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The “Missouri Boys” includes  Josiah and Jonah Edmond alongside Tyrece Cole.

Local “Missouri Boys” to celebrate year of singing

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:49 pm

Vandalia’s “Missouri Boys,” a contemporary gospel group with young singers ages 6-8, will be holding a 1st Anniversary Concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 2 at the Second Missionary Baptist Church Worship Center on Highway 54. The concert also features special guests and national recording artists Shawn Brown N Da Boyz, of St. Louis and Malaco Records.: “The Gospel All Stars of Peoria, Ill.” will also perform as well

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  • The late “Bud” Teague receives French Legion of Honor medal

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    "Bud" Teague

    Recently, a veteran living near St. Louis was recognized for receiving a French Legion of Honor Medal for his role in liberating France in World War II. When Theresa Teague learned of this, it brought back memories from just a year ago when her late husband, Edgar R. “Bud” Teague, Jr., had passed away just days before he would receive the same honor from the French Consulate. A Legion of

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  • Movement started for full-time county prosecutor

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    By James Smith Centralia Fireside-Guard People are working to change Audrain County’s legal climate. There is a move afoot to make the office of the Audrain County Prosecutor a full-time position. One of the spokesman for the movement is Jason Newton, a Mexico-based attorney. “With Audrain County being the size that it is and the volume of work going through the courts,” Newton said, “it is unrealistic to expect a

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  • Agencies not a part of LEPC could be liable

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Mimi Diaz

    During last quarter’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting, current chairperson and Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw expressed his concerns that several agencies in the county were not participating with the LEPC. There might be an increase in future participation after MERC representative Mimi Diaz joined those members who did gather last week at the Audrain County Courthouse for a quarterly meeting. Diaz talked about the recent fertilizer

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  • Effort with barn owls bearing fruit in Vandalia area

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Mick Hayden with a young barn owl.

    -submitted by Mick Hayden During the summer of 2013 I was greatly encouraged that our initial attempt at re-establishing barn owls in the surrounding area was bearing fruit. Four young owls were born in a nest box on the Rachel Kohl farm southeast of Vandalia. Jeff Meshach, the director of the World Bird Sanctuary, and I were able to band the youngsters before they fledged. The bands are lightweight aluminum

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  • Mel Elzea visits with members of VAHS

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Mel Elzea

    The Vandalia Area Historical Society greatly appreciates the attendance at their July 19 meeting in the Museum Genealogy Library. Vandalia native, Mel Elzea, was the guest speaker. He told the group about a book he was writing titled “All About m.e.” He spoke of the first eight years of his life, which were spent in Vandalia, and how they shaped his character, his life, and his career. He also gave

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  • SMBC Outreach Center’s trying to meet the needs of residents

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Joyce Curry, Santana Davis, and Janessa Griffith work up a sweat at the Second Missionary Baptist Church Outreach Center in Vandalia.

    By Ben Marshall The Vandalia Leader Janyce Holt is the coordinator of the Second Missionary Baptist Church (SMBC) Outreach Ministry in Vandalia. The ministry began two years ago with ladies exercising followed by a 2012 partnership with Randolph County and Moberly. The group then ventured out more and breast cancer awareness was the first health issue addressed for a year. About three years ago, the church had relocated and the

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  • Police Chief Shawn Puls settles in for City of Laddonia

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Laddonia Police Chief Shawn Puls stands alongside the city’s police cruiser.

    By Ben Marshall The Vandalia Leader Police Chief Shawn Puls applied, interviewed, and was hired in May 2014 by the Laddonia City Council after responding to an ad for the position. Chief Puls became the city’s first officer since it was last served with a local police presence in the mid-’90s. He was hired after the Laddonia residents voted for a tax increase to pay for a full-time police presence.

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  • Wenzel to receive top award from MoSGA

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Teresa Wenzel

    The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) announced Teresa Wenzel, member of the Vandalia Area Historical Society, will be a recipient of the MoSGA Director’s Award to be presented at the state’s annual conference in Columbia on August 1-2, 2014. The MoSGA Director’s Award is given to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the field of genealogy and family history over an extended period of time. Webster defines genealogy

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