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Shown, from left: Van-Far Board members Pete Nasir and Dr. Greg Frost take the Oath of Office, as led by Van-Far Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter.

Van-Far accepts several resignations, fills several staff positions

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

The Van-Far R-I School Board had a busy meeting last Thursday as it approved several resignations and filled several staff positions. Among the resignations accepted was one from longtime Family and Consumer Sciences Educator Teresa Klott. Klott had been with the district for 32 years before announcing her planned retirement this past week. “This decision was very difficult for me to make as you know I have always given my

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  • R-VI hires coaches, newly elected board members take oath of office

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Community R-VI Board members are sworn into office. Shown, from left, on left: Scott Sims, Terry Davenport, and Amy Brooks.

    The Community R-VI School Board officially hired staff members for a list of extracurricular activities during its meeting last Wednesday. The board voted to accept the extracurricular schedule, which includes: Jonathan Guilkey-Sophomore Class Sponsor, HS Golf Coach Bob Curtis-HS Girls Basketball Coach, Asst. JH Girls Basketball Coach Sarah Simmons-HS Track, Assistant JH Softball, Senior Sponsor Brandon Talbot-HS Baseball, Assistant Football Stacie Carroz-Assistant HS Girls Softball Coach, JH Track, JH Girls

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  • Aldermen sworn into office for Vandalia

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Vandalia City Clerk Karen Shaw leads alderman in taking the Oath of Office. Show. Shown, from left: Dempsey Dixon, Gabe Jennings, Bob Dunn, and Karen Shaw.

    The City of Vandalia officially filled three aldermen seats with an Oath of Office taken last week during the monthly meeting inside the Lange Building. City Clerk Karen Shaw led the ceremony for newly elected aldermen Bob Dunn (Ward I), Dempsey Dixon (Ward II), and Gabe Jennings (Ward III). City Administrator Alan Winders also presented plaques to outgoing aldermen Ron Stallcup and Larry Shaw. Aldermen then voted to name John

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

County Market donates to Van-Far R-I

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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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  • Financial assistance available for watersheds

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Farmers and ranchers in five Missouri watershed areas are eligible for financial assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to help them install conservation measures that will contribute to cleaner water flowing into the Mississippi River, and ultimately, the Gulf of Mexico. The five areas are among 27 watersheds selected in 13 states along the Mississippi River as part of continuing Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)

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  • Menefee accepts director position

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Kim Menefee has accepted the position as the new Director of Audrain Clinic Operations for the Audrain Medical Group. Menefee’s transition to the new role, will coincide with Jan Zimmerman’s retirement at the beginning of June. Menefee will assist with the implementation of Epic Ambulatory across the Audrain-based clinics and will help maintain an integrative  focus on best practices across our primary care clinics. Menefee has served as the regional

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Great to see a musical grace the Van-Far stage

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

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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  • Amazing community support shown for local family

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Several close friends and family members last week started a social media and text messaging effort on Wednesday to “Paint the Community Pink” for Kim Hodde. Several residents in the community and those from outside the area posted personal photos on a Facebook page called “Paint the Community Pink for Kim.” Those posting photos gave their support to the Hodde family. Many said they were planning to give financially while

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  • GAO report sheds light on “Planned Parenthood”

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    For about a decade, many Americans have heard about the good and mostly the bad things that take place through the nonprofit, taxpayer supported group “Planned Parenthood.” It has been well publicized over the years that the group, while using our American tax dollars, has used its funds for what is known as “family planning.” This program also gives an option for mothers-to-be to abort their unborn children. For many

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