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Business

  • Rotary 'Making A Difference' Winners

    In the last of a series of challenges to community organizations to encourage blood donations, the Vandalia Rotary Club was defeated by the fire, police and sheriff’s departments.

  • Ribbon Cutting Held at Ali Marie's On Gallatin

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, April 1, at Ali Marie's on Gallatin.

    The store, owned by Alison Durbin, shown in the second row in the center in the above picture, is located at 509 W. Gallatin St. The store sells new brand-name clothing for men and women, as well as accessories such as sunglasses, jewelry and belts. The telephone number for the store is 339-7159. 

  • Vandalia Medicine Shoppe pharmacy closes

    After more than three years in business in Vandalia, Keri Henry has closed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, selling the customer prescription files to Cain’s HealthMart Pharmacy.
    Henry cited the state’s slow payment record as the primary reason for her decision to pull the plug on the business at the end of the day last Friday.
    “The reason we sold is because of how the state of Illinois is operating now,” she said. “It’s hard to stay open when you’re not getting paid.”

  • Schaal & Associates agents win awards

    Three agents from Schaal & Associates Real Estate received a bronze award at the recent annual awards banquet of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in Collinsville.

  • Downtown Ribbon Cuttings Held

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Liberty businesses and others that have opened recently in downtown Vandalia was held on Thursday, April 12.

    Ribbons were stretched the length of the 500 block of Gallatin Street, with a ribbon being cut on both the north side (first photo) and the south side (second photo) of the street.

  • KC honors First National Bank

    First National Bank of Vandalia was named 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the entrepreneurship program at Kaskaskia College at a ceremony Saturday night at the Centralia campus.

  • Family YMCA holds annual Grand Raffle

    Under the theme of “March Madness,” the Family YMCA of Fayette County held its annual Grand Raffle event on March 24 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.

  • Devil Dog Ribbon Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday at Devil Dog ATV.

    The new business is owned by Michael McNealy. It offers parts, accessories and service for ATVs. The business is located at 120 N. Fifth St. in Vandalia. The telephone number is 431-2226.

  • Dollar Tree Ribbon Cutting

    The new Dollar Tree store in Vandalia Commons held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 24.

    The Virginia-based company has more than 4,200 stores in the United States and Canada. District Manager Dan Alkire, right, called the stores the "Five and Dime stores of the 21st Century."

  • Maranatha's expands, adds new owners

    After expanding into an adjacent storefront that formerly was a bridal shop and adding new spa services, Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 29.