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Correction: Rep. Ed Schieffer (D) was endorsed by Missouri Right to Life

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Rep. Ed Schieffer (D), candidate for District 10 State Senate seat, was endorsed by Missouri Right to Life. The information I previously found didn’t indicate what this image clearly shows. I personally apologize for the error. Ron Schott, of The Vandalia Leader Note: Local candidates Rep. Ed Schieffer (D)

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  • Voter’s Guide to help you in casting your vote

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm


    Be sure to purchase a copy of this week’s issue or purchase an electronic edition at to get this week’s Voter’s Guide. Here’s a taste of what you’re missing…… Race for District 43, House of Representatives State Representative District 43 Candidate: Ed Lockwood Party: Democrat Campaign: Ed Lockwood for House District 43 Issues/Profile: Lockwood previously ran for the former District 10 representative seat. He founded a successful small business

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  • Drug arrest in Vandalia

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Alexis Page Kasper

    During the late evening hours of October 22, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Vandalia Police Department served a search warrant in the 1000 block of South Maple, in Vandalia. As a result of the search warrant officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officers were also seeking Alexis Page Kasper, age 23, of Vandalia suspected of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare

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  • Veteran’s Day ceremonies scheduled for both districts

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Both the Community R-VI and Van-Far R-I High School Districts have Veteran’s Day ceremonies set for this year. R-VI event Nov. 7 The Community R-VI High School Student Council is sponsoring their annual Veteran’s Day Celebration on Friday, November 7 this year. All area veterans and their spouses are invited to a breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. and an assembly to follow at approximately 9 a.m. The students look forward

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  • Bailey family honored at Mo. State Fair

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Brock and Stephanie Bailey and their Curryville area family after being honored for the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day in August.

    Brock and Stephanie Bailey and family of Curryville were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 11. The Baileys were selected as the Pike County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Pike County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  The family includes Austin, Micah, and Elise. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the

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  • Van-Far says no to Amendment 3

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    MSBA Associate Executive Director Kelli Hopkins visited Van-Far’s Board meeting last week and discussed the Sunshine Law, among other topics.

    The Van-Far R-I School Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution on Amendment 3 during last week’s monthly meeting to state that the local board of education opposes the amendment set to appear on the November ballot. According to the resolution, the board notes that the state mandate shifts local control for education decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards. The board feels the amendment is poorly drafted

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  • Discussion begins on liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals in town

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Randy Senor, of the Audrain County Health Department, addresses the Vandalia Board of Alderman.

    Discussion began at last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting on a possible mandatory liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals. According to the meeting minutes, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird told the group that this item provides for discussion  regarding a proposed regulation for owners of dangerous animals that would require the owner to show proof of liability insurance covering the dangerous animal. The proof of insurance

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  • Vandalia residents hurt in wreck

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Three Vandalia residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident on October 10 at 6:55 p.m. in Pike County at U.S. Highway 54, west of Route U. Ariel L. Harvey, age 20, of Vandalia, the driver of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, received minor injuries and was transported to Pike County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Charles L. Cunningham, age 45, of Vandalia who was a passenger in Harvey’s vehicle received moderate injuries

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  • River bridge to close Oct. 20-24

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:38 am


    A third postponement of the maintenance closure of the Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana was issued this week after a string of storms started moving through the area. MoDOT now plans to close the bridge carrying Hwy. 54 traffic over the Mississippi River at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20. It is expected to reopen some time on Friday, Oct. 24 but the work could see further delays from bad

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