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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.

Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter wins National Chapter Award

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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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  • Van-Far hires contractors

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:28 am

    The executive session of the Van-Far Board of Education was held in the High School Central Office Conference Room Thursday, October 23 at 4:07 p.m.  with five members in attendance. Motions were made, seconded and passed to hire Crystal Sparks as an independent contractor for Bookkeeping, Jody Horner as an independent contractor for Speech and Language Services, and Linda Witte as an independent contractor Speech and Language Service.

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  • ANH Foundation donates to local organizations

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:15 am

    John Hodde, Gary Stubblefield, Cathy Schutte, and Ruth Willliams join together for a presentation made by the ANH Foundation to Farber Community Betterment, Inc.

    Each year the ANH Foundation intends to canvas all ANH employees for donation suggestions. The intent is to provide a positive impact to the communities where ANH is involved and also to recognize our employees’ own donations of time, talent, and money to the charities of their choice. The ANH foundation was established in the 1990s and donates between $50,000 and $60,000 annually, is independent and separate from the company,

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  • Rare blimp sighting in all parts of Audrain County

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:12 am

    A blimp flies over Vandalia, near The Vandalia Leader’s office last Thursday.

    Many Audrain County residents were surprised to see a blimp in the air last Thursday. Several sightings were reported in the morning in Mexico and many Vandalia residents spotted the rare site in the afternoon. Painted on the side of the blimp was the message “Create a great state! # GrowMo” The blimp, which is approximately 200 feet long and 60 foot wide, was leased by “Grow Missouri” through the

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