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Chief Laird to retire in Vandalia

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:25 am

The City of Vandalia will soon have a new police chief as it was announced in last week’s City of Vandalia Board of Alderman meeting that Tony Laird has announced his retirement. According to the drafted city minutes, City Administrator Alan Winders told the group that Police Chief Tony Laird intends to retire as of July 1 of this year.  He added that the City of Vandalia has one of

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Vandalia High School’s Class of 1945 celebrates 70th reunion. Front row, from left: Norma Shaw, Ann Matthews Meiners, Wanda Lovelace Hanson, Helen Forgy Barrett, and Helen Griggs Jerman. Back row: Harold Fowler, Ed Waters, Warren Cook, Malcolm Coose, and Earl Jackson.

Vandalia High School Class of 1945 holds 70th reunion

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:54 am

A 70 year reunion of the members of the Vandalia High School Class of 1945 was held at the VFW Hall on Saturday, May 16. The original class had 46 members with four men in the service of World War II before graduation. There are 21 remaining members and 10 were present for the reunion. A social hour was enjoyed as members arrived, signed in and signed cards addressed to

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  • Van-Far holds special meeting

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:40 am


    The Van-Far R-I School Board met for a busy hour during a special meeting held last Tuesday in the District’s Conference Room. During the meeting, the board passed a resolution to approve the bond issuance. According to drafted meeting minutes, Brad Wegman and Holly Murphy, from L.J. Hart, provided information on the bond and a timeline of the process. Board members then took some time to sign the bond paperwork.

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  • Sale of $2.161 million in bonds approved for Van-Far R-I District

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:29 am


    The Van-Far R-I Board of Education approved the sale of $2,161,000 General Obligation Bond Issue to its Municipal Bond Underwriter, L.J. Hart & Company, of St. Louis during their special meeting held on May 12. “We appreciate the vote of confidence we received from local patrons at the election and want to lock in interest rates that are highly favorable,” said Van-Far Board President Christy Nelson. These new money General

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Van-Far’s 4x100-meter relay team won the sectional title. Shown, from left: Parker Wallace, Jacob Garner, Nick Barnes, and Joseph Clithero.

Seven Van-Far boys qualify for state after Sectionals success

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

One week after winning the school’s first district track title, Van-Far’s boys track and field team was hoping for another successful meet in State Sectionals. The Indians athletes responded by finishing second overall with 84 team points. They won two sectional titles and will be sending seven of its nine athletes on to the Class 1 State Championships. The state meet will be held May 22-23 at Lincoln University in

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  • Area players named all-conference

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Community R-VI All-EMO Conference players, from left: Clay Thebeau, Kyle Curtis, Lane Thebeau, and Collin Dungan.

    Four Community R-VI players along with one player from Van-Far were named last week to the All-EMO Conference team for 2015. The Trojans’ Lane Thebeau was named a first-team pitcher while his brother Clay Thebeau earned first-team honors as an outfielder. Kyle Curtis earned first-team honors as an utility player. Collin Dungan was the fourth Trojan baseball player receiving honors as he was named second-team all-conference. Van-Far’s Josh Hodde was

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  • R-VI baseball “steals” a victory

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:56 am


    After a lengthy layoff between games for the Community R-VI baseball team, the Trojans won their first May game after a 12-1 victory over Mark Twain. “We played a good ballgame today,” said Community R-VI head baseball coach Brandon Talbot. “I was very pleased at the way we came out being as this was our first game in the month of May.” Lane Thebeau improved to 5-0 on the year

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Author to visit Farber library

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:46 am

The Farber Branch Library invites area residents to visit their location for a special presentation at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 21. Author Marsha Norris Knudsen will make a presentation on her book about World War II called “Sailor’s Mail S.W.A.K.” The book tells the true story of newlyweds Homer and Ruth Norris, whose lives are abruptly changed by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Sixty-three years after Homer Norris served

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  • Feedbucket wins award

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:44 am


    Feedbucket Express Inc., of Vandalia, was presented a Platinum Award by Great West Casualty and C.M. Brown and Associates as part of the 2014 National Safety Awards Program.  The program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on their year-end preventable accident results.  Carriers are eligible to receive a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Participatory award. This past year, the National Safety Awards program drew

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  • Lowrance a finalist for national pageant

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Jacy Lowrance

    Miss Jacy Lowrance, Little Miss Vandalia 2014, age 5, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Missouri Pageant to be held June 25-27, 2015 at the beautiful Holiday Inn Executive in Columbia. Miss Lowrance is the daughter of Maria and Tim Lowrance, of Vandalia. Miss Jacy’s activities include dancing, singing, playing ball games, but most of all she enjoys reading books and coloring. She also

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Paul Schambach gets an award from Director Alex Cucciarre.

Students honored at Van-Far concert

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:48 am

Van-Far band and choral students entertained a crowd during their “End of the Year Concert” held on Thursday, May 11. During the event, a few students were recognized with prestigious awards. Warren Kraft received the John Phillip Sousa Award, Cody Swarthout was given the Directors Award, and Sarah Motley was the recipient of the Bertram Cowley Memorial Scholarship. The remaining awards presented include: Choir Jayda Borgmeyer, 2nd year Brayden Christian,

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  • Second Missionary Baptist hosts Car and Bike Show

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:42 am

    Larry Bizelli  and John Shaw have a preshow chat.

    The Second Missionary Baptist Church had several visitors enjoy the Car and Bike Show in spite of the rain this past Saturday, May 16. Music was provided by “Music Makers Plus” in Vandalia. Car/Truck Award Winners Class A: Street Machine-Jon Shaw, Harrisburg Class C: Muscle Car-Wendell Talbert, Vandalia Class D: Custom Car and Truck-Leon Shaw, Vandalia Class F: Original Car and Truck-Leon Shaw, Vandalia Class G: Classic Car-Larry Bizelli, Vandalia

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  • Memorial Day Event set for May 25

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 4:38 am

    This year’s Memorial Day Services have been set for Monday, May 25. The major change for this year is there will be no service held at the Curryville Cemetery. Services will be held starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Farber Cemetery followed by a 9 a.m. service at Memorial Garden. A 9:30 a.m. service will be held at the Vandalia Cemetery. An indoor service will be held at 10 a.m.

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