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Brock and Stephanie Bailey and their Curryville area family after being honored for the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day in August.

Bailey family honored at Mo. State Fair

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Brock and Stephanie Bailey and family of Curryville were among the 110 families honored during the Missouri State Fair’s Farm Family Day on Aug. 11. The Baileys were selected as the Pike County Missouri State Fair Farm Family by the Pike County Extension Council and local Farm Bureau.  The family includes Austin, Micah, and Elise. Each year, the fair sets aside a day to recognize farm families from across the

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  • Van-Far says no to Amendment 3

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    MSBA Associate Executive Director Kelli Hopkins visited Van-Far’s Board meeting last week and discussed the Sunshine Law, among other topics.

    The Van-Far R-I School Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution on Amendment 3 during last week’s monthly meeting to state that the local board of education opposes the amendment set to appear on the November ballot. According to the resolution, the board notes that the state mandate shifts local control for education decisions away from parents, teachers, administrators, and school boards. The board feels the amendment is poorly drafted

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  • Discussion begins on liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals in town

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Randy Senor, of the Audrain County Health Department, addresses the Vandalia Board of Alderman.

    Discussion began at last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Aldermen meeting on a possible mandatory liability insurance for owners of dangerous animals. According to the meeting minutes, Vandalia Police Chief Tony Laird told the group that this item provides for discussion  regarding a proposed regulation for owners of dangerous animals that would require the owner to show proof of liability insurance covering the dangerous animal. The proof of insurance

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Dr. Daniel Fenn

Dr. Fenn settles in at Gentle Healthy Smiles

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:33 am

In order to keep up with the demand and needs of its patients, the Gentle Healthy Smiles dentist office in Vandalia has recently added the services of Dr. Daniel Fenn, D.D.S., who comes to town through the prestigious University of the Pacific: Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. It’s the same location in which Dr. Fenn’s colleague, Dr. Cedric Papa, is also a graduate. With only 6,150 living alumni, its

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  • Aldermen authorize funding for CSI building roofing project

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen held their monthly meeting last week. One of the decisions needing to be made this past week involved a roof on the vacant CSI building. According to city minutes, City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that there is $10,852 budgeted for needed repairs to the CSI building roof.  Additional funding is going to be needed, possibly up to $20,000. The project consists

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  • CMCA holds ribbon cutting ceremony in Mexico

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    The Central Missouri Community Action ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 16 in Mexico. Their new location is 403 Fairground. The event began with a welcome from CMCA Community Organizer Tad Dobyns and Executive Director Dairn Preis. Community Services Director Angela Hirsch gave the introduction of staff. Acknowledgements were also given for Audrain County Habitat for Humanity along with the Help Center Board of Directors, with recognition of Gary

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Ebola outbreak concern grows as more deaths are reported

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:40 am

By now, many Vandalia area residents have read several concerning reports in regards to the recent outbreak of Ebola cases, both in the U.S. and worldwide. According to a New York Times article entitled “Ebola Facts: How Many Health Care Workers Have Contracted Ebola?,” 233 of 400 workers from West Africa have died in this outbreak. There have been 16 cases outside of West Africa, with three fatalities. There are

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  • Mourning after the loss of my “granny,” Annetta Warner

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm


    When I woke up this past Sunday morning, the day felt like most other Sundays where our family begins rushing around the house to get ready for church. Then I received a phone call that brought things to a halt. My family back in Maryland was informing me that my grandmother, Annetta Warner, would likely not live through the day. We recently were told she may have a year to

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  • Adrian Peterson case reopens discussion on child discipline

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    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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