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FFA Members Karissa Graves and Bryan Allen received Audrain County R-VI FFA’s National Chapter 3 Star Award on stage at the National FFA Convention.

Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter wins National Chapter Award

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

The Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter, of Laddonia, has been recognized in the 2014 National Chapter Award Program from the National FFA Organization. The program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team, and serve others in their communities. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27 – August

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  • Ladies’ Auxiliary meets

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    The Ladies’ Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 2173 met on Thursday, November 13, at the post home in Vandalia. Senior Vice President Val Galloway called the 7 p.m. meeting to order and opening ceremonies were observed. The minutes were approved as read for the October meeting.  The treasurer reported the current balance with her report being filed for audit. Correspondence read included a letter from the Department of Missouri President;

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  • Hope Center

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Churches and individuals are being asked to donate the items listed below to help the Hope Center prepare their Thanksgiving meals. Also, money for turkey hens would be appreciated. Items requested are boxed stuffing, boxed mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables (corn and green beans), and canned yams. Bowling Green Hope Center’s  phone number is 573-324-6255 and the address is 30 North Court in Bowling Green. The Hope Center is

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Sports

Gatson makes Westminster roster

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Kasey Gatson, from Vandalia,  has been named to the Westminster Blue Jays’ basketball team in Fulton, Missouri. Gatson, a junior at Westminster, is going to be playing as a point guard this year. Prior to coming to Westminster, Gatson attended Van-Far High School, in Vandalia. The Westminster Blue Jays are being led this season by Head Coach Tracey Braden and assisted by Clifton Cooper. Coach Braden is entering her eighth

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  • Dowell gets 10-pointer

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:36 am

    SPORTS---DOWELL-DEER

    First bow kill of the season for Jim Dowell was this 10-point buck in Audrain County last Wednesday, October 29.

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  • YMCA hosts “Kids on the Run” program

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Several area runners competed in the YMCA’s first program in October.

    The Eastern Missouri Family YMCA held their first program event with “Kids on the Run.”  “Kids on the Run” was held the four Saturdays in October and had a 2K race on November 1. There were 10 participates. The Saturdays in October were spent teaching kids about running. They met at 7:45-8:30 a.m. with a different topic every Saturday–talking a little about the importance of what it takes to run,

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Lifestyles

Teague Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:59 pm

The annual Teague Thanksgiving dinner was held at the Farber Community Building on Thanksgiving day. Those attending were SSgt and Mrs. Austin Winegardner and Grayson, of Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri;  Jean Branstetter of Jefferson City, Missouri;  Faye Teague, Mr. and Mrs. Danny Tipton, Angie Forgy, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Forgy, Alex, James, Taylor and Will, of Overland Park, Kansas; Gary Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. Chad Wilkinson and Ellie, Mr. and

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  • Births – Aaliyah Marie Brookshier

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:27 pm

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    Aaliyah Marie Brookshier was born on Friday, October 17 at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, Missouri. Miss Aaliyah weighed in at 7 lbs., 1 oz., and was 18 inches long.  Aaliyah is the daughter of Sally Brookshier and the granddaughter of Steve and Lainey Brookshier, of Vandalia. After a brief stay for Aaliyah in the NICU at Women’s and Children’s, the two were welcomed home.

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  • Monday Study Club met Nov. 24

    Posted on December 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    The Monday Study Club met November 24 at the United Methodist Church, in Vandalia. President Donna DeTienne led in the pledges to the American and Christian flags. The devotional was given by Kay Reading. Corresponding Secretary Jackie Marshall reported that Thanksgiving cards were sent to members who are residing at Tri-County Care Center. Also, a get-well card was sent for Deedie Reading. Secretary Jackie Marshall led the roll call answered

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Pet Stories

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Trumpeter swans make visit to Vandalia property

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Richard Lovell had some trumpeter swans visit his property last week. These types of swans are the heaviest living bird native to North America.

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  • Effort with barn owls bearing fruit in Vandalia area

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Mick Hayden with a young barn owl.

    -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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Citizen's Journalism

The Audrain County R-VI FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Team placed 8th overall. Front row, from left: Courtney Bertels (Gold Medal Individual), and Julie Hale (9th Place Individual); Back row: Mason Sims (Gold Medal Individual), Lindsey Gastler (Gold Medal Individual).

