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Shown, from left: Van-Far Board members Pete Nasir and Dr. Greg Frost take the Oath of Office, as led by Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter.

Van-Far accepts several resignations, fills several staff positions

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

The Van-Far R-I School Board had a busy meeting last Thursday as it approved several resignations and filled several staff positions. Among the resignations accepted was one from longtime Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Teresa Klott. Klott had been with the district for 32 years before announcing her planned retirement this past week. “This decision was very difficult for me to make as you know I have always given my

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  • R-VI hires coaches, newly elected board members take oath of office

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Community R-VI Board members are sworn into office. Shown, from left, on left: Scott Sims, Terry Davenport, and Amy Brooks.

    The Community R-VI School Board officially hired staff members for a list of extracurricular activities during its meeting last Wednesday. The board voted to accept the extracurricular schedule, which includes: Jonathan Guilkey-Sophomore Class Sponsor, HS Golf Coach Bob Curtis-HS Girls Basketball Coach, Asst. JH Girls Basketball Coach Sarah Simmons-HS Track, Assistant JH Softball, Senior Sponsor Brandon Talbot-HS Baseball, Assistant Football Stacie Carroz-Assistant HS Girls Softball Coach, JH Track, JH Girls

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  • Aldermen sworn into office for Vandalia

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Vandalia City Clerk Karen Shaw leads alderman in taking the Oath of Office. Show. Shown, from left: Dempsey Dixon, Gabe Jennings, Bob Dunn, and Karen Shaw.

    The City of Vandalia officially filled three aldermen seats with an Oath of Office taken last week during the monthly meeting inside the Lange Building. City Clerk Karen Shaw led the ceremony for newly elected aldermen Bob Dunn (Ward I), Dempsey Dixon (Ward II), and Gabe Jennings (Ward III). City Administrator Alan Winders also presented plaques to outgoing aldermen Ron Stallcup and Larry Shaw. Aldermen then voted to name John

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  • Two arrested in Ralls County

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm


    Ralls Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie announced that on Friday April 10, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office took a call of a suspicious vehicle in rural Ralls County. Upon arrival deputies identified Michael Curtis, age 61, of Quincy, Ill. and Shay Alexander,  age 33, of Hannibal. The deputies also discovered multiple drugs and drug related items. The following charges are pending on Michael Curtis: possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled

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  • City of Laddonia swears in officials

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    New Laddonia Mayor Josh Deimeke, right, is handed words for his oath of office from City Attorney Tom Ellis.

    While a new mayor and new aldermen were sworn in during last Thursday’s City of Laddonia meeting, two outgoing aldermen expressed their wishes for the town under a new administration. The meeting surprisingly opened with some controversy when the outgoing board asked those in attendance at the beginning to leave the room due to the need for an Executive Session. This was on the agenda. The outgoing board met for

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  • Martinsburg dedicates new weather siren

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Consultant Steve Cearlock demonstrates the siren’s functions in Martinsburg.

    A new weather siren was officially dedicated and tested last Friday morning in Martinsburg, just one day after a severe weather system came through the area. The city had been without an outdoor warning siren for at least five years. Chris Newbrough, an Audrain County Grant Coordinator who works with the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency, addressed a crowd of spectators attending a press conference where the siren was installed

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  • Vandalia man arrested

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Jose Allen Ramirez III

    On April 3, Jose Allen Ramirez III, age 46, of Vandalia, was charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with the class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. The honorable Judge David Ash set bond at $25,000 cash only. These charges are the result of ongoing investigations of illegal drug activity. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office or their

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  • National Commander visits Laddonia

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm, fourth from left, is joined by Martinsburg Post Commander Joe Vomund, Laddonia’s Post Commander Charlie Meador, Rep. Jay Houghton, and Missouri American Legion Department Commander Dennis Woeltje.

    American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm stopped in Laddonia last week for a “Meet and Greet” at the Hubbell-Paris Post No. 510. Helm visited with members from posts in Laddonia, Hannibal (Post 55 Legion Riders Chapter), and Martinsburg (Post 552) during his brief visit. He was joined by George Scarborough, Senior Vice Commander; Dennis Woeltjze, Missouri American Legion Department Commander; Lowry Finley-Jackson, the state’s Department Adjutant; Paul Bennett, Department

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  • Ray Hall honored for 17 years of service at reception

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Ray Hall with proclamation from Rep. Jay Houghton.

    A Retirement Reception was held last Tuesday for E. Ray Hall, who stepped down after 17 years as the Director for the Mexico-Audrain County Library District. The reception was held at the Mexico headquarters. Hall received thanks from his colleagues for his service to the district. He was then presented a Missouri State proclamation from Sen. Jeanie Riddle and Rep. Jay Houghton. Hall also received a plaque from the district.

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