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Business

  • Donation to Fireworks Fund

    Rube Yarbrough, representing Area 51 of the Licensed Beverage Association, donated $500 to the Vandalia Lions Club to help fund the organization's Fourth of July fireworks show (which will be presented on Tuesday, July 3). Accepting for the Lions is Dean Black.

  • New owners at the Grille

    Since her days as a waitress there, The Gallatin Street Grille has always been Angie Rhodes’ favorite place to eat. It also is near and dear to her heart because that’s where her husband, Rick, proposed to her

  • Illinois Bell reunion held

    On Monday, May 7, the fifth annual Telephone Operators, Installation and Repairmen Reunion was held in the Lincoln Room at Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia.
    The 33 in attendance included 21 operators, six repairmen and six spouses.
    Delila Beckman welcomed everyone, and Loretta Nickels gave the meal prayer.
    After the meal, everyone was asked to introduce themselves and their guests, and tell when and where they had worked for Illinois Bell.
    The sharing of stories was a popular part of the reunion.

  • Buscher earns special award for customer ratings

    Pat Buscher of Real Living Vandalia Real Estate has received the Premier Service Diamond Award for providing superior customer service.
    To qualify for the award, Buscher had to receive a minimum of 95 percent customer satisfaction rating.
    "I'm absolutely thrilled to receive this award," Buscher said, "since it's an independent rating based on evaluations from those people who matter most – my clients."
    The award was presented by mail to Buscher by Real Living Real Estate president Harley E. Rouda Jr.

  • FNB promotes Jay Jolliff to VP

    First National Bank recently announced that Jay Jolliff has been promoted to vice-president and added to the trust committee of the bank.
    Jolliff, a Patoka resident, has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services and banking industry. He began his career with First National Bank in November 2008 as an assistant vice-president/loan officer.

  • McCarty, Stock promoted

    First National Bank recently announced that Megan McCarty and Sam Stock, have been promoted to Junior Loan Officer. They started their new positions on April 17.
    McCarty, a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2010, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a specialization in management.  She began her career at First National Bank in October  2010 as a loan clerk.

  • First Vandalia Corp. meeting held

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of The First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held April 11 at The First National Bank in Vandalia.
    Directors Ann M. Schwarm and Haldon E. Warner were re-elected to serve three-year terms. The newly re-elected directors join current directors, William E. Chappel, Todd Shulman, B. Rand Edwards, Thomas L. McCarty and R. Wynn Provines.  

  • Leader-Union wins seven awards in SIEA contest

    The Leader-Union received seven awards for news, photography and advertising excellence in a recent contest sponsored by the Southern Illinois Editorial Association.
    The results were announced at the association’s annual meeting on April 27 at Giant City State Park in Makanda. The Leader-Union competed against all large weekly papers in the southern half of Illinois.
    In each category, prizes were awarded for first, second and third places, as well as honorable mention. All prizes were for entries published in 2011.

  • Real Living VRE receives GGAR awards

    Five  realtors from Real Living Vandalia Real Estate were recognized for their performance in 2011 at a recent awards reception hosted by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors.

  • FCH receives IDPH grant to fund project

    Fayette County Hospital has  been awarded a grant for $356,470 from the  Illinois Department of Public Health for the purchase of digital mammography and C-arm radiology equipment.
    The hospital, through its Friends & Families Foundation, has been raising funds for about  a year in order to purchase the new technology, especially digital mammography.
    In November 2011, the hospital applied for a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health to assist with the fund-raising efforts.