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Vandalia High School’s Class of 1945 celebrates 70th reunion. Front row, from left: Norma Shaw, Ann Matthews Meiners, Wanda Lovelace Hanson, Helen Forgy Barrett, and Helen Griggs Jerman. Back row: Harold Fowler, Ed Waters, Warren Cook, Malcolm Coose, and Earl Jackson.

Vandalia High School Class of 1945 holds 70th reunion

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

A 70 year reunion of the members of the Vandalia High School Class of 1945 was held at the VFW Hall on Saturday, May 16. The original class had 46 members with four men in the service of World War II before graduation. There are 21 remaining members and 10 were present for the reunion. A social hour was enjoyed as members arrived, signed in and signed cards addressed to

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  • Van-Far holds special meeting

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:40 am


    The Van-Far R-I School Board met for a busy hour during a special meeting held last Tuesday in the District’s Conference Room. During the meeting, the board passed a resolution to approve the bond issuance. According to drafted meeting minutes, Brad Wegman and Holly Murphy, from L.J. Hart, provided information on the bond and a timeline of the process. Board members then took some time to sign the bond paperwork.

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  • Sale of $2.161 million in bonds approved for Van-Far R-I District

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:29 am


    The Van-Far R-I Board of Education approved the sale of $2,161,000 General Obligation Bond Issue to its Municipal Bond Underwriter, L.J. Hart & Company, of St. Louis during their special meeting held on May 12. “We appreciate the vote of confidence we received from local patrons at the election and want to lock in interest rates that are highly favorable,” said Van-Far Board President Christy Nelson. These new money General

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Leader to be closed, deadlines moved up

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

The Vandalia Leader’s office will be closed on Memorial Day, May 25. All deadlines have been moved to 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22 for the May 27 issue.

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  • Reading appointed to Central Bank Board

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Jimmie Reading

    The Central Bank of Audrain County recently appointed Jimmie Reading to its Board of Directors. “We welcome Mr. Reading as a Director. His extensive experience and dedication to our local area and community are incredibly valuable and appreciated by Central Bank and our Board. We are very pleased to add a representative from the Vandalia community to our board of directors.” said Mike Bunge, Central Bank’s Chairman of the Board

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  • County Market donates to Van-Far R-I

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 2:36 pm

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

    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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General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Hard work pays off in Van-Far’s district track title

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations goes to the Van-Far boys track and field program after winning the school’s first ever district title for the boys. The Indians dominated a large Class 1, District 1 field this past Saturday in Festus and beat defending champion Vibernum by 35 points. This was an amazing accomplishment. The program has went from no boys competing in districts just two years ago to not only competing, but dominating the

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  • Heart is heavy for family and friends in Baltimore

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    Like many of The Vandalia Leader’s readers, I have been following the coverage of the riots in Baltimore, Maryland over the last few days. Protestors, peaceful and not so peaceful, took to the streets in support of a black man, Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal-cord injury after being handcuffed and put in the back of a police van. His death one week after being in custody is attributed

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  • Great to see a musical grace the Van-Far stage

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    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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