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Business

  • Eckhardt is honored by Thrivent Financia

    Ryan Eckhardt of Altamont, a wealth adviser with the Cumberland Trail Associates Group of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Pinnacle Council conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012.

  • Jeans for Charity

    First National Bank recently started a program called "Jeans For Charity" in which employees can pay $10 per month for the opportunity to wear jeans on Fridays.

    The money collected will be donated to area charities. The bank's Vandalia location started the program in January, donating the money raised to Second Chance Animal Rescue. The Patoka bank continued the promotion in February, donating their proceeds to the Patoka Food Pantry. Shown above – wearing their jeans – are staffers from Vandalia.

  • Family Video promotion aids lymphoma research

    Family Video, the nation’s largest movie and game rental chain, is taking a leading role in the fight against lymphoma. For the second consecutive year, Family Video customers are invited to "Round It Up for Lymphoma" between March 15-31.
    The Family Video in Vandalia is participating in the promotion.

  • Local Sears has new owner

    The Sears store, which has been located in Vandalia Commons for the past five years, is under new ownership.
    Randy Ruholl, who opened the store in late 2007, has sold it to Bill and Debbie Smith of Centralia, effective March 3. No strangers to the Sears operation, the Smiths have owned the Sears store in Centralia for the past eight years.

  • Funding frustrations

    Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well spoke about the financial challenges facing the school district – and most downstate districts – during the March meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday.

  • Hospital takes delivery of new ambulance

    Fayette County Hospital this week received a new advanced life support ambulance to replace a 1994 basic life support unit that has 227,000 miles on it.

  • Post-Prom Fundraiser

    Tina Cook, left, representing TC4 Inc., presents a check for $2,500 to Maranatha Cripe and Abby Bayles of the Vandalia Community High School Post-Prom Committee to support this year's post-prom activities.

    The money was raised through a gun raffle. Winners of the raffle were Randy Long, Bill Richardson, Janice Hoopingarner, Ruth Ann Casey and Josh Goen.

  • Craycroft named to chamber post

    Shannon Craycroft has been named executive director of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. She replaces Tiffany Berry, who last month took another job.

  • Lorenzo's now in downtown location

    After operating his restaurant for the past five years in a relatively low-traffic residential area on West Orchard Street, Larry Oakes has moved to one of the busiest intersections in Vandalia.

  • Riedle Law Office Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at Riedle Law Office in downtown Vandalia.

    Matthew Riedle, a Vandalia native, is beginning his practice at 308 W. Gallatin St. The telephone number is 283-7225 and the firm's website is www.RiedleLaw.com.