate National FFA Week.
February 27
Gail Breneman retires from USPS after 37 years.
ATM robber Ronald Edward faces Illinois theft and arson charges.
WERDCC hands out Service Awards.
Agape House celebrates 5,000th guest.
The Vandalia Leader prints the Audrain County Financial Statement for year ending December 31, 2012.
March 6
Snow storms blanket the Vandalia area with more than a foot and a half of snow.
Vandalia Hotel restaurant reopens.
SSM Health Care assumes Audrain Medical Center.
March 13
Farber’s Gladys Ball shares info on her brother Rudy Demoski, Sr., a competitor in the famous Iditarod race in Alaska.
Planning committee redesigns YMCA/library project.
Snow covered road leads to horrific looking wreck on Highway 54.
The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the DAR honors essay winners.
March 20
Van-Far hires Dr. Stephen Hunter as new superintendent.
Committee moves forward on YMCA/Library project in Vandalia.
Robert Stotler receives plaque from Vandalia Mayor Ramon Barnes to recognize years of service.
Cody McDonald and Trevor Vallier arrested after a federal investigation and later released pending a federal indictment.
March 27
Van-Far R-I district discusses potential drug policy.
Former Missouri Corrections official Dr. Tom Clements killed in Colorado.
April 3
Kevin Motley and Christy Nelson elected to school board as results pour in for one of the many area races.
Ted Monachino’s family enjoys ride to winning Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens.
“Inscentives” opens in Vandalia on Main St.
TVL Reporter John McLaughlin departs for exciting opportunity in South Dakota.
New officer Jason Maskey settles in at City of Farber.
Three Van-Far band members earn “excellent” ratings at festival in Mexico, Mo.
VFTA hosts candidate forum at Van-Far R-I High School.
April 10
AMC now a part of SSM Health Care after official event.
Martinsburg’s Jina Stuckenschneider to hold her first art show.
ALCO makes donation of approximately $20,000 to Van-Far in unsold hardware products.
AMC discusses location of new chapel.
Center’s Dennis McMillen named 2013 Missouri 4-H Foundation leadership recipient.
April 17
From Vandalia back to the NBA, Vandalia’s Angela Carlyle enjoys reunion with Golden St. Warriors cheerleaders.
Area residents take part in poverty simulation.
Elected Vandalia officials take oath of office.
First elected Audrain County health board takes oath of office.
Community R-VI School Board swears in members.
Van-Far’s VFTA holds annual carnival.
April 24
Van-Far’s teachers and administrators get 5 percent raise.
Van-Far selects Ethan Gooch and King and Sheridan Cole as Queen for prom.
Audrain County R-VI and Van-Far FFA members shine in state events.
The building for the former Martinsburg Market collapses on its backside.
City of Martinsburg swears in officials.
Van-Far Principal Cindy Pirch named FCCLA’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year.
May 1
Van-Far community celebrates opening of Van-Far FFA Greenhouse.
Former MFA Grain Elevator demolished in Laddonia.
Martinsburg holds 10th Annual Cruise Night.
Community R-VI crows Lance Gibson as Prom King and Paige Harris as Prom Queen.
Agape House hosts record number of children.
Van-Far FFA and FCCLA hold annual banquets.
May 8
Van-Far Class of 2013 has three sets of twins.
Lakeway Publishers buys newspapers in Florida.
Charles Overton’s former band set for album redistribution.
Vandalia Leader pays tribute to Van-Far Class of 2013.
May 15
Van-Far Class of 2013 graduates.
Retirement Tea held to honor retiring Van-Far teachers Miriam Savidge and Mike Ray.
Elsie McGlasson set to retire after nearly 25 years of serving the City of Vandalia.
Jeff and Russell Mitchell enjoy once in a lifetime Honor Fligh trip.
Vandalia Leader pays tribute to Community R-VI seniors.
Audrain County R-VI FFA holds annual banquet.
Audrain County R-VI FFA’s Julie Hale named Area 5 President.
May 22
Community R-VI’s Class of 2013 graduates.
Document dating back to 1838 discovered in vault in Audrain County Courthouse.
WERDCC staff recognized in special section of The Vandalia Leader.
Van-Far R-I School Board passes extra duty salary pay by just one vote.
May 29
Veterans honored on Memorial Day by VFW Post in Vandalia.
Severe storm weather siren installed in Benton City.
Officer gets probation in Middletown case.
Dothard becomes Rock Island, Ill. first African-American board president.
Agape House receives Cardinals Care grant of $1,000.
June 5
New entertainment acts and contests highlight the 2013 Vandalia Area Fair.
Van-Far R-I School Board moves closer to drug testing. It also purchases five school busses.
Alaskan flood in national news has family ties with Farber.
Vandalia Class of 1943 holds 70 year reunion.
Vandalia Class of 1953 holds 60 year reunion.
June 12
ALCO to close store in 90 days.
Benefit event held for Kim Hodde.
David Ray and daughter go on missionary journey to Oklahoma.
June 19
Volunteers make final push in time for museum re-opening.
Elsie McGlasson recognized for years of service at City of Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting.
SSM AMC’s Healthworks receives grant for treatment of breast cancer related Lymphedema.
ALCO sets August 26 as close by date.
June 26
Vandalia Area Historical Society Museum shows off renovations.
Press Box and hirings get nod from Van-Far R-I School Board.
Dam Few Cruisers hold annual Car Show.
Vandalia Area Fair is underway.

Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:14 am