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Teacher Nikki Gibson with Lauren Shaw.

Several resignations, upcoming events discussed at Van-Far

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:28 am

Several resignations were approved by the Van-Far R-I School Board during their meeting held last Thursday. Kyle Epperson resigned from her duty as JV girls basketball coach. William Wickles resigned as a bus driver while both paraprofessionals Juanita Lynn and Sarah Boston also resigned. Superintendent’s Report Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter reported a current enrollment of 612 students, with 238 in the Jr./Sr. High School and 374 in the Elementary School.

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  • Community R-VI votes to extend several contracts

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Jennifer Young during her presentation to the Community R-VI School Board.

    The Community R-VI School Board voted to offer 2015-16 probationary contracts to several teachers when they met last Wednesday. The teachers receiving contracts are Stacie Carroz, Lisa Garrett, Sarah Simmons, Stacy French, Ken Jett, Brandon Westlake, Jessica Young, Caitlyn Cunningham, Haley Nobis, Jonathan Guilkey, Brandon Talbot, Mackenzie Chism, and Michele Ebers. The board also voted to offer employment contracts to tenured teachers. A Pre-K instructor contract was issued to Deanna

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  • Vandalia Leader wins two advertising awards

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

    The Vandalia Leader’s Crystal Beatty was recognized for two second place finishes after ads she created received honors in the Missouri Advertising Manager Association (MAMA) Best Ad Contest. The contest is held through the Missouri Press Association. In the “Best Single Classified Display Ad” category, Beatty’s windshield repair ad for Vandalia Auto Sales received second place. The ad is in this week’s issue. Judge Scott Buffington said “great art makes

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  • Laddonia residents share concerns during contentious city meeting

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Laddonia resident Rick Painter, far left, shares his concerns with Laddonia’s Board of Aldermen during their monthly meeting last week. Approximately 20 patrons attended the meeting and most shared their concerns during nearly an hour long patron input session.

    It took only seconds into Thursday’s meeting for there to be an uncomfortable exchange between Laddonia patrons and the Board of Aldermen. In a room filled with nearly 20 Laddonia area residents, Melissa Deimeke opened up the patron input section of the meeting by sharing a concern in regards to the Mayor’s pay item listed on the agenda. She said she was concerned that aldermen may consider increasing the mayor’s

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  • New Aquatics program approved by aldermen

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird addresses the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen during their meeting last week.

    Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen approved a new Vandalia Area Aquatics Center morning program and fee during their meeting last Tuesday. According to the drafted city minutes, aldermen approved a motion to add a one hour morning program/party option at the rate of $100. The option can reportedly be scheduled from 10-11 a.m. An evening two-hour party rental will be maintained at $175. The additional program will not interfere with the

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  • Dr. Stice and Dr. Abbott attend conference

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

    On February 15, in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Teresa L. Stice and Dr. Carl G. Abbott, of Mexico, attended the Heart of America Contact Lens and Primary Care Congress. In this, the 54th Annual Congress, the Heart has grown to be one of the world’s largest contact lens and primary care conferences. This complete educational experience covers new and advanced techniques for all types of contact lenses available today, plus

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  • Farm Bureau members attend annual briefing

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Banquet attendees shown, from left: Brittney McBride, Darren Reynolds, State Representative Jay Houghton, Carol Fischer, Dale Fischer, State Senator Jeanie Riddle, Bruce Wilson, Barb Wilson, and Jerry Johnson.  Others attending the Conference, but not pictured, were Brent Erisman and Wayne Windmann.

    Missouri’s Governor and Director of Agriculture were among the noted speakers at this year’s annual Missouri Farm Bureau Legislative Briefing and Commodity Conference held in Jefferson City February 23-24. Farmers and ranchers gathered at the event for updates on legislative issues and market forecasts. A national legislative update came from U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. When asked about the impact the impact the federal government on farmers, Luetkemeyer said. “The government

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  • Man arrested for drugs

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

    James Price Jennings

    During the afternoon hours of March 2, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Mexico Public Safety Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 600 block of Quisenberry, in Mexico. As a result of the search warrant officers seized crack cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. One suspect was arrested for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute,

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  • Taking a closer look at Vandalia’s FY 2015-2016

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

    According to a presentation made to the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen, the 2015-2016 budget that they passed is balanced with revenues that are relatively flat. Meanwhile, operational costs are continuing to grow. Regulation is costing citizens due to the EPA and DNR. Some of the highlights include: • Park Fund decreased by $24,296 to $90,381 for pool painting • Water/Sewer fund is decreased $29,999 to $510,605. This is

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