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Shown, from left: David Clithero and Benny Clithero.

Clithero recognized for 50 years of Masonic service

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

On Tuesday, August 19, Vandalia Masonic Lodge No. 491 honored Louis B. (Benny) Clithero for being a 50 member of the lodge. Brother Clithero was pinned by his son David, of Columbia, and was presented his certificate by District Deputy Grand Master Tim Turco, of Louisiana. Bennie was initiated on February 1964; passed on April 21, 1964 and was raised on June 13, 1964.

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  • Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Diane Olson

    Three area teachers were recognized for receiving mini-grants  at th Audrain County Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting held August 21 in Mexico. Guest Speaker Diane Olson presented the awards. Olson is the Director of Promotion and Education Programs for the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. It was noted that just 29 mini-grants were given in the state and three were awarded to Audrain County. Kendra Allen, from the Mexico School District, was

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  • Locals inducted into Hall of Fame

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm


    “Making the best better” for generations of 4-H’ers, 54 people joined the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 9 at the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia. Inductees from 41 counties bring with them a total of 1,566 years of volunteer service to the hall of fame. More than 300 family members and friends attended the eighth annual event for which citizens nominated 4-H’ers for outstanding volunteer work

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  • Dameron gives demonstration at Fair

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Vandalia’s Paige Dameron gives a “Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot” demonstration at the Missouri State Fair.

    Paige Dameron, of Vandalia, demonstrated “Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot” in the 4-H Building at the Missouri State Fair. She placed third in her age group. Dameron was one of 300 youth selected to give a demonstration  at the Missouri State Fair. These demonstrations are a popular and free attraction at the fair. Simply put, a demonstration teaches others the steps needed to do something. If you have shown

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  • Martinsburg celebrates with Picnic

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Jeannine Anderson breathes fire. She also performed with her hula hoop of fire as well as played violin and sang with the “Grandma’s Soup” bluegrass band.

    There were several winners in a variety of contests held during the annual Martinsburg Picnic held August 15-16. The event was hosted by the Modern Woodmen of America Camp No. 2556. The Duck Dynasty themed event also featured a parade, a Baby Show, along with entertainment from Andy Baker, and the bluegrass band “Grandma’s Soup.” Jeannine Anderson, of “Grandma’s Soup,” performed several fire tricks like breathing fire as well as

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  • Area residents excel early at State Fair

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:20 am

    Abilene Gatson, 17, of Vandalia, received Grand Champion Hampshire Ewe in the FFA Breeding Show at the 2014 Missouri State Fair on August 9. Abilene is the daughter of Adam and Julie Gatson and is a senior at Van-Far High School. Abilene is pictured with Britton Francis.

    Several Vandalia area residents have left their mark early on at the Missouri State Fair currently underway in Sedalia. Through early Monday morning, several competitors have earned top five finishes there. The list includes: Logan Wilson, Vandalia: First in Swine/Open On-Foot Barrow Show (150S-Spot On-Foot Barrow) Allison Troesser, Laddonia: First in 190X Crossbred On-Foot Barrow Tayler E. Cope, Martinsburg: First in Crossbred Barrow; First in Swine Duroc On-Foot Barrows Lance

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  • Middletown holds reunion

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:18 am

    The Outhouse Races were held at the 122nd Middletown Reunion held this past weekend.

    Several area residents enjoyed this past Saturday’s 122nd Annual Reunion with the theme “Picnic Pride that is Middletown Wide.” The Grand Marshalls of this year’s parade were Keith and Terri Thomas. The results from the contests includes: Parade Results 1950 and Older Antique Car 1) Jim Dunn, 1930 Ford Model A Roadster; 2) Gary Heim, 1941 Chevy Half Ton Mizzou Paint 1951 and Newer 1) Don Martin, 1967 Chevy Chevelle

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