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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.).

Maiden awarded Chapter CE P.E.O. scholarship

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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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  • 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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Sports

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

    SPORTS---DOWELL-DEER

    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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Lifestyles

Shown, from left: ACHD Public Health Specialist Jodi Elliott and Mexico-Audrain County Library Director Ray Hall.

Mexico-Audrain Library receives award

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

The Mexico-Audrain County Library recently received a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite award. There are three standards; Gold, Silver, and Bronze. ACHD’s goal is to help support other worksites in Audrain County to be recognized as being breastfeeding friendly. Audrain County Health Department congratulated the Mexico-Audrain County Library for becoming a Breastfeeding Friendly Work site. ACHD is part of the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) program which is sponsored by the Department

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  • VAHS Museum is closed until April

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The Vandalia Area Historical Society announced that the museum will be closed until approximately April 1 depending upon the weather. Visits to the museum can be arranged by appointment during this time by calling Charlene Teague at 594-3026 or Pat Trower at 594-3999.

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  • Marshall Thanksgiving

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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    About 29 people attended the Thanksgiving Reunion for the Marshall family in November. (Not everyone is pictured.)

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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

    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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Citizen's Journalism

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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  • Masonic Lodge awards two bikes

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    NEWS---BIKES

    On December 19, the Vandalia Masonic Lodge gave away two bikes to support the importance of students completing their reading homework. Each night students are expected to read for 20 minutes and write two sentences about their reading. Students who completed all five nights of their “Read and Respond” were entered each week into the drawing for the bikes.  First semester winners are Alexandria Govero and Evan Utterback. Presenting the

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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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Education

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).

R-VI FFA team finishes 8th

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm

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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  • Class of 1959 holds reunion

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    The Van-Far Class of 1959 Reunion attendees are pictured front row, from left: Donna (Lovelace) Williams, Bonnie (Maxwell) Gibson, Janie (Ball) Zimmer, Maemma (Southwick) Scrogin, and Lana (Perry) Terry. Second row: Pat (Libby) Pritchett, Joyce (Todd) Nolan, Judy (Masters) Flowers, and Frances (Wright) Ignazio. Third row: Averial Beshears, Jerry Caldwell, Charles Scrogin, Randall Kristofferson, Alan Adams, Glenda (Hull) Clithero, Carolyn (Maiden) Bailey, Forest (Bud) Teague, Wayne Kimey, and Bill Maxwell.

    The Van-Far High School graduating Class of 1959 held it’s 55th reunion on October 25 at the Country Cupboard in Vandalia. Decorations were in the school colors of black and gold with black tablecloths and gold napkins. Bonnie Gibson and Janie Zimmer decorated each table with a crystal vase filled with gold balls. They also served hors d’oeuvre and punch during the social hour. The reunion planning committee included Joyce

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  • Chapter CE P.E.O. met Nov. 18

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    “Sharing Our Talents” was the program for the Tuesday, November 18 meeting of Chapter CE P.E.O. held at the home of Muriel Beshears. Using the quote from Maya Angelou: “Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it,” Ruth asked the 15 members present to be involved in a talent during the evening.  Knitting was taught by Joy Davis, Muriel Beshears taught crocheting, Cindy Pirch taught weaving, and

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Volunteering

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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  • New book in works for VAHS

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

    — submitted by the Vandalia Area Historical Society The Vandalia Area Historical Society is planning a new book to be available in late 2015. For this book, we will need personal stories of local significance which are unique, ranging from the hilarious to heartwarming. As families gather during this holiday season, these stories are told and retold. We think it would be very nice to share these stories, giving readers

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