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Year in Review: Final 6 months

Posted on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 6:51 am

Entertainment was provided by Brian Hummel, Ruth Nation, Deanna Divens, and Brenda Owens at the Van-Far Alumni Dinner.

Entertainment was provided by Brian Hummel, Ruth Nation, Deanna Divens, and Brenda Owens at the Van-Far Alumni Dinner.

—The Vandalia Leader’s top stories as they appeared in the final six months of 2013.
July 3
Vandalia Fair Board waits to see if changes, weather improve finances for annual event.
Big strides made on the Lincoln Cultural Center/former Lincoln School.
Winners reported from contests held at the Vandalia Area Fair.
July 10
The band “Robot Coffee Break” to perform at 2013 Farber Summer Fun Fest.
City of Laddonia celebrates 4th of July.
First State Community Bank completes acquisition of nine Bank of America’s.
Four people arrested in big meth bust in Mexico, Mo.
July 17
Mi Hacienda Restaurant opens in Vandalia.
July 24
Van-Far looks to fill music/band director vacancy after late resignation from Lisa Dobbs.
Nineteen new bicycle racks placed in Audrain County.
Sydenstricker’s of Missouri wins 2013 “Best-in-Class Farm Equipment Dealership” by Farm Equipment Magazine.
Area youngsters excel at annual Ralls County Jr. Fair.
July 31
Marilyn Schlueter assists daughter in baby’s birth at her own home.
Modern Woodmen to celebrate 110 years with upcoming picnic.
Charles Overton and Barbara Carr to headline Lincoln School Project Concert.
August 7
End of an Era: Vandalia Drug being sold, moving to County Market.
Farber area residents enjoy annual Farber Fun Fest.
August 14
Middletown holds 121st Reunion.
MFA Agri-Services’ grain elevator hits rock bottom as it is torn down.
Suspected meth lab causes house fire and explosions in Curryville.
In editorial, “Schott in the Dark” column is about international attention being given to Ralls County accident where a mystery priest arrived to pray with an injured woman.
Terrorist threat charge gets dropped in Pike County.
Colonel U.S. Army Tom Scrogin gets inducted into the Army Transportation Corps Hall of Fame.
August 21
Heritage Cafe moves into Spare Time Bowl and Grill bowling alley.
Area shines at annual State Fair.
New generation of Barn Owls make home in area.
First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia welcomes new pastor.
Farber Bettermen improves local park.
Martinsburg holds annual picnic event.
August 28
Official Prairie Days schedule is set and features “Blue Steel Rail.”
The Audrain County Health Department relocates in Mexico, Mo.
“Blessings in a Bag” is fulfilling a growing need.
East Central Drug Task Force attacking use of synthetic drugs.
A.J. Basinger inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame.
September 4
“The Country Cupboard Restaurant” opens in Vandalia and is already filled with memories.
Community R-VI stu-dents address Missouri House Bill No. 253 by hosting a forum.
East Central Drug Task force arrests three in Vandalia drug bust.
Loretta Moss retires from the United States Post Office after 21 years of service.
One person was killed after fatality in Laddonia wreck on Highway 54.
Pastor Mark Phelps settles in at Southside Baptist Church.
MAP review released for both Van-Far and Community R-VI School Districts.
September 11
Niemann Foods announces plans to open ACE Hardware in former ALCO location.
The Vandalia Leader wins eight MPA Awards in Missouri Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.
The Carson & Barnes Circus is coming to Vandalia.
Closing date set for mid-October at Vandalia Drug.
Cecil Nutt retires after 3t years from United States Postal Service.
September 18
Laddonia Fire District seeks tax initiative.
Area entertained by Carson & Barnes Circus in Vandalia.
Laddonia Mayor Charles Heim honored by City of Laddonia after long time service.
House Bill 243 fails to override veto.
September 25
Ron Galloway enjoys Honor Flight.
City of Vandalia grants lease to Vandalia Recreation Corporation in regards to the YMCA/Library Project.
October 2
Prairie Days shines in spite of rain.
Van-Far Alumni Association’s dinner featured guest speaker Luke Heim.
Astronaut Michael Hopkins, cousin of Vandalia’s Becky Suddarth, is one of three astronauts launched into space.
Industrial Board approves measure for Pioneer Seed.
October 9
End of an Era: Vandalia Drug-Local landmark to close doors while the new County Market Pharmacy is set to open.
St. Joseph Catholic Church enjoys annual Oktoberfest.
October 16
Effort starts to honor late officer Orville Rosenstengel
“Duh Bus” is movin’ and groovin’ for Amy Kuda in Vandalia.
Local football committee approves names change for cooperative football team.
October 23
Satellite office opens for tax time in Vandalia.
Audrain County Clerk Shelley Harvey receives top post with MAC.
Four arrested in Martinsburg drug bust.
Audrain County R-VI FFA holds annual Greenhand and Chapter Degree Ceremony.
Community R-VI educators Patti Pazdera and Nicki Poindexter make presentation to PBIS.
October 30
New press box in the works at Van-Far.
Martinsburg native Steve Wieberg selected for college football playoff committee.
Two Vandalia residents injured in train accident.
November 6
Veterans Day: Honoring those who accepted the call. Special feature on area veterans.
Hard work, dedication pays off for Laddonia’s Ono Monachino, a Hall of Fame athlete at Northwest Missouri State.
Future reality television show stars and members of “Maverick Dirt Road Street” visit Vandalia to sell Mikel Knigh CD’s.
November 13
Veterans are celebrated at assemblies held at both Van-Far and Community R-VI School Districts.
County Market in Mexico shut down  by DHSS, ACHD due to health concerns.
Louisiana’s insurance firm reviewing police officers’ actions, who has ties to Vandalia.
Van-Far FFA members attend national convention and four earn American FFA Degrees.
November 20
Van-Far Career Fair enlightens students.
Dairy Queen’s Frank and Marcella Bauman were recently presented a plaque recognizing them for 35 years with Dairy Queen.
Decorate Downtown Mexico is set to begin on Saturday after major effort planned for the event.
Driver’s License office up for bid in Vandalia.
November 27
Local veterans hopes for helicopter funding for the USAF Combat Rescue initiative.
Students from the EMO Conference hold concert at Van-Far.
Drug arrest made in Benton City.
Van-Far R-I School District receives a clean audit.
Decorate Downtown Mexico, Mo. event held in Mexico, Mo.
Judge Jimmie Edwards receives prestigious Rehnquist Award.
December 4
Strong support being shown for Bontz family after explosion caused injuries to Draven Bontz.
County Market opens back up in Mexico, Mo.
December 11
Service Shelter to open in Vandalia in February.
Farber enjoys visit from Santa Claus and tree lighting.
Winter Formal event held at Van-Far.
December 18
Local dentist turns to Papa as Dr. Cedric Papa is on board at Dr. Long’s dentist office.
Vandalia’s Dylan Harvey enjoys Make-A-Wish experience in meeting the Miami Heat.
Cocaine bust made in Mexico, Mo.
WERDCC helps corrections donate more than 160 tons of food.
Community R-VI holds Winter Concert while Van-Far’s 5th/6th graders perform.
December 25
Tax payments accepted at library in City of Vandalia.
Long time City of Vandalia employee Gene Ann Dixon recognized at board meeting as she retired after 34 years of service.
Highway 54 signs discussed at Van-Far R-I School Board meeting.
Two WERDCC officers receive Lifesaver Awards.
Van-Far R-I High School holds Christmas Concert.
Letters to Santa published along with drawings created by Van-Far’s 2nd/3rd grade students in Mrs. Hanson’s class.