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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Hard work pays off in Van-Far’s district track title

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations goes to the Van-Far boys track and field program after winning the school’s first ever district title for the boys. The Indians dominated a large Class 1, District 1 field this past Saturday in Festus and beat defending champion Vibernum by 35 points. This was an amazing accomplishment. The program has went from no boys competing in districts just two years ago to not only competing, but dominating the

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  • Heart is heavy for family and friends in Baltimore

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Like many of The Vandalia Leader’s readers, I have been following the coverage of the riots in Baltimore, Maryland over the last few days. Protestors, peaceful and not so peaceful, took to the streets in support of a black man, Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury after being handcuffed and put in the back of a police van. His death one week after being in custody is attributed

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  • Great to see a musical grace the Van-Far stage

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Kudos go to the entire cast, crew, staff, and countless others who poured in many hours to help make Van-Far’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical a success. Advisor Jenniffer Hanson was hoping this performance would get a speech and drama department off and running after being stagnant for too many years. I believe what they did this past Friday and Saturday night has done exactly that. The entire cast gave

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  • Amazing community support shown for local family

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Several close friends and family members last week started a social media and text messaging effort on Wednesday to “Paint the Community Pink” for Kim Hodde. Several residents in the community and those from outside the area posted personal photos on a Facebook page called “Paint the Community Pink for Kim.” Those posting photos gave their support to the Hodde family. Many said they were planning to give financially while

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  • GAO report sheds light on “Planned Parenthood”

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    For about a decade, many Americans have heard about the good and mostly the bad things that take place through the nonprofit, taxpayer supported group “Planned Parenthood.” It has been well publicized over the years that the group, while using our American tax dollars, has used its funds for what is known as “family planning.” This program also gives an option for mothers-to-be to abort their unborn children. For many

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  • Double standard evident in Clinton emails situation

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:31 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Recently, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been criticized for using a private email account during her time in office. Earlier this month, a senior State Department official said thousands of her emails have been released after revelations she used a private account to conduct “official business” while in office. The State Department is reviewing 55,000 pages and it took them some time to get started. The Associated Press

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  • Kudos go to local basketball teams

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:16 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Congratulations to both the Community R-VI boys and girls basketball teams for winning back-to-back district championships after victories this past Saturday in Moberly. Fans battled through snowy weather and endured through some moments of uncertainty as their favorite teams overcame some struggles on their way to a championship. No matter what happened on Tuesday night in State Sectionals after press time, both teams have once again had great seasons their

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