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Joyce Curry, Santana Davis, and Janessa Griffith work up a sweat at the Second Missionary Baptist Church Outreach Center in Vandalia.

SMBC Outreach Center’s trying to meet the needs of residents

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

By Ben Marshall The Vandalia Leader Janyce Holt is the coordinator of the Second Missionary Baptist Church (SMBC) Outreach Ministry in Vandalia. The ministry began two years ago with ladies exercising followed by a 2012 partnership with Randolph County and Moberly. The group then ventured out more and breast cancer awareness was the first health issue addressed for a year. About three years ago, the church had relocated and the

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  • Police Chief Shawn Puls settles in for City of Laddonia

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Laddonia Police Chief Shawn Puls stands alongside the city’s police cruiser.

    By Ben Marshall The Vandalia Leader Police Chief Shawn Puls applied, interviewed, and was hired in May 2014 by the Laddonia City Council after responding to an ad for the position. Chief Puls became the city’s first officer since it was last served with a local police presence in the mid-’90s. He was hired after the Laddonia residents voted for a tax increase to pay for a full-time police presence.

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  • Wenzel to receive top award from MoSGA

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Teresa Wenzel

    The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) announced Teresa Wenzel, member of the Vandalia Area Historical Society, will be a recipient of the MoSGA Director’s Award to be presented at the state’s annual conference in Columbia on August 1-2, 2014. The MoSGA Director’s Award is given to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the field of genealogy and family history over an extended period of time. Webster defines genealogy

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Teresa Wenzel

Wenzel to receive top award from MoSGA

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) announced Teresa Wenzel, member of the Vandalia Area Historical Society, will be a recipient of the MoSGA Director’s Award to be presented at the state’s annual conference in Columbia on August 1-2, 2014. The MoSGA Director’s Award is given to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the field of genealogy and family history over an extended period of time. Webster defines genealogy

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  • First National Bank to change its name

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    According to a letter given to bank customers, the First National Bank of Audrain County will change its name to Central Bank of Audrain County on July 25. The change allows for the bank’s customers to use teller services throughout the Central Bancompany family of local banks. “Same local bank, same people making local decisions, same community focus, just a new name,” said First National Bank of Audrain County President

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  • Former publisher elected international president

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Vandalia Rotary Club member Gary Sosniecki was elected President of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) at the organization’s annual meeting last week in Durango, Colorado. Sosniecki and his wife, Helen, were the owners, publishers, and editors of The Vandalia Leader from 2003-2007. The Sosnieckis will be hosts of the 2015 ISWNE conference at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute in Columbia next June.  ISWNE’s members are

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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Census Bureau provides troubling statistics for young women

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:22 pm

The U.S. Census Bureau released troubling statistics recently in regards to first-time mothers in our country. According to a report titled “Fertility of Women in the United States: 2012,” the percentage of young first-time mothers who are married is dropping. In the early 1990s, reportedly a little more than half of all first births by mothers younger than 23 occurred in marriage. Since 2005, 38% of mothers younger than 23

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  • Buildings and trees can be replaced in storms, people can’t

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Devastating storms left their mark during the late evening of Monday, July 7 and early Tuesday, July 8 in the Vandalia area after 70 m.p.h. winds left a lot of damage in its path. In Vandalia, Chad Wallace’s Pioneer Seeds morton building was completely destroyed. Power was out for a couple of hours as there were several down power lines. There was also tree debris on roads throughout town as

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  • Last verse of national anthem is something to reflect on

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    I’m forever grateful for the many set aside days throughout the year that force all of us to pause and reflect on how great our country is due to the sacrifices so many men and women have made. Just one month after Memorial Day, most of us will have the day off on Friday, July 4 to reflect on the history and freedoms of our nation. While it’s hard not

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