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Wenzel to receive top award from MoSGA

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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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  • Two oil paintings donated to VAHS by Morris family

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Shown, from left: Charlene Teague (Museum Director), Paul Ray,  and Karen Morris.

    The Vandalia Area Historical Society recently received a generous donation from Ron and Karen Morris of Vandalia –two framed oil painting portraits of Ron’s uncle and grandfather; Rual and Roz Morris.  These two stunning portraits once hung in the Vandalia State Bank located at 200 South Main.  Ronald Roz Morris is the son of Raymond and Murryl Morris. Rual and Roz were former Presidents of the Vandalia State Bank from

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  • CMCA commemorates 50 years

    Posted on May 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Community Action agencies across the nation began this year  commemorating 50 years of effective services to and advocacy on behalf of millions of low-income, vulnerable people and families. On December 14, 2013, President Obama had the following remarks. “The idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth is heartbreaking enough. But the idea that a child may never be able to escape that

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Students complete swimming lessons

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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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  • Rotary Golf Tournament benefits local project

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Local golfers work the green during the Vandalia Rotary Golf Tournament, which benefits the Library/YMCA Project.

    The following are the winners of the Vandalia Rotary Club Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Library/YMCA project. Participants enjoyed a beautiful day of golf and a scrumptious rib-eye sandwich while helping out a worthy cause. A flight-1) Chad Reading and Tanner Fennewald 2-tie) Bobby Lawrence and Roger Hawkins / Mandy and Brent Branstetter B flight-1) Shane and Steve Brookshier 2) Sheryl and Clyde Olinshlaeger 3) Jim Reading and

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Births – Ceilidh Brid Montgomery

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm

The Montgomery family are proud to announce the birth of Ceilidh Brid Montgomery on July 7, 2014 at 12:22 p.m. Ceilidh danced into the world weighing 7 lbs. and 1 oz.

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  • First Birthday

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Willow Skyann Underwood

    Willow Skyann Underwood turned 1 year old on July 4, 2014. She celebrated at a birthday party on July 4 with cake and ice cream at 1000 S. Maple in Vandalia. Present were her mother Ciarria Thomas; her great-grandfather, Dempsey Dixon; great-grandmother, Gene Dixon; aunt Jolene Dixon; sister McKenzie Underwood; and Mercedes Underwood; and also her brother, Payton Underwood. On Saturday, July 5, Willow was given another birthday party with

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  • Engagement

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Scott Deimeke and Jina Marie Stuckenschneider

    Gary and Sherry Stuckenschneider of Martinsburg announce the engagement of their daughter Jina Marie, to Scott Curtis Deimeke, son of Clarence and Janis Deimeke, of Laddonia. The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Community R-VI High School and a 2013 graduate of Columbia College Columbia, Mo. She is currently employed at the Martinsburg Farmers Elevator in Martinsburg.  The future groom is a 2005 graduate of Community R-VI High School and

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Pet Stories


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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  • Pot Bellied Pigs and a Road Less Traveled

    Posted on July 17, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    By Blake Hurst We don’t spend all of our time here at Missouri Farm Bureau on just the big issues. Nope, we keep up on the rest of agriculture as well. Here are some stories you may have missed. Farmers in the state of Washington have been feeding their pigs leftover medicinal marijuana plants. According to the farmers, the pigs have an increased rate of gain. The jokes here write

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Brian Snodgrass at the beginning of the event.

Vandalia Rotary Club holds Tractor Cruise

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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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  • Mel Elzea to be guest speaker for VAHS

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Mel Elzea

    Mel Elzea, a native Vandalian, will be the guest speaker at the Vandalia Area Historical Society meeting on Friday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Elzea says that he has fond memories of his hometown and has written a book entitled “All About m.e.” His career includes 14 years in the broadcast television industry, nine and a half years in pioneering broadcast FM radio and 25 years originating mobile units for

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  • Missouri Veteran’s Home

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Highlights from the week A church service was provided for the residents in the chapel on Sunday morning. Monday the card players gathered for a game of “Pass the Trash” and in the afternoon target shooting was held outback. Tuesday morning the fishermen loaded the bus for a day of fishing at Chubby Underwood’s place.  Everyone enjoyed the day catching fish and then a Barbecue lunch was served to everyone

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Audrain Co. 4-H Member Katie Carline, Martinsburg attended State 4-H Congress.

Local R-VI student goes to 4-H State

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Youth from every corner of the state gathered on the University of Missouri campus May 28-30 for the 69th annual State 4-H Congress.  In all, 294 teens ages 14-18 participated in a variety of hands-on workshops that fit their interests.  Choices ranged widely, from leadership development to acting, writing, and meteorology. “4-H is about building life skills,” said Stephanie Femrite, 4-H Youth Specialist.  “State 4-H Congress helps teens develop important

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  • DAR Meeting Minutes

    Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    The Susanna Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held it’s meeting on May 8 at the Vandalia Hotel. Joy Davis, Regent, called the meeting to order. Virginia Howdeshell, Chaplain, asked the blessing before the meal.  The meeting began with the opening ritual including the singing of the National Anthem. Ann Carter, Vice-Regent, read the President General’s message, Muriel Beshears presented the National Defense News, the Constitution Minute

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  • Community R-VI students receive awards

    Posted on May 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Several Community R-VI students were recognized recently for their efforts at classes in the district. Chemistry I-Brandon Arens, Lane Thebeau Intro to Chemistry-Treyton Kobush American History-Nicole Lynn World History- Lexa Cope, Anthony Fairchild Government- Lakin Davenport DC English-Julie Hale DC Sociology-Brian Allen DC American History-Ashley Steele DC Statistics-Lindsey Gastler DC Psychology-Brandon Arens DC Algebra-Megan Byrd DC Criminal Justice-Ashley Steele DC Speech- Kaleb Harris Spanish I-Samantha Jett, Collin Dungan Spanish II-Brandon

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Joy Davis

Davis attends 123rd Congress

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

“Joy Davis, Susanna Randolph Chapter Regent, attended the 123rd Continental Congress of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, June 23-29, in Washington, D.C. Mary Davis Petersen, associate member of the Susanna Randolph Chapter and member of the Priscilla Alden Chapter in Iowa, attended as well.  Both ladies served as delegates of their chapters. Attended events included the National Vice Chairmen’s Association Dinner, the Heritage Club Luncheon, the Junior Membership

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  • TCCC News

    Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Monday, June 23 At 10 a.m., the residents enjoyed a video of the Gaither Gospel Series, with the assistance of Brooke McPike. At 1;30 p.m.,. the residents enjoyed exercises with the assistance of Traci Shaw and Brooke McPike. At 6 p.m., the bi-weekly Bible Class was held with Denna Nichols. She was assisted by Traci Shaw and Davaline Overton. Tuesday, June 24 At 10 a.m., the residents enjoyed exercises with

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  • VFW Ladies Auxiliary Meeting

    Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    The Ladies’ Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 2173 met on Thursday, June 12, 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 May meeting.  A letter was read from the Missouri Veterans’ Home in Mexico concerning their 15th Annual Golf Tournament on August 9. Community Service hours were reported to Chairman

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