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Agencies not a part of LEPC could be liable

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

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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  • Water taste issue addressed

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm


    Many Vandalia residents might have noticed an unpleasant taste with their tap water during the past two weeks. Chief Water Plant Operator Darren Berry said he’s taken several calls and his department is working on the issue. Berry believes the combination of heavy rains and heat have created a large number of algae blooms. To combat the issue, the department has turned the carbon up in the supply. The carbon

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  • Farber Fun Fest schedule officially set for Aug. 1-2

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:41 pm


    The Farber Fun Fest committee invites you to the annual Farber Fun Fest, Friday, August 1 and 2. The fun filled festival will feature activities for all ages. On Friday night starting at 6 p.m., the Fun Fest starts off with the Ice Cream Social featuring a barber shop quartet. At 7 p.m., the Missouri Farm Pullers start their pull at the track while “Pike 41” will start their show

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  • Front entrance area gets new look at the Lincoln School in Vandalia

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    The front entrance area has a new coat of paint, a tiled floor, and new lighting at the Lincoln School in Vandalia.

    The vision of Lincoln School’s future moved one step closer to becoming a reality recently when volunteers completed work of the entrance way to the building. When opening the front doors, future visitors will be greeted with freshly painted walls, wall lighting, and chandeliers hanging in two rooms. A tiled floor has also been laid down, a project that took about a month due to challenges with the floor. Some

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