Agape House holds meeting

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:50 am

In their January 20 meeting, board members of the Agape House, of Vandalia learned that 112 guests, including 27 children, had stayed at the guesthouse in November and December. These guests came from 17 Missouri counties and four states to visit family members staying at the correctional centers in Bowling Green and Vandalia. In other business, board members approved a raise for the house manager, Doris Donoho.  A new copier

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  • Weddings (Sohm – Orf)

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:49 am


    Callie Lynn Sohm and Justin Ray Orf, both of Troy, were married on Oct. 25, 2014 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Troy. Callie’s parents are Calvin and Nancy Sohm, of Troy. Grandparents are August and Arleene Sohm, of St. Louis, and Richard and Shellie Nash, of Troy. Justin’s parents are Marty and Anita Orf, of Bowling Green. Grandparents are Roland and Mary Orf, of Bowling Green, and Stanley and

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  • Mexico-Audrain Library receives award

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Shown, from left: ACHD Public Health Specialist Jodi Elliott and Mexico-Audrain County Library Director Ray Hall.

    The Mexico-Audrain County Library recently received a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite award. There are three standards; Gold, Silver, and Bronze. ACHD’s goal is to help support other worksites in Audrain County to be recognized as being breastfeeding friendly. Audrain County Health Department congratulated the Mexico-Audrain County Library for becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Work site. ACHD is part of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) program which is sponsored by the Department

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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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Elementary pods might be addressed in possible no tax bond increase

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:48 am

The Van-Far R-I School Board held a Work Session last Thursday night to discuss Van-Far’s facilities and possible upgrades that could become a reality through a no tax bond increase, followed by a passing vote from voters. The meeting came as a result of a community survey taken last Fall that had 200 responses offering input on the facilities of the district. Jay Berendzen and Jon Berendzen, of Porter, Berendzen

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  • Van-Far FFA members attend Greenhand Conference

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

    The State Officers of the Missouri FFA Association recently conducted 19 Greenhand Motivational Conferences in Missouri. MFA Incorporated helped sponsor the conferences. Shown  from the left are: Past President Abrea Mizer, Marshall; Vice President Ally Hultgren, Willard; Vice President Jack Davis, Farmington; Vice President Jaret Holden, Summersville; Vice President Brock Larson, Newtown-Harris; and 1st Vice President Libby Martin, California. Back row: Van-Far FFA members Christian Thurmond, Trey Atkinson, and Cody James.

    Eighteen conferences were held at 13 different locations throughout the state: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg; Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green; Truman State University, Kirksville; Sullivan High School, Sullivan; Three Rivers Community College, Poplar Bluff; Missouri State University, West Plains; Lincoln University, Jefferson City;  Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; Waynesville High School, Waynesville; Missouri State University, Springfield; Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph; University of Missouri, Columbia; and

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  • Community R-VI students inducted into NHS

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Community R-VI inducted students into the National Honor Society during their induction ceremony held on Monday, January 12. Current NHS President Brandon Arens gave the welcome followed by Principal Bob Curtis’ opening remarks. There was also a candlelight ceremony, official registration signing, and a presentation of certificates before Vice-President Bryan Allen gave the closing remarks. New members inducted include Courtney Bertels, Danielle Brooks, Mikyla Wagner, Alexandra Cope, Collin Dungan, Anthony

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New Harmony to host Feb. 7 supper

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

The New Harmony Christian Church Youth Group will be hosting a spaghetti supper on Saturday, February 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the New Harmony Christian Church.

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  • Second Christian Church holds MLK Celebration

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Guest Speaker 
Rev. C.W. Dawson

    The Second Christian Church in Vandalia honored the memory and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a celebration on Sunday afternoon in Vandalia. Sister Lillian Johnson was the Master of Ceremony. An opening song of “Lift Every Voice” was followed by scripture reading from Lionel Shaw. Geriod Davis led the congregation in prayer before the large crowd received a welcome from Dolly Leo Salmon. An A&B

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  • MLK Celebration set for January 18

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:10 am

    The Second Christian Church will be having their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on January 18 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be the Reverend C. Dawson, of Columbia, Mo. and visiting choirs will participate. The pastor of the Second Christian Church is the Reverend Melvin McCaleb, Sr. and his associates are Brother Robin Terrell and Brother Oscar Williams.

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Audrain County’s L.E.P.C. helps Martinsburg with siren purchase

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:52 am

Audrain County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (L.E.P.C.) approved a measure to use $1,425 of its limited resources to help the City of Martinsburg erect an emergency siren at its recent first quarter 2015 meeting in Mexico. The funds could be made available since the City of Martinsburg is looking to have its siren have a separate tone in case of a hazardous material concern. L.E.P.C. funds can only be used

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  • Van-Far to host a Blood Drive Jan. 23

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:42 am

    There will be a American Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, January 23 from 2:30-7 p.m. at the Van-Far High School Gym, in Vandalia.

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  • Emergency training course held for local residents

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:13 am


    Members of local Fire Departments from Curryville, Farber, Laddonia, and Vandalia as well as Van-Far Ambulance personnel gathered at the Farber Fire Department for a 16 hour course instructing Emergency Vehicle Operation. On Saturday, January 3, MU Fire and Rescue training instructor Randall Ragan lectured on the subjects of legal aspects, morals, and financial loss that occur in the event of accidents that happen while operating emergency vehicles. The following

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