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Laddonia to host Christmas festivities this Saturday
Can it be? It’s time to talk Christmas? Well, it’s past time for many, who have already put up their Christmas trees prior to the traditional post-Thanksgiving transition. After …
VSA welcomes Christmas season with Magic Tree lighting
Christmas grew a little closer last Wednesday, as Mexico’s Village Square Association (VSA) hosted their Magic Tree Lighting ceremony on the Audrain County Courthouse square.  Fairytale …
Holiday favorite set to take the stage at Presser Arts Center
It’s the story everyone knows: Reindeer has red-lit nose. Nose is initially seen as a hindrance. Reindeer falls in love. Santa doesn’t have to cancel Christmas, thanks to the reindeer in …
Community R-VI awarded grant for new bus
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Nov. 18 that five Missouri school districts and a school bus company will receive $672,540 in grants that will replace 18 older, dirtier …
Van-Far School Board approves track construction
Van-Far’s athletic department took one step towards upgrading its facilities as the Van-Far R-I Board of Education approved construction bids for a new track and field facility last …
Ellefsen keeping busy with Noble Health
After just six months, Dr. Brian Ellefsen has been a valuable member to the Noble Health staff. Ellefsen was hired as the Leawood, Kansas-based health system’s orthopedic surgeon in May. He …
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Bulldog of the Month Ty Sims
Favorite Food: Steak and Rice Favorite Music: Country Favorite Restaurant: Chick-fil-a Favorite Movie: Any of the Star Wars movies What is your favorite school memory? My favorite School …
Bulldogs win district title; take on Seneca Saturday
The Mexico Bulldogs captured the Class 3 District 5 title Friday night over perennial powerhouse, Blair Oaks. Blair Oaks is a team that needs no introduction. They were the defending 2020 Class 3 …
McKeown breaks MHS soccer assist record
Mexico High School senior Dominic  McKeown has broken the MHS Soccer single-season goal assist record. Mexico boys’ soccer played its final game of the season in district play against …
R-6 softball season has plenty of highlights
Kody Asquith and the Trojans softball team enjoyed a big season this fall, posting a 19-8 overall record and posting a spotless 7-0 Central Activities Conference (CAC) record. Now that the season is …
Hoyt, Powell earn all-state cross country honors
Minutes after receiving an all-state medal at the Class 2 state cross country meet on Nov. 6 at Gans Creek Course in Columbia, Missouri Military Academy junior Bryson Powell got to see a surprise …
Bulldogs roll to district win; host Blair Oaks Friday
Ready for another postseason home game? Then ready your long johns, because the Bulldogs push to state continues after they rolled to a 50-19 win at home over Eldon Friday night. Eldon got on the …
Obituaries
Wesley Alan Frank
Wesley Alan Frank, 37, of Mexico, passed away Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City. Wesley was born Aug. 21, 1984 to Randall E. and Juanita K. (Forbis) Frank of …
Creel Ballew, 84, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Liberty, Texas, and Mexico, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.  Born in Mexico, on Jan. 24, 1937, to parents W. Roy and Ruth A. Ballew, he …
Ricky Dale Freeman, 62, of Centralia, passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 at his home.   He is survived by his wife, Debbie; one son, Brandon Dale Freeman; one daughter, Angela Ann …
Services for Delores Ruth Williams, 92, of Laddonia, will be at noon Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 at Bienhoff Funeral Home in Laddonia with Brother Chris Atkinson …
Bryan C. Schmidt, 55, Centralia, passed away Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.   He is survived by his four sons, Matt Schmidt, Mike Schmidt, Marc Schmidt and Mitch Schmidt; his parents, Bill and …
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