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V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary meets

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The Ladies’ Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 2173 met on Thursday, August 14, at the post home in Vandalia. President Victoria Shaw called the 7 p.m. meeting to order. Opening ceremonies were observed. The minutes were approved as read for the July meeting. The treasurer reported the current balance with her report being filed for audit. A bill was allowed. Community Service hours were reported to Chairman Ann Wasson. Membership

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  • American Soybean Association teams with FarmLink

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    The American Soybean Association (ASA) and FarmLink are teaming up to help farmers close the $11 billion gap between what they harvested in 2013 and what they could harvest annually. The two organizations are launching a first-of-its-kind partnership called “Operation Benchmark” that gives producers the opportunity to benefit from FarmLink’s unique benchmarking capability and at the same time supports ASA and state association grower initiatives. The program is available nationally

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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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Sports

Van-Far’s Colin Martin finds an open lane against Highland.

Van-Far’s Little Indians football teams fall to solid Highland Cougars squads

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

— submitted by Krystal Wheeler The Van-Far Little Indians traveled to Lewistown on Saturday, September 6 to take the Highland Cougars. 3rd/4th Fourth Grade Team The Cougars won the toss and choose to receive the ball. They came out strong and were able to score a touchdown right in the beginning of the game with 11:42 on the clock. With the extra point,Highland started the game up 7-0. With the

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  • Van-Far’s Little Indians football team split pair of games at home against Mark Twain

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Van-Far’s Colin Martin makes some defenders miss during the 3rd-4th grade football game against Mark Twain.

    — submitted by Krystal Wheeler The Van-Far Little Indians football team’s season opener took place this past weekend August 30 on their home Field. The 3rd and 4th grade team took the field first against the Mark Twain Tigers. The Indians won the toss and chose to be on the receiving end. They were unable to move the ball down the field and was forced a turnover on fourth down.

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  • Gatson, Westminster named No. 1 in the nation

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Last year, the Lady Jays basketball team from Westminster College set a goal of being number one in the nation academically. Today, the team was notified by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) that they achieved this high honor. The Lady Jays achieved a 3.642 combined grade point average – the highest GPA for any NCAA Division III women’s basketball team in the country – for the 2013-14 school year.

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Lifestyles

VAHS welcomes all to Prairie Days

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

President Paul Ray called the September 19 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society to order and asked for new discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague reported the following donations from Mary Lou Gramley: a small (pocket- size) metal match holder, a New Michigan School Homecoming Program dated August 23, 1928, a picture of the 1941 Vandalia High School graduating class, a Vandalia Mail article noting the 50th wedding anniversary celebration

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  • Davis wins plaque

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Fred Davis

    Fred Davis won the Runner-Up plaque at the “Car Show in the Park XV” River City Cruisers event held this past weekend in Hermann, Mo. Davis won the award for his 1986 El Camino. There were a total of 294 vehicles on display

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  • Overton celebrates 99th birthday

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Virgie Overton

    A 99th birthday celebration was held for Virgie Overton, of Vandalia, at the Country Cupboard on Friday, August 29. Overton, a former valedictorian from the former Lincoln School, was joined by 11 other family members and friends for the celebration. Those include her brother Jessie Salmon (who celebrated his September 2 birthday with Virgie on her special day); sister Lillian Johnson; brother Dolly Leo Salmon; brother Matthew Salmon with his

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Pet Stories

Mick Hayden with a young barn owl.

Effort with barn owls bearing fruit in Vandalia area

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

-submitted by Mick Hayden During the summer of 2013 I was greatly encouraged that our initial attempt at re-establishing barn owls in the surrounding area was bearing fruit. Four young owls were born in a nest box on the Rachel Kohl farm southeast of Vandalia. Jeff Meshach, the director of the World Bird Sanctuary, and I were able to band the youngsters before they fledged. The bands are lightweight aluminum

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  • Squirrel uses flag for nest

    Posted on March 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    PHOTO---SQUIRREL

    Vandalia’s Ted Hesse had been missing a large portion of an American Flag that was once on a pole attached to the front of his porch. Apparently, a squirrel removed the flag when it was laying on his porch’s roof and it now resides inside a nest at the top of a tree in his front yard.

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  • New generation of Barn Owls make home in area

    Posted on August 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Barn owl close up.

