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Brock and Stephanie Bailey and their Curryville area family after being honored for the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day in August.

Bailey family honored at Mo. State Fair

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Brock and Stephanie Bailey and family of Curryville were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 11. The Baileys were selected as the Pike County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Pike County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  The family includes Austin, Micah, and Elise. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the

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  • Van-Far says no to Amendment 3

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    MSBA Associate Executive Director Kelli Hopkins visited Van-Far’s Board meeting last week and discussed the Sunshine Law, among other topics.

    The Van-Far R-I School Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution on Amendment 3 during last week’s monthly meeting to state that the local board of education opposes the amendment set to appear on the November ballot. According to the resolution, the board notes that the state mandate shifts local control for education decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards. The board feels the amendment is poorly drafted

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  • Discussion begins on liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals in town

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Randy Senor, of the Audrain County Health Department, addresses the Vandalia Board of Alderman.

    Discussion began at last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting on a possible mandatory liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals. According to the meeting minutes, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird told the group that this item provides for discussion  regarding a proposed regulation for owners of dangerous animals that would require the owner to show proof of liability insurance covering the dangerous animal. The proof of insurance

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  • Vandalia residents hurt in wreck

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Three Vandalia residents were injured in a two-vehicle accident on October 10 at 6:55 p.m. in Pike County at U.S. Highway 54, west of Route U. Ariel L. Harvey, age 20, of Vandalia, the driver of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, received minor injuries and was transported to Pike County Memorial Hospital by ambulance. Charles L. Cunningham, age 45, of Vandalia who was a passenger in Harvey’s vehicle received moderate injuries

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  • River bridge to close Oct. 20-24

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:38 am


    A third postponement of the maintenance closure of the Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana was issued this week after a string of storms started moving through the area. MoDOT now plans to close the bridge carrying Hwy. 54 traffic over the Mississippi River at 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20. It is expected to reopen some time on Friday, Oct. 24 but the work could see further delays from bad

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  • Dr. Fenn settles in at Gentle Healthy Smiles

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Dr. Daniel Fenn

    In order to keep up with the demand and needs of its patients, the Gentle Healthy Smiles dentist office in Vandalia has recently added the services of Dr. Daniel Fenn, D.D.S., who comes to town through the prestigious University of the Pacific: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. It’s the same location in which Dr. Fenn’s colleague, Dr. Cedric Papa, is also a graduate. With only 6,150 living alumni, its

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  • Drug arrest made in Curryville by Task Force

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Abraham A.

    According to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte, on October 2, as part of ongoing drug investigations, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, East Central Drug Task Force, and Highway Patrol Troopers executed a search warrant at 111 West Main St. in Curryville. Seized were 28 morphine pills and cash. Abraham A. Adams, Sr., age 44, of that address, has been charged by Pike County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher with class A

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  • Drug Take Back event a success around the state

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), in cooperation with 10 water utilities sponsoring collection sites, reports collecting 1,344 lbs. of unwanted pharmaceuticals during the September 27 Drug Take-Back Event. There was a total of 19 lbs. collected at the County Market Pharmacy in Vandalia, with the assistance of the Vandalia Police Department. Overall, at least 178 sites in Missouri collected pharmaceuticals in what has become a popular, semi-annual event, with drug

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  • Four Arrested in Ralls County

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm


    Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie announced that on Sunday, September 21, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol discovered an active meth lab in rural Ralls County. Deputies arrested Norman Melvin, age 46, Kara Crane, age 23, Paula Feldman, age 57, and Nicole Bosley, age 33. All are being charged with Distributing, Delivering, Manufacturing, Producing or Attempting to Possess With Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture or

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