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The Audrain County R-VI FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Team placed 8th overall. Front row, from left: Courtney Bertels (Gold Medal Individual), and Julie Hale (9th Place Individual); Back row: Mason Sims (Gold Medal Individual), Lindsey Gastler (Gold Medal Individual).

R-VI FFA team finishes 8th

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter in Missouri were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The team, led by advisor Stacy French, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 161 other participants. Courtney Bertels received

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  • Van-Far R-I gets clean audit report

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Auditor Travis Huntley during his audit overview session with the Van-Far R-I School Board at their meeting last week.

    The Van-Far R-I School District  received a “clean opinion audit” for the 2013-14 school year. The declaration was made by auditor Travis Huntley during the Van-Far R-I School Board meeting last Thursday. Huntley represents Gerding, Korte, and Chitwood. The audit showed that balances were up $101,223. The lone concern in the report dealt with a small number of personnel who are responsible for the accounting duties. This is a typical

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  • Demand grows in Vandalia area for Help Center program

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    With the most applications ever accepted from the Vandalia area, Help Center officials are asking those living in the area to either donate items or choose to Adopt-a-Child to keep up with this new demand. “As of today, we have 185 kids, with 35 from the Vandalia area,” said Help Center board member and Adopt-a-Child Program Coordinator Kathy Craghead. “That’s really the most we’ve really ever had from that part

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  • Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter wins National Chapter Award

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    FFA Members Karissa Graves and Bryan Allen received Audrain County R-VI FFA’s National Chapter 3 Star Award on stage at the National FFA Convention.

    The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter, of Laddonia, has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team, and serve others in their communities. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27 – August

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  • Several speakers, Miss Missouri talk with students at Van-Far A+ Career Fair

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman during her speech to students in a kickoff assembly.

    Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman kicked off the 6th Annual Van-Far A+ Career Fair with her motivational speech last Friday inside the high school gym. Hartman told the students in the assembly that when their high school days are over, they will find life outside the district’s walls won’t be easy. “It will be much harder to succeed and you will fail more than once,” she said. “But what will

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  • Aldermen, staff set goals at City of Vandalia meeting

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm


    Following their main Board of Aldermen meeting last Tuesday, the City of Vandalia’s aldermen and staff held a Goal Setting Session. Goals set by the BOA include: • Support Library/YMCA Project • Economic Development-jobs • Drug Enforcement • Review Reservoir maintenance policy • Officer training • Fireman notification system • Comply with Water treatment regulations • Review electric rate structure • Street improvements (smoother) • Study Housing—property maintenance codes •

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  • Louisiana man arrested

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Roosevelt Burse

    On November 6, a search warrant was executed at 818 Griffith St. in Louisiana by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Louisiana Police Department. As a result of the search warrant Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher has charged Roosevelt Burse, 64 years, of that address, with the class B felony possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and the class C felony

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  • Edna Berry named Missouri State Employee of the Month

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Edna Berry

    The Center for Management and Professional Development in The Office of Administration’s Division of Personnel announces Edna Berry as the November 2014 Missouri State Employee of the Month. Berry, a Registered Nurse, is employed with the Department of Corrections. Through Ms. Berry’s contributions as Employee Health Nurse to both the Northeast Correctional Center and Women’s Eastern Reception and Diagnostic Center in Vandalia, vital immunizations were provided to the staff, reducing

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  • Software error leads to new tax bills being mailed

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Two tax issues led to the mailing of new tax bills to Audrain County residents living in Tax Code 65 and Tax Code 72. According to Audrain County Collector Kate Becker, a programming error led to the new Laddonia Fire District Tax Levy being dropped off all tax bills for the City of Laddonia. “If your tax bill(s) are in Tax Code 65, you will be receiving a new tax

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