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Ginny Waggett Pearl holds a silver bracelet with Sgt. Rodney Griffin’s name engraved on it. She put it on in his memory after learning the news.

Hero is coming home after 45 years MIA

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:06 am

It’s been nearly 45 years since Sgt. Rodney Griffin was listed as MIA (Missing In Action) when the  Bell Iroquois utility helicopter (UH-1H) he was a passenger on reportedly received ground fire on the South Vietnamese border, near the City of Memot, Cambodia. For nearly a half century, his family has often reflected on the precious memories they have of a man who was born in Mexico and was known

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Man arrested for drugs

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:26 am

During the afternoon hours of March 2, the East Central Drug Task Force assisted by the Mexico Public Safety Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the 600 block of Quisenberry, in Mexico. As a result of the search warrant officers seized crack cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. One suspect was arrested for possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute,

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  • Taking a closer look at Vandalia’s FY 2015-2016

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:13 am

    According to a presentation made to the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen, the 2015-2016 budget that they passed is balanced with revenues that are relatively flat. Meanwhile, operational costs are continuing to grow. Regulation is costing citizens due to the EPA and DNR. Some of the highlights include: • Park Fund decreased by $24,296 to $90,381 for pool painting • Water/Sewer fund is decreased $29,999 to $510,605. This is

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  • University of Missouri Extension in Audrain holds annual meeting

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Leader Honor Roll winners, from left: Don Hudson alongside Elizabeth and Gery Windmann.

    The University of Missouri Extension’s Audrain County Extension Council enjoyed a time of fellowship during its annual meeting held last Tuesday at the Audrain County 4-H Center. Dr. Ronald Plain, a D. Howard Doane Professor in the University of Missouri Department of Agriculture Economics, presented the program “The Importance of Agriculture in Missouri.” One of the statistics he noted is that the United States exported 8 million tons of meat

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The Community R-VI Trojans after beating North Shelby to win districts.

R-VI Trojans rally to win districts

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

Entering this past weekend’s Class 1, District 11 Tournament with 20 wins, it appeared the Community R-VI boys basketball team would run away with a back-to-back championship. After all, they had just defeated two below .500 teams by at least 35 points and were set to face a 14-12 North Shelby squad in the finals. The Raiders didn’t make things easy for the Trojans. Both teams exchanged baskets early before

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  • Lady Trojans win District 11 title

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    The Community R-VI Lady Trojans after winning the district championship.

    The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team tied a school record with their 20th win in a single season last Saturday when they won back-to-back district championships. This year, the Lady Trojans overcame their offensive struggles to hold off LaPlata, 39-28, to win the Class 1, District 11 Championship. “LaPlata’s got a nice ball club,” said Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis. “To win with 39 points shows

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  • Indians season ends in districts

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:41 am


    Van-Far head boys basketball coach Pat Connaway knew Sturgeon’s size was going to be a problem for his Indians in the first round of the Class 2, District 5 Tournament. Though Van-Far ended the game by winning the rebounding battle 42-34, Sturgeon outscored the Indians 42-16 in the paint in a 71-53 victory. “I was really pleased with our rebounding effort,” Connaway added. “We outrebounded them tonight and had more

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Pike County fraud

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:29 am

The Pike County Sheriffs Office received a report on Monday, March 2, from a local citizen claiming that they had received a call from us about a fraud investigation. The caller used a name similar to that of a dispatcher. This was not the case. It has come to our attention that there is a smart phone app that will let someone put in any number they want as the

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  • Borgmeyer and Wrye retire after more than 88 years of service

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Joyce Borgmeyer and Gary Wrye

    Several customers, friends, and family members piled in the Audrain County 4-H Building last week to recognize Joyce Borgmeyer and Gary Wrye for their combined 88 years with the Farm Credit System (PCA-FCS Financial). Borgmeyer served 45 years with the PCA-FCS while Wrye served the area for 43 years. The two were given several gifts, including an engraved clock, to recognize them for their years of service. They also received

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  • Agape House has 59 guests

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The Agape House of Vandalia board members met February 17 at the house. The board learned 59 persons, including 11 children, had stayed at the guesthouse in January while they visited family members incarcerated at Bowling Green and Vandalia. In other business, house manager, Doris Donoho, reported a malfunctioning lock in a guest room. Repairs were made to that lock plus several others in the facility. Snow removal has been

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“Painting with Success” at Van-Far

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:35 am

Several area residents of all ages enjoyed a “Painting with the Indians!” event on Saturday, February 28 at Van-Far Elementary School. Art Teacher Jenniffer Hanson led students in grades 3-12 along with adults in creating a masterpiece. Funds from those paying to participate along with those collected from donations go towards the “Beauty and the Beast” fundraiser. This will be the 2015 Van-Far School Play. The event raised $500.

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  • Van-Far FFA raises money with BBQ event

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:33 am


    The Van-Far FFA Chapter hosted its annual BBQ on Saturday, February 28 at the High School. Students worked hard cooking the barbecue pork steaks on the grill and served several during the 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. event. The meals also included beans, coleslaw, potato salad, and homemade desserts. There were 370 meals served and approximately $2,000 was raised from the event.

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  • Delta Dental to be at St. Joseph School

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Delta Dental of Missouri’s “Land of Smiles” program is educating and inspiring young Missourians to adopt healthy life habits through its interactive show, which is in the midst of visiting 320 schools before the end of the year. The tour will be taking the stage at St. Joseph School in Martinsburg on Wednesday, March 4 at 1 p.m. For over a decade, Delta Dental’s Land of Smiles program has been

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