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Agape House meets

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

In their May 19 meeting, Agape House of Vandalia board members reviewed by-laws of the organization and approved them in their original form. In other business, the house manager reported there were 69 guests, including 14 children, staying at the house in April. These guests, from across Missouri as well as three other states, visited family members in the correctional centers in Bowling Green and Vandalia. House manager Doris Donoho

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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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Kids Fishing Day at Mark Twain Lake

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

In celebration of National Fishing and Boating Week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Mark Twain Lake will host Kid’s Fishing Day on Saturday, June 6 for children 5-12 years of age.  Participation will be limited to the first 25 children who register in advance at Mark Twain Lake Project Office by calling 573-735-4097 or by stopping by the office on Route J north of the Clarence Cannon Dam. 

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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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Harper wins Silver Award

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:44 am

Recently, The Wells Group LLC announced that the Century 21 International recently recognized Tina Harper with its Silver Award of Excellence, which recognizes sales associate who reached $90,000-$112,999 in Adjusted Gross Commission or 25-32 sides. Century 21 International presented the yearly award to Harper during a special ceremony at Hollywood Casino “Tina approaches everything she does with passion and professionalism and has truly become a fixture within the Pike County

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  • Hauser boys celebrate birthdays

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 12:31 pm


    Hugh Hauser, son of David and Kathleen Hauser, of Milan, celebrated his 3rd birthday on January 21. Due to an open heart surgery his grandpa had at the time of this birthday, an Easter lunch and  birthday party were celebrated on April 5. Hugh’s grandma Frances Stuart, of Vandalia, made and designed a dueled-out Ford New Holland tractor birthday cake. Hugh blew out the birthday candles on top of his

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  • St. Cecilia Music Club

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    The St. Cecilia Music Club met at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the Farber Christian Church. Members present were Ruth Calcaterra, Deanna Frey, Brenda Gower, Leanna Leake, Denna Nichols, Brenda Owens, Veanna Snodgrass, Glee Hanson, and Valerie Franke. The meeting was called to order by Leanna Leake, president. The date for the Gospel Sing was kept as July 12 and the program was discussed. Veanna Snodgrass stated that she

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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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St. John’s Women’s Guild

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

The St. John Lutheran Women’s Guild met on May 13 at the house of Dotty Cahill. President Brenda Elliott called the meeting to order and opened with prayer. Roll call was answered by six members using a bible verse or poem about Mother or Motherhood. A couple devotionals from Bruce Boyer’s Devotion Book “24/7 Stories of Faith from Everyday Life” served as the bible study and was led by Dotty

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  • Women’s Guild holds banquet

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    St. John Lutheran Women’s Guild hosted it’s Mother-Daughter Banquet on April 18 at the St. John Lutheran’s Church Hall. Regina Vogt opened with prayer. Introduction of the speaker was given by Brenda Elliott. Brunch was served and Holly Jungers did a presentation on her trip to New Orleans. After Jungers’ presentation,  games were played and the winning guests included: Anne Barnes, Elizabeth McBride, Margarethe Price, Sabrina Lovell, Larna Schnitker, Lucy

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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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100th Anniversary set for Chapter CE P.E.O.

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Chapter CE  P. E. O. held its monthly meeting at the St. John Lutheran Church, Vandalia, Tuesday evening, April 21 with Dotty Cahill and Anne Barnes as hostesses. Refreshments of strawberry filled angel food cake and beverages were served from a table covered in a spring green cloth with a white lace overlay and accented with pots of white petunias. President Cindy Pirch conducted the business portion of the meeting.

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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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Farmer/Farmerette Club

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:36 am

The Farmer Farmerette Club held their monthly meeting at the home of Jeannie and Herman Smith Thursday evening, May 7 at 6 p.m. A carry-in ham and bean supper was served before the meeting. There were four guests present; Mike and Sharon Lewton and also Mrs. Sheryl McNiff, who is daughter of club member Pauline Oberman and Mrs. McNiff’s daughter Janet. President Kay Reading called the meeting to order with

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  • Ladies Auxiliary holds April meeting

    Posted on May 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    The Ladies’ Auxiliary to VFW Post No. 2173 met on Thursday, April 9, at the post home in Vandalia. President Victoria Shaw called the 7 p.m. meeting to order and opening ceremonies were observed. The minutes were approved as read for the March meeting. The treasurer reported the current balance with her report being filed for audit. Community Service chair Ann Wasson recorded the service of members present. A donation

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  • Agape House meets

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    In their April 21 meeting, board members of Agape House of Vandalia held their quarterly inspection of the facility. It was found to be in exemplary condition. All areas were very clean and in good order.  Guest surveys were also examined and generally, very complementary of the house and its management. In other business, board members amended a portion of the policy manual regarding vacation time for the manager.  The

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