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Front row, from left: Gina Clausen, Brooke James, and Mackenzie Kurz. Back row: Emily Laskowski, Anna DeTienne, Abbegail Robinson, and Autumn Sutton. Not pictured: Abbi Kuda, Nicole Harvey, Baileigh Lucas, and Courtney Jennings.

Several Van-Far students attend Roadway Safety event

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

On Monday, November 3, the Northeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Team Spirit Workshop was held at the National Guard Armory in Hannibal. The Van-Far Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) officers and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members of the FACTS program (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) attended this one day action packed training program. This conference was planned solely for the Northeast schools, with

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  • Drug bust in Pike County

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am


    Dave Moller Louisiana Press-Journal If an Illinois man had divulged the names of four “influential businessmen” from the Lake of the Ozarks he allegedly bought pounds of pot for, he might have escaped a seven-year prison term last week. But, Mark S. Gustafson, 54, of Antioch, Ill., didn’t give those names when asked twice at his sentencing hearing in Pike County Circuit Court on Thursday, December 11, and he paid

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  • “Use Tax” discussed at City of Vandalia meeting

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:03 am


    Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs discussed a possible “Use Tax” during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Alderman meeting held last Tuesday inside the Lange Building. Hobbs was present at the meeting to provide important information on the issue as an item would need to appear on the April 2015 ballot and the deadline to file the item ends in January. The idea of a “Use Tax” is nothing

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Farm Bureau set for Jan. 9 banquet

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:11 am

The Audrain County Farm Bureau will host their 18th Annual Legislative Appreciation Banquet on Friday, January 9, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Highway 15, in Mexico, Mo. This is the same location as last year. The Social starts at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be prepared and served by the Knights of Columbus. Those invited for this year’s event include U..S congressmen Sam Graves and

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  • Show Me Shoppe in Wellsville to hold Christmas Open House

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    On Saturday, December 6 the Show Me Shoppe will host a Christmas Open House and a book signing event. The Shoppe is filled with really neat and artistic gifts for Christmas by area artists. It is just waiting for shoppers who want more than a can of popcorn for their gift giving. As a special feature at the Open House, Jane Brooks, Martinsburg, will be at the Shoppe from 1-3

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  • Pizza Hut makes big changes to menu

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Ten new crust flavors. Five new premium ingredients. Four new flavor-packed drizzles. New Skinny Slice Pizzas. Eleven new specialty recipes. All available with six signature sauces. Plus, a revamped digital experience at pizzahut.com, a new logo, new box and relaxed uniforms.  It goes without saying that this will mark the biggest change that Pizza Hut and the pizza category has ever seen. “Pizza Hut has been defining what’s possible with

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Important to be content during the Christmas season

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:13 am

It’s hard to believe but Christmas is next Thursday. Let the sprint begin for so many of us who need to complete our Christmas shopping lists as we check off names, one by one, for who we have yet to purchase a gift for this holiday season. If you are a parent of more than one child, you understand the mindset of trying to buy equally for your children. While

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  • Guest Editorial: Texting “It Can Wait”

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Brenna Jones

    — Editor’s Note: Every day teenagers die on the roadways of this country because they are distracted by texting. Those grisly statistics can change, and a Hermann, MO student is doing her part to see they do. St. George eighth grade student Brenna Jones is the Missouri Middle School Division winner of the “It Can Wait” campaign aimed at discouraging texting while driving. The contest was sponsored in part by

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  • Projections show gas prices potentially dipping below $2

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    For the last month, many Vandalia area residents have enjoyed the financial relief felt at the gas pump as they’ve seen prices drop as low as $2.43 per gallon. The drop in price has caused many of us to reflect on the days when gas was less than $2 per gallon. Well, after a recent Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decision, gas prices might soon hit that mark

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