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Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

Three area teachers were recognized for receiving mini-grants  at th Audrain County Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting held August 21 in Mexico. Guest Speaker Diane Olson presented the awards. Olson is the Director of Promotion and Education Programs for the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation. It was noted that just 29 mini-grants were given in the state and three were awarded to Audrain County. Kendra Allen, from the Mexico School District, was

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  • Rural Pike County man in jail after wife is shot in head

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Steve Rusher

    By Amy Patterson Bowling Green Times A man from the rural outskirts of southern Pike County remains behind bars after an altercation between he and his wife ended with her sustaining a gunshot wound to her forehead. According to Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte, his office received a call on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 4:21 p.m. from a man at 14399 Pike 340 who stated he had accidently shot his

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  • School Board discusses spending policy

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Van-Far School Board President Christy Nelson, left, presents the golden bell to Crystal Sparks.

    Concerns of board policies not being followed were charged to Van-Far R-I Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hunter by a couple of board members at the beginning of the district’s board meeting last Thursday evening. The consent agenda was approved with the exceptions of one check for $8,473.20 to Brick City Painting/Drywall and a check for $14,735 made to Don Martin Construction for work on lots at both schools and the bus

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Agape House gets new member

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Edith Westmoreland of Bowling Green joined the board of directors of Agape House of Vandalia during the August 19 meeting.  Westmoreland is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and holds part-time employment in Hannibal. In other business, the manager’s report indicated there were 97 guests, including 28 children, at the house in July. Plans were announced for the annual cleanup day.  Five to six offenders from WERDCC and their

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  • Early deadlines set for Sept. 3 issue

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 1, The Vandalia Leader has set early deadlines for the Wednesday, September 3 issue. All submitted stories and advertisements will need to be turned into the newspaper no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, August 29. Ads can be emailed to tvlads@lcs.net. Submitted stories can be emailed to vandalialeader@lcs.net.

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  • Dairy Queen holds Miracle Treat Day for MU hospital

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Front row, from left: Alec Bauman and Hannah Bauman. Back row: Lori Swank, T.J. Tiger, and Chantal Irish of the Childrens Miracle Network.

    Dairy Queen, in Vandalia, raised money last Thursday during it’s annual Miracle Treat Day, with Blizzard treat proceeds (sales price minus cost of ingredients) going to the MU Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Mo. T.J. Tiger was at the event. (Total expected to be reported at a later date). Since 1984, Dairy Queen’s all over North America have raised more than $100 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

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

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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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  • “EPA grabs for dry land” by Don Parrish

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction was drafted, according to the agency, to reduce uncertainty. And that it does. It’s very clear the proposed rule is designed to allow the federal government to regulate every place water flows when it rains, including small and remote “waters” and ephemeral drains and ditches. We all know that water flows downhill

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  • Unfortunate situation taking place in Ferguson, Mo.

    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 5:22 am

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    This past week, a Ferguson, Mo. teenager was shot and killed by an officer there. The problem is not only did a young man lose his life, there was no nearby camera that caught the incident on video. It’s the classic case of “he said, she said.” One supposed eyewitness says that teenager Michael Brown was surrendering with his hands in the air to show he was unarmed when an

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