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A few parents commented on a letter sent to 5th grade parents during the R-VI board meeting.

Community R-VI parents share concerns with board

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm

The Community R-VI Library was packed full of parents last Wednesday night for the district’s school board meeting. Many in attendance wanted their voices to be heard in regards to an alleged abuse scenario between a 5th grade teacher and student. Kim Replogle was going to speak but was reminded that she was on the Executive Session agenda. She had several pages to read to the board. Board President Andrew

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  • School Resource Officer hired by Van-Far, R-VI

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Front row, from left: Van-Far Board Treasurer Larry Wheeler and Board President Christy Nelson. Back row: Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter, Lt. Jeff Scrogin, Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Eastern Commissioner Roger Young, and Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller.

    Just one night after the Community R-VI School District approved a measure to hire a School Resource Officer, the Van-Far R-I School District finalized things with the board’s approval of a memorandum between the two districts. Attending both meetings were Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, Commissioner Roger Young, Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller, and officer Jeff Scrogin, the new SRO. The districts are splitting the total of $44,403.12 to

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  • Special Election scheduled for May 20 in City of Farber

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    A Special Election will be held in the City of Farber on Tuesday, May 20 for Farber voters to choose either incumbent Lynn Flowers or write-in candidate Wiliam Robinson in a race for the final alderman seat. Both candidates tied with 11 votes a piece in the April 8 election. Farber City Hall will be the main polling location for the race.

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Fraud alert for area

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:56 pm

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating several incidents of fraud that has occurred throughout Ralls County. At this time the investigation has centered around two subjects from the Licking , Missouri area, who are currently suspects in these incidents. The subjects, Robert Wilbur COPENHAVER (White Male 39 years old height: 5’9” weight: 145) and Robert Dale LANE (White Male 35 years old height: 5’9” weight: 125). The subjects

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  • License Office officially open at new location

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Vandalia Housing Authority Executive Director Alan Chandler talks with staff who are ready to assists License Office customers in Vandalia.

    The Vandalia License Office officially opened its doors on April 9 at its newest location, inside the Vandalia Housing Authority building on Main St. Executive Director Alan Chandler said the office will offer the same services most recently provided by the City of Vandalia. “On the initial day we had a computer glitch but other than that, things seem to be running smoothly,” Chandler said. The License Office hours are

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  • AMC board gets good news from survey

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    The Audrain Medical Center Board of Trustees met Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. In the President’s report, Mr. Neuendorf provided the hospital update. The Joint Commission was at AMC last week for their triennial survey. The survey went very well and there were very few findings. The surveyors were impressed with the facility because of the unique array of services it provides. According to meeting minutes, three new

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Pinwheels offer reminder of local children in need

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Many Audrain County residents who have recently visited the courthouse might have noticed 63 blue pinwheels placed in the lawn outside. Each pinwheel put into the ground represents a foster child in Audrain County. It ties into the National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign in April. The local display was organized by Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer Kerri Ferrari. The types of abuse suffered by children in Audrain County and surrounding

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  • Questions raised about future of rural health care

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Currently, many Vandalia area residents can easily access area clinics and hospitals for their medical needs. In spite of living in a rural area, Vandalia has two doctor’s offices and the closest hospital, Audrain Medical Center, in the same county. A third doctor’s office, the Hannibal Clinic, recently closed, keeping its services in Bowling Green. While area residents are blessed to have the services currently available, two state organizations recently

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  • China trip for the first lady is interesting to analyze

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters, Malia and Sasha, along with her own mother are currently on a week-long trip to China for what is being described as a “soft diplomacy” visit. Among the reasons for her visit includes an effort to learn about education from around the world as well as a belief that “pure friendly interactions” might be more effective than other measures in building trust

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