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Top stories from 2011 in annual Year in Review

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:04 am

Meridith Lynn, stands in front of what was her apartment after an F-5 tornado ripped through Joplin. Vandalia area residents were among the many Missourians to volunteer their time and services to help those in need after the horrific tragedy in May 2011.

—This year’s top stories as they appeared in The Vandalia Leader during 2011.
January 5
Friends and family members of the late Timothy Chrisman remember Chrisman with a candlelight vigil in Louisiana, Mo. Chrisman, of Vandalia, Mo., was shot by Louisiana police officers and officers were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Laddonia Christian Pastor Finley Price receives five years probation and 90 days in jail for assault of Laddonia’s Noel Scott on October 21, 2010.
One dog’s death was linked to the escape of two pit bulls in Vandalia.
January 12
Retiring U.S. Senator Kit Bond discussed his future plans at the 14th Annual Audrain County Farm Bureau’s Legislative Appreciation Banquet held in Martinsburg, Mo. Rep. Jay Houghton, Rep. John Cauthorn, and Sen. Brian Munzlinger also attended the event. The Audrain County Commission also talked about the Highway 54 Project at the event.
Vandalia’s Kristen George starts a local Misfits for Jesus Blanket Project to help the homeless.
The first baby born at Audrain Medical Center in 2011 was Lola Mae Allen from Vandalia. Allen is the daughter of Clint Allen and Holly Hill, both of Vandalia.
January 19
Cheryl Mack is hired as the new superintendent at Community R-VI.
The Second Christian Church and the Faith Tabernacle Church team to host an event in honor of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pike County Coroner Jim Turner confirms Timothy Chrisman had drugs in his system when he was shot on October 30, 2010 by Louisiana police officers.
Roberts Demolition starts to tear down the landmark bell tower on the old building a brick at a time at the First Baptist Church in Vandalia.
January 26
After 31 years, the Vandalia Cinema is up for sale and will stop showing movies on January 31.
February 2
Rep. Terry Witte reflects on his eight years of service to District 10.
Snow storm nails the Vandalia region with 20-30 inches of snow fall.
WERDCC names Lance McAfee as Employee of the Year.
February 9
Blizzard slams Vandalia region with around 20 inches of snow.
Vandalia is granted its status for an Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ).

Get the rest of our Top Stories Year in Review in our December 28 issue of The Vandalia Leader or purchase a copy of our electronic edition.