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  1. Jan
    13
    Wed

    1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
      8:45 am – 9:45 am
      General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

      General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

      A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
      Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
      There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
      Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
      The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
      Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
      In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
      Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
      The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
      This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
      While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
      While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
      I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
      It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
      As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      8:45 am
      Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
    2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
      The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

      The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

      Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
      Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
      The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
      Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
      “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
      Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
      “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
      Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
      “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
      Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
      In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
      Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
      “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
      Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
      In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
      Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      9:00 am
      Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
    3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
      Ted Monachino

      Ted Monachino

      Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
      Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
      Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
      “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
      He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
      His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
      Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
      He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      9:00 am
      Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
    4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
      The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

      The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

      Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
      The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
      “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
      Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
      At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
      The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
      They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
      Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
      Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
      “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
      Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
      In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
      “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
      In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
      Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
      In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
      The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
      Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
      Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
      “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
      McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      9:00 am
      Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
  2. Jan
    14
    Thu

    1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
      All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
      The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
      To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
      The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      8:00 am
      Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
  3. Jan
    16
    Sat

    1. VAHS Meeting
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      9:00 am
      VAHS Meeting
  4. Jan
    17
    Sun

    1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      3:00 pm
      Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
  5. Jan
    27
    Wed

    1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
      The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      2:00 pm
      KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
  6. Jan
    29
    Fri

    1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
      8:00 am – 12:30 pm

      The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
      Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      8:00 am
      Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
    2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
      Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      5:30 pm
      Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
  7. Feb
    3
    Wed

    1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
      Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      7:00 pm
      NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
  8. Feb
    4
    Thu

    1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      10:00 am – 10:30 am

      The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
      Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
      If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      10:00 am
      Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
  9. Feb
    6
    Sat

    1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
      Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
      Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

      Agenda

      1. Jan
        13
        Wed

        1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
          8:45 am – 9:45 am
          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

          A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
          Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
          There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
          Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
          The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
          Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
          In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
          Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
          The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
          This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
          While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
          While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
          I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
          It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
          As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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          8:45 am
          Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
        2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

          Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
          Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
          The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
          Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
          “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
          Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
          “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
          Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
          “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
          Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
          In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
          Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
          “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
          Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
          In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
          Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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          9:00 am
          Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
        3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          Ted Monachino

          Ted Monachino

          Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
          Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
          Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
          “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
          He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
          His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
          Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
          He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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          9:00 am
          Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
        4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
          9:00 am – 10:00 am
          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

          Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
          The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
          “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
          Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
          At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
          The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
          They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
          Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
          Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
          “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
          Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
          In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
          “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
          In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
          Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
          In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
          The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
          Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
          Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
          “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
          McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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          9:00 am
          Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      2. Jan
        14
        Thu

        1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
          8:00 am – 12:00 pm

          MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
          All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
          The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
          To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
          The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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          8:00 am
          Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      3. Jan
        16
        Sat

        1. VAHS Meeting
          9:00 am – 10:00 am

          The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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          9:00 am
          VAHS Meeting
      4. Jan
        17
        Sun

        1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
          3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

          The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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          3:00 pm
          Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      5. Jan
        27
        Wed

        1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
          2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

          KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
          The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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          2:00 pm
          KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      6. Jan
        29
        Fri

        1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
          8:00 am – 12:30 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          8:00 am
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
        2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
          5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

          The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
          Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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          5:30 pm
          Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      7. Feb
        3
        Wed

        1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
          7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
          Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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          7:00 pm
          NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      8. Feb
        4
        Thu

        1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
          10:00 am – 10:30 am

          The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
          Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
          If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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          10:00 am
          Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      9. Feb
        6
        Sat

        1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
          4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

          The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
          Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
          Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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          4:00 pm
          Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
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      4:00 pm
      Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center

Agenda

  1. Jan
    13
    Wed

    1. Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
      8:45 am – 9:45 am
      General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

