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Front row, from left: Gina Clausen, Brooke James, and Mackenzie Kurz. Back row: Emily Laskowski, Anna DeTienne, Abbegail Robinson, and Autumn Sutton. Not pictured: Abbi Kuda, Nicole Harvey, Baileigh Lucas, and Courtney Jennings.

Several Van-Far students attend Roadway Safety event

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

On Monday, November 3, the Northeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Team Spirit Workshop was held at the National Guard Armory in Hannibal. The Van-Far Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) officers and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members of the FACTS program (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) attended this one day action packed training program. This conference was planned solely for the Northeast schools, with

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  • Drug bust in Pike County

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am


    Dave Moller Louisiana Press-Journal If an Illinois man had divulged the names of four “influential businessmen” from the Lake of the Ozarks he allegedly bought pounds of pot for, he might have escaped a seven-year prison term last week. But, Mark S. Gustafson, 54, of Antioch, Ill., didn’t give those names when asked twice at his sentencing hearing in Pike County Circuit Court on Thursday, December 11, and he paid

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  • “Use Tax” discussed at City of Vandalia meeting

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:03 am


    Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs discussed a possible “Use Tax” during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Alderman meeting held last Tuesday inside the Lange Building. Hobbs was present at the meeting to provide important information on the issue as an item would need to appear on the April 2015 ballot and the deadline to file the item ends in January. The idea of a “Use Tax” is nothing

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  • Upcoming Christmas events

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    There are several Christmas events and activities for Vandalia area residents to enjoy in the next two weeks. Community R-VI Concert Community R-VI students in grades 6-12 will hold a Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus in Farber on December 13 Santa Claus is coming to the Fire House in Farber between 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 13. Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided

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  • House fire in Vandalia

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm


    A home located in the 400 block of W. Woodlawn was destroyed by fire just before midnight on Monday, December 8. There were no reported injuries. The Vandalia Fire Department responded with three vehicles at the scene as firefighters worked quickly to put put the blaze. Vandalia Fire Chief Rusty Strother said the Fire Marshall was called to the home to investigate the cause of the fire. Firefighters remained at

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  • YMCA Project continues to make progress in Vandalia

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    The “rectilinear” design chosen for the shared YMCA and public library building.

    Eastern Audrain Library/YMCA Project Steering Committee Chairperson Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell reports that more than $250,000 has been sold in regards to the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) grant. “We are hoping to have all of those sold by the end of December,” Goodpasture-Culwell said. She said those interested could talk to their accountants to get 100% on their return. There are also options with the federal reductions. Goodpasture-Culwell said farmers can also

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  • Filings start for 2015 election

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:02 pm


    The following election filing information is for those entities participating in the general election on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. 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 Vandalia There are three Wards up for election

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  • R-VI FFA team finishes 8th

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    The Audrain County R-VI FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Team placed 8th overall. Front row, from left: Courtney Bertels (Gold Medal Individual), and Julie Hale (9th Place Individual); Back row: Mason Sims (Gold Medal Individual), Lindsey Gastler (Gold Medal Individual).

    Members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter in Missouri were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The team, led by advisor Stacy French, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 161 other participants. Courtney Bertels received

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  • Van-Far R-I gets clean audit report

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Auditor Travis Huntley during his audit overview session with the Van-Far R-I School Board at their meeting last week.

    The Van-Far R-I School District  received a “clean opinion audit” for the 2013-14 school year. The declaration was made by auditor Travis Huntley during the Van-Far R-I School Board meeting last Thursday. Huntley represents Gerding, Korte, and Chitwood. The audit showed that balances were up $101,223. The lone concern in the report dealt with a small number of personnel who are responsible for the accounting duties. This is a typical

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