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Five suspects arrested for burglary in Pike County

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reports the following: On the night of September 2, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with East Central Drug Task Force, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, and Troopers from the Highway Patrol executed two search warrants in southern Pike County. Eolia Fire Protection District assisted with the use of a light plant. These search warrants were the culmination of an investigation into a residential burglary

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  • Health Department partners with SSM Health Care

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    The Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice has always prided itself on “patient-first”.  In order to maintain the full continuum of quality care to the residents of Audrain County, the determination was made that it is in the best interest of the residents of Audrain County to work with SSM Health Care. After lengthy discussion and negotiation, the Audrain County Health Department Home Health and Hospice services will

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  • Man threatens family with a gun

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    James R. Dougherty

    On September 6, 2014 at approximately 9:12 p.m., the Pike County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 6456 Pike 457 for a man threatening his family with a gun. James R. Dougherty, age 59, of that address, was taken in to custody by Sheriff’s Deputies.  Dougherty has been charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree. Class C felony

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AMC board holds meeting

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday, August 28 with Bill Dubbert, chairman; Sterling Oliver, vice-chairman; Jo Ellen Craghead, secretary; and Peter Perll, M.D., member in attendance. Staff attending were David Neuendorf, president and CEO; Kari Wilson, vice-president of Clinical Services COO/CNO; and Renae Rowe, executive assistant. According to meeting minutes, Dr. Peter Perll presented the August trustee inspection report. He reported that he, Neuendorf, and David Schulte

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  • All-Town Garage Sale set for Oct. 4

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    The Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce’s All-Town Garage Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 4. The deadline to register to place an ad on the city wide map is Friday, September 26. Entry forms are available at The Vandalia Leader and Martinsburg Bank. The cost is just $10.

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  • Emergency Exercise scheduled for WERDCC

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Within the next week, the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) will be conducting an Emergency Exercise. This exercise will involve staff members from WERDCC and possibly other law enforcement agencies. As a result, you may see an increase of departmental and law enforcement staff and/or equipment in the community. This joint exercise will assist us in remaining prepared to address emergency situations and to keep the public

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Explaining the process of putting last week’s issue together

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

After receiving some comments and complaints in regards to our September 3 issue of The Vandalia Leader, I think it’s important for me to explain what took place involving the newspaper published just one day after Labor Day. Our office was closed on Monday for Labor Day and so was our printing plant. The newspaper hits the press on Tuesdays. With early advertising and news copy deadlines set for the

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  • Saying “Bless You” gives one Tennessee student time in ISS

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    There once was a time that saying “God Bless You” or “Bless You” to someone after they sneezed was nearly always considered a kind gesture. This was not the case for a Tennessee student recently. Kendra Turner was kicked out of her class for saying “Bless You”, which was written by her teacher as a banned phrase on the classroom’s white board. It was among a list of phrases that

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  • Pray nothing but the best for those battling alcohol and drug use

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Every week, I continue to read about the lives of so many people in our area and in our own families who are affected by the consequences of alcohol and drug use. I posted some of my thoughts on the issue on Facebook this past week and it appeared I hit a nerve. It quickly gained several “likes” and comments from folks who apparently felt the same way. It just

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