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Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

FCCLA students attend national conference

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Van-Far FCCLA students Abbegail Robinson and Abbi Kuda joined more than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference on July 6. Abbi Kuda The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Abbi Kuda, a sophomore at Van-Far R-I School District, was among the members who took part in

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  • Grand Vandalia Hotel set for auction

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    A pair of Thornhill Auction signs are visible outside the Grand Vandalia Hotel.

    An auction sign is currently in front of the history Grand Vandalia hotel as owner Virginia Howdeshell has plans to sell the landmark in an auction scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. Howdeshell lists the death of her husband as the reason for the public auction. The Howdeshells purchased the hotel from the Smith family in the ‘90s. According to the “Vandalia, Missouri: Queen of the Prairie” history

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  • Audrain Medical Center to officially change name

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Since joining SSM Health Care last year, Audrain Medical Center has been transforming the care it provides to patients in Mexico and the surrounding communities. Recently, they announced that this fall AMC will be changing their name to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. This name links Audrain Medical Center to its parent organization, SSM Health Care, which has a care network that extends across four states. It also

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  • Five suspects arrested for burglary in Pike County

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm


    Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reports the following: On the night of September 2, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with East Central Drug Task Force, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, and Troopers from the Highway Patrol executed two search warrants in southern Pike County. Eolia Fire Protection District assisted with the use of a light plant. These search warrants were the culmination of an investigation into a residential burglary

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  • Health Department partners with SSM Health Care

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice has always prided itself on “patient-first”.  In order to maintain the full continuum of quality care to the residents of Audrain County, the determination was made that it is in the best interest of the residents of Audrain County to work with SSM Health Care. After lengthy discussion and negotiation, the Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice services will

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  • Man threatens family with a gun

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    James R. Dougherty

    On September 6, 2014 at approximately 9:12 p.m., the Pike County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 6456 Pike 457 for a man threatening his family with a gun. James R. Dougherty, age 59, of that address, was taken in to custody by Sheriff’s Deputies.  Dougherty has been charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree. Class C felony

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  • Sparks honored with open house

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm


    Family, friends, and co-workers showed up to the Van-Far High School library last Friday to honor Crystal Sparks, who is retiring after 28 years of service to the district. The Open House was held from 3:15-5:30 p.m. She was joined by her daughter Stephanie Minor and husband Barry Sparks for a photo with a retirement cake. Van-Far R-I Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter presented her with a State Resolution from Rep.

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  • Audrain County Sheriff’s Report

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    August 26 Arrested: Cameron Michael McCoy, age 19, of Mexico, on a Callaway County warrant for probation violation. Johnathan William Byington, age 26, of Moscow Mills, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked. Sebastian Douglas Miller, age 21, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of driving without

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  • Local Masonic lodge holds raffle

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm


    The Vandalia Masonic Lodge No. 491 held a recent shotgun raffle and the winner is pictured receiving the elected cash option instead of the shotgun. Pictured are members of the lodge, from left: Charles Scrogin, Ronnie Heaton (winner), Monte Morton (of Bowling Green), and Ed Babb. Second place was a case of shotgun shells won by John Heaton, of El Paso, Texas and third place was a hunting vest won

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