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Trent Tomlinson will headline the stage for this year’s Prairie Days.

Prairie Days set for this Saturday in Vandalia

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm

The downtown streets of Vandalia are expected to be filled with many area residents this Saturday as the Vandalia Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Prairie Days event. Country music artist Trent Tomlinson will be on the main stage at 8 p.m. and is expected to perform three of his singles that have reached the U.S. Billboard Top-40 Hot Country Songs charts. His newest single “Come Back To Bed”

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Aldermen authorize funding for CSI building roofing project

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm

The City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen held their monthly meeting last week. One of the decisions needing to be made this past week involved a roof on the vacant CSI building. According to city minutes, City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that there is $10,852 budgeted for needed repairs to the CSI building roof.  Additional funding is going to be needed, possibly up to $20,000. The project consists

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  • Drug Task Force makes arrest

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    David Lee Watson

    During the late evening hours of September 17, the East Central Drug Task Force, assisted by the Mexico Public Safety Department and the Audrain County Sheriff‘s Office, served a search warrant in the 1,000 block of Falcon Drive, in Mexico.  As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. One suspect was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and

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  • Thomas Miller sentenced to 43 years for molestation

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger announces that Thomas Alan Miller, 49, of Mexico, has been sentenced to 43 years having been found guilty of one count of Child Molestation in the First Degree, two counts of Statutory Sodomy in the Second Degree, two counts of Child Molestation in the Second Degree, and one count each of Child Abuse and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Miller was sentenced by

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Sports

Conner Albrecht finds an open lane.

Van-Far/R-VI finally gets past Wildcats

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thirty-five years ago, Van-Far football fans enjoyed watching their Indians earn a nine point victory over Montgomery County, 15-6. The coach was Robert Groff while running backs Ron Hurshman and Andrae Salmon combined to rush for 336 yards. Little did fans know it would be three and a half decades until their Indians would finally find the win column over the Wildcats. Last Friday night, the now Van-Far/Community R-VI cooperative

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  • Van-Far softball has tough week

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Pitcher Breanna Strange sends a pitch to the plate against Bowling Green.

    The Van-Far Lady Indians softball team struggled on defense in recent games and found themselves on the losing end of some double-digit run differentials. Van-Far began last week with a 16-1 loss to Southern Boone after making 11 errors. The 11 errors puts the Lady Indians alone in fourth place for most errors by a team in a game in state history. “We just did not field or throw the

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  • Community R-VI softball gets first victory

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    The Community R-VI Trojans softball team played hard in five games last week but were only able to pull out one victory. That win came in game two of the Paris Tournament this past weekend after defeating the host Lady Coyotes 3-1 for their first victory of the season. Samm Jett struck out 10 batters in six innings to pick up the win. “We played our cleanest game defensively of

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Lifestyles

Vandalia High School Class of 1954 Reunion. Front row, from left: Shirley (Moore) Morris, Dorothy (Seeley) Moore, Ron Tate, Yvonne (Welch) Kline, and Barbara (Meyers) Bergthold. Back row: Alan Williams, Don Bass, David Schulze, Larry Shaw, Lee Smith, Jerry Maxwell, Jerry Breneman, Harold Libby, and Ron Talbert.

Class of 1954 holds 60 year reunion

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:36 pm

The Vandalia High School Class of 1954 met for their 60-year class reunion on September 13. The celebration began with an informal “meet and greet” at the Perry Junction, followed by a superb dinner. Thirteen of the original 28 graduates paid their respects to deceased classmates Suzie Potter, Lamar Williams, Bill Wayne Smith, and Randell Hudson. Letters were read from those classmates unable to attend. Those attending were Don and

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  • VAHS welcomes all to Prairie Days

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    President Paul Ray called the September 19 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society to order and asked for new discoveries and donations. Charlene Teague reported the following donations from Mary Lou Gramley: a small (pocket- size) metal match holder, a New Michigan School Homecoming Program dated August 23, 1928, a picture of the 1941 Vandalia High School graduating class, a Vandalia Mail article noting the 50th wedding anniversary celebration

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  • Looking back on National Guard career of Randall Watson

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Randall Watson

    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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Elvis performs at Tri-County Care Center

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Elvis impersonator Steve Davis put on a show for Tri-County Care Center residents last Wednesday. See video of his performance on our website and on our Facebook page.

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  • Crowning royalty at Van-Far

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Homecoming Royalty. Queen Sarah Motley and King Brandon Otis received their crowns during halftime of the Van-Far/Community R-VI football game against Montgomery County. The Indians ended a 35 year drought against the Wildcats with a victory that night.

    Results from this year’s Homecoming contests were: • King and Queen – Brandon Otis and Sarah Motley • Banners – 1-tie) Seniors and Juniors; 2) Freshmen; 3) Sophomores Dress-Up – 1) Seniors; 2) Sophomores; 3) Freshmen; 4) Juniors Mini Olympics – 1) Seniors; 2-tie) Juniors and Freshmen; 3) Sophomores Floats – 1) Seniors; 2) Sophomores; 3) Juniors; 4) Freshmen Overall – 1) Seniors; 2) Juniors and Sophomores; 3) Freshmen Spirit

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  • Live Line electricity demo Oct. 2

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    The employees of Consolidated Electric Cooperative invite local emergency officials to attend a Live Line electricity demonstration on Thursday, October 2, at 2 or 6 p.m. at 3940 E. Liberty in Mexico. This program is geared toward first responders, fire and rescue, medical personnel, sheriff departments, and other workers that could encounter electricity-involved situation in their work. The Cooperative will provide barbecued hamburgers, chips, and drinks. The demonstration will follow

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