      General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

      A recent New Year’s Eve Celebration in Cologne, Germany should cause many American citizens to be concerned on what an infiltration of refugees could mean to the United States.
      Multiple reports noted a crowd of about 1,000 migrants celebrated a New Year at a train station and German women were assaulted in the chaos. One lady reported to a German newspaper that she thought she was touched inappropriately about 100 times in just 200 meters.
      There were “hundreds of  women” who were molested and raped, this according to News.com.au. Recorded crimes have already reached more than 500 with 40% being a sexual assault.
      Of the 31 men arrested, 18 of them were confirmed as refugees. Three have been confirmed to be Syrian refugees as of four days ago.
      The Cologne, Germany Chief of Police, Wolfgang Alberts, said the crimes were committed by a group of people who mostly came from North African and Arab countries.
      Along with the attacks were several brawls between migrant gangs.
      In regards to the sexual crimes, instead of addressing the larger issue involving refugees and the crimes they are committing, Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said perhaps the women should adopt a so-called “code of conduct” to help them avoid being victims of sexual crimes. The code suggested young women and girls to “maintain an arm’s length distance from strangers,” “to stick within your own group,” “to ask bystanders for help,” or “to intervene as a witness or to inform the police if you are a victim of such an assault.”
      Local schools  asked girls to make sure they were modest in their clothing.
      The code, Mayor Reker said, would be updated online.
      This course of action comes from a lady who was stabbed in the neck last October by man who was against the refugee crisis. This code is being suggested to a free country. I say such a code makes me wonder if the women living there are actually free?
      While the Cologne, Germany situation is appalling, we’re now finding out this was not an isolated incident. Reports are coming in on stories published in Austria, Finland, and Switzerland as there were also several similar attacks by refugees.
      While Europe is being overwhelmed by refugees, in whom many are, in my opinion, playing their role in the caliphate, President Barack Obama made a special point to have two Syrian refugees present for his final State of the Union Address.
      I hope that soon our government officials will stop trying to shove idealogy down our throats and instead truly work to protect America from the same type of situation to happen on our soil.
      It’s not that far away. Germany’s Prime Minister was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for her willingness to fight criticism and open her country’s doors to countless refugees.
      As Dr. Phil would say “how’s that working for ya?” Our problem is we have leaders, in the U.S. on both sides of the political spectrum and throughout the world, who care more about their legacies then truly making sound decisions to protect our country.

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      8:45 am
      Need to pay attention to refugee rape crisis in Europe
    2. Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
      The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

      The Community R-VI Lady Trojans basketball team after taking second in the Madison Tournament.

