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Oct
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VF Book Fair set for October 22-26
Oct 22 @ 11:30 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm

Van-Far PTO will host a scholastic book fair the week of October 22-26.
• Monday, October 22 from 12:30-4 p.m., open to the public (visitors need to check in at the office)
• Thursday, October 25: Family Reading Night from 5:30-8 p.m.
Students will also be able to visit the scholastic book fair at Van-Far during school hours.

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

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

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

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

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

Auction and Fish Fry

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

General Manager/Editor Ron Schott

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Harmony meeting 10:30 am
New Harmony meeting
Jun 3 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
The annual meeting of the New Harmony Cemetery Association will be held on Sunday, June 3 following regular morning worship services at New Harmony Christian Church. Their meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. A carry-in
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Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site 11:30 pm
Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Jun 4 @ 11:30 pm – Jun 5 @ 12:30 am
The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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School retirees meet June 6 10:30 am
School retirees meet June 6
Jun 6 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Audrain County Area Public School Retirees will meet on Wednesday, June 6 at the Agape House in Vandalia at 10:30 a.m. There will be a tour and the business meeting. Members will then have lunch
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Grazing School
Grazing School
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day
The Ralls County SWCD, NRCS and University Extension will be hosting a 2 day Grazing School in Perry on June 7 and June 8. Cost to attend is $60 per person and an additional $40
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Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site 11:30 pm
Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Jun 11 @ 11:30 pm – Jun 12 @ 12:30 am
The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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Faith Tabernacle COGIC V.B.S.
Faith Tabernacle COGIC V.B.S.
Jun 12 – Jun 15 all-day
Faith Tabernacle COGIC, located at 907 West Home St., will host again for the third year Vacation Bible School beginning June 12-15. If you would like to enroll your child, please call 573-985-3241 or 573-719-9483.
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Farber Fun Fest Meeting 6:00 pm
Farber Fun Fest Meeting
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The Farber Fun Fest planning meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the Farber Community Building.
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VFW Post No. 2173 meeting 12:30 am
VFW Post No. 2173 meeting @ VFW Post No. 2173
Jun 14 @ 12:30 am – 1:30 am
The VFW Post No. 2173, Vandalia, will meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend.
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2nd Annual Poker Run to be held on June 16
2nd Annual Poker Run to be held on June 16
Jun 16 all-day
Sydney’s 2nd Annual Poker Run will take place on June 16 beginning at 9 a.m. at “Teddy Joe’s” in Martinsburg. Last bike out will be at 11 a.m. The first stop will be at “Smoking
VAHS meeting 9:00 am
VAHS meeting
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
The Vandalia Area Historical Society (VAHS) will meet on Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m. at the Geneaology Library. The public is welcome to attend.
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Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site 11:30 pm
Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Jun 18 @ 11:30 pm – Jun 19 @ 12:30 am
The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site 11:30 pm
Addicts Victorious has moved meeting site @ Unity Outreach Building
Jun 25 @ 11:30 pm – Jun 26 @ 12:30 am
The Addicts Victorious meetings have moved to the Unity Outreach building at 210 S. Main, in Vandalia. Meetings are every Monday at the new location 6:30-7:30 p.m.
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