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Van-Far’s Autumn Sutton plays a drum during this year’s concert held on Monday, October 20 at Van-Far High School.

Van-Far band holds concert event

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

The Van-Far Chiefs Marching Band entertained the crowd this past Monday evening with a concert entitled “A Marching Year in Reveiw.” The event was directed by Alex Cucciarre. Band members first performed three songs under the theme “007: The Music of James Bond.” Those included “Die Another Day,” “Live and Let Die” with senior Warren Kraft on the trombone, and “Secret Agent Man.” The Junior High band performed for the

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  • Vandalia Class of 1947 holds reunion

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Front row, from left: Margie Jean Boyd Burnett, Dale Keller, Dorris Jean Sanderson Breneman, and Norma Jean Griggs Willis. Back row: Ann Riney Wasson, Doris Shoemate Nation, Betty Lee Weiser Blase, and Minnie Fern Wasson Brookshier.

    The 1947 Vandalia High School graduating class met for their 67th class reunion on October 4 at the “Country Cupboard” in Vandalia. At 11:30 a.m., classmates, their spouses, and guests began arriving for fellowship time. Dorris Sanderson Breneman and Ann Riney Wasson greeted everyone as they arrived and Dorris registered everyone. Each of the two tables had a centerpiece of a fall arrangement. Ann Riney Wasson presided as spokesperson beginning

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  • Graduating Class of 1956 holds reunion in Vandalia

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Front row, from left: Olean Mudd Rohn, Elsie Jo Gore Phillips, Donna Beedle Hanson, Carol Goree Girard, Anita Gatson Allee, Sharon Gore Geerlings,
Bob Utterback, Vernon Dale Bailey, and Norma Martin Conklin. Back row: Virginia Foree Robertson, Billy Wayne Moore, Wanda Graves Bruner, Robert
Askey, Lester Wright, Clinton Winders, Durward Johnson, Richard Lewis, Dean Jones, Joe Hassien, Wayne Atkinson, Fred Coss, Richard Jones, and Daryl

    On October 11, the graduating Class of 1956 for Vandalia High School held it’s third annual class reunion with 41 in attendance. An enjoyable evening at the Country Cupboard with classmates renewing friendships and discussing 58 years of “what has happened since graduation.” There was great food, great time, and looking forward to next year. Those traveling the farthest were Dean Jones, Bill Moore, and Carol Girard. Richard Lewis, who

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  • Ralls County 4-H members in 4-H Hall of Fame

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Joy and Terry Hoyt, Ralls County Hall of Fame recipients, are pictured with Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee Marla Tobin.

    “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Terry and Joy Hoyt, of Laddonia, were inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, August 9 at State Fair Community College. Terry and Joy began contributing to the 4-H program while their three daughters were members of the program and are still going. Ralls County 4-H is lucky to have dedicated volunteers like Terry and Joy. They have been project

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  • More than $7,000 raised in Library/YMCA Dinner Auction

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, right, and Van-Far Principal Cindy Pirch during the 2nd Annual Library/YMCA Project’s Dinner Auction held this past Saturday, October 11 at the V.F.W. Hall in Vandalia.

    Approximately $7,000 was raised during the 2nd Annual Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project’s Dinner Auction held Saturday, October 11 at the V.F.W. Hall in Vandalia. Some of the high end packages sold at the event include: • Buffalo, N.Y. trip, four nights stay at Embassy Suites Hotel, two nights donated by Kathy and Brian Drew. $1,000 value • Water’s Furniture – tight back, hi-leg, tannish brown recliner, made by Flexsteel. $999

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  • Agape House celebrates 10 years

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:36 am

    The Agape House Board. Front row, from left: Kathleen Robnett, Carlene Galloway, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, and Veanna Snodgrass. Back row: Alberta Cropp, Elwood LaRue, Floy Oliver, and Janet Heim.

    It’s difficult to believe it has been 15 years since the vision for the Agape House was formed, with the focus on providing affordable lodging to children and their caretakers of families of offenders residing at state correctional centers in both Vandalia and Bowling Green. This past Sunday, board members, managers, and supporters celebrated 10 years of the home being in operation with an Open House at 2:30 p.m. Board

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  • Vandalia area residents enjoy packed Prairie Days schedule

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm


    This year’s Prairie Days featured many contests on Saturday, September 27. Winners include: Baby Show Results 0-6 months boys. 1) Ian Hull, son of Lori Allison and Aarron Hull; 2) Jackson Dameron, son of Jason and Sonya Dameron. 0-6 months girls. 1) Olivia Harness, daughter of Alex and Heather Harness; 2) Ceilidh (Kaylee) Montgomery, daughter of Joel and Janis Montgomery; 3) MaReesa Murrow daughter of Michael and Katie Murrow 7-12

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