      Madison Tournament girls basketball coaches were eager to see a hyped clash between two teams who won district titles and 20+ games a year ago when the Community R-VI Lady Trojans took on Cairo in the championship game. Cairo entered the game as the No. 7 team in Class 2 and battled an eight win Lady Trojans team.
      Though Community R-VI rallied in the third quarter, they couldn’t complete a comeback in a 59-52 loss.
      The Lady Trojans were in foul trouble throughout as Cairo took 33 free throw shots. In spite of the challenge, the Lady Trojans cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the fourth. Unfortunately, Cairo went to the free throw line on three straight possessions and extended the lead to kill Community R-VI’s momentum.
      Earlier in the game, Cairo was up by double-digits and led 30-18 at halftime before the Lady Trojans outscored them 13-6 in the third, though it wasn’t enough.
      “I was very proud of my girls as they were down 12 at the half and never quit grinding it out making the Lady Bearcats earn it,” said Community R-VI head coach Bob Curtis.
      Danielle Brooks led the Lady Trojans in the title game with 18 points and four assists. She also made 9-of-14 free throws.
      “I thought she did an excellent job handling the Bearcat pressure all night,” Bob Curtis added. “Her senior leadership was excellent tonight.”
      Alissa Curtis added 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. For the tournament, Curtis had 39 points in three games with 29 rebounds.
      “Alissa had a great tournament…,” Bob Curtis said.
      Samm Jett added six points, three rebounds, two blocks, and one steal; Rebecca Hagan had six points; Taren Clark added five points, two rebounds, and one steal; Danie Jackson added three points, three rebounds, and one block; and Chelsea Hoyt tallied two points, two rebounds, and one steal.
      In the second round, the Lady Trojans led 28-19 at halftime over Paris before holding on late for a 45-39 win over a Lady Coyotes team that won 22 games a year ago and that was returning every player. Bob Curtis’ team used a committee to defend Paris standout Drew Lockhart and held her to just 13 points.
      Jett and Alissa Curtis each had 10 points in the first half as they both finished with 14 points. Alissa Curtis also had eight rebounds.
      “I thought we did a nice job against their press getting some easy buckets and not turning the ball over in the first half,” Bob Curtis said.
      Hoyt added five points; Brooks had five points and four assists; Hagan had five points; and Jackson had two points. The team made 12-of-19 free throws in the win.
      In the first round, the Lady Trojans got off to a strong start against rival Van-Far after creating turnovers with their press to take a 24-5 first quarter lead.
      Younger Lady Trojans’ saw time in the final 24 minutes and helped the team pick up a 46-30 win. Jett scored 14 points, six steals, four rebounds, and one assist while Alissa Curtis had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and one assist. Brooks added 10 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals; Hoyt added five points, four steals, and one assist; Jackson had four points,  two rebounds, one steal, and one assist; Hagan had two rebounds; Lexus LaGesse, Bethany Schmidt, and Delanie Windmann each had one rebound; Cope had one assist; and Mikyla Wagner had one assist and one steal.

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      9:00 am
      Lady Trojans finish second in annual Madison Tournament
    3. Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
      Ted Monachino

      Ted Monachino

      Baltimore Linebackers Coach Ted Monachino, whose parents are Ono and Nancy from Laddonia, was named the new Defensive Coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts last week.
      Monachino accepted the job and will join former Baltimore Ravens’ Defensive Coordinator Chuck Pagano, who is the current Colts head coach.
      Monachino, who has been with the Ravens since 2010 and won a Superbowl with the team in 2013, was considered by many as the next in line for the starting Defensive Coordinator position in Baltimore, which is currently held by Dean Pees.
      “We agreed to allow him to go be the defensive coordinator in Indianapolis,” said Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh in a press conference. “That’s a great opportunity for him. It speaks to the quality of the guys that we have.”
      He previously served as a coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars before reuniting with his former collegiate player Terrell Suggs, who he coached at Arizona State.
      His parents live in Laddonia while Ted Monachino also has sisters who live in the area.
      Ono Monachino said the family is excited for Ted’s opportunity and will be soon buying Colts’ NFL gear to add to their collection.
      He also said the family will likely still cheer on the Ravens as they have come to grow fond of the many players they met in the organization.

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      9:00 am
      Ted Monachino named Defensive Coordinator for Indianapolis Colts
    4. Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
      9:00 am – 10:00 am
      The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

      The Van-Far Indians celebrate with the third place trophy from the Madison Tournament.

