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Four Arrested in Ralls County

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie announced that on Sunday, September 21, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol discovered an active meth lab in rural Ralls County. Deputies arrested Norman Melvin, age 46, Kara Crane, age 23, Paula Feldman, age 57, and Nicole Bosley, age 33. All are being charged with Distributing, Delivering, Manufacturing, Producing or Attempting to Possess With Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture or

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  • Meth bust leads to find of human remains

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    James Robert Lee II

    Dave Moller Louisiana Press-Journal A Colorado funeral home is hoping to get back the cremated remains of humans found in a Louisiana man’s vehicle last week. The remains were found by a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy after Louisiana Police arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, at his home on Prospect Drive for possession of methamphetamine and pipes to smoke it. The story began to unfold on Tuesday, Sept. 23 when

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  • Vandalia Leader wins six Missouri Press Awards

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm


    The Vandalia Leader was recognized this past Saturday at the 148th Missouri Press Association Convention in Columbia for winning six awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. “I am extremely excited that our newspaper was recognized once again by our peers in the industry,” said The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott. “Our staff works hard each week to provide a quality newspaper to our readers and our advertisers. Winning

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  • Aldermen authorize funding for CSI building roofing project

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen held their monthly meeting last week. One of the decisions needing to be made this past week involved a roof on the vacant CSI building. According to city minutes, City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that there is $10,852 budgeted for needed repairs to the CSI building roof.  Additional funding is going to be needed, possibly up to $20,000. The project consists

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  • Drug Task Force makes arrest

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    David Lee Watson

    During the late evening hours of September 17, the East Central Drug Task Force, assisted by the Mexico Public Safety Department and the Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office, served a search warrant in the 1,000 block of Falcon Drive, in Mexico.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. One suspect was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and

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  • Thomas Miller sentenced to 43 years for molestation

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger announces that Thomas Alan Miller, 49, of Mexico, has been sentenced to 43 years having been found guilty of one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, two counts of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count each of Child Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Miller was sentenced by

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  • FCCLA students attend national conference

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

    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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