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Taking a look back to early 2012

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 9:30 am

Vandalia native Nick Lower is interviewed by members of the press during Super Bowl Media Day this past winter at Indianapolis, Ind.

—The first six months of this year’s top stories as they appeared in The Vandalia Leader during 2012. 

The final six months will be published in the January 2, 2013 issue.

January 4

Former POW John Daniels, Vandalia native, reconnects with man who possibly liberated him. The two connected at the Mt. Vernon Veterans’ Home.

Catherine T. Zinkel is sworn in as Audrain County Collector.

January 11

Legislators and county staff attend Audrain County Farm Bureau’s legislative event in Mexico. Audrain County unveiled its new seal.

State Farm Agent Cindy Blaylock takes over office in Vandalia. Agent Mike Hebert takes over office in St. Charles.

The fourth kidnapping suspect in the case involving the murder of James William Boyd McNeely, Brandon Martin, entered a plea of not guilty on felony kidnapping charges.

January 18

The late Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered during event held at Second Christian Church in Vandalia.

Community R-VI crowns Homecoming royalty.  Ashley Evans was crowned queen and Ryan Wieberg was crowned king.

Several WERDCC workers receive Lifesaver Awards.

January 25

Van-Far School Board approves Proposition A for ballot.

Mark Twain High School asks to join the EMO Conference.

February 1

People Magazine National Hero Judge Jimmie Edwards speaks to Van-Far students during the Van-Far A+ Career Fair. Judge Edwards said he would tell President Barack Obama about his positive impressions of Van-Far when he meets him in March.

Newt Gingrich was not on the GOP’s Missouri primary ballot just two weeks after winning South Carolina.

February 8

Vandalia’s Nick Lower makes headlines around the world after appearance at Super Bowl Media Day dressed up as a Tom Brady look-alike.

Van-Far crowns Ryan Teague as king and Karol Moore as queen during Courtwarming.

February 15

Alyssa Bustamante to serve life sentence at WERDCC after charges in murder of 9 year old.

Approximately $11,500 raised from annual Vandalia Area Fair event.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R) dominates the GOP primary in Missouri.

Vandalia Area Historical Society kicks off Cornerstone Project in Vandalia.

Van-Far set to host Class 2, District 5 basketball tournament.

Van-Far FCCLA celebrates National FCCLA Week.

February 22

Nelson family enjoys experience with foreign exchange student Enrique Caceres.

Allen Giles sentenced to life for statutory rape and sodomy after a trial held in Audrain County.

Former Van-Far Superintendent named Mexico’s superintendent.

Second truck overturns in one month at the intersection of Highway BB and Audrain County Road 649.

Van-Far and Audrain County R-VI FFA’s celebrate National FFA Week.

February 29

Vandalia’s Angela Caryle reflects on time as a Golden State cheerleader in the NBA.

United Credit Union honored with Flag of Freedom Award.

Lucas Kohl receives Eagle Scout rank at age 14.

March 7

Power goes out for more than five hours in Vandalia.

ACCHU releases 2011 Annual Report.

Village of Rush Hill gets $246,900 in wastewater grant.

March 14

Darrill Lynn receives 10 year sentences for kidnapping.

Tri-County Building Supply set to close its doors.

March 21

Cornerstone Project vision coming into clear picture.

Miss Missouri discusses character with Van-Far Sr./Jr. High students.

Single engine plane crash kills one person in Audrain Count.

March 28

Plans for a possible hog farm near Farber city limits put on hold.

City of Martinsburg gets $100,000 wastewater grant.

April 4

Proposition A and Special Road District Tax approved by voters.

Women’s shooting club forms under assistance of firearms instructor David Ray.

Bill Nation named a 2012 Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Award winner by the Missouri 4-H Foundatoin.

April 11

Audrain County among best in area in county health rankings.

Former Curryville police officer accused of theft.

April 18

Vandals break new windows at Lincoln School.

April 25

Inaugural Board of Health set for office in Audrain County. Members sworn in were Richard Webber, Sharon Stowers, Dr. Patricia Burke, Sterling Oliver, and Jennifer Williams.

Audrain County R-VI FFA named a Top 5 chapter at state. Josh Sims and Daniel Ahrens win top state proficiencies.

Van-Far’s Prom Queen is Beth Owens and Prom King is Ryan Decker.

WERDCC names Carolyn Ball the 2011 Employee of the Year.

Tim and Lynn Tuggle stop through Vandalia during their cross-country horseback ride. The ride was a mission to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Park bench dedicated in memobery of victims of crime.

May 9

Van-Far graduate Mike Smith enjoys first year of pro basketball in Germany.

Van-Far’s Terry Jungers honored at Retirement Tea.

Monsanto makes $2,500 donation to Audrain County R-VI FFA.

Angela’s Dance Company holds annual recital.

May 16

Van-Far’s Class of 2012 receives diplomas at commencement.

Feedbuck Express, Inc. wins Platinum Award for safety.

May 23

Community R-VI’s Class of 2012 receives diplomas at graduation.

Mick Hayden and his family assist in release of four full size barn owls in rural Vandalia.

C.H.A.M.P. program turns 10 years old at WERDCC.

Community R-VI student Russell Lovelace has artwork put on display at White House.

May 30

Vandalia’s Halynna Yager gives donations from her birthday party to Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch.

Bluegrass fans enjoy Memorial Day event at the Turnbull family farm in Curryville.

Thompson famer Tommy Martin gets rescued from a well.

Rep. Jay Houghton (R) receives Freshman Legislater of the Year award.

June 6

“Ricochet” named as headline act for the 2012 Vandalia Area Fair.

Family of the late Alex Brown uses daughter’s death as plea not to text and drive.

June 13

Charles Overton pays tribute to the late Belita Woods with performance in Detroit, Mich. The service featured many well known performers.

New sewer and water lines installed in Lincoln School.

June 20

Vandalia Family Aquatic Center celebrates five years.

Mike Smith holds first basketball camp at Van-Far High School. It featurd more than 100 apsiring, young basketball players.

Farber area residents and Home Decorators employees clean up Farber City Park.

June 27

Car enthusiasts enjoy 15th Annual Dam Few Cruisers Car Show.

Community R-VI head boys basketball coach James Benson takes job at Class 5 school in Boulder, Colo.

Community R-VI approves Opaa.