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Frank Wallace addressed the City of Vandalia’s Board of Alderman last week.

Landlords express concerns with newly adopted utility policy

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 10:57 am

During the November meeting for the City of Vandalia’s Board of Aldermen, the board voted on a new utility policy. Resolution No. 14-08 was one of three options discussed. This one allows only property owners to contract for utility services. This means bills would be sent to property owners, though a landlord could request a renter be billed as well. Overall, the move made property owners the customer and responsible

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Front row, from left: Gina Clausen, Brooke James, and Mackenzie Kurz. Back row: Emily Laskowski, Anna DeTienne, Abbegail Robinson, and Autumn Sutton. Not pictured: Abbi Kuda, Nicole Harvey, Baileigh Lucas, and Courtney Jennings.

Several Van-Far students attend Roadway Safety event

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

On Monday, November 3, the Northeast Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety Team Spirit Workshop was held at the National Guard Armory in Hannibal. The Van-Far Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) officers and the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members of the FACTS program (Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety) attended this one day action packed training program. This conference was planned solely for the Northeast schools, with

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  • Drug bust in Pike County

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am


    Dave Moller Louisiana Press-Journal If an Illinois man had divulged the names of four “influential businessmen” from the Lake of the Ozarks he allegedly bought pounds of pot for, he might have escaped a seven-year prison term last week. But, Mark S. Gustafson, 54, of Antioch, Ill., didn’t give those names when asked twice at his sentencing hearing in Pike County Circuit Court on Thursday, December 11, and he paid

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  • “Use Tax” discussed at City of Vandalia meeting

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:03 am


    Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs discussed a possible “Use Tax” during the City of Vandalia’s Board of Alderman meeting held last Tuesday inside the Lange Building. Hobbs was present at the meeting to provide important information on the issue as an item would need to appear on the April 2015 ballot and the deadline to file the item ends in January. The idea of a “Use Tax” is nothing

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Logan named Coach of the Year

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Van-Far/Community R-VI head football coach Blake Logan announced last week that he has been selected as the KHQA Football Coach of the Year. Logan said KHQA Sports Director Chris Duerr informed him that he received the top honor. “I feel like it was definitely an honor to receive an award,” Logan said. “I felt like I put in quite a bit of work.” Logan reflected on how far the program

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  • R-VI boys drop 62 on Indians

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Van-Far’s Josh Hodde dribbles the ball up court with Community R-VI’s Lane Thebeau nearby.

    Entering their game with rival Van-Far last Friday night as the No. 3 team in Class 1, the Community R-VI boys basketball team was hoping to make its Trojan Crowning evening a special one with a victory. After Van-Far’s Sharrod Connor hit a 3-pointer to open the game, the Trojans rallied with a 14-0 run and never looked back in a 62-32 victory. “You can’t turn the ball over and

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  • Lady Trojans cruise past rival Van-Far

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Community R-VI’s Rebecca Hagan hauls in a rebound as Van-Far’s Breanna Strange closes in.

    Community R-VI head girls basketball coach Bob Curtis knew it was important for his team to set the tone early when they hosted rival Van-Far last Friday night. His Lady Trojans responded by starting the game on a 17-0 run and never looking back in a 62-23 victory over the Lady Indians. “A big first quarter set the tone for the evening as we outscored the Lady Indians 22-1,” Bob

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New book in works for VAHS

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

— submitted by the Vandalia Area Historical Society The Vandalia Area Historical Society is planning a new book to be available in late 2015. For this book, we will need personal stories of local significance which are unique, ranging from the hilarious to heartwarming. As families gather during this holiday season, these stories are told and retold. We think it would be very nice to share these stories, giving readers

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  • Laddonia Community Betterment holds successful coat and food drive for pantry

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:34 am


    The Laddonia Community Betterment recently held a successful coat and food drive to assist the St. John’s Food Pantry.  The Laddonia Community Betterment would like to thank everyone who donated. They’re excited about how many families they were able to help out in the community. Shown, from left: Martin Fennewald, Amanda Grawe, Leanne Robison, President of Laddonia Community Betterment, Mary Francis Hoyt (representing the St. John’s Food Pantry), Charlene Miller,

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  • Red Ribbon Calendar winners

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:25 am

    The following are the 2014 Red Ribbon Calendar drawing winners for the 4th graders throughout Audrain County. At the bottom are the names of the sponsors for this year’s (2015) calendar. One thousand calendars were printed and distributed to the students and their sponsor. Red Ribbon Calendar Fourth Grade Poster Contest Winners Jessica Stephens-Eugene Field, Cover; Emory Abbott-St. Brendan, January; Gavin Allen-St. Joseph, February; Maggie Meador-Community R-VI, March; Labron Jackson-Eugene

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Van-Far and Community R-VI hold Christmas events

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

Van-Far’s 2nd-4th graders perform Several Vandalia area residents packed into the Van-Far Elementary gymnasium last Thursday evening for the 2nd-4th grade Christmas Concert. The evening began with “The Little Snowflake” (2nd grade), “Our Good Dr. Hunter Looked Out” (3rd grade), and “Snow Day” (4th grade). “Flakes!,” a musical celebration of snow, slush, and snirt followed with 2nd-4th grade students. Five scenes followed the opening performance. They included “Scene 1-Cold Snap,”

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  • King and Queen of Trojan Crowning

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:09 am


    This year’s Trojan Crowning winners were both freshmen at Community R-VI, as they were crowned last Friday night. Bethany Schmidt was crowned queen and Cordell Hollensteiner won king. The other candidates included sophomores Kylee Windmann and Isiah Tadlock; juniors Courtney Bertels and Collin Dungan; and seniors Dana Schulte and Bryan Allen.

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  • Santa Claus visits Farber FD

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:00 am


    Santa Claus visited the Farber Firehouse on Saturday, December 13 and spent time with many area families. Hot chocolate and cookies were also served. The event was sponsored by the Farber Fire Department, First Responders, and the Fire Department Auxiliary. Pictured: Bridget Weber holding Genevieve, with her family Ella, Adeline, and Libby Weber, all of Bowling Green.

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