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More Community R-VI students pay their respects.

Local students and citizens show respect to late Sgt. Rodney Griffin

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:09 pm

By James Smith Centralia Fireside Guard More than 2,000 lonely flags fluttered in the rainy wind Saturday morning along Highway 22 between Thompson and Centralia. Before going through that stretch, residents and students in Martinsburg and Laddonia lined up along Highway 54/19 to pay tribute to the late Sgt. Rodney Griffin. Students were from the Community R-VI and St. Joseph School Districts. Although the clouds held off the sunrise, the

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Jimmie Reading

Reading appointed to Central Bank Board

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm

The Central Bank of Audrain County recently appointed Jimmie Reading to its Board of Directors. “We welcome Mr. Reading as a Director. His extensive experience and dedication to our local area and community are incredibly valuable and appreciated by Central Bank and our Board. We are very pleased to add a representative from the Vandalia community to our board of directors.” said Mike Bunge, Central Bank’s Chairman of the Board

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  • Pike County man arrested

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm


    On April 24, Kevin D Street was charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher with the Class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, methamphetamine, the class B felony of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, more than 35 grams of marijuana, and the class A misdemeanor of possession of drug paraphernalia. Street has been charged as a prior offender

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  • Victims remembered at WERDCC event

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Jessica Schnerre

    Victims were rememberd during a National Crime Victims’ Right Week event held last Tuesday at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (W.E.R.D.C.C.) in Vandalia. Jessica Schnerre was this year’s guest speaker, who is from “Avenues. Domestic Violence” in Hannibal. She said she had been in the position for 10 years. Schnerre told about her younger days living in a home where she and her brother were physically and

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Van-Far pitcher Lucas Robinson strides toward the plate on the mound with a pitch against Bowling Green in Farber.

Van-Far baseball beats the Wildcats, falls to Bowling Green

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Van-Far’s baseball team picked up another win on the season last week after knocking off Montgomery County, 11-9. The win was extra special since it came in the absence of head coach Wes Rowden, who was attending the birth of his two granddaughters. Assistant Coach Don Aulburt took over the reigns of the team for the game. In the top of the first inning, Van-Far scored two runs when Layten

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  • R-VI golfers battle tough conditions in final home match

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Community R-VI’s Bryan Allen lines up a shot last week at the Mexico Country Club.

    In their final home match of the season, Community R-VI’s golf team struggled on a windy day at the Mexico Country Club playing against golfers from MMA and Sturgeon. Only one golfer in the match shot below 50. “Most of our boys’ drives landed them in a tough position and on the majority of the holes they were not able to recover,” said Community R-VI golf coach Johnathan Guilkey. Treyton

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  • Van-Far track earns several medals

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:19 pm


    Van-Far’s boys and girls track and field teams continue to battle through injuries while having a strong showing at the Monroe City Relays on April 21. The boys team took sixth overall with 80 team points. Sharrod Connor won the long jump after leaping 20’5.25”. He was also second in the 100 meters and second in the triple jump. The 4×200-meter relay team of Conner Albrecht, Nick Barnes, Jacob Garner,

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Cub Scouts celebrate Arbor Day

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:14 pm

In celebration of Arbor Day, Vandalia Cub Scout Pack No. 59 planted at Ginkgo Tree at South School Park on Friday, April 24. The Cub Scouts present for the event were Kai Blackford, Trinton Kasper, and Richard Hayden.  The scouts held a short ceremony and presented an Arbor Day proclamation to Vandalia City Administrator Alan Winders. The Cub Scouts meet weekly on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. at the Vandalia United

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  • Engagements (Deimeke – Westhues)

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Keith Deimeke and Jessica Westhues

    Bob and Lori Westhues, of Clark, Mo., announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Marie Westhues to Keith Alan Deimeke, son of Clarence and Janis Deimeke, of Laddonia, Mo. The bride-to-be graduated from Columbia College in 2014, with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resource Management. She is currently employed as a Program Technician, at the USDA in the Farm Service Agency office

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  • Deimeke celebrates 3rd birthday

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Evelyn Elaine Deimeke

    Evelyn Elaine Deimeke turned 3 on April 11. The 3-year-old celebrated her birthday with parents Josh and Melissa Deimeke, brother Skylar Deimeke, grandparents Jim and Lois Curtis, other family members, and friends.

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Deanna Bowers enjoys a game of bingo.

Laddonia hosts Bingo fundraiser

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 1:03 pm

The Laddonia Athletic Association had a strong turnout on Saturday night for its Thirty-One Bag Bingo fundraiser to raise funds for the 4th of July Celebration. Raffle tickets were sold and door prizes were awarded to the large crowd in attendance. Food and refreshments were also for sale.

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  • Van-Far crowns royalty during Prom Night on April 25

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:36 pm


    Van-Far crowned Lucas Robinson King and Molly Nagel Queen during their prom last Saturday night.

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  • Annual Cruise Night held in Martinsburg

    Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:11 pm


    The 2015 Martinsburg Cruise Night winners are; Best of Show:  1934 Ford (Garnett Garrett – Rhineland) Best Car:  1969 Pontiac GTO Judge  (Wayne Summers – Hartsburg) Best Truck:  1941 Chevrolet pickup (Gary & Janet Heim – Middletown) Best Race Car:  1971 Chevy Impala Convertible (Sierra Buck – Mexico) Best Muscle Car:  1969 Chevy Nova (Glenn Buck – Mexico) Best Motorcycle:  2000 Harley (Kyle Vomund – Laddonia) Best Antique Vehicle:  1939

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