Local News


Four Arrested in Ralls County

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Ralls County Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie announced that on Sunday, September 21, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol discovered an active meth lab in rural Ralls County. Deputies arrested Norman Melvin, age 46, Kara Crane, age 23, Paula Feldman, age 57, and Nicole Bosley, age 33. All are being charged with Distributing, Delivering, Manufacturing, Producing or Attempting to Possess With Intent to Distribute, Deliver, Manufacture or

Read Full Story
  • Meth bust leads to find of human remains

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    James Robert Lee II

    Dave Moller Louisiana Press-Journal A Colorado funeral home is hoping to get back the cremated remains of humans found in a Louisiana man’s vehicle last week. The remains were found by a Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy after Louisiana Police arrested James Robert Lee II, 39, at his home on Prospect Drive for possession of methamphetamine and pipes to smoke it. The story began to unfold on Tuesday, Sept. 23 when

    Read Full Story
  • Vandalia Leader wins six Missouri Press Awards

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm


    The Vandalia Leader was recognized this past Saturday at the 148th Missouri Press Association Convention in Columbia for winning six awards in the 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. “I am extremely excited that our newspaper was recognized once again by our peers in the industry,” said The Vandalia Leader’s General Manager/Editor Ron Schott. “Our staff works hard each week to provide a quality newspaper to our readers and our advertisers. Winning

    Read Full Story

National News

Business News

Aldermen authorize funding for CSI building roofing project

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen held their monthly meeting last week. One of the decisions needing to be made this past week involved a roof on the vacant CSI building. According to city minutes, City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that there is $10,852 budgeted for needed repairs to the CSI building roof.  Additional funding is going to be needed, possibly up to $20,000. The project consists

Read Full Story
  • CMCA holds ribbon cutting ceremony in Mexico

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    The Central Missouri Community Action ribbon cutting ceremony took place on September 16 in Mexico. Their new location is 403 Fairground. The event began with a welcome from CMCA Community Organizer Tad Dobyns and Executive Director Dairn Preis. Community Services Director Angela Hirsch gave the introduction of staff. Acknowledgements were also given for Audrain County Habitat for Humanity along with the Help Center Board of Directors, with recognition of Gary

    Read Full Story
  • City of Laddonia meeting

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    On August 14 the meeting of the Laddonia Board of Aldermen was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by Mayor Josh Deimeke. Those present were Mayor Josh Deimeke, Aldermen Jack Folta, Ono Monachino, Monte Hanson, and Jolene Matich; City Treasurer Bob Ellis, City Attorney Tom Ellis,  and City Clerk/Collector Sabrina Hudson. The treasurer’s and collector’s reports for July 2014 were accepted as were the minutes with corrections and the warrant

    Read Full Story



General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

Adrian Peterson case reopens discussion on child discipline

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm

The Minnesota Vikings future hall of fame running back Adrian Peterson was booked last week and later posting bond after being indicted by a grand jury on charges for reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant was issued for his arrest as photos of his four year old son were viewed by a grand jury showing injuries the young boy suffered after Peterson admittedly used a switch (tree

Read Full Story
  • Explaining the process of putting last week’s issue together

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    After receiving some comments and complaints in regards to our September 3 issue of The Vandalia Leader, I think it’s important for me to explain what took place involving the newspaper published just one day after Labor Day. Our office was closed on Monday for Labor Day and so was our printing plant. The newspaper hits the press on Tuesdays. With early advertising and news copy deadlines set for the

    Read Full Story
  • Saying “Bless You” gives one Tennessee student time in ISS

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

    There once was a time that saying “God Bless You” or “Bless You” to someone after they sneezed was nearly always considered a kind gesture. This was not the case for a Tennessee student recently. Kendra Turner was kicked out of her class for saying “Bless You”, which was written by her teacher as a banned phrase on the classroom’s white board. It was among a list of phrases that

    Read Full Story

Headlines of the Day