      Though the Van-Far boys basketball team had set its sights on leaving Madison last week with a tournament championship, the one loss didn’t slow a much improved Indians team down as they dominated Paris to win third place after a 71-44 victory on Friday night.
      The Indians outscored Paris in the final three quarters 57-32 after making 22-of-39 shots from the field.
      “It was nice to get a third place victory and get these kids a feel for what it is like to have success in a tournament,” said Van-Far head coach Pat Connaway.
      Early on in the game, Paris stunned Van-Far by coming out and pushing the tempo as they led 17-14.
      At the end of the quarter, Van-Far’s coaches stressed communication and commitment to defense and his team responded and moved the ball well offensively to take a 31-28 lead at halftime.
      The Indians switched up their defense at the start of the third quarter while the offense was on a roll. Van-Far went on an 11-0 run and outscored Paris 26-11 in the third to blow open the game.
      They made 11-of-17 shots from the field in the quarter along with four 3-pointers as seven different players scored in the quarter.
      Leading the way for the Indians were their post players, who combined to score 24 points.
      Brayden Christian showed off some solid post moves to score 14 points, three rebounds, one steal, and one assist while Wyatt McDowell added eight points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
      “Brayden and Wyatt were active the entire night and this created several open looks for Nick (Barnes), Lathyn (McMorris), and Josh (Hodde),” Connaway said. “We were two points away from having five kids in double figures.”
      Hodde scored a team-high 16 points, four assists, and three rebounds; Barnes tallied 14 points, eight assists, six steals, and four rebounds; McMorris added 11 points, three rebounds, one assist, and one steal; Caden Wilburn had two points; Walter Salmon, Jr. had two points; Parker Wallace added two points, one steal, one assist, and one rebound; Trenton DeTienne had two points, two rebounds, and one assist; Dillion Minor had one block; and Treyson Culwell had one rebound.
      In the second round, the Indians couldn’t find their shot all night as they missed 7-of-24 shots inside the paint and 5-of-22 from 3-point range in a 47-40 loss to Cairo. They shot just 26% from the field, making 12-of-46 shots.
      “We had several open looks again and just didn’t get them to fall,” Connaway said as his team struggled moving the ball against Cairo’s zone while not attacking their pressure. “…Any time you hold an opponent to 47 points, you need to find a way to get a ‘W’ and tonight we didn’t. Whenever we lose the points in the paint and rebound battles, we have lost this year and Cairo won both those battles and ultimately won the game.”
      In the loss, Van-Far led 22-21 at halftime before being outscored 26-18 in the second half.
      Christian had 16 points and nine rebounds; Barnes had 12 points; and both McMorris and McDowell had nine rebounds.
      In the first round, the Indians blew the game open in the third quarter by outscoring the Trojans 24-7 and cruised to a 57-36 win over Community R-VI.
      The Indians made just 3-of-15 3-pointers in the first half and were outhustled by the Trojans in the first half before managing to take a four point lead into halftime.
      Van-Far responded to Coach Brett Reading’s halftime speech to shoot the ball with confidence and made eight 3-pointers in the second half.
      Barnes made a 3-pointer in the corner with just four minutes left to put the Indians up 26 points and a timeout was called to recognize him for scoring his 1,000th career point.
      “I was pleased with our defense all night,” Connaway added.
      McMorris had 21 points and eight rebounds; Barnes added 17 points; and McDowell had nine rebounds. The Indians won the rebounding battle, 43-28.

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      9:00 am
      Van-Far Indians finish third in Madison Tournament
  2. Jan
    14
    Thu

    1. Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
      8:00 am – 12:00 pm

      MoDOT is encouraging all responders to attend one of the upcoming Traffic Incident Management (TIM) training sessions. In the effort to make all responders safe while working an incident and all travelers safe when they encounter an incident, MoDOT encourages on-going training and continued relationship building across agencies as is critical to safe and effective Incident Management
      All law enforcement, fire, transportation, EMS, public safety, towing and recovery, public works and HAZMAT disciplines are encouraged to attend this training. Additional course and certification information is below. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Danny Behl, MoDOT, at 573-248-6517 or danny.behl@modot.mo.gov
      The following is a link to TIM training being held on January 14 at the New Florence Ambulance Station training room. The class will run from 8 a.m.-noon. The New Florence Ambulance Station is located just off Highway 19 on Bobby Stoddard Drive (approximately ¼ mile north of I-70) in Montgomery County.
      To register online, visit the following link: https://newflorencetim.eventbrite.com
      The classes are limited to 30 attendees and we will schedule more trainings in other locations where there is a need.

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      Training scheduled for area first responders @ New Florence Ambulance Station
  3. Jan
    16
    Sat

    1. VAHS Meeting
      9:00 am – 10:00 am

      The VAHS (Vandalia Area Historical Society) will meet Saturday, January 16 at 9 a.m. at the Genealogy Research Library on Main Street. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome.

