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Business

  • Family Life Consultants now MCS Counseling

    Dr. Melanie C. Schaafsma of Vandalia recently announced that she is no longer associated with the Family Life Consultants therapy group of Collinsville and has opened her own private practice as of April 1.

  • Maranatha's Donates To SAFE, Lighthouse

    A fundraising raffle held recently by Maranatha's Salon of Vandalia raised $3,212 that will be split by two area charities, SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies) and Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. Accepting the ceremonial check from Maranatha Cripe, left, are Becky Kerkhoff, center, of Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and Dorothy Schultz of SAFE. The "Spread The Love" promotion was sponsored by LOREAL, and only one salon in downstate Illinois was selected to participate.

  • Zone adds equipment, remodels

    Eric Rickman, who along with his wife, Tracy, owns The ZONE of Vandalia, is shown in the first photo supervising a workout for member Sarah Cripe. The ZONE has recently added several new Hammer Strength machines, second photo, and remodeled its facility at 320 W. Jefferson St. As a part of the remodeling job, the Rickmans installed new lighting and moved all of the cardio equipment to a separate room in the back part of the building. The facility is open to members 24-hours per day, and is staffed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 283-0300.   

  • Sears donates to FAYCO

    The Sears store in Vandalia recently donated 2 percent of its sales for a day to FAYCO Enterprises Inc. The contribution from the Sears Holding Corp. will be used to assist in client activities at FAYCO Enterprises Inc., a local sheltered workshop. Pictured, from left, are Randy Ruholl, local Sears store owner; store employee Lindsy Pruett; and Bob Lindberg, FAYCO executive director.

  • Business Briefs

    Metzger named top loan officer by LLCU

    Tim Metzger, manager of Land of Lincoln Credit Union in Vandalia has been honored by the credit union.

     

    He was one of three Land of Lincoln employees given High Achiever performance awards for work done in 2010.

    Metzger was named top loan officer and employee of the year. Joining him in being recognized by the company were Bethanie Glan (top teller) and Will Nave (top back-office employee).

  • New staffers at Serenity

    Connie Edgar, a licensed massage therapist and owner of Serenity Spa of Vandalia, recently announced the addition of two new staff members at the spa.
    The first newcomer is Vandalia native Ashley Metzger Miller, a licensed esthetician, who was trained at New Image Technical Center in O’Fallon. Though she’s been doing facials for two years, she has been at Serenity since late November.
    She uses Bio Elements skin care products to do facials and waxing.

  • Lions honor FCH for corneal donors

    The Heartland Lions Eye Banks recently recognized Fayette County Hospital for its efforts to promote eye donations.
    Because of the hospital staff's efforts, three eye donors provided tissue for three sight-saving corneal transplants during 2010.
    Last year, more than 2,800 people suffering from an ocular disease, disorder or injury received a cornea transplant through Heartland Lions Eye Banks.
    Those donations are being praised during March, which is National Eye Donor Month.

  • Rotary Club to select two students for RYLA

    Each year, the Vandalia Rotary Club selects two Vandalia High School sophomores to receive the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) to attend the weekend RYLA Camp and participate in the leadership and outdoors adventure team-building program.
    The RYLA sophomore weekend is the first part of a three-year Rotary youth leadership program. RYLA winners will be invited to return for additional leadership training in their junior and senior years.

  • Home & Garden Show

    Several hundred people attended the recent Home and Garden Show, sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with The Leader-Union and WPMB-WKRV radio. In the first photo, Mark Abendroth of R.P. Lumber (right) and one of his window suppliers talk with Diane Torbeck. In the second photo, chamber President Dana Whiteman presents an iPad to Kelvin Stewart of Hillsboro after his name was selected in a drawing for the device. In the third photo, Brian Smith of Behrends Sales & Service of Vandalia shows a customer the mowers he had on display at the show.

  • Business Briefs

    Troy Payne attends family law seminar

    Troy G. Payne, an attorney with LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group Ltd. of Vandalia, participated in a one-day continuing legal education seminar on family law in Peoria on Feb. 24.

    The seminar addressed several aspects of family law and divorce cases involving financial issues, trials and appeals. It also covered the ethical considerations of representing someone through a family matter.