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Man arrested for drugs

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

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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  • University of Missouri Extension in Audrain holds annual meeting

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Leader Honor Roll winners, from left: Don Hudson alongside Elizabeth and Gery Windmann.

    The University of Missouri Extension’s Audrain County Extension Council enjoyed a time of fellowship during its annual meeting held last Tuesday at the Audrain County 4-H Center. Dr. Ronald Plain, a D. Howard Doane Professor in the University of Missouri Department of Agriculture Economics, presented the program “The Importance of Agriculture in Missouri.” One of the statistics he noted is that the United States exported 8 million tons of meat

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  • D.A.R. Essay Contest winners recognized at board meeting

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Shown, from left: Jayle Jennings, Jordan Garner, Taryn Adam, and Mrs. Joy Davis.

    Several Van-Far students were present at last week’s Van-Far R-I School Board meeting to be recognized for their participation in this year’s D.A.R. Essay Contest. Van-Far Elementary Principal Brian Hummel introduced the winners of the D.A.R. “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island” Essay Contest. • 5th grade winners: 1) Ennis Childs; 2) MaKenna Ungelsbee; 3)Cameron Jones. • 6th grade winners: 1) Annalynn Culwell; 2)Skylar Curtis; 3) Madison Swank. Mrs. Joy

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  • R-VI board approves move to four day school week

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    A few presentations were made during the Community R-VI Board meeting held last week at the district.

    After a few months of discussion, the Community R-VI School Board voted to change to a four day school week calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. A public session was held on the topic back in November. At that time, potential plans had district students out of school on Mondays while the other four days were set to be 35 minutes longer. One of the reasons for the change is

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  • Absentee ballots are available for election

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Absentee ballots for the April 7 municipal elections are now available at the County Clerk’s office. You may vote absentee in the County Clerk’s office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m. If you are requesting an absentee ballot be mailed, the request must be received no later than Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

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  • Vandalia man turns himself in

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Jose Allen Rimerez III

    On February 11, Jose Allen Ramirez III, age 46, of Vandalia, turned himself into the Sheriff’s Office and was officially charged on 12 February. Ramirez was charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with a class D felony of resisting arrest and a class D felony of driving while revoked with three previous convictions for driving while revoked. The honorable Judge David Ash set bond at $10,000 cash only. These

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  • RCEC names new CEO/Manager

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 4:05 pm

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    The Board of Directors of Ralls County Electric Cooperative (RCEC), headquartered in New London, Missouri, announced  the appointment of Lynn Hodges as the next CEO/Manager of RCEC. Hodges currently serves RCEC as its Assistant Manager. Through his more than 12 years at RCEC, Hodges has gained a strong knowledge of all areas of the cooperative and its subsidiary Ralls Technologies, LLC. Hodges will assume the duties of CEO/Manager on April

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  • Aldermen vote to change controversial utility policy

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 8:58 am

    After hearing complaints from local landlords for the past few months since adopting a new “property owners only” utility deposit policy, the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen revisited the change during last week’s board meeting. The City of Vandalia’s staff drafted a policy based on information provided by the landlords. The measure includes: • Raising renter deposits to $300 • Requirement for landlords and renters to disclose persons living

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