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National Health Mart Healthy Living Tour stops in Vandalia Oct. 17

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:54 am

The National Health Mart Healthy Living Tour will be stopping at Country Market Pharmacy in Vandalia on Friday, October 17 from 9 a.m.-noon to offer free health screenings for risks associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity to the community. The tour is designed to celebrate local community pharmacists who go above and beyond to serve their communities and is making more than 170 stops across the country

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  • Marriage Licenses – Audrain County

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:50 am

    The following people have applied for their marriage license in the office of the Recorder of Deeds Janis Deimeke. Paul Scott Gray, Mexico, Mo., and LaGene Boyd Kubli, Mexico, Mo. Bryan Christopher Figliolo, Mexico, Mo., and Brittney Marie Withers, Mexico, Mo. Dustin Duane Garner, Perry, Mo., and Jan Robyn Mcafee, Perry, Mo. Abraham L. Shetler, Clark Mo., and Ida L. Gingerich, Clark, Mo. Scott Curtis Deimeke, Mexico, Mo., and Jina

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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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Sports

The Indians’ Trey Miller fights for yardage.

Van-Far/R-VI Junior High football team cruises past Louisiana

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

submitted by Krystal Wheeler The Van-Far/Community R-VI Junior High football team took on the Louisiana Bulldogs October 7 on their home field. The Indians walked away with yet another victory. The Indians kicked the ball off to start the game. The Indians’ defensive line held the Bulldogs back early, forcing a turnover on downs. Caden Wilburn then launched a pass to Trey Miller for a 35 yard touchdown. Eric Hombs

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

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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

    — 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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Lifestyles

Mason Douglas Steffen

Births-Mason Douglas Steffen

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:49 am

A son, Mason Douglas Steffen, was born on August 31, 2014 to Brandon and Mallory (Wood) Steffen of Odessa, Missouri. Mason weighed 6 lbs., 1 oz., and was 18.5 inches long. He joins a big brother, Jax. Grandparents are Doug Wood of Vandalia; Barry and Kim Bisee, of Centralia; Monroe Steffen, of Palmyra; Marla Kelly, of New London; and Ronnie Kelly, of Frankford. Great-grandmother is Sandy Hassien, of Vandalia.

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  • St. John Lutheran Womans Guild

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:48 am

    The St. John Lutheran Women’s Guild met October 8 at the home of  Dotty Cahill. President Carol Fischer opened the meeting with prayer. Brenda Elliott led the Bible Study “The Greatest Banquet of Thanksgiving”. Election of officers was held.  Officers for 2015 are President Brenda Elliott, Vice-President  Regina Vogt, Secretary Sabrina Lovell, and Treasurer Carol Fischer. The members decided to participate in the Van-Far Holiday Craft Fest on November 22.

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  • Pease-Straube Engagement

    Posted on October 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Straube, of Vandalia, Mo., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Kailyn Brooke to Dustan Pease, son of Mr. Ed Pease, of Laddonia, Missouri, and Ms. Theresa Vollmer, of Forestell, Missouri. Kailyn is a 2007 graduate of Van-Far High School and a December 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She is employed as a

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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

Joy and Terry Hoyt, Ralls County Hall of Fame recipients, are pictured with Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee Marla Tobin.

Ralls County 4-H members in 4-H Hall of Fame

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:55 am

“Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Terry and Joy Hoyt, of Laddonia, were inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, August 9 at State Fair Community College. Terry and Joy began contributing to the 4-H program while their three daughters were members of the program and are still going. Ralls County 4-H is lucky to have dedicated volunteers like Terry and Joy. They have been project

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  • Drug free messages for Red Ribbon Week

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Annalynn Culwell, left, and Ashton Garnett

    Hi, this is Annalynn Culwell from Van-Far Elementary. I am in Mrs. Kirby’s 6th grade class.  Drug free the healthy choice for me is our red ribbon theme.  Drugs can really hurt you and they can fry your brain. Healthy choices make you feel great and you can play sports. If you play sports and start doing drugs you will start to see a bad change. You will get kicked

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  • Class of 1954 holds 60 year reunion

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    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.

    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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Volunteering

St. Cecilia Music Club meets

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:47 am

The St. Cecilia Music club met September 15 at 6 p.m. with a carry-in dinner at Veanna Snodgrass’ home. Those present were Denise Allen, Ruth Calcaterra, Brenda Gower, Leanna Leake, Denna Nichols, Veanna Snodgrass, Glee Hanson, and Valerie Franke. The list to sign up for hostess for the next year was passed around. It was discussed that the Gospel Sing went well this year. A motion was made by Ruth

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  • 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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