Lifestyles

Waters family gathers for reunion

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

The descendants of Shelah Waters, of Tennessee, gathered on September 28 for the annual Waters Reunion held at The Junction Restaurant in Perry. Several family members attended the Centennial of the Olivet Christian Church in Center on September 14 when the 100th year of the current building was celebrated. George Waters, Sr., an ancestor, was on the first official board when the Olivet Church was organized in 1830, and a

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  • Births-Mason Douglas Steffen

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:49 am

    Mason Douglas Steffen

    A son, Mason Douglas Steffen, was born on August 31, 2014 to Brandon and Mallory (Wood) Steffen of Odessa, Missouri. Mason weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz., and was 18.5 inches long. He joins a big brother, Jax. Grandparents are Doug Wood of Vandalia; Barry and Kim Bisee, of Centralia; Monroe Steffen, of Palmyra; Marla Kelly, of New London; and Ronnie Kelly, of Frankford. Great-grandmother is Sandy Hassien, of Vandalia.

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  • Pease-Straube Engagement

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Straube, of Vandalia, Mo., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kailyn Brooke to Dustan Pease, son of Mr. Ed Pease, of Laddonia, Missouri, and Ms. Theresa Vollmer, of Forestell, Missouri. Kailyn is a 2007 graduate of Van-Far High School and a December 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is employed as a

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Travel

MoDOT

River bridge to close Oct. 20-24

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:38 am

A third postponement of the maintenance closure of the Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana was issued this week after a string of storms started moving through the area. MoDOT now plans to close the bridge carrying Hwy. 54 traffic over the Mississippi River at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20. It is expected to reopen some time on Friday, Oct. 24 but the work could see further delays from bad

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  • MoDot

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:18 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. 19 – 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

    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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Education

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

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

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:55 am

“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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  • Drug free messages for Red Ribbon Week

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Annalynn Culwell, left, and Ashton Garnett

    Hi, this is Annalynn Culwell from Van-Far Elementary. I am in Mrs. Kirby’s 6th grade class.  Drug free the healthy choice for me is our red ribbon theme.  Drugs can really hurt you and they can fry your brain. Healthy choices make you feel great and you can play sports. If you play sports and start doing drugs you will start to see a bad change. You will get kicked

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  • Community R-VI dedicates new dugouts

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    SPORTS---Completed-dugout-front-2014

    On September 15, the Community R-VI Booster Club held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of their dugout project.  Performing the ribbon cutting were senior baseball and softball players Clay Thebeau, Luke Robinson, Kyle Curtis, Samantha Jackson, Doug Davenport, and Lane Thebeau. Also in attendance were Superintendent Cheryl Mack; Elementary Principal Tammy Angel; board members Linda Gastler and Joyce Gastler; Bob Becker with Martinsburg Bank & Trust and MBT

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Religion

Friendship Baptist Church

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:56 am

At 7 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, Friendship Baptist Church will conduct their monthly business meeting. Immediately following business meeting, the church will meet together for prayer. Patch the Pirate Club (for children ages 4-12) and “Teen Time” also meet at 7 p.m. each Wednesday. “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

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  • St. John Lutheran Womans Guild

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:48 am

    The St. John Lutheran Women’s Guild met October 8 at the home of  Dotty Cahill. President Carol Fischer opened the meeting with prayer. Brenda Elliott led the Bible Study “The Greatest Banquet of Thanksgiving”. Election of officers was held.  Officers for 2015 are President Brenda Elliott, Vice-President  Regina Vogt, Secretary Sabrina Lovell, and Treasurer Carol Fischer. The members decided to participate in the Van-Far Holiday Craft Fest on November 22.

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  • St. Joseph Church hosts annual Oktoberfest event

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Ella and Amelia, daughters of Sarah and Jim Nuachard, who are behind them, are being served ice cream by Mandy Cope and Della Bohr.

    Annual Oktoberfest was held in Martinsburg on Sunday, October 5

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Health

National Health Mart Healthy Living Tour stops in Vandalia Oct. 17

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:54 am

The National Health Mart Healthy Living Tour will be stopping at Country Market Pharmacy in Vandalia on Friday, October 17 from 9 a.m.-noon to offer free health screenings for risks associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity to the community. The tour is designed to celebrate local community pharmacists who go above and beyond to serve their communities and is making more than 170 stops across the country

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  • Drug Take Back Program

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    On September 27, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Vandalia Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the County Market Pharmacy at 1555 Highway 54 West. The Vandalia Police Department will be present to assist

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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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