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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

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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  • Students complete swimming lessons

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    SPORTS---SWIM

    The second session of swim lessons took place from July 4-10 with the following students: Jordan Trainor, Emily Smith, Royce Wilkinson, Bryanna Stanich, Ronnie Stanich, Emma Francis, Gunnar Long, Jaykob Green, Erin Childs, Ty Evans, Dalton Dameron, Dalton Trainor, Arianna Shuck, Ryen Hanson, Aaron McBride, Jayden Kurz, Jackson, Andrew Myers, and Ennis Childs.

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  • Tri-County Saddle Club

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    The Tri-County Saddle Club hosted two horse shows during the month of June. The Youth Round Up was held on Saturday, June 14. Many participated making for a very successful day. The monthly show was held on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. There was a good turn out, but due to weather conditions, the show was cut short. Class placings were as follows: Senior Halter 1 tie) Jessie Meyer;

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Lifestyles

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Births – Ragland

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Thomas and Courtney Ragland are the proud parents of their second child, Clayton Saleem. Clayton was born on May 3 at 6:11 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz., and measuring 20 inches in length. He joined an excited big sister, Macy Layne. The proud grandparents are Boyce and Barb Branstetter and Randy and Kathy Ragland. Great-grandparents include Sandy Hassien and the late Saleem Hassien, the late Brooks and  Ella Dee

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  • Births – Burkart

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    A daughter was born to Brian and Rachael Burkart, of Columbia, on August 25. She weighed 7 lb., 14 oz., and has been named Raylin Austin Burkart. Lee and Crystal Shaw, of Columbia, and Joe and Hope Burkart, of Rocheport, are the grandparents. Bob and Delores Bealmer, of Laddonia, and Norma Shaw, of Vandalia, are the great-grandparents.

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  • Calcaterra – Peloquin Wedding

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

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    Kathryn Noel Calcaterra and Kurt Nelson Peloquin were married on June 15, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, N.Y. The service was officiated by the couple’s close friend Colin Sims. The bride is the daughter of Ruth and Dennis Calcaterra of Vandalia, Mo. She is the granddaughter of Mary Jane Lane and the late Noel P. Lane of Edwardsville, Ill. and of Grace Calcaterra and the late Attilio

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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

Shown, from left: David Clithero and Benny Clithero.

Clithero recognized for 50 years of Masonic service

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:38 pm

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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  • Lilley finishes CAGA course work

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Nathan Lilley, Clarksville, has just returned from St. Louis, having successfully completed coursework in personal property appraisal at the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA). Certification was awarded to Lilley, along with a number of fellow appraisers from the United States and Canada. The concentrated course is conducted by CAGA, North America’s largest trainer of personal property appraisers. Training included lectures and workshops featuring prominent appraisers from America and Canada.

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  • Vandalia Rotary Club holds Tractor Cruise

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Brian Snodgrass at the beginning of the event.

    Thirty-five tractor drivers braved dusty roads and fresh blacktop to participate in the Annual Rotary Tractor Cruise. The cruise left the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds going east to Amish country. They stopped at Waggler’s Bakery for hot cinnamon rolls and then on to Eicher Brothers Cabinet Shop for a tour. They then headed west to Eicher’s Store and Footwear (middle photo) for a group photo in front of the store (top

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Education

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.

Grant awarded to Community R-VI

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

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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  • Genealogical Society Meeting

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m., at the Mexico-Audrain County Library, Mexico. The Library is located at 305 W. Jackson Street. Nancy Brummer, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will bring the meeting to order at 10 a.m. on the lower level of the Library.  The room can be found by using the front door

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  • Laddonia holds All-School Reunion

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the American Legion Hall south of Laddonia, 45 were in attendance for the 12th All-Class Reunion of the “old” Laddonia School. Twenty-eight were former students and 17 were guests. This may seem like a small number but is quite impressive since the school closed in 1953. Dorothy Ross Sisson was the organizer. With the help of her two nieces, Vera Ross Hayden, of Vandalia,

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Volunteering

Agape House gets new member

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Edith Westmoreland of Bowling Green joined the board of directors of Agape House of Vandalia during the August 19 meeting.  Westmoreland is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and holds part-time employment in Hannibal. In other business, the manager’s report indicated there were 97 guests, including 28 children, at the house in July. Plans were announced for the annual cleanup day.  Five to six offenders from WERDCC and their

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  • Historical Society to sponsor Corn Husking Contest for Prairie Days

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    President Paul Ray opened the August 15 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society by asking each of those present to name their “must see” TV program. This was unexpected and generated some interesting answers and comments. Then Charlene Teague reported the following donations. Carolyn McBride donated a copy of “The History and Families of Ralls County.” Vicki Hopke donated a centennial dress worn by her mother, Betty Davis. Theresa

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  • Agape House Meeting Minutes

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    The board of directors of Agape House in Vandalia, in its July 22 meeting, set Sunday, October 12, as the date for the 10th anniversary celebration and open house. Former managers, board members, construction team, and donors are to be invited, along with the public. A brief program will review history of the facility, as well as recognition of those significant in its construction and operation. In other business, the

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