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Heather M. Stoops

Stoops arrested for drugs

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte releases the following information: On January 17, a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle on Route NN near Pike 277 for a traffic violation. During the course of the stop, a passenger in the vehicle, Heather M. Stoops, 37, of rural Louisiana, was found to be in possession of marijuana. Stoops was taken into custody and transported to the Pike

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  • Elementary pods might be addressed in possible no tax bond increase

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:48 am


    The Van-Far R-I School Board held a Work Session last Thursday night to discuss Van-Far’s facilities and possible upgrades that could become a reality through a no tax bond increase, followed by a passing vote from voters. The meeting came as a result of a community survey taken last Fall that had 200 responses offering input on the facilities of the district. Jay Berendzen and Jon Berendzen, of Porter, Berendzen

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  • Utility deposit policy discussed at meeting

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Several Vandalia landlords and residents packed the Lange Building last week for the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting.

    After expressing concerns last month on changes approved in November in regards to the City of Vandalia’s utility deposit policy, landlords gave the city a proposed policy that they felt would be best for the city. The proposed policy would include a $300 utility deposit, a two strikes and out structure, along with a need for documentation (city and landlords working together) showing head of household from the landowner (lease,

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Goodwin’s Grocery owner Greg Goodwin, left, and employee Amanda Grawe stand near the cash register. The grocery store will be closing by the end of January.

End of an Era: Goodwin’s Grocery closing its doors by end of January

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 8:38 am

Since 1965, the City of Laddonia’s residents enjoyed having a local grocery store to help meet their family’s needs without having to go far from home. Unfortunately, it appears that era comes to an end at the end of January when Goodwin’s Grocery closes its doors after it served Laddonia as the main grocer for the past 30 years. Owner Greg Goodwin said he had plans to keep his business

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  • Stotler moves tax business

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Nancy Stotler inside her new Reliable Tax Service in Vandalia.

    Those looking to have their taxes done this year by Reliable Tax Service will be visiting a new location as the business has moved from S. Main St. to Galloway Road, just off Highway 54 in Vandalia. Owner Nancy Stotler purchased the building that has three office locations. One office features the business “Country Gals” while the two others were formerly occupied by “U.S. Cellular.” A Reliable Tax Service sign

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  • Gas prices hit $1.99

    Posted on December 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm


    Many Vandalia area residents woke up to a nice surprise on Christmas Eve when they drove through Vandalia in their vehicles and saw every gas station sign with the price of $1.99 per gallon for unleaded. Abel’s, Pickadilly, and 54 Package Store each set their prices below the $2 mark for the first time in what seems like forever. Even diesel was reaching as low as $2.75 per gallon. Just

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Government officials looking to increase federal gas tax

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 8:30 am

There’s an old saying “if it’s too good to be true, then it’s too good to be true.” Many Vandalia area drivers, and drivers across the nation, have recently enjoyed lower gas prices. Our family filled up our minivan the other day with 14 gallons for under $30. After all of us have enjoyed more than a month of relief at the gas pump, our “wonderful” federally elected officials are

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  • St. Louis Rams appear to be headed back to Los Angeles

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    As a former resident of Baltimore, my heart goes out to all St. Louis sports fans after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke, through a joint venture with the Stockbridge Capital Group,  unveiled plans for a proposed NFL-ready stadium in the Los Angeles, California area. The development group announced plans on Monday to build an 80,000-seat stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. I’ve seen this show before. As a

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  • Another year has come and gone, a new one to begin

    Posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    It’s hard to believe that yet another year has come to an end. The completion of a year gives many of us a chance to reflect on how our lives were changed these past 12 months while giving us some excitement on what might take place during this upcoming year. During this past year, many of us lost loved ones while many of us were blessed with the presence of

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