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Vandalia aldermen consider raising deposit amount

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

A potential decision to raise city deposits for renters from $100 to $400 will be a much discussed topic in the next month leading up to a possible board vote on the issue in August. The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen discussed the situation during its monthly board meeting held on Tuesday, July 8. At the end of their discussion, all but alderman Dempsey Dixon approved a motion for

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Joyce Curry, Santana Davis, and Janessa Griffith work up a sweat at the Second Missionary Baptist Church Outreach Center in Vandalia.

SMBC Outreach Center’s trying to meet the needs of residents

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:20 pm

By Ben Marshall The Vandalia Leader Janyce Holt is the coordinator of the Second Missionary Baptist Church (SMBC) Outreach Ministry in Vandalia. The ministry began two years ago with ladies exercising followed by a 2012 partnership with Randolph County and Moberly. The group then ventured out more and breast cancer awareness was the first health issue addressed for a year. About three years ago, the church had relocated and the

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  • Police Chief Shawn Puls settles in for City of Laddonia

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Laddonia Police Chief Shawn Puls stands alongside the city’s police cruiser.

    By Ben Marshall The Vandalia Leader Police Chief Shawn Puls applied, interviewed, and was hired in May 2014 by the Laddonia City Council after responding to an ad for the position. Chief Puls became the city’s first officer since it was last served with a local police presence in the mid-’90s. He was hired after the Laddonia residents voted for a tax increase to pay for a full-time police presence.

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  • Wenzel to receive top award from MoSGA

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Teresa Wenzel

    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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Ashley Fleming holds softball camp

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Current St. Louis University Assistant Softball Coach Ashley Fleming held a camp for area youngsters last Wednesday, July 9 at South School Park. The camp was held in conjunction with the NEMO Hot Shots. Fleming, along with former University of Missouri teammates, taught players the fundamentals of the game during the event. The former Silex Lady Owl was a two-time All-American for the Lady Tigers.

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  • Students complete swimming lessons

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    SPORTS---SWIM

    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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  • Local bowlers shine at state championships

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Local bowlers representing Spare Time Bowl & Grill were successful at the Missouri State USBC Youth Championships held recently at Oasis Lanes in Washington, Mo. Team – “Jim Bob’s People” – 30th Place Division 2; “The Farbarians” – 2nd Place Div. 3; “The Minions” – 20th Place Div. 2; “Bowling Moses” – 6th Place Div. 2 Doubles Makalyn Phillips, Carleigh Phillips – 69th Place Div. 2 Aaryn Phillips, Brian Couch

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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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Magician Rick Eugene entertains at Vandalia Library

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Professional magician Rick Eugene entertained more than 50 adults and youngsters during the Vandalia Library’s Summer Reading Program on Wednesday, July 9. The event was free to the public.

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  • Vandalia Rotary Club holds Tractor Cruise

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Brian Snodgrass at the beginning of the event.

    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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