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Conceal Carry

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm

The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office will host an 8-hour concealed carry weapons training class on Saturday, May 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The class will consist of 4 hours of classroom training in the Training Room of the Sheriff’s Office and 4 hours of firearms training at the Firing Range behind the Sheriffs’ Office. People interested in taking the class shall register at the Sheriff’s Office between 8

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  • Monday Study Club holds meetings

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The Monday Study Club met at 1:30 p.m. on February 24, and March 10 at the United Methodist Church. Donna DeTienne and Martha Hopke were hostesses for the February 24 meeting and Martha and Doris Ray were hostesses for the March 10 meeting. The meeting was called to order by club president, Deedie Reading, as she led the pledges to the American and Christian flags. Jackie Marshall had the devotional

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  • Gatson helps team take second

    Posted on January 29, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    The University of Missouri meat judging team placed seventh in the National Western Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest at the 2014 National Western Stock Show in Denver. Kathryn Coon from Bethel, Mo., and Garth Gatson of Vandalia, Mo., finished with several individual honors. Coon placed second in specifications and was 12th overall. Gatson was second in beef grading, in which the team finished as the second-place team. The MU meat judging

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5th grade girls take third in tournament

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm

The Van-Far 5th grade girls basketball team won third place in the Van-Far 5th/6th grade tournament held this past Sunday. The players include Rebecca Moore, Devyn Keller, Shaylee Chandler, Annalynn Culwell, Emma Barnes, Panna Connaway, and Haley Baskett.

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  • St. Louis Cardinals’ Caravan to be in Mexico on January 17

    Posted on January 15, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the schedule for the team’s 2014 Cardinals Caravan that includes a noon stop in Mexico, Missouri on Friday, January 17th. The free event, sponsored by Mexico radio station KXEO-AM, will be held at The Missouri Military Academy Gymtorium. The announced Caravan for Mexico includes NLCS MVP Michael Wacha, pitcher Tyler Lyons, minor league outfielders Stephen Piscotty and Jermaine Curtis, along with Cardinal alumni pitchers

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  • Van-Far JH boys sweep Clopton

    Posted on December 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm


    Both the Van-Far 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams defeated Clopton on December 20. The 7th grade team led 34-14 at halftime before the defense gave up just four, second half points in a 55-18 victory. Trey Miller led the Indians with 20 points, Treyson Culwell had 18 points, Dillion Minor scored eight points, Caden Wilburn scored four points, Verlyn Johnson had three points, and Chris Boos added two

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Baby Shower

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Jolene and Konstantin Chartkov were honored with a miscellaneous baby shower on Saturday, March 29, in St. Pat’s Hall, Vandalia.  Jolene is the daughter of Dennis and Rhonda Smith and the granddaughter of Bob and Carolyn Gish, all of Vandalia.  Konstantin is the son of Victor and Svetlana Chartkov, St. Louis. The shower was hosted by Beth Straube, Vandalia, Dr. Rachel Williams, Farmington, and Abbie Rothermich, Kansas City. Those attending

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  • Wedding Shower

    Posted on April 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Kelli Kirkendall, fiance of Ryan Hesse, was honored with a miscellaneous bridal shower on Saturday morning, March 15, in St. Pat’s Hall, Vandalia. Kelli is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kirkendall, Omaha, Neb., and Ryan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kerry Hesse, Farber. The shower was hosted by Ann Carter and Cindy Norton, Vandalia, and Sherry Sebastian, Jefferson City. Those attending the shower include Wendy Kirkendall,

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  • — Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow —

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Dean Frey holds his locks in front of Nici Brown.

