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Man arrested for setting fires

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

On January 24, the Pike County Sheriff’s department and Curryville Fire Protection District responded to three separate fires. Taken into custody that night was Melvin J Yoder, 23, of rural Bowling Green. The Sheriff’s office received the first report of a field on fire at 3:44 p.m. on route Y near Pike 477. Curryville Fire responded and extinguished the fire. The second fire was reported at 4:40 p.m. and was

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  • R-VI School Board gives approval to Superintendent

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

    An interactive iPad program was demonstrated by Hailey Nobis and Becky McCurdy during the Community R-VI School Board meeting last week.

    The Community R-VI School Board expressed their confidence in current Superintendent Cheryl Mack when they met to discuss her evaluation after the regularly scheduled board meeting last Wednesday night. The board voted to extend her contract through the 2015-2016 school year during Executive Session. Superintendent Mack shared information on House Bill 1689 during the open session. She said that she would be finalizing the Annual Lagoon Report in the next

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  • Several area candidates file to run in April 7 election

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:38 am


    Area residents officially declared their candidacy for area elections by the Tuesday, January 20 deadline. These candidates will be hoping for the support of area voters in the upcoming April 7 election. City of Vandalia There are three Wards up for election in the City of Vandalia. All three positions feature two year terms. Current incumbents include Larry Shaw (Ward I), Dempsey Dixon (Ward II), and Ron Stallcup (Ward III).

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  • Stoops arrested for drugs

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Heather M. Stoops

    Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte releases the following information: On January 17, a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route NN near Pike 277 for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop, a passenger in the vehicle, Heather M. Stoops, 37, of rural Louisiana, was found to be in possession of marijuana. Stoops was taken into custody and transported to the Pike

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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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  • Utility deposit policy discussed at meeting

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Several Vandalia landlords and residents packed the Lange Building last week for the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

    After expressing concerns last month on changes approved in November in regards to the City of Vandalia’s utility deposit policy, landlords gave the city a proposed policy that they felt would be best for the city. The proposed policy would include a $300 utility deposit, a two strikes and out structure, along with a need for documentation (city and landlords working together) showing head of household from the landowner (lease,

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  • One week left to declare candidacy for election

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:16 am


    There is just one week remaining for area residents to declare their candidacy for the April 7, 2015 election. The deadline to file is Tuesday, January 20. Elections do require potential candidates to be U.S. citizens of the district or town for at least 12 months. Most election requirements also include no citizens being elected who are in “arrears for any tax lien, forfeiture, or defalcation in office.” City of

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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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  • Jessie Fowler crowned 2015 Beef Queen in Missouri

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Jessie Fowler

    Jessie Fowler, of Vandalia, was crowned the 2015 Missouri Beef Queen on January 3 at the 47th Missouri Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show at Tan-Tar-A Resort, Lake of the Ozarks. Fowler will receive a $1,000 scholarship as the winner. She is the daughter of Bruce and Martha Fowler. She represented the Ralls County Cattlemen’s Association in the contest. Winning first runner-up and a $500 scholarship was Molly Bertz, of

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