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Crop reporting note from USDA

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Audrain County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith Stowers, reminds producers that all 2015 perennial and biennial forage crops must be reported by November 15 and fall-seeded small grains by December 15. Stowers said all 2015 perennial and biennial forage acres, such as pasture acreage intended for haying or grazing, must be reported to FSA by the November 15 deadline. Since November 15 falls on a weekend, reports

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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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Sports

The Van-Far/Community R-VI Junior High football team.

Indians JH football finishes with a win

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

- submitted by Krystal Wheeler The Van-Far/Community R-VI Junior High football team traveled to Center to take on the Mark Twain Tigers for their final game of the season last week. The Indians walked away with a victory to finish a great season with a 5-1 record. To start the game, the Indians kicked the ball off to the Tigers. The Indians defense held strong and kept the Tigers away

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

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:58 am

    The Indians’ Trey Miller fights for yardage.

    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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Lifestyles

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

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    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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  • Births

    Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Jackson Marshall Lee Olebeare

    A son, Jackson Marshall Lee Olebeare, was born to Marlena Jones and Lee Olebeare, of Vandalia, on October 7 at SSM Audrain Hospital in Mexico, Mo. The little man weighed 5 lbs., 14 ozs., and was 18 1/4 inches long. His grandparents are Joe and Pat Jones, of Mexico, and Fred and Theressa Crandell.

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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

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 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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Education

Van-Far Alumni meeting

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

The Van-Far Alumni and Friends Association met Thursday, October 23 to evaluate the September annual meeting of the Association. The 2014 dinner meeting with former graduate Charlene Wheeler Williams as the evening’s speaker and entertainment was well received. Several out-of-town guests expressed their desire to continue the annual dinner meeting of the Alumni Association the weekend of Prairie Days. However, in order to attend functions that the Vandalia Area Chamber

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

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:55 am

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

    “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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Volunteering

Veterans Home

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Highlights from the week A church service was held in the chapel on Sunday morning. The card players gathered for a game of “Pass the Trash” on Monday morning and in the afternoon a game of Mexican Train Dominos was played. On Tuesday morning a group loaded the bus and headed to Hannibal to the Riverboat for a lunch cruise. A Bible study was held in the afternoon. “High/Low” was

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  • 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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