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Vandalia High School’s Class of 1945 celebrates 70th reunion. Front row, from left: Norma Shaw, Ann Matthews Meiners, Wanda Lovelace Hanson, Helen Forgy Barrett, and Helen Griggs Jerman. Back row: Harold Fowler, Ed Waters, Warren Cook, Malcolm Coose, and Earl Jackson.

Vandalia High School Class of 1945 holds 70th reunion

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

A 70 year reunion of the members of the Vandalia High School Class of 1945 was held at the VFW Hall on Saturday, May 16. The original class had 46 members with four men in the service of World War II before graduation. There are 21 remaining members and 10 were present for the reunion. A social hour was enjoyed as members arrived, signed in and signed cards addressed to

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  • Van-Far holds special meeting

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:40 am


    The Van-Far R-I School Board met for a busy hour during a special meeting held last Tuesday in the District’s Conference Room. During the meeting, the board passed a resolution to approve the bond issuance. According to drafted meeting minutes, Brad Wegman and Holly Murphy, from L.J. Hart, provided information on the bond and a timeline of the process. Board members then took some time to sign the bond paperwork.

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  • Sale of $2.161 million in bonds approved for Van-Far R-I District

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:29 am


    The Van-Far R-I Board of Education approved the sale of $2,161,000 General Obligation Bond Issue to its Municipal Bond Underwriter, L.J. Hart & Company, of St. Louis during their special meeting held on May 12. “We appreciate the vote of confidence we received from local patrons at the election and want to lock in interest rates that are highly favorable,” said Van-Far Board President Christy Nelson. These new money General

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  • National Day of Prayer event held in Laddonia

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Laddonia area residents lift prayers to a Holy God during National Day of Prayer.

    The Laddonia Ministerial Alliance hosted an observance on the National Day of Prayer last Thursday inside the Laddonia Baptist Church. The event was moved inside due to rain but there were still 31 folks who joined together in prayer. The evening began with a trio singing “Lord I Need You,” “Heart of Worship,” and “Amazing Grace, Chains Are Gone.” At 7 p.m., both the Laddonia Baptist and Christian churches rang

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  • Owens appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Caleb “Bones” Owens, on left, with Travis Barker, “Yelawolf,” and D.J. Klever.

    Caleb “Bones” Owens, a 2002 Van-Far graduate, played guitar for the band “Yelawolf” when it appeared on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday, April 30. Owens wore a large black hat as he played his guitar alongside Travis Barker, D.J. Klever, and Yelawolf himself. The group played a song from its new album “Love Story,” which is getting many positive reviews from music industry critics. The episode of “Jimmy Kimmel

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  • Young boy named Junior Deputy

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Eric Carson, left, and Eddie Williams.

    A Mexico, Mo. mom Sher-re Bird recently shared her thankfulness on social media for the Audrain County Sheriff Department and their acceptance of her son, Eric Carson, as an official Junior Deputy. Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller said one his deputies, Sergeant Ed Williams, pinned a Junior Deputy badge on Carson. Meanwhile, Carson gave Williams a “Certificate of Appreciation” for being his “role model.” In her Facebook post, Bird said

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  • Two arrested in Audrain Co.

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm


    During the nighttime hours of May 4, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the  Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office served a search warrant in the 1000 block of East Love Street,  in Mexico. As a result of the search warrant officers seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two subjects were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Arrested were David Lee

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  • Rotary GSE Team places wreath at local memorial

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Shown with the memorial from the left: Carmet Stewart, Chandra Yogeswaran, Preeti Walia, and Austin Kim.

    The Rotary GSE Team from New Zealand commemorates ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day with a wreath at the Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the Vandalia Library. Observed on April 25 each year, ANZAC Day was begun originally to honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who fought at Gallipoli against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. This was the first military

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  • Reading appointed to Central Bank Board

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Jimmie Reading

    The Central Bank of Audrain County recently appointed Jimmie Reading to its Board of Directors. “We welcome Mr. Reading as a Director. His extensive experience and dedication to our local area and community are incredibly valuable and appreciated by Central Bank and our Board. We are very pleased to add a representative from the Vandalia community to our board of directors.” said Mike Bunge, Central Bank’s Chairman of the Board

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