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The City of Vandalia Board of Alderman and administrators held their monthly meeting last Tuesday inside the Lange Building.

City of Vandalia approves Street plan

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen approved its 2014 Street Improvement Plan during the Tuesday, April 8 meeting. The new plan proposes $52,500 in programmed chip seal along with $10,500 in unprogrammed maintenance with no asphalt overlay at this time. The city expects to address at least 60 blocks. Oil and gravel costs are estimated and any significant change will be reflected in the blocks addressed. The top five

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  • R-VI investigates alleged teacher/student abuse

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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    The Community  R-VI School District was forced last week to publicly defend a 5th grade teacher who recently faced abuse allegations made by one of their students. Since the investigation, a student’s parent shared information with a television station in Columbia. The allegations of verbal abuse allegedly took place some time during the past two months. According to a letter signed by Superintendent Cheryl Mack and Elementary Principal Natalie Gibson,

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  • License Office officially open at new location

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Vandalia Housing Authority Executive Director Alan Chandler talks with staff who are ready to assists License Office customers in Vandalia.

    The Vandalia License Office officially opened its doors on April 9 at its newest location, inside the Vandalia Housing Authority building on Main St. Executive Director Alan Chandler said the office will offer the same services most recently provided by the City of Vandalia. “On the initial day we had a computer glitch but other than that, things seem to be running smoothly,” Chandler said. The License Office hours are

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Fraud alert for area

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating several incidents of fraud that has occurred throughout Ralls County. At this time the investigation has centered around two subjects from the Licking , Missouri area, who are currently suspects in these incidents. The subjects, Robert Wilbur COPENHAVER (White Male 39 years old height: 5’9” weight: 145) and Robert Dale LANE (White Male 35 years old height: 5’9” weight: 125). The subjects

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  • License Office officially open at new location

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Vandalia Housing Authority Executive Director Alan Chandler talks with staff who are ready to assists License Office customers in Vandalia.

    The Vandalia License Office officially opened its doors on April 9 at its newest location, inside the Vandalia Housing Authority building on Main St. Executive Director Alan Chandler said the office will offer the same services most recently provided by the City of Vandalia. “On the initial day we had a computer glitch but other than that, things seem to be running smoothly,” Chandler said. The License Office hours are

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  • AMC board gets good news from survey

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. In the President’s report, Mr. Neuendorf provided the hospital update. The Joint Commission was at AMC last week for their triennial survey. The survey went very well and there were very few findings. The surveyors were impressed with the facility because of the unique array of services it provides. According to meeting minutes, three new

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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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