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FFA Members Karissa Graves and Bryan Allen received Audrain County R-VI FFA’s National Chapter 3 Star Award on stage at the National FFA Convention.

Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter wins National Chapter Award

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter, of Laddonia, has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team, and serve others in their communities. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27 – August

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  • Several speakers, Miss Missouri talk with students at Van-Far A+ Career Fair

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman during her speech to students in a kickoff assembly.

    Miss Missouri 2014 Jessica Hartman kicked off the 6th Annual Van-Far A+ Career Fair with her motivational speech last Friday inside the high school gym. Hartman told the students in the assembly that when their high school days are over, they will find life outside the district’s walls won’t be easy. “It will be much harder to succeed and you will fail more than once,” she said. “But what will

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  • Aldermen, staff set goals at City of Vandalia meeting

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm


    Following their main Board of Aldermen meeting last Tuesday, the City of Vandalia’s aldermen and staff held a Goal Setting Session. Goals set by the BOA include: • Support Library/YMCA Project • Economic Development-jobs • Drug Enforcement • Review Reservoir maintenance policy • Officer training • Fireman notification system • Comply with Water treatment regulations • Review electric rate structure • Street improvements (smoother) • Study Housing—property maintenance codes •

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Harvests exceed national average

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

With more than 90 percent of the state’s corn crop harvested, the University of Missouri Variety Testing Program reports yields far exceeding national averages. MU Extension specialist Bill Wiebold said Missouri averaged more than 200 bushels per acre. “Those are amazing yields,” he said. Wiebold said this is the best yield he has seen since he began working with the program in 2000. Yields in northern Missouri, where fields are

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  • New utility policy adopted for the City of Vandalia

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm


    After a couple of months of discussing a possible change to a utility policy that hasn’t been adjusted since August 2000, aldermen adopted Resolution No. 14-08 during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen meeting held last week. This resolution is set up allowing only property owners to contract for utility services. This is to allow deposits to be eliminated and virtually eliminate write-offs while affording property owners complete control

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  • ANH Foundation donates to local organizations

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:15 am

    John Hodde, Gary Stubblefield, Cathy Schutte, and Ruth Willliams join together for a presentation made by the ANH Foundation to Farber Community Betterment, Inc.

    Each year the ANH Foundation intends to canvas all ANH employees for donation suggestions. The intent is to provide a positive impact to the communities where ANH is involved and also to recognize our employees’ own donations of time, talent, and money to the charities of their choice. The ANH foundation was established in the 1990s and donates between $50,000 and $60,000 annually, is independent and separate from the company,

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Important to understand information surrounding ACA advisor

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm

When I first heard about a supposed “Obamacare” architect making controversial comments, I personally didn’t pay too close attention to the story at first. But when President Barack Obama made his first comments about this person last week, I thought it was important that our readers get an understanding of what is going on here. It all started when videos of MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber were shown with him

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  • Missouri’s resolution on gay marriage overturned last week in K.C.

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    In 2004, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment that excluded gay men and lesbians from marrying in Missouri. This measure was upheld until last week when U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie Smith ruled in Kansas City, Mo. that same-sex couple can now obtain marriage licenses. This ruling came after a Jackson County lawsuit was filed in June by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri on behalf of two

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  • Voters participating in election process might be in the minority

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:14 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    On early Wednesday morning, many area voters are picking up a copy of The Vandalia Leader and checking out our website or Facebook page to get the latest results on the 2014 elections. Regardless of what political party you favored on election day, my hope is that you participated in the voting process. Unfortunately, if you did vote, you might have been in the minority. During the 2010 elections, only

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