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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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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


    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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St. Cecilia Music Club holds October meeting

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

The St. Cecilia Music Club met October 20 at the Beacon of Hope Church, with Deanna Frey as hostess. Roll call given was a song by Frank Sinatra. Those present were:  Leanna Leake, Denise Allen, Veanna Snodgrass, Deanna Frey, Denna Nichols, Glee Hanson, Brenda Owens, Deanna Divins, and Ruth Calcaterra. November’s meeting will be at the home of Brenda Owens. The December meeting will be a carry-in at Deanna Divins’

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  • Make plans for a safe Halloween

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    From downtown costume parties to back road bonfires, many celebrations will likely include alcohol. Make your plans for this year’s Halloween fun, but keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely. With an increased number of impaired drivers on the road and an increase in pedestrian traffic as children treat-or-treat, the National

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  • Allen-Bulter Engagement

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm


    It is with great joy that Mark and Diana Butler of Vandalia announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Michelle Nichole, to Paul LeRoy Allen. He is the son of Marion and Sheryl Allen, of Van- Michelle is the granddaughter of Richard and Evelyn Butler and Marilyn Burgert, all of Vandalia. Paul is the grandson of Colleen Wright, of Vandalia. A June 2015 wedding is planned.

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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


    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

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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  • Agape House meeting minutes

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Meeting in regular session on Tuesday, October 21, Agape House of Vandalia board members reviewed the attendance and program at the October 12 open house and 10-year anniversary celebration. The event was considered a great success with both first-time and frequent visitors in attendance. It was decided to discontinue annual open houses but perhaps offer an open house in five years. However, tours of the facility are available upon request

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  • 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 students get scholarships

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:52 pm

The University of Missouri Agricultural Alumni Association provided $50,000 in scholarship money to 25 CAFNR upper class students for the 2014-2015 academic year. The association funded over $18,000 in teaching and educational enhancements for the college’s, students, faculty, and staff last year. The University of Missouri Ag Alumni Association and its board of Directors is dedicated to the goals and traditions of the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

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  • Ralls County 4-H holds annual Recognition Night

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Clover Kids were recognized and received a bag full of fun and goodies.  Shown front, from left: Callie Reynolds, Kaylee Armour, Justin Jaspering, Kylie Miller, Cade Carman, Ty Evans.  Back: Cierra Vansickle, Samantha Barnes, Sam Northcutt, Marin Mallory and Dalton Dameron.

    The 4-H Recognition Night was held on October 4 at the Mark Twain High School. This is a celebration honoring all the 4-H members and leaders for their accomplishments and outstanding work they have completed throughout the year. The evening started off with honoring the first-year leaders: Dana Keller, Daniel Mallory, Debbie McMillen, Jessie Armour, Jessie Mundell, Kaylyn Powell, Pam Barnes, Ruth Evans, Sarah Evans, Tresa Lempka, and Bill Moore. 

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  • World War II Exhibit on display

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake would like to announce that a small exhibit on World War II will be on display at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center through December 12.  The title of the exhibit is “Women in Service During World War II” and is on loan from the Museum of Missouri Military History located in Jefferson City, Missouri. Did you know hundreds of

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Tri-County Care Center news

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Monday, November 10 From 9-11 a.m., the residents enjoyed nail care with the assistance of Traci Shaw, Brooke McPike, Susan Jennings, Karen Housman, and Davaline Overton. A very large crowd was in attendance. At 1:30 p.m., the residents enjoyed exercises with the assistance of Davaline Overton and the staff. At 6 p.m., the bi-weekly Bible class was held with Denna Nichols. She was assisted by Tracy Shaw and Davaline Overton.

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  • Farmer Farmerette news

    Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    The monthly meeting of the Farmer Farmerette Club was held Thursday evening November 6 at 6 p.m. at the home of Paul and Wanda Hanson. President Kay Reading called the meeting to order with the pledge to the American flag led by Wanda. Roll call was answered by Pauline Oberman, Keri Bradford, Kay Reading, Wanda Hanson, Clara Shaver, Claudine Lybarger, and Jeannie Smith, with each telling something about either the

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  • DAR meeting minutes

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

    The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its meeting on October 2 at the Methodist Church. Ann Carter, Regent, called the meeting to order. Linda Sue Galloway asked the blessing before the meal. The meeting began with the opening ritual including the singing of the National Anthem. Judy Flowers delivered the American Indian Minute and Brenda Gower offered a Conservation Minute, Carter then explained a

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