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Looking back on National Guard career of Randall Watson

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

The state militia-commonly referred to as the National Guard -not only augments the nation’s armed forces when mobilized by the president, but also responds to local emergencies under the authority of the state’s governor. These state “call-ups” have historically been of a humanitarian nature-such as response to floods, tornadoes, and snowstorms-and have served as the highlight of one local Guardsman’s career. “I was called to state emergency duty for the

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  • Nutt – Busbey Engagement

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:12 pm


    Charles and Carolyn Nutt, of Vandalia, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Ann to Dillion Lee Roy Busbey. He is the son of Lee and Julie Busbey of Mountain View, Missouri. The future bride is a 2004 graduate of Van-Far High School of Vandalia. The prospective groom is a 2011 graduate of Koshkonong High School in Koshkonong, Missouri. He is employed at Royal Oak. The couple will wed Saturday,

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  • Davis wins plaque

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Fred Davis

    Fred Davis won the Runner-Up plaque at the “Car Show in the Park XV” River City Cruisers event held this past weekend in Hermann, Mo. Davis won the award for his 1986 El Camino. There were a total of 294 vehicles on display

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  • Local runners enjoy chance at competing in 82 mile race

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Moments after crossing the finish line. Shown, from left: (standing) Kim Jackson, Jessie Keough, Travis Moran-driver (all of Mexico), and Susan Farrell (Vandalia). Sitting, from left: Amiee Myers (Mexico), Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell (Vandalia), and Dana Keller (Farber).

    Six area ladies recently formed a team and were among a select group of 200 teams that participated in “The GO! Missouri™” KT82 inaugural race on Saturday, August 30. The one day, 82-mile trail relay, featuring scenic trails like the Katy Trail, started at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis County and finished in Hermann, Mo. Local runners included Vandalia’s Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell, Susan Farrell, Farber’s Dana Keller, and Mexico runners

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  • Kinley Elzea to sell cookbook

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Kinley Elzea with her cookbook “The Fun Way To Cook!”

    Vandalia’s Kinley Elzea enjoys cooking and likes spending time in the kitchen with her family, including time next to her grandmother Barbara Elzea. Their relationship along with an interest in family cookbooks led to a passion to create her own cookbook. She began getting recipes from different family members and even made some of her own. It didn’t take long before a goal of creating 50 cookbooks turned into 200

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  • Overton celebrates 99th birthday

    Posted on September 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Virgie Overton

    A 99th birthday celebration was held for Virgie Overton, of Vandalia, at the Country Cupboard on Friday, August 29. Overton, a former valedictorian from the former Lincoln School, was joined by 11 other family members and friends for the celebration. Those include her brother Jessie Salmon (who celebrated his September 2 birthday with Virgie on her special day); sister Lillian Johnson; brother Dolly Leo Salmon; brother Matthew Salmon with his

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  • Births – Ragland

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm


    Thomas and Courtney Ragland are the proud parents of their second child, Clayton Saleem. Clayton was born on May 3 at 6:11 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 5 oz., and measuring 20 inches in length. He joined an excited big sister, Macy Layne. The proud grandparents are Boyce and Barb Branstetter and Randy and Kathy Ragland. Great-grandparents include Sandy Hassien and the late Saleem Hassien, the late Brooks and  Ella Dee

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