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A graveside service was held during a Memorial Day Ceremony held on Monday, May 25.

Remembering those who gave all: VFW Post hosts Memorial Day events

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

The V.F.W. Post No. 2173 held multiple services on this year’s Memorial Day to honor those who gave all in battle. After services at cemeteries in Farber and Vandalia, a 10 a.m. service was held at the V.F.W. Post. This year’s guest speaker was the Rev. Mike Barter of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He read a press release from 2002 when a National Moment of Rememberance was established.

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  • Williams receives 2015 Unsung Hero Award

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Drenda Williams

    Vandalia native Drenda Williams, NRCS from Temple, Texas was selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Unsung Hero Award Program. She was nominated by her peers for the Unsung Hero Award. With many nominations received from throughout the USDA, an independent nominating committee comprised of OPEDA and USDA officials selected 12 individuals and teams for the Unsung Hero Award. Additionally, Williams was chosen as one of 16 Honorable Mentions

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  • Hewlett named new ACHD Administrator

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Sandra Hewlett

    The Audrain County Health Department Board of Health has hired Sandra M. Hewlett, MS, APRN, AOCN, FACHE as Administrator of the Audrain County Health Department. Hewlett holds a Master of Science Degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill. and has 35 years of healthcare, public health, business, and leadership experience. She is nationally certified in healthcare and oncology, and is a doctoral candidate in Public Health Administration. Prior to accepting

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  • Vandalia High School Class of 1945 holds 70th reunion

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

    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.

    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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