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Mimi Diaz

Agencies not a part of LEPC could be liable

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

During last quarter’s Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meeting, current chairperson and Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw expressed his concerns that several agencies in the county were not participating with the LEPC. There might be an increase in future participation after MERC representative Mimi Diaz joined those members who did gather last week at the Audrain County Courthouse for a quarterly meeting. Diaz talked about the recent fertilizer

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  • Effort with barn owls bearing fruit in Vandalia area

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Mick Hayden with a young barn owl.

    -submitted by Mick Hayden During the summer of 2013 I was greatly encouraged that our initial attempt at re-establishing barn owls in the surrounding area was bearing fruit. Four young owls were born in a nest box on the Rachel Kohl farm southeast of Vandalia. Jeff Meshach, the director of the World Bird Sanctuary, and I were able to band the youngsters before they fledged. The bands are lightweight aluminum

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  • Mel Elzea visits with members of VAHS

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Mel Elzea

    The Vandalia Area Historical Society greatly appreciates the attendance at their July 19 meeting in the Museum Genealogy Library. Vandalia native, Mel Elzea, was the guest speaker. He told the group about a book he was writing titled “All About m.e.” He spoke of the first eight years of his life, which were spent in Vandalia, and how they shaped his character, his life, and his career. He also gave

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Business News

Laddonia Library students recently took a tour of the First National Bank, soon to be the Central Bank of Audrain County, with Candy Bertels.

Laddonia youngsters visit local bank

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:40 pm

The Laddonia Library Summer Program featured a tour conducted by Candy Bartels of First National Bank, Laddonia, on Wednesday, July 16. Bartels explained to the group about banking, loans, and how money deposited at the bank helps the community. The group toured the bank’s conference room, safety deposit boxes, the night deposit vault, and security system. Each person received a complimentary miniature money bag, a community events booklet, and a

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  • Farm Bureau Family Day Aug. 11

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    You can harvest the fun and the savings this year during Farm Bureau/Farm Family Day at the Missouri State Fair. Take advantage of special discounts courtesy of Farm Bureau on Monday, August 11. You can save on gate admission, carnival ride wristbands and tractor pull tickets. Coupons are free and available at the Audrain County Farm Bureau office located at 113 E Jackson in Mexico. You don’t have to be

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  • City of Laddonia, Mo. meets

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    The City of Laddonia’s Board of Aldermen met on July 10 for their monthly meeting. City of Laddonia Mayor Josh Deimeke called the meeting to order. Those present included aldermen Jack Folta, Ono Monachino, Monte Hanson, Treasurer Bob Ellis, City Clerk/Collector Sabrina Hudson, and City Attorney Paul Seigfried. Alderperson Jolene Matich was unable to attend the meeting. During patron comments, the Utility Service Group gave a presentation on the water

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Editorial

Letter to the Editor

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Dear Editor, Initially, I was concerned about the increased utility deposit amounts. That was until I read about the $33,000 deficit in 2013. That money could be better spent on other needs. On a social level, I have contemplated the different circumstances that citizens live and always come back to the idea of accountability. All citizens have an adult responsibility to every other citizen to promptly pay their utility bills.

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  • A strange situation took place at a hospital in Springfield, Mo.

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    A few weeks back, I reminded readers that they should be on alert when taking their children to hospitals in lieu of the Justina Pelletier case, where she was removed from her family’s care for more than a year. This came after a bad diagnosis and her parents became irate with what was going on. Their actions, along with a diagnosis of a mental condition, led to Justina being pulled

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  • Census Bureau provides troubling statistics for young women

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    The U.S. Census Bureau released troubling statistics recently in regards to first-time mothers in our country. According to a report titled “Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012,” the percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping. In the early 1990s, reportedly a little more than half of all first births by mothers younger than 23 occurred in marriage. Since 2005, 38% of mothers younger than 23

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