New book in works for VAHS

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

— submitted by the Vandalia Area Historical Society The Vandalia Area Historical Society is planning a new book to be available in late 2015. For this book, we will need personal stories of local significance which are unique, ranging from the hilarious to heartwarming. As families gather during this holiday season, these stories are told and retold. We think it would be very nice to share these stories, giving readers

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  • Laddonia Community Betterment holds successful coat and food drive for pantry

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:34 am


    The Laddonia Community Betterment recently held a successful coat and food drive to assist the St. John’s Food Pantry.  The Laddonia Community Betterment would like to thank everyone who donated. They’re excited about how many families they were able to help out in the community. Shown, from left: Martin Fennewald, Amanda Grawe, Leanne Robison, President of Laddonia Community Betterment, Mary Francis Hoyt (representing the St. John’s Food Pantry), Charlene Miller,

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  • Red Ribbon Calendar winners

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The following are the 2014 Red Ribbon Calendar drawing winners for the 4th graders throughout Audrain County. At the bottom are the names of the sponsors for this year’s (2015) calendar. One thousand calendars were printed and distributed to the students and their sponsor. Red Ribbon Calendar Fourth Grade Poster Contest Winners Jessica Stephens-Eugene Field, Cover; Emory Abbott-St. Brendan, January; Gavin Allen-St. Joseph, February; Maggie Meador-Community R-VI, March; Labron Jackson-Eugene

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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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  • Holiday travel

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    As Missourians are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving and holiday shopping on Black Friday, MoDOT is taking steps to help keep traffic moving. The majority of construction work zones will not be in place from noon Wednesday, November 26 until mid-morning Monday, December 1. However, some work zones have lanes closed all the time that are unable to be reopened for the holiday weekend. On Friday, November 28, MoDOT staff will

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Front row, from left: Gina Clausen, Brooke James, and Mackenzie Kurz. Back row: Emily Laskowski, Anna DeTienne, Abbegail Robinson, and Autumn Sutton. Not pictured: Abbi Kuda, Nicole Harvey, Baileigh Lucas, and Courtney Jennings.

Several Van-Far students attend Roadway Safety event

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

On Monday, November 3, the Northeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Team Spirit Workshop was held at the National Guard Armory in Hannibal. The Van-Far Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) officers and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members of the FACTS program (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) attended this one day action packed training program. This conference was planned solely for the Northeast schools, with

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  • R-VI FFA hosts “Food for America” program

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:57 am

    The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter participated in the “Food for America” Program with Community R-VI Elementary classes in December. Shown, from left: FFA Members Mikyla Wagner, Travis Swaim, and Carter Blair as they presented a Pork Production lesson to the first grade class at Community R-VI Elementary.

    Travis Swaim Audrain Co. R-VI FFA Chapter Reporter The Audrain Co. R-VI Chapter Officers and Greenhand Officers presented Food for America to Kindergarten through 5th Grade Classes at Community R-VI. They teach the elementary students about where food and agricultural products come.  This is a very educational program for multiple reasons. It lets them know that where they live, in rural Missouri, is an important place in this country. This

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  • R-VI celebrates Christmas at the O.K. Corral

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:44 pm


    Community R-VI Elementary School students presented “Christmas at the O.K. Corral” last Thursday, December 4 inside the old gymnasium. The setting was the Old West as the O.K. Corral is near the small town of Snowy Gulch and it is Christmas. Scene 1 (Christmas in the West) featured grades K-5. Scene 2 was called “Bubble Gum Bart” with grades 2,3, and 5. A “Sticky Situation” was presented in Scene 3

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Apostolic Church gets new pastor

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:48 am

After pastoring for 27 years, Phillip Cooper officially retired from The Apostolic Pentecostal Church on November 21, moving himself and his wife to Fulton, Kentucky. Robert Cassaday, of Vandalia, was officially installed as the new pastor on November 22. After being Phillip Cooper’s Assistant Pastor for 20 years, pastoring at the Apostolic Pentecostal Church is an easy fit for Rob and his wife Karen. He will carry on the same

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  • New Harmony set for Youth Program

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    The Youth Group of the New Harmony Christian Church will be presenting a Christmas program on Sunday, December 14, at 4 p.m. Cookies and punch will be served afterwards. Everyone is invited to attend.

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  • Revival at Friendship Dec. 5-7

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Friendship Baptist Church invites the entire community to our weekly prayer service for adults, Patch the Pirate Club (for children ages 4-12) and “teen time”. “Teen time” is a ministry to teenagers that includes Bible study, games and fellowship. Patch the Pirate Club is led by Mrs. Kristy Schott assisted by Mrs. Virginia Rivers and Mrs. Lisa Larson. Teens are led by Bro. Ron Schott

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Tri-County news

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

Monday, December 8 At 9:45 a.m., the residents on the SCU unit and the East Hall enjoyed music with the assistance of Brooke McPike. A large crowd attended. At 1:30 p.m., the residents enjoyed exercises with the assistance of Davaline Overton and Brooke McPike. At 6 p.m., the bi-weekly Bible class was held with Denna Nichols, with the assistance of Traci Shaw. Tuesday, December 9 The residents enjoyed exercises with

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  • Protect yourself from the flu

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Influenza (the flu) has officially arrived in the area, and now is the time to take steps to protect yourself and your family. Seasonal influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is caused by influenza viruses, which infect the respiratory tract (i.e., the nose, throat, lungs). Unlike many other viral respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications in many people. It is estimated

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  • St. John Food Pantry

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Please remember St. John’s Food Pantry this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We serve all of Van-Far and Community R-VI people the third Tuesday each month 9-11 a.m. May God bless each of you and happy holiday from JoBeth Schlemmer, 573-373-5387, and Mary  Frances Hoyt, 573-373-2157. St. John Food Pantry is located at 601 South Elm, Laddonia. Oh God… Oh, God, when I have food, help me be

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