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A graveside service was held during a Memorial Day Ceremony held on Monday, May 25.

Remembering those who gave all: VFW Post hosts Memorial Day events

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:31 am

The V.F.W. Post No. 2173 held multiple services on this year’s Memorial Day to honor those who gave all in battle. After services at cemeteries in Farber and Vandalia, a 10 a.m. service was held at the V.F.W. Post. This year’s guest speaker was the Rev. Mike Barter of the First Baptist Church in Vandalia. He read a press release from 2002 when a National Moment of Rememberance was established.

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  • Williams receives 2015 Unsung Hero Award

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Drenda Williams

    Vandalia native Drenda Williams, NRCS from Temple, Texas was selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Unsung Hero Award Program. She was nominated by her peers for the Unsung Hero Award. With many nominations received from throughout the USDA, an independent nominating committee comprised of OPEDA and USDA officials selected 12 individuals and teams for the Unsung Hero Award. Additionally, Williams was chosen as one of 16 Honorable Mentions

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  • Hewlett named new ACHD Administrator

    Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Sandra Hewlett

    The Audrain County Health Department Board of Health has hired Sandra M. Hewlett, MS, APRN, AOCN, FACHE as Administrator of the Audrain County Health Department. Hewlett holds a Master of Science Degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill. and has 35 years of healthcare, public health, business, and leadership experience. She is nationally certified in healthcare and oncology, and is a doctoral candidate in Public Health Administration. Prior to accepting

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Leader to be closed, deadlines moved up

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

The Vandalia Leader’s office will be closed on Memorial Day, May 25. All deadlines have been moved to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22 for the May 27 issue.

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  • Reading appointed to Central Bank Board

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Jimmie Reading

    The Central Bank of Audrain County recently appointed Jimmie Reading to its Board of Directors. “We welcome Mr. Reading as a Director. His extensive experience and dedication to our local area and community are incredibly valuable and appreciated by Central Bank and our Board. We are very pleased to add a representative from the Vandalia community to our board of directors.” said Mike Bunge, Central Bank’s Chairman of the Board

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  • County Market donates to Van-Far R-I

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Shown, from left: Kyle Fowler, Destiny Willis, Greg Ross, Jay Hickman, Brian Hummel, and Dr. Stephen Hunter.

    In their commitment to education, County Market was pleased to present Van-Far High School with a check in the amount of $5,000 during a ceremony last week at the Vandalia location. County Market also presented a check for $1,000 to Van-Far Elementary School. This year, County Market is celebrating more than $1 million donated to local schools over the past 20 years. As an associate owned company, County Market understands

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Hard work pays off in Van-Far’s district track title

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations goes to the Van-Far boys track and field program after winning the school’s first ever district title for the boys. The Indians dominated a large Class 1, District 1 field this past Saturday in Festus and beat defending champion Vibernum by 35 points. This was an amazing accomplishment. The program has went from no boys competing in districts just two years ago to not only competing, but dominating the

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  • Heart is heavy for family and friends in Baltimore

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Like many of The Vandalia Leader’s readers, I have been following the coverage of the riots in Baltimore, Maryland over the last few days. Protestors, peaceful and not so peaceful, took to the streets in support of a black man, Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury after being handcuffed and put in the back of a police van. His death one week after being in custody is attributed

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  • Great to see a musical grace the Van-Far stage

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Kudos go to the entire cast, crew, staff, and countless others who poured in many hours to help make Van-Far’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical a success. Advisor Jenniffer Hanson was hoping this performance would get a speech and drama department off and running after being stagnant for too many years. I believe what they did this past Friday and Saturday night has done exactly that. The entire cast gave

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