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Abbi Kuda, left, and Abbegail Robinson.

FCCLA students attend national conference

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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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City of Laddonia meeting

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

On August 14 the meeting of the Laddonia Board of Aldermen was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Mayor Josh Deimeke. Those present were Mayor Josh Deimeke, Aldermen Jack Folta, Ono Monachino, Monte Hanson, and Jolene Matich; City Treasurer Bob Ellis, City Attorney Tom Ellis,  and City Clerk/Collector Sabrina Hudson. The treasurer’s and collector’s reports for July 2014 were accepted as were the minutes with corrections and the warrant

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  • AMC board holds meeting

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday, August 28 with Bill Dubbert, chairman; Sterling Oliver, vice-chairman; Jo Ellen Craghead, secretary; and Peter Perll, M.D., member in attendance. Staff attending were David Neuendorf, president and CEO; Kari Wilson, vice-president of Clinical Services COO/CNO; and Renae Rowe, executive assistant. According to meeting minutes, Dr. Peter Perll presented the August trustee inspection report. He reported that he, Neuendorf, and David Schulte

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  • All-Town Garage Sale set for Oct. 4

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    The Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s All-Town Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 4. The deadline to register to place an ad on the city wide map is Friday, September 26. Entry forms are available at The Vandalia Leader and Martinsburg Bank. The cost is just $10.

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Adrian Peterson case reopens discussion on child discipline

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

The Minnesota Vikings future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson was booked last week and later posting bond after being indicted by a grand jury on charges for reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant was issued for his arrest as photos of his four year old son were viewed by a grand jury showing injuries the young boy suffered after Peterson admittedly used a switch (tree

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  • Explaining the process of putting last week’s issue together

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    After receiving some comments and complaints in regards to our September 3 issue of The Vandalia Leader, I think it’s important for me to explain what took place involving the newspaper published just one day after Labor Day. Our office was closed on Monday for Labor Day and so was our printing plant. The newspaper hits the press on Tuesdays. With early advertising and news copy deadlines set for the

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  • Saying “Bless You” gives one Tennessee student time in ISS

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    There once was a time that saying “God Bless You” or “Bless You” to someone after they sneezed was nearly always considered a kind gesture. This was not the case for a Tennessee student recently. Kendra Turner was kicked out of her class for saying “Bless You”, which was written by her teacher as a banned phrase on the classroom’s white board. It was among a list of phrases that

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