    In May of 2012, four young Barn Owls were released in an attempt to re-establish a population of birds that are all but gone from eastern Missouri. This was done with the help and cooperation of three parties. The World Bird Sanctuary of Valley Park, Mo. raised the young owls from captive breeding pairs and brought them, three females and one male, to the farm of Rachel Kohl in rural

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Citizen's Journalism

Chapter CE P.E.O. holds lucheon

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Chapter CE P.E.O., Vandalia, hosted a salad luncheon and Bunco Games event at the St. John Lutheran Church on Tuesday, September 9. Registering the  60 guests was Shirley Morris, treasurer of Chapter CE. An assortment of salads and hot crescent rolls for the luncheon were prepared by chapter members and served from a buffet table accented with pots of bronze mums. The Australian dessert, Pavlova, topped with strawberries and cream,

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  • Local Masonic lodge holds raffle

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:54 pm

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    The Vandalia Masonic Lodge No. 491 held a recent shotgun raffle and the winner is pictured receiving the elected cash option instead of the shotgun. Pictured are members of the lodge, from left: Charles Scrogin, Ronnie Heaton (winner), Monte Morton (of Bowling Green), and Ed Babb. Second place was a case of shotgun shells won by John Heaton, of El Paso, Texas and third place was a hunting vest won

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  • Clithero recognized for 50 years of Masonic service

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Shown, from left: David Clithero and Benny Clithero.

    On Tuesday, August 19, Vandalia Masonic Lodge No. 491 honored Louis B. (Benny) Clithero for being a 50 member of the lodge. Brother Clithero was pinned by his son David, of Columbia, and was presented his certificate by District Deputy Grand Master Tim Turco, of Louisiana. Bennie was initiated on February 1964; passed on April 21, 1964 and was raised on June 13, 1964.

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Education

Vandalia High School Class of 1954 Reunion. Front row, from left: Shirley (Moore) Morris, Dorothy (Seeley) Moore, Ron Tate, Yvonne (Welch) Kline, and Barbara (Meyers) Bergthold. Back row: Alan Williams, Don Bass, David Schulze, Larry Shaw, Lee Smith, Jerry Maxwell, Jerry Breneman, Harold Libby, and Ron Talbert.

Class of 1954 holds 60 year reunion

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

The Vandalia High School Class of 1954 met for their 60-year class reunion on September 13. The celebration began with an informal “meet and greet” at the Perry Junction, followed by a superb dinner. Thirteen of the original 28 graduates paid their respects to deceased classmates Suzie Potter, Lamar Williams, Bill Wayne Smith, and Randell Hudson. Letters were read from those classmates unable to attend. Those attending were Don and

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  • Ladies Auxiliary meets, POW/MIA display at library

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    The Ladies’ Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 2173 met on Thursday, September 11, at the post home in Vandalia. President Victoria Shaw called the 7 p.m. meeting to order. Opening ceremonies were observed. The minutes were approved as read for the August meeting.  The treasurer reported the current balance with her report being filed for audit. The POW-MIA Remembrance was held on September 19. Correspondence read included General Orders No.

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  • Grant awarded to Community R-VI

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Front row, from left: FACS teacher Ms. Kim Hart, Ms. Nicole Lynn, Mrs. Marilyn Skipper, (MRTF) and Mrs. Patricia Powell (MRTF). Back row: Principal Bob Curtis. Ms. Kylee Windmann, Superintendent Mrs. Cheryl Mack, Mr. Weston Hart, and Ms. Lexus LaGesse.

    The Missouri Retired Teacher’s Foundation awarded a grant of $500 to the Community R-VI  FACS Department.  The grant was awarded for a multi-part lesson plan designed to involve the students from collecting raw food products to dehydrating, canning, and freezing them.

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Volunteering

Agape House sets plans for Oct. 12 Open House

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

The plans for the October 12 open house were finalized at the September 16 meeting of the Agape House of Vandalia  Board of Directors. The house will be open to the public for tours from 12:30-3:30 p.m. with a special program of celebration for 10 years of operation at 2:30 p.m. In other business, reports were given by Carlene Galloway and Kay Robnett following their participation in the United Way

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  • Monday Study Club meets

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    The first Fall Monday Study Club meeting was held September 8 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Vandalia. The hostess for the meeting was Ann Foreman. The meeting was called to order by club president Donna DeTienne as she led in the pledges to the American and Christian flags. The devotional from Psalms 23 was given by Deedie Reading followed by prayer. Roll Call was answered by

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  • Young Eagles set for Sept. 6 program

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter No. 1387 will hold its next 2014 Young Eagles Spring Program on Saturday morning, September 6. If you are excited about flying and are between the ages of 8 and 17, then come to the Bowling Green Airport on Saturday, September 6 from 9 a.m. to noon and an EAA member volunteer pilot will take you on a free Young Eagles flight. You must have

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