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  • Business Briefs

    COUNTRY ranked No. 1 in complaint ratio in Illinois
    COUNTRY Financial is ranked No. 1 with the lowest complaint ratio among Illinois auto and life insurers in 2010, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.
    COUNTRY has had the lowest auto complaint ratio for 11 of the past 12 years. For every $1 million in written auto premiums, it had .04 complaints, the lowest among the report's other 50 insurers.

  • Soroptimists donate to FCH for mammography machine

    The Soroptimist International club of Vandalia recently donated part of the proceeds from its “Vandalia Idol” contest to help finance Fayette County Hospital’s efforts to purchase a digital mammography machine.

  • Habitat Resale Shop Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday at the new Habitat Resale Store in downtown Vandalia.

  • Denny's to open on Aug. 21

    The new Denny's restaurant in Vandalia is slated to open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21.
    Located next to the Fast Stop Travel Center at the western I-70 interchange, the Denny's is owned and managed by Dave Behrends.
    He said that the 3,500-square-foot restaurant will have seating for 132 in booths and at the counter.
    It will be open 24 hours per day.

  • Beautiful You Ribbon-Cutting

    The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony recently at Beautiful You under the water tower on Rock Island Avenue, with Mayor Rick Gottman (center) doing the honors. Representing Beautiful You, at right, were Crystal Mann, David Powers, and Aaron and Hunter Mann

  • VCC offering new program for inmates on job re-entry

    Vandalia Correctional Center is one of three institutions in the state that has implemented an Illinois Department of Corrections job-readiness program to better prepare inmates to be successful when they are released.

  • Chamber plans to hire executive director

    After holding a brief business meeting, Vandalia Chamber of Commerce President Dana Whiteman used the bulk of last Wednesday’s monthly meeting to outline “a new direction” the board is charting for the organization.

  • Schaal joins National Bank at Greenville

    Harry Hutchison, president and CEO of National Bank, recently announced that Joe Schaal has joined National Bank at Greenville as the Greenville area business development officer.

  • Landmark Anniveraries

    Two employees of Dr. Kevin Childers recently passed milestone dates in their employment at Eye Care of Vandalia. Flanking Childers are administrative assistant Katrina Wollerman, left, 20 years, and optometric  technician Twila FInley, right, 25 years.

  • Gottman updates Chamber

    Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman gave a mid-year update on the city’s financial condition and its economic development efforts at the July 6 monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.