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Aldermen authorize funding for CSI building roofing project

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen held their monthly meeting last week. One of the decisions needing to be made this past week involved a roof on the vacant CSI building. According to city minutes, City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that there is $10,852 budgeted for needed repairs to the CSI building roof.  Additional funding is going to be needed, possibly up to $20,000. The project consists

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  • Drug Task Force makes arrest

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    David Lee Watson

    During the late evening hours of September 17, the East Central Drug Task Force, assisted by the Mexico Public Safety Department and the Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office, served a search warrant in the 1,000 block of Falcon Drive, in Mexico.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. One suspect was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and

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  • Thomas Miller sentenced to 43 years for molestation

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger announces that Thomas Alan Miller, 49, of Mexico, has been sentenced to 43 years having been found guilty of one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, two counts of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count each of Child Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Miller was sentenced by

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  • FCCLA students attend national conference

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

    Van-Far FCCLA students Abbegail Robinson and Abbi Kuda joined more than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference on July 6. Abbi Kuda The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Abbi Kuda, a sophomore at Van-Far R-I School District, was among the members who took part in

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  • Grand Vandalia Hotel set for auction

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    A pair of Thornhill Auction signs are visible outside the Grand Vandalia Hotel.

    An auction sign is currently in front of the history Grand Vandalia hotel as owner Virginia Howdeshell has plans to sell the landmark in an auction scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5. Howdeshell lists the death of her husband as the reason for the public auction. The Howdeshells purchased the hotel from the Smith family in the ‘90s. According to the “Vandalia, Missouri: Queen of the Prairie” history

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  • Audrain Medical Center to officially change name

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Since joining SSM Health Care last year, Audrain Medical Center has been transforming the care it provides to patients in Mexico and the surrounding communities. Recently, they announced that this fall AMC will be changing their name to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. This name links Audrain Medical Center to its parent organization, SSM Health Care, which has a care network that extends across four states. It also

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  • Five suspects arrested for burglary in Pike County

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm


    Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reports the following: On the night of September 2, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with East Central Drug Task Force, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, and Troopers from the Highway Patrol executed two search warrants in southern Pike County. Eolia Fire Protection District assisted with the use of a light plant. These search warrants were the culmination of an investigation into a residential burglary

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  • Health Department partners with SSM Health Care

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice has always prided itself on “patient-first”.  In order to maintain the full continuum of quality care to the residents of Audrain County, the determination was made that it is in the best interest of the residents of Audrain County to work with SSM Health Care. After lengthy discussion and negotiation, the Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice services will

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  • Man threatens family with a gun

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    James R. Dougherty

    On September 6, 2014 at approximately 9:12 p.m., the Pike County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 6456 Pike 457 for a man threatening his family with a gun. James R. Dougherty, age 59, of that address, was taken in to custody by Sheriff’s Deputies.  Dougherty has been charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree. Class C felony

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