Author to visit Farber library

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:46 am

The Farber Branch Library invites area residents to visit their location for a special presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Author Marsha Norris Knudsen will make a presentation on her book about World War II called “Sailor’s Mail S.W.A.K.” The book tells the true story of newlyweds Homer and Ruth Norris, whose lives are abruptly changed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Sixty-three years after Homer Norris served

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  • Feedbucket wins award

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:44 am


    Feedbucket Express Inc., of Vandalia, was presented a Platinum Award by Great West Casualty and C.M. Brown and Associates as part of the 2014 National Safety Awards Program.  The program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable accident results.  Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Participatory award. This past year, the National Safety Awards program drew

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  • Lowrance a finalist for national pageant

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Jacy Lowrance

    Miss Jacy Lowrance, Little Miss Vandalia 2014, age 5, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Missouri Pageant to be held June 25-27, 2015 at the beautiful Holiday Inn Executive in Columbia. Miss Lowrance is the daughter of Maria and Tim Lowrance, of Vandalia. Miss Jacy’s activities include dancing, singing, playing ball games, but most of all she enjoys reading books and coloring. She also

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State transportation to take on few projects

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Missouri’s investment in its roads and bridges continues to shrink, and that means fewer projects to keep them in good condition. As it does each year, the Missouri Department of Transportation has released its draft Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for public review and comment. The STIP lists all transportation projects planned by state and regional agencies for a five-year period. “This year, the draft STIP demonstrates the commitment MoDOT

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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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Vandalia High School’s Class of 1945 celebrates 70th reunion. Front row, from left: Norma Shaw, Ann Matthews Meiners, Wanda Lovelace Hanson, Helen Forgy Barrett, and Helen Griggs Jerman. Back row: Harold Fowler, Ed Waters, Warren Cook, Malcolm Coose, and Earl Jackson.

Vandalia High School Class of 1945 holds 70th reunion

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

A 70 year reunion of the members of the Vandalia High School Class of 1945 was held at the VFW Hall on Saturday, May 16. The original class had 46 members with four men in the service of World War II before graduation. There are 21 remaining members and 10 were present for the reunion. A social hour was enjoyed as members arrived, signed in and signed cards addressed to

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  • Van-Far seniors total more than $515,000 in scholarships

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Scholarships totaling $515,649 were awarded to Van-Far seniors as they were recognized during the Senior Awards Night held on Friday, May 15. The list of awards recipients includes: Senior Academic Recognition: Abilene Gatson, Brooke James, Kayleigh Kohl, Warren Kraft, Bryan Mink, Sarah Motley, Molly Nagel, and Breanna Strange Perfect Attendance: Brooke James A+ Recognition by Joy Davis and Kyle Fisher, Chamber Member: Katelyn Allen, Abilene Gatson, Kayelee Harrower, Nicole Harvey,

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  • R-VI seniors earn approximately $215,000 in scholarships

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:46 am

    The Community R-VI Class of 2015 earned several scholarships totaling approximately $215,000. The list includes: Bryan Allen-Audrain Law Enforcement and Fire Scholarship, University of Central Missouri—Red and Black Scholarship, FFA Alumni Scholarship, Knights of Columbus, Chris A. Stuckenschneider Memorial Scholarship Joesie Allen-Laddonia Ladybugs Scholarship, University of Central Missouri—Red and Black Scholarship, SSM Auxilary Fern Braden Scholarship, G.H. Dudley Memorial, Shanna Sutton Memorial Scholarship Brandon Arens-MFA—Martinsburg, Nellie Allen Noel Memorial Scholarship,

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Larry Bizelli  and John Shaw have a preshow chat.

Second Missionary Baptist hosts Car and Bike Show

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:42 am

The Second Missionary Baptist Church had several visitors enjoy the Car and Bike Show in spite of the rain this past Saturday, May 16. Music was provided by “Music Makers Plus” in Vandalia. Car/Truck Award Winners Class A: Street Machine-Jon Shaw, Harrisburg Class C: Muscle Car-Wendell Talbert, Vandalia Class D: Custom Car and Truck-Leon Shaw, Vandalia Class F: Original Car and Truck-Leon Shaw, Vandalia Class G: Classic Car-Larry Bizelli, Vandalia

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  • Schott to speak at Friendship

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:37 am

    Be in prayer for our pastor’s wife, Freeda Forman, in the passing of her mother, Violet Austin, of Lebanon, Missouri. On Wednesday, May 20, at 7 p.m., the church will conduct an interactive prayer service. Also, at 7 p.m. Patch the Pirate Club” (PPC) will meet. PPC is for children from age 4-12. The children will be led in singing scripture songs, conduct an age appropriate Bible study as well

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  • Second Missionary set for Car/Bike Show

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    A Car and Bike Show will be hosted by the Second Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, May 16. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Food will be available. Music will be provided by Music Makers Plus. Awards will be given at 2 p.m. For more info, contact Kambrin Hartsell at 573-470-7905 or Lionel Shaw at 573-583-2546.

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ACHD Car Seat Program

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:38 am

An average of 1,700 children are killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year. A number the Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) finds way too high. To help combat that number, the ACHD, with the help of a grant from the French Foundation, is launching a free car seat program for those Audrain County residents that qualify. “We looked at an area of public health we were

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  • “Fans for Audrain Co. Program” at ACHD

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:31 am

    The “Fans For Audrain County Program” can help residents beat the summer heat. Beginning Monday, May 18, fans will be distributed from Audrain County Health Department during normal business hours 8 a.m.– 4 p.m. Monday-Friday to those who qualify. If you would like to make a donation to “Fans for Audrain County,” please bring new fans or monetary donations to purchase fans to the Audrain County Health Department at 1130

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  • SSM St. Mary’s-Audrain holds special meeting

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    A Special Board of Trustees meeting was held at 11 a.m. on April 16 in the Administrative Conference Room. Those present were Bill Dubbert, Chairman; Sterling Oliver, Vice-Chairman; Jo Ellen Craghead, Secretary; Peter Perll, M.D., member, and Sarah Dickherber, member. Staff attending were David Neuendorf, President/CEO; Kari Wilson, Vice-President of Clinical Services/COO/CNO; and Renae Rowe, Executive Assistant. Discussion Items Dubbert welcomed Sarah Dickherber as a new member of the Board

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