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Agape House has 59 guests

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

The Agape House of Vandalia board members met February 17 at the house. The board learned 59 persons, including 11 children, had stayed at the guesthouse in January while they visited family members incarcerated at Bowling Green and Vandalia. In other business, house manager, Doris Donoho, reported a malfunctioning lock in a guest room. Repairs were made to that lock plus several others in the facility. Snow removal has been

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  • Maiden awarded Chapter CE P.E.O. scholarship

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Presenting the Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant check to Stephanie Maiden are Linda Witte, PCE Chairperson for Chapter CE, P.E.O.; Maiden, grant recipient; and Cindy McKee-Pirch, President of Chapter CE, P.E.O.).

    Stephanie Maiden has been awarded the Program for Continuing Education (PCE) Grant from International P.E.O. Maiden, who is currently employed as a Certified Nurses Aid/Certified Medical Technician, has recently returned to school to complete her Licensed Practical Nursing degree. She is attending LPN School through Moberly Area Community College, and plans to graduate in July, 2015.  Chapter CE, P.E.O. of Vandalia, MO, sponsored Maiden for this grant. The P.E.O. Program

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  • Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter wins National Chapter Award

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    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.

    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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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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Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Mark and Dr. Alicia Lynn Schumacher, of Lake St. Louis, are parents of a son born at 10:50 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at Mercy Hospital, in St. Louis. He weighed 11 lb., 9 oz., and was 22 3/4 inches long. He was named Chase William. Chase has a sister Kailee, who will be three in June. Chase’s grandparents are Wayne and Juanita Lynn, of Vandalia; Judy and Larry Rowland, of

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  • Local Girl Scouts enjoy activities

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Members from local Girl Scouts Troop 9894.

    Girl Scouts from Troop 9894, a group of 24 area girls, have enjoyed trips to the Science Center, the St. Louis Zoo, and two Disney On Ice performances. There are two camps, with one being in Troy and the other in Tuckahoo. The girls enjoy the activities alongside leader Janessa Lee and co-leaders Kassie Scott and Elisha Flowers. Girls in Kindergarten-6th grades who would like to join the group can

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  • McCurdys to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Ed and Margaret McCurdy

    Ed and Margaret McCurdy will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on March 15. They were married on March 15, 1945 in Vandalia by Justice of the Peace, Clint Moore. The couple’s attendants were Wes and Grace DeTienne, Ed’s brother-in-law and sister. Margaret is the daughter of the late Floyd and Edna Campbell, who were of Middletown. Ed is the son of the late Charles “Buck” and Iva May McCurdy, who

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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


    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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Agape House elects officers

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

The Agape House, of Vandalia, board members re-elected officers for the upcoming year at their meeting March 24. Officers include Board President Sterling Holbrook; Vice-President Floy Oliver; Secretary Janet Heim; Treasurer Veanna Snodgrass; and Co-Treasurer Carlene Galloway. In other business, members learned that 60 persons including three children, had stayed at the house in February. Repairs were made to a hot water heater. Vicki Duenke, of the United Way board

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  • Absentee ballots are available for election

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Absentee ballots for the April 7 municipal elections are now available at the County Clerk’s office. You may vote absentee in the County Clerk’s office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The last day to vote by absentee ballot in person is Monday, April 6 at 5 p.m. If you are requesting an absentee ballot be mailed, the request must be received no later than Wednesday, April 1 at 5 p.m.

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  • Class set for Severe Storm Spotters

    Posted on December 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    The National Weather Service Severe Storm Spotter and Weather Safety Training Class for Audrain County will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, at the Farber Fire Department, 114 East Highway 54. The Farber Fire Department and Audrain County Emergency Management Agency offers this free training and by the completing the class, participants will be given information on how to register as a volunteer storm spotter.

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Library Week offers forgiveness of fines

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:19 pm

National Library Week is April 12-18. Bring in your overdue items (in good condition) during National Library Week and the fine for that item will be forgiven. Return the items to any of the Mexico-Audrain County Library District locations of Mexico, Farber, Laddonia, Martinsburg, or Vandalia.

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  • Public school retirees meet

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    The Audrain County Area Public School Retirees met February 4 at the SSM Health St. Mary’s at the Audrain Board Room. President Maureen Hacker introduced Tonya Linthacum and Kim Menefee. Linthacum told of programs and services available at the J.B. and Greeta B. Arthur Cancer Center and also about her trip to the World Cancer Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Menefee talked about radiation therapy. Following a tour of Cancer Center,

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  • R-VI FFA team finishes 8th

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    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).

    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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Monday Study Club meets

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:20 pm

The Monday Study Club met April 13 at the United Methodist Church. The meeting was called to order by President Donna DeTienne leading in the pledges to the American and Christians flags. The devotional was given by Martha Hopke from “The Upper room” and was entitled, “How to Pray.” Hopke also led in the opening prayer. Val Galloway, financial secretary, discussed the cost of new books and yearly dues. New

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  • DAR holds December meeting

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on December 4 at the United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Regent Ann Carter called the meeting to order. Joy Davis asked the blessing before the meal. The meeting began with the opening ritual including the singing of the National Anthem. The President General’s message was read by Davis, Judy Flowers delivered the American Indian Minute, and Brenda Gower

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  • Talent shared to raise awareness for Salvation Army

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Shown, from left: Performing at County Market. Reverend Jeff Mims, Mr. Ian Housman, Miss Jessica Carr, and Miss Maleah Hagen.

    Reverend Jeff Mims and a few of his music students played at the County Market, Dollar General, and True Value Hardware stores in Vandalia on Saturday morning to raise awareness for the Vandalia Salvation Army. On behalf of the staff and board of the Vandalia Salvation Army, we would like to thank the stores for allowing us to use their businesses for the annual drive this year. We would also

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