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Oldfield admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court


David A. Oldfield, a Vandalia  attorney, was admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court on Sept. 8.

Oldfield, an attorney with LeFevre, Oldfield, Myers, Apke & Payne Law Group, is believed to be the only Fayette County attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.

Oldfield, a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, was admitted to practice by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1979. In addition to being admitted to practice before all Illinois courts, he has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit since 1988.

Oldfield sought admission to the U.S. Tax Court to better represent the clients of the firm.

He concentrates his practice in business law, corporations, tax planning, estate planning and real estate law.


Henry served as Main Street VP, acting president

In a story in the Sept. 2 issue of The Leader-Union about the recent changes in Vandalia Main Street, it was not noted in the story the role that Josh Henry played in the organization.

Henry, who had been Main Street's vice president, served as acting president from about July 1 to Aug. 26. During that time, Main Street Executive Director Dana Whiteman was off on maternity leave and then a month-long furlough.

Thus, when Main Street reorganized in August, the new board president, Jo Lineberry, was technically taking over from Henry, rather than former board president Steve Barker, who had resigned in June.

The current officers are: Lineberry, president; Sally Emerick, vice president; Jennifer Manley, secretary; and Doug Knebel, treasurer.


Midland States to sponsor chalk drawing contest

Area children are invited to participate in a sidewalk chalk drawing contest as part of this Saturday's Corn Day festival.

Sponsored by Midland States Bank, the contest will allow young artists to draw from noon to 2 p.m., with judging being done at 2 p.m.

There will be three age groups: first through fourth grades, fifth through eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades. Three prizes will be given in each of the age groups, with first getting $15, second getting $10 and third getting $5.

For more information, call Anita Gottman at the bank at 283-7239, extension 4203.


Childers attends optometric group's annual conference

Dr. Kevin Childers, a Vandalia optometrist, recently attended the Illinois Optometric Association's annual conference in Springfield.

The conference offered continuing education courses on innovative products, diagnosis and treatment, medical eyecare and coding, EHR, Glaucoma and IOL technology.


St. John's named a top-50 hospital for heart bypasses

St. John's Hospital in Springfield has been named by Consumer Reports magazine as one of the nation's top 50 hospitals for coronary bypass surgery.

The magazine developed the new report card for heart surgery by analyzing data from a registry maintained by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The patient data collected by STS considers the hospital's clinical performance in such areas as 30-day survival rates, complications, surgical techniques and whether medications were properly administered.

"This new report card from Consumer Reports is another validation of the high quality care that Prairie Heart Institute at St. John's consistently provides to the patients we are fortunate enough to care for," said Bob Ritz, president and CEO of St. John's Hospital.