Randall Watson

Looking back on National Guard career of Randall Watson

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

The state militia-commonly referred to as the National Guard -not only augments the nation’s armed forces when mobilized by the president, but also responds to local emergencies under the authority of the state’s governor. These state “call-ups” have historically been of a humanitarian nature-such as response to floods, tornadoes, and snowstorms-and have served as the highlight of one local Guardsman’s career. “I was called to state emergency duty for the

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  • Nutt – Busbey Engagement

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm


    Charles and Carolyn Nutt, of Vandalia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Ann to Dillion Lee Roy Busbey. He is the son of Lee and Julie Busbey of Mountain View, Missouri. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Van-Far High School of Vandalia. The prospective groom is a 2011 graduate of Koshkonong High School in Koshkonong, Missouri. He is employed at Royal Oak. The couple will wed Saturday,

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  • Davis wins plaque

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Fred Davis

    Fred Davis won the Runner-Up plaque at the “Car Show in the Park XV” River City Cruisers event held this past weekend in Hermann, Mo. Davis won the award for his 1986 El Camino. There were a total of 294 vehicles on display

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Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:13 pm

Audrain County US 54 – Resurface from Route J (Martin Luther King Dr.) in Mexico to MO 19 south junction near Martinsburg (Scotts Corner); Inactive – Tentative start date Sept. 17 – One lane traffic with pilot car leading motorists through the work zone, schedule pending. MO 15 – Sealing operations from MO 154 to just north of MO 22; Inactive – One lane traffic with pilot car leading motorists

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  • MoDot – US 54 near Mexico

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Weather permitting, Monday, September 15, a resurfacing project will begin on US 54 near Mexico in Audrain County. The project will be completed from Route J to Scott’s Corner at MO 19 for a total of 11.8 miles. Chester Bross Construction of Palmyra, Missouri was awarded the contract for $1,285,748.04 and has 45 calendar days to complete the project. Traffic will be reduced to one lane at various locations along

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  • Van-Far R-I Bus Routes

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Parents need to be aware that these routes were formulated using data received as of August 10 and may need to be revised before the school start date. Finalized routes will be posted on the school web page by August 18. These routes are very similar to the routes we were running at the end the previous school year with a few minor adjustments for new enrollment. Start times are

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Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

FCCLA students attend national conference

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Van-Far FCCLA students Abbegail Robinson and Abbi Kuda joined more than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference on July 6. Abbi Kuda The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Abbi Kuda, a sophomore at Van-Far R-I School District, was among the members who took part in

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  • Story Time to start on September 25

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, September 25 at 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time. Story time is held every Thursday unless school is not in session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do

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  • Display for POW/MIA at libary this Friday

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Friday, September 19 is POW-MIA Remembrance Day. This is a day nationally observed by all V.F.W. Posts and Auxiliaries. A table is set and articles of special meaning are displayed for the event and will be on display at the Vandalia Library for viewing on September 19 during normal Library hours. The table and articles are on display at the V.F.W. Hall at all times, except for this special day

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Friendship Church nears 65 years

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:22 pm

All are invited to attend Sunday School at 9:30 a.m., which features Bible study for all ages and Morning Worship which begins at 10:45 a.m. This Sunday morning our pastor, Bro. Glenn Forman will be bringing the morning message. The Morning service will feature special music by Beverly LaRue. 4 p.m. Sunday Friendship Baptist will hold services the residents at King’s Daughters’ Home. At 5 p.m., Adults on Mission will

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  • Homecoming at New Harmony

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The Annual Homecoming and Fish Fry will be held at the New Harmony Christian Church on Sunday, September 21. The carry-in meal will begin at approximately 12:15 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend. A Fall Bible Study is beginning this week on the Book of Proverbs. We will be meeting on Monday nights at 6:30 p.m. at the church (with the exception of the first Monday of each month).

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  • Farber Baptist set for annual revival

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    The Farber Baptist Church will be hosting a revival September 21-24 at 7 p.m. Each evening will feature a different evangelist and special music. In addition, the  church’s adult choir will sing each evening. Jerry Ostrom is the pastor of Farber Baptist Church.

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Veterans Affairs Bus to be in town

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:54 pm

A Veterans Affairs bus from Columbia will be in Vandalia for Prairie Days on Saturday, September 27 to answer any questions veterans or their family members might have in regards to veteran affairs. Local VFW Post No. 2173 Commander Marty Nation is also reminding area veterans that if they’re interested in joining the local VFW, they can do so on Prairie Days. For more information, call Nation at 573-470-6716.

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  • AMC board holds meeting

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday, August 28 with Bill Dubbert, chairman; Sterling Oliver, vice-chairman; Jo Ellen Craghead, secretary; and Peter Perll, M.D., member in attendance. Staff attending were David Neuendorf, president and CEO; Kari Wilson, vice-president of Clinical Services COO/CNO; and Renae Rowe, executive assistant. According to meeting minutes, Dr. Peter Perll presented the August trustee inspection report. He reported that he, Neuendorf, and David Schulte

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  • Health Department partners with SSM Health Care

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice has always prided itself on “patient-first”.  In order to maintain the full continuum of quality care to the residents of Audrain County, the determination was made that it is in the best interest of the residents of Audrain County to work with SSM Health Care. After lengthy discussion and negotiation, the Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice services will

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