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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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  • Dr. Fenn settles in at Gentle Healthy Smiles

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Dr. Daniel Fenn

    In order to keep up with the demand and needs of its patients, the Gentle Healthy Smiles dentist office in Vandalia has recently added the services of Dr. Daniel Fenn, D.D.S., who comes to town through the prestigious University of the Pacific: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. It’s the same location in which Dr. Fenn’s colleague, Dr. Cedric Papa, is also a graduate. With only 6,150 living alumni, its

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  • Drug arrest made in Curryville by Task Force

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Abraham A.

    According to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte, on October 2, as part of ongoing drug investigations, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, East Central Drug Task Force, and Highway Patrol Troopers executed a search warrant at 111 West Main St. in Curryville. Seized were 28 morphine pills and cash. Abraham A. Adams, Sr., age 44, of that address, has been charged by Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher with class A

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  • Drug Take Back event a success around the state

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), in cooperation with 10 water utilities sponsoring collection sites, reports collecting 1,344 lbs. of unwanted pharmaceuticals during the September 27 Drug Take-Back Event. There was a total of 19 lbs. collected at the County Market Pharmacy in Vandalia, with the assistance of the Vandalia Police Department. Overall, at least 178 sites in Missouri collected pharmaceuticals in what has become a popular, semi-annual event, with drug

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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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