    — Submitted Story In May, 2008, Pastor Dean Frey was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells. Since then he has spent a lot of time in the Infusion Center at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. One time he noticed a lady who was dressed very well; a nice pant suit, a fur coat, and a turban covering her head. She had lost her hair due

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Pet Stories


Squirrel uses flag for nest

Posted on March 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

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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  • Pot Bellied Pigs and a Road Less Traveled

    Posted on July 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    By Blake Hurst We don’t spend all of our time here at Missouri Farm Bureau on just the big issues. Nope, we keep up on the rest of agriculture as well. Here are some stories you may have missed. Farmers in the state of Washington have been feeding their pigs leftover medicinal marijuana plants. According to the farmers, the pigs have an increased rate of gain. The jokes here write

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Citizen's Journalism

Fine Forgiveness Week at libraries

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

It’s Fine Forgiveness Week at your library. Bring in your overdue items in good condition during National Library Week of April 13-19. The overdue fine for the items will be forgiven. This will be a good time to bring in those items that have been lost under the bed or in the closet. Drop the items at any of the Mexico-Audrain County Library District locations in Mexico, Farber, Laddonia, Martinsburg,

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  • Vandalia Rotary recognition

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm


    Vandalia Rotary Club President Joe Boone, left, recognizes Rotary Assistant Governor Cindy Blaylock, right, during the club’s meeting on Thursday, March 20 at the Vandalia Hotel.  Blaylock presented a tutorial explaining the use of the Rotary District 6060 internet website.  Blaylock is among 15 Assistant Governors who share administrative responsibilities for 55 Rotary Clubs that comprise District 6060 in the eastern third of Missouri.  Blaylock is a member of the

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  • Tri-County Care Center News

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Monday, March 10 At 10 a.m., the residents enjoyed story time with the assistance of Brooke McPike and Davaline Overton. At 1:30 p.m., the residents enjoyed the trivia game of “Springtime Jingo” with the assistance of the staff. At 6 p.m., the Bible class was held with Denna Nichols who was assisted by Traci Shaw. Tuesday, March 11 At 1:30 p.m., the residents enjoyed exercises with the assistance of Davaline

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Audrain Co. Retirees meet

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:30 pm

Audrain County Area Public School Retirees met April 2 at the Audrain County Historical Museum.  Guests present were Marilyn Skipper, President of MRTA, Pat Powell, Region 4 Vice President and Ruth Gardener, Regional Membership Chairman.  23 members were in attendance.  President Maureen Hacker announced that we have two new members. The pledge, singing of “God Bless America” and devotion were led by Beverly MacFarlane.  Minutes of previous meeting were distributed

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  • Local graduates from college

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Hickey College is proud to announce that James Dungan, of Laddonia, has recently graduated from the program. Hickey College congratulates the individuals who reside in your community for their accomplishments, and for helping to continue a great tradition. Hickey College has served the community for over 75 years by matching its diploma and degree graduates to quality employers.

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  • Van-Far Elementary jumps rope for hearts, lives

    Posted on March 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Students at Van-Far Elementary in Vandalia are jumping at the chance to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. On April 3 Van-Far Elementary will host its 1st annual Fitness For Heart event to raise money for the American Heart Association, which funds lifesaving heart and stroke research and community and educational programs for our youth. The Van-Far Elementary has set a goal of

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Farber Betterment seeks volunteers

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Farber Community Betterment is looking for volunteers to mow the Farber Roadside Park this summer.  The months of April, July and August are already covered.  Volunteers may sign up for weekly or monthly.  A calendar will be posted at the Farber Library or you may contact Judy Hull 573-249-3274 or Dana Keller 573-473-4812.

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  • VFW Ladies Auxiliary meets

    Posted on March 19, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    The Ladies’ Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 2173 met on Thursday, March 13, 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 for the February meeting.  The treasurer’s report for March was read by the president and filed. Correspondence read included General Orders No. 7 for March and April; thank you note from Missouri Veterans

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  • St. Cecilia Music Club

    Posted on February 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    The St. Cecilia Club met February 17 at 7 p.m. at Tri-County Care Center in Vandalia. Those present were Denise Allen, Ruth Calcaterra, Deanna Divins, Brenda Gower, Leanna Leake, Denna Nichols, Brenda Owens, Glee Hanson, Veanna Snodgrass, Sue Beshears, and Deanna Frey. It was discussed that members were to arrive at Sue Beshears’ on Thursday at 7 p.m. The next scheduled meeting for March 17 is to be at the

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