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Ben Salmon Christmas Display @ Vandalia Area Fairgrounds
Nov 22 2012 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 1 2013 @ 9:00 pm

Ben Salmon Christmas Display
Open nightly, drive-thru display with music!

Holiday Extravaganza @ Modern Maturity
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 7:30 pm

We will once again hold a Holiday Stop and Shop with 20 direct sales vendors and handmade items plus foods.

Vandalia Area Fair Fundraiser & Fishfry @ St Pats Hall
Feb 9 @ 4:00 pm – Feb 9 @ 10:00 pm

Auction and Fish Fry

Saying goodbye to TVL reporter John McLaughlin
Apr 2 @ 10:45 pm – 11:45 pm

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

By the time you’re reading this editorial, our current reporter John McLaughlin will have worked his final day at The Vandalia Leader as he has accepted a job at a daily newspaper in South Dakota.
I want to publicly thank John for all of his hard work during his tenure at the newspaper.
I believe our readers enjoyed his coverage, especially when it came to stories on agriculture. He has a unique ability to handle complicated stories and make them easy for the reader to comprehend.
This means you will see me at games and other events until The Vandalia Leader hires a replacement.
In the meantime, please feel free to submit ideas, photos, or stories to and I’ll work to ensure they are published.
If you see John before he leaves town, please take the time to wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. He will be missed.
North Korea
With warships heading to the Korean region and military exercises taking place in both North and South Korea, it appears imminent that a war will begin very soon. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un has been pushing propaganda to his people for some time that he is capable of leading his nation to a victory over the United States. He’s even showed videos showing the destruction of major U.S. cities to display his nation’s potential power under his leadership.
As he’s done a lot of talking, at some point, he’s going to need to act to show he means business.
While China has also shown displeasure recently with North Korea due to nuclear tests, this doesn’t mean China will be an ally if war breaks out in the region. In reality, their becoming an ally would actually go against a treaty the nation has with North Korea.
The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) currently has a “long-standing defense treaty” with North Korea, obligating China to defend North Korea in the event it is attacked.
This is why unfortunately the U.S. and South Korea might have no choice but to wait for North Korea to fire the first shot and hope China gives its support of a retaliation mission.
If that doesn’t happen, things could get ugly real quick. I encourage all readers to be spending some times on their knees praying about this situation.

Girls basketball fundraiser
Apr 6 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Van-Far R-I School District, with the help of Storch Ford, will be hosting a fundraiser from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the high school parking lot.
Proceeds of the test-drive event will go to the district’s girls basketball team, helping fund summer shootouts and the purchase of new equipment.

4-H Fundraiser
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

The Ralls County 4-H Fundraiser Dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the MTHS cafeteria.
Pork chops, baked potatoes, cole law, green beans, bread, drinks, and desert will be served.
The cost to attend is $9 at the door for adults and $6 at the door for kids. Call 573-985-3911 with questions.

Watch Group
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – Apr 9 @ 7:30 pm

The Vandalia Neighborhood Watch Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in the meeting room of the Vandalia Road District along Audrain Road 565. All residents living south and west of Vandalia are invited to attend the meeting.

VFTA Carnival
Apr 12 @ 5:00 pm – Apr 12 @ 8:00 pm

The annual VFTA Carnival will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, April 12.
The event includes a silent auction, pizza and hot dogs, games, and prizes.

Relay for Life dinner
Apr 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Ralls County Relay for Life will host be hosting its Relay Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for kids. The dinner features pulled pork, baked beans, and slaw. Kids can order hotdogs.

Rep. Graves visit
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

U.S. Congressman Sam Graves’ staff is holding a mobile office stop at the Vandalia Branch Library at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17. The mobile office provides regular contact for communities and individuals who have a question or problem with federal government agencies.

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