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Pinwheels offer reminder of local children in need

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Many Audrain County residents who have recently visited the courthouse might have noticed 63 blue pinwheels placed in the lawn outside. Each pinwheel put into the ground represents a foster child in Audrain County. It ties into the National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign in April. The local display was organized by Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer Kerri Ferrari. The types of abuse suffered by children in Audrain County and surrounding

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  • Questions raised about future of rural health care

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Currently, many Vandalia area residents can easily access area clinics and hospitals for their medical needs. In spite of living in a rural area, Vandalia has two doctor’s offices and the closest hospital, Audrain Medical Center, in the same county. A third doctor’s office, the Hannibal Clinic, recently closed, keeping its services in Bowling Green. While area residents are blessed to have the services currently available, two state organizations recently

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  • China trip for the first lady is interesting to analyze

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, along with her own mother are currently on a week-long trip to China for what is being described as a “soft diplomacy” visit. Among the reasons for her visit includes an effort to learn about education from around the world as well as a belief that “pure friendly interactions” might be more effective than other measures in building trust

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  • Pathway to college and pro sports takes hard work

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Many Van-Far and Community R-VI athletes are starting their Spring sports season with the hopes of achieving success that might take them to the collegiate level or professional level. While I’m never one to discourage athletes from their dreams, I do think it is important they realize the uphill climb they have to accomplish them. Recently, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) released a probability chart showing actual numbers of

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  • Recent memorandum could be path to full amnesty

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    During the past few months, a new policy has been put in place to extend legal status and military benefits to thousands of illegal immigrants who are the parents, spouses, and children of U.S. military members. The policy does not include the siblings of those serving in the military, who are described as “active-duty, reservists, and veterans.” Those in support of this policy, which has not been voted on by

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  • Supreme Court decides not to hear homeschool case

    Posted on March 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Note: Just minutes before press time, the DHS did grant the family an indefinite deferred status,” meaning they can stay in the U.S. The U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal from a German homeschooling family last week, likely resulting in their eventual deportation. The case involved Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who fled Germany for the U.S. in 2008 to seek political asylum. They did this because, in

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  • Rebuttal to Letter to the Editor

    Posted on February 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    I want to thank Gregory Bontz for his Letter to the Editor in reference to my editorial last week regarding Missouri linebacker Michael Sam. Mr. Bontz first challenges my editorial by, in general, saying that heterosexuals are many times telling what they do “behind closed doors,” referencing many celebrity names. He also noted then that using “my mentality” homosexuals shouldn’t be exposed to what goes on behind the closed doors

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