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Work is set to begin on the City of Vandalia’s Million Gallon Tank (M.G.T.) on Washington St.

Vandalia to treat water with chloramines, not chlorine

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

Due to Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) regulations requiring water utilities to control levels of regulated disinfection byproducts (DBP’s), the City of Vandalia will soon be using chloramines and not chlorine to disinfect drinking water. The DBPs typically form when chlorine mixes with small quantities of natural organics commonly found in surface water but not groundwater. Chloramines will produce lower concentrations of regulated DBPs than chlorine as it has trace amounts

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Two arrested in Ralls County

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Ralls Sheriff Gerry Dinwiddie announced that on Friday April 10, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office took a call of a suspicious vehicle in rural Ralls County. Upon arrival deputies identified Michael Curtis, age 61, of Quincy, Ill. and Shay Alexander,  age 33, of Hannibal. The deputies also discovered multiple drugs and drug related items. The following charges are pending on Michael Curtis: possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled

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  • City of Laddonia swears in officials

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    New Laddonia Mayor Josh Deimeke, right, is handed words for his oath of office from City Attorney Tom Ellis.

    While a new mayor and new aldermen were sworn in during last Thursday’s City of Laddonia meeting, two outgoing aldermen expressed their wishes for the town under a new administration. The meeting surprisingly opened with some controversy when the outgoing board asked those in attendance at the beginning to leave the room due to the need for an Executive Session. This was on the agenda. The outgoing board met for

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  • Martinsburg dedicates new weather siren

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Consultant Steve Cearlock demonstrates the siren’s functions in Martinsburg.

    A new weather siren was officially dedicated and tested last Friday morning in Martinsburg, just one day after a severe weather system came through the area. The city had been without an outdoor warning siren for at least five years. Chris Newbrough, an Audrain County Grant Coordinator who works with the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency, addressed a crowd of spectators attending a press conference where the siren was installed

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The Community R-VI baseball team after winning the Madison Tournament this past week in Madison.

R-VI baseball wins Madison title

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Community R-VI’s pitchers once again reached double digits in strikeouts in both games at this past weekend’s Madison Tournament as the Trojans won first place after a pair of victories. “We played very well this weekend, not just at the plate and on the mound, but (with) all-around defense,” said Community R-VI head baseball coach Brandon Talbot. “We had very few errors but the team picked each other up and

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  • Van-Far baseball falls to Hermann

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Van-Far’s struggles on the mound were difficult for the Indians to overcome last Friday when the baseball team fell to Hermann, 8-2. Starting pitcher Michael Colson tossed all seven innings but allowed eight runs on 11 hits and hit five batters. “Mike pitched fairly,” said Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden. “He only walked three, which I am satisfied with. The five batters did not help though.” Rowden was proud

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  • Allen medals in match

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Community R-VI’s golfers continue to make a name for themselves after having another strong performance at a match in Monroe City last week. Though the squad didn’t have the needed four golfers for team scores, three Trojans beat Monroe City’s top three golfers in the contest by five strokes. Bryan Allen was the medalist in the nine-hole match after he shot a low score of a 47. Treyton Kobush and

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Miss Missouri Jr. Teen Arayanna Lasley

Lasley crowned Miss Missouri Jr. Teen

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:28 pm

Vandalia’s Arayanna Lasley took home honors when she was crowned the 2015 Miss Missouri Jr. Teen on March 7 at the University Plaza Hotel, in Springfield, Missouri. Pageant contestants from all over the state came to compete in the Missouri U.S.A. Ambassador Pageant to showcase their talents and achievements while supporting S.L.I.C.C. The USA Ambassador Pageant was founded in September of 2010 to celebrate the individuality and achievements in the

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  • Honor Flight to take off April 20

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    It has been five months since Central Missouri Honor Flight has taken a planeload of veterans to Washington, D.C. to see their war memorials. Fight No. 32 kicks off the 2015 flight season in grand style for another exciting year of making memories for area veterans. On Monday, April 20, approximately 70 mid-Missouri veterans will fly to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials to their service and sacrifice. The veterans

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  • Locals attend internment for Bettie Shaw

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    A Service of Internment was held for Bettie Shaw Sisson at Valhalla Garden of Memory at Belleville, Illinois on Saturday, April 4. Dinner for family and friends was served at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Alvin Shaw’s family members attending were Norma Shaw, Larry Shaw, Leon Shaw, Lloyd and Krystal Shaw, Lee Shaw, along with  Lionel and Victoria Shaw.

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Micaella Love (“Belle”) and Cole Grimes (“Gaston”).

Van-Far students perform “Beauty and the Beast”

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:59 pm

The cast of “Beauty and the Beast” delighted crowds with their performances last Friday and Saturday at Van-Far High School. The two act musical featured a large cast with handmade and other costumes rented from Odessa High School. The musical was under the direction of Jenniffer Hanson, Assistant Director Nathan Kraft, and Musical Conductor Alex Cucciarre. The pianists were Kay Bunge and Denise Allen. Pete Nasir was in charge of

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  • Fundraiser Concert held at Van-Far

    Posted on April 15, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    The Van-Far High School Band performs.

    The Van-Far Music Department held a Fundraiser Concert on Sunday, April 12 to raise money for a performance at the Russell Athletic Bowl this upcoming December. The bowl game will be played in Orlando, Florida. The five day experience will also allow the band to march in the Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios. There was also a Silent Auction on gift baskets and other items along with a 50/50

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  • Ralls County 4-H holds Achievement Day

    Posted on April 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    Front row, from left: Bradyn Powell, Danny Powell, Thomas Barnes, Samantha Barnes, Jocelyn Hudelson, Krayleigh Power, Cierra VanSickle, and Devyn Keller. Middle row: Tyler Armour, Emily Branham, Emma Smith, Emily Evans, Jaylyn Hudelson, and Hunter Scrogin. Back row: Sydnee Brothers, Jessica Stinson, Caryn Meyer, Clayton Robinson, Alex Meyer, Teddy Lempka, and Skylar Lempka.

    The Ralls County 4-H Achievement Day at New London Elementary on Thursday, April 2 starting at 5:15 p.m. The program started with a welcome and orientation; the American pledge was led by Clayton Robinson and the 4-H pledge by Emma Smith. Twenty-two members participated in a variety of events that included Demonstrations, Table Setting, Personal Development, Public Speaking, and Photography. Each event is designed to promote important life skills such

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