Agape House has 59 guests

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

The Agape House of Vandalia board members met February 17 at the house. The board learned 59 persons, including 11 children, had stayed at the guesthouse in January while they visited family members incarcerated at Bowling Green and Vandalia. In other business, house manager, Doris Donoho, reported a malfunctioning lock in a guest room. Repairs were made to that lock plus several others in the facility. Snow removal has been

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  • Millie Hulse has 90th Birthday

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Millie Hulse was honored Saturday with a 90th birthday celebration at the Farber Community Building. Planning this event were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law, and their families: Beth and Chad Colley, Brooke Smith, Brett Smith, Ryan and Taylor Colley, and Tyson Carr, of Mexico; Shea Colley, of Whitestown, Indiana; and Barb and Ed Brandt, of Fulton. Attending were Ryann Early and Sophia, of Whitestown, Indiana; Arlene Hull and Phillip Abernathy, of

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  • Births – Alexis Baham

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Alexis Kayann Baham arrived February 10 at 3:38 a.m. She is the daughter of Benjamin Terry and Sarah Stephanie (Flowers) Baham, of Jefferson City. Alexis weighed 6 lbs., 11 oz., and was 19 1/2 inches long. Her grandparents are Rodney Dale Flowers, of Perry, and Julie Flowers, of Jefferson City; Sandra Kay McLaughin, of Jefferson City; and Robert and Aurora Baham, of Arlington, Texas. Her great-grandparents are Edward and Julia

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Gas prices hit $1.99

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Many Vandalia area residents woke up to a nice surprise on Christmas Eve when they drove through Vandalia in their vehicles and saw every gas station sign with the price of $1.99 per gallon for unleaded. Abel’s, Pickadilly, and 54 Package Store each set their prices below the $2 mark for the first time in what seems like forever. Even diesel was reaching as low as $2.75 per gallon. Just

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  • MoDOT Report

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The following is a listing of general highway maintenance and construction work in the mid-Missouri area for the two-week period of December 8 – December 19­­, 2014. Weather conditions may postpone the work schedule. Many projects will include lane closures that could cause delays. All Counties Daylight/ Evening Hours Striping of roadways, mowing, brush cutting and guardrail repair continues in various locations.  Motorists should travel with care and be alert

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  • MoDOT Weekly Report

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Audrain County MO 15 – Inactive spring/summer 2015 – Sealing operations from MO 154 to just north of MO 22. Route FF  – Inactive spring/summer 2015 – Resurfacing from Route M to MO 15 in Mexico. Montgomery County MO 19 – Inactive spring/summer 2015 – Sealing operations from just north of Route B near Montgomery City to 1.7 miles south of I-70. Pike County Route D – Inactive spring/summer 2015

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Shown, from left: Jayle Jennings, Jordan Garner, Taryn Adam, and Mrs. Joy Davis.

D.A.R. Essay Contest winners recognized at board meeting

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Several Van-Far students were present at last week’s Van-Far R-I School Board meeting to be recognized for their participation in this year’s D.A.R. Essay Contest. Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel introduced the winners of the D.A.R. “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” Essay Contest. • 5th grade winners: 1) Ennis Childs; 2) MaKenna Ungelsbee; 3)Cameron Jones. • 6th grade winners: 1) Annalynn Culwell; 2)Skylar Curtis; 3) Madison Swank. Mrs. Joy

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  • R-VI board approves move to four day school week

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    A few presentations were made during the Community R-VI Board meeting held last week at the district.

    After a few months of discussion, the Community R-VI School Board voted to change to a four day school week calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. A public session was held on the topic back in November. At that time, potential plans had district students out of school on Mondays while the other four days were set to be 35 minutes longer. One of the reasons for the change is

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  • Audrain County R-VI FFA members awarded area proficiency awards

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Audrain County R-VI FFA member Treyton Kobush was named Area V Star in Ag Placement, placed first in Diversified Crop Production Placement, and second in multiple other proficiency areas.

    Karissa Graves Audrain County R-VI FFA Reporter Proficiency awards recognize FFA member’s achievements with their Supervised Agricultural Experience Program. Audrain County R-VI FFA members earned Area Proficiency Awards and the Area FFA Degree at the Proficiency & Degree Selection. Area Winners (Will be recognized at State FFA Convention in April): • Treyton Kobush – Diversified Crop Production Placement • Trever Hoyt – Forest Management • Bryan Allen – Turfgrass Management

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Bill and Joann Tolliver

Tollivers to visit Friendship

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:20 pm

This Wednesday, February, 25 at 7 p.m., a Devotional (on prayer) will be led by Pastor, Glenn Forman, followed by an interactive prayer service. Also, at 7 p.m. Mrs. Kristy Schott will lead the “Patch the Pirate Club” (PPC). PPC is for children from age 4 through 12. She teaches the children scripture songs. They participate in Bible study and other Bible activities. Mrs. Schott is assisted in PPC activities

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  • St. John Lutheran Women’s Guild

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    The St. John Lutheran Women’s Guild met on February 11 at Dotty Cahill’s home. President Brenda Elliott called the meeting to order and opened with prayer. Roll call was answered by seven members using a Bible verse or poem about Love. “Turning and returning” served at the topic for Bible Study and was led by Dotty Cahill. The Secretary’s report and Treasurer’s report were read and approved. Committee reports were

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  • Black History Program at local church

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Guest speaker Rev. Wesley Foster.

    The Second Christian Church held its 2015 Black History Celebration this past Sunday in Vandalia. The Rev. Wesley Foster was the guest speaker for the special event. This year’s program began with a “Call to Worship” and a devotion. After scripture was read and a prayer was said, Rev. Robin Terrell gave the welcome address. Neighboring churches joined together in the response followed by a congregational song. A participation time

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Health Department to close February 16

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 8:40 am

The Audrain County Health Department will be closed Monday, February 16, for President’s Day.

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  • Health Inspections

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:42 am

    The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) reported the scores received after January inspections were completed in  food establishments of Audrain County. There were no critical violations found. The following businesses received an inspection score of 100: Xpress Mart, Xpress Mart 2, Dollar General (Clark St.), China King (pre-opening), L.M. Gourmet Coffee, Audrain Handicap Services Locations of Harvey House, Breckinridge Heights, and the Developmental Center, Dollar General (Monroe St.), Pizza Hut

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  • Kevin Lowrance resigns as administrator for ACHD

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Kevin Lowrance

    In 2013, the then Audrain City-County Health Unit (ACCHU) started a new era as the Audrain County Health Department. Later in the same year, the ACHD moved to its new location on S. Elmwood in Mexico. Two years later, the administrator that helped usher in the big changes has resigned. Faye Fairchild, Chairperson for the Audrain County Board of Health, has confirmed that longtime ACHD administrator Kevin Lowrance submitted his

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