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      9:00 am
      VAHS Meeting
  4. Jan
    17
    Sun

    1. Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
      3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

      The Second Christian Church will be hosting the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on January 17 at 3 p.m. The speaker will be Sister Ayanna Shivers, of Harper Chapel Everybody Church of Montgomery City. The pastor of Second Christian Church is Rev. Melvin McCaleb Sr.; Associate Pastors are Bro. Robin Terrell and Bro. Oscar Williams.

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      3:00 pm
      Second Christian to hold MLK celebration @ Second Christian Church
  5. Jan
    27
    Wed

    1. KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
      2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

      KidzConnect will be held on early-out day, January 27. First Presbyterian Church is again inviting any youth K-6th grade to come to KidzConnect from 2-4 p.m. on early-out day, Wednesday January 27. Snacks, crafts, and activities will be offered where kids can connect with each other and Christ.
      The remaining early-out days are January 27, February 24, March 16, and April 27. If you student needs a ride after school to the First Presbyterian Church (214 North Jefferson Street) or if you have questions, please call the church pastor, Reverend Joel Montgomery 594-2049 or Greta Hopke 594-2826.

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      2:00 pm
      KidzConnect to help for early-out day @ First Presbyterian Church
  6. Jan
    29
    Fri

    1. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
      8:00 am – 12:30 pm

      The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
      Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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      8:00 am
      Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 30 @ Audrain County Health Department
    2. Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
      5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

      The Audrain County Health Department (ACHD) Winter Love and Logic parenting class. The Winter session will be Friday, January 29, 5:30-9 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the ACHD, 1130 S. Elmwood, Mexico. Pre-registration is required.
      Kelly Upham will present “America’s Most Practical and Entertaining Parent Training.” Greta Hopke, R.D. will present “Your Family’s Health” with tips for getting your kids to make healthier food choices. This training program will encourage you to enhance your families health through healthier relationships and healthier bodies. Love and Logic is free of charge for parents, teachers, and caregivers. This class meets training hours requirements for MO foster parenting. For more information contact ACHD, Kerry Patton, LPN 573-581-1332. This program is made possible by the Maternal Child Health program directed by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services.

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      5:30 pm
      Winter Love and Logic event set for Jan. 29 @ Audrain County Health Department
  7. Feb
    3
    Wed

    1. NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
      7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The 2015-16 National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 7 p.m. in the Community R-VI new gym.
      Punch and cookies will be served after the ceremony.

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      7:00 pm
      NHS event set for R-VI @ Community R-VI High School
  8. Feb
    4
    Thu

    1. Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
      10:00 am – 10:30 am

      The Vandalia Branch Library will start Story Time on Thursday, February 4 from 10-10:30 a.m. Story Time is for children who are 2 1/2-5 years of age. Parents will need to stay with their child during Story Time.
      Story Time is held every Thursday unless school is not is session or is cancelled due to bad weather. Our programs are planned around a weekly theme. We will read books, do nursery rhymes, play with puppets and have fun! Attending our program is a great way to introduce your child to books and reading.
      If you have any questions about Story Time or other library services, please call the library at 594-6600.

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      10:00 am
      Vandalia Library begins Story Time on Feb. 4 @ Vandalia Branch Library
  9. Feb
    6
    Sat

    1. Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center
      4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

      The Vandalia Area Fair Association will be holding its Annual Auction and Fish Fry on Saturday, February 6 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
      Entertainment will be provided by Debra Ingram.
      Doors will open at 4 p.m. with the meal being served at 5 p.m. and the auction starting at 6:30 p.m. A Fish Fry as well as ham dinners will be available for purchase.

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      4:00 pm
      Vandalia Area Fair Auction set for Feb. 6 @ Sacred Heart Parish Center