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Correction: Rep. Ed Schieffer (D) was endorsed by Missouri Right to Life

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

Rep. Ed Schieffer (D), candidate for District 10 State Senate seat, was endorsed by Missouri Right to Life. The information I previously found didn’t indicate what this image clearly shows. I personally apologize for the error. Ron Schott, of The Vandalia Leader http://www.missourilifepac.org/2014/general.html Note: Local candidates Rep. Ed Schieffer (D)

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  • Voter’s Guide to help you in casting your vote

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm


    Be sure to purchase a copy of this week’s issue or purchase an electronic edition at http://www.vandalialeader.com/?page_id=33 to get this week’s Voter’s Guide. Here’s a taste of what you’re missing…… Race for District 43, House of Representatives State Representative District 43 Candidate: Ed Lockwood Party: Democrat Campaign: Ed Lockwood for House District 43 Issues/Profile: Lockwood previously ran for the former District 10 representative seat. He founded a successful small business

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  • Drug arrest in Vandalia

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Alexis Page Kasper

    During the late evening hours of October 22, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Vandalia Police Department served a search warrant in the 1000 block of South Maple, in Vandalia. As a result of the search warrant officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officers were also seeking Alexis Page Kasper, age 23, of Vandalia suspected of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare

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Crop reporting note from USDA

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Audrain County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith Stowers, reminds producers that all 2015 perennial and biennial forage crops must be reported by November 15 and fall-seeded small grains by December 15. Stowers said all 2015 perennial and biennial forage acres, such as pasture acreage intended for haying or grazing, must be reported to FSA by the November 15 deadline. Since November 15 falls on a weekend, reports

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  • Trower receives top award

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm


    Adam Trower, Vice-President of Community State Bank of Missouri, received the Missouri Bankers Association Leadership Award from Mr. David Turner, Immediate Past Chairman of the Missouri Bankers Association.  Margaret Goodin, Director and Mark Goodin, EVP, Co-CEO, Director of Community State Bank joined the gentlemen for the presentation of the award.

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  • Dr. Fenn settles in at Gentle Healthy Smiles

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Dr. Daniel Fenn

    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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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Tough losing another member of the “greatest generation”

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

We lost another member of the “greatest generation” this past week when Joseph Arch Middleton, formerly of Laddonia, passed away. Through the years I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to meet and interview many people. While I’ve been thankful to meet many professional athletes and many local residents who have went on to do some amazing things in their lives, my interview in June 2009 with Arch is by far

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  • Ebola outbreak concern grows as more deaths are reported

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:40 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    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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