R-VI FFA team finishes 8th

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter in Missouri were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The team, led by advisor Stacy French, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 161 other participants. Courtney Bertels received

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  • VAHS plans parties

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    President Paul Ray opened the November 21 meeting by asking for new discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague reported the following: Nelda Rohr McCrory, of the Vandalia High School Class of 1943, donated two large scrapbooks containing pictures, programs, reunions up to and including 2013, and updates on members, the class picture, and other relevant information. Also in this donation was a picture of Butler School’s first-place float dated October 11,

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  • Experimental Aircraft meeting

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:20 am

    The Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 1225 held its regular monthly meeting October 11, at the Mexico Memorial Airport. There was not a quorum present for the business meeting.  PJ Hornbeck will move forward with sending out our scholarship applications to area high schools.  She will be sending to 15 schools this year.  Wayne O’Brien brought pictures to share.  They were of his first solo flight and a fly in Spain

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Education

The Audrain County R-VI FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Team placed 8th overall. Front row, from left: Courtney Bertels (Gold Medal Individual), and Julie Hale (9th Place Individual); Back row: Mason Sims (Gold Medal Individual), Lindsey Gastler (Gold Medal Individual).

R-VI FFA team finishes 8th

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Members of the Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter in Missouri were one of 43 teams participating in the National FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development Event (CDE). The event was held in conjunction with the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Kentucky. The team, led by advisor Stacy French, was awarded a Gold emblem. Members also competed for individual awards with 161 other participants. Courtney Bertels received

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  • Class of 1959 holds reunion

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    The Van-Far Class of 1959 Reunion attendees are pictured front row, from left: Donna (Lovelace) Williams, Bonnie (Maxwell) Gibson, Janie (Ball) Zimmer, Maemma (Southwick) Scrogin, and Lana (Perry) Terry. Second row: Pat (Libby) Pritchett, Joyce (Todd) Nolan, Judy (Masters) Flowers, and Frances (Wright) Ignazio. Third row: Averial Beshears, Jerry Caldwell, Charles Scrogin, Randall Kristofferson, Alan Adams, Glenda (Hull) Clithero, Carolyn (Maiden) Bailey, Forest (Bud) Teague, Wayne Kimey, and Bill Maxwell.

    The Van-Far High School graduating Class of 1959 held it’s 55th reunion on October 25 at the Country Cupboard in Vandalia. Decorations were in the school colors of black and gold with black tablecloths and gold napkins. Bonnie Gibson and Janie Zimmer decorated each table with a crystal vase filled with gold balls. They also served hors d’oeuvre and punch during the social hour. The reunion planning committee included Joyce

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  • Chapter CE P.E.O. met Nov. 18

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    “Sharing Our Talents” was the program for the Tuesday, November 18 meeting of Chapter CE P.E.O. held at the home of Muriel Beshears. Using the quote from Maya Angelou: “Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it,” Ruth asked the 15 members present to be involved in a talent during the evening.  Knitting was taught by Joy Davis, Muriel Beshears taught crocheting, Cindy Pirch taught weaving, and

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Volunteering

New book in works for VAHS

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

— submitted by the Vandalia Area Historical Society The Vandalia Area Historical Society is planning a new book to be available in late 2015. For this book, we will need personal stories of local significance which are unique, ranging from the hilarious to heartwarming. As families gather during this holiday season, these stories are told and retold. We think it would be very nice to share these stories, giving readers

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  • Farmerettes enjoy party

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    The December meeting and Christmas party of the Farmer Farmerette Club was held at the lovely holiday-decorated home of Jerry and Keri Bradford at noon on Friday, December 5 with Keri as hostess. Jerry asked the blessing before a delicious dinner of smoked pork loin was enjoyed by all. President Kay Reading called the meeting to order with the pledge to the American flag led by Bradford. Roll call for

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  • St. John Food Pantry

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Please remember St. John’s Food Pantry this holiday season and throughout the coming year. We serve all of Van-Far and Community R-VI people the third Tuesday each month 9-11 a.m. May God bless each of you and happy holiday from JoBeth Schlemmer, 573-373-5387, and Mary  Frances Hoyt, 573-373-2157. St. John Food Pantry is located at 601 South Elm, Laddonia. Oh God… Oh, God, when I have food, help me be

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