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Business

  • National Bank honored as lender

    National Bank was presented a Million Dollar Lender plaque by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, recognizing the bank as one of the top guaranteed housing lenders in Illinois for 2010.
    The bank originated $7,304,150 in loans that Rural Development guaranteed to help 80 moderate income homebuyers purchase their first home or upgrade to a better one.

  • Soroptimists Win Rotary Challenge

  • Stombaugh is new marketing director at FNB

    First National Bank announced this week that Vandalia native Alison Stombaugh has been hired as the bank's marketing director.  She started her new position on Feb. 1, 2011.

  • Real Living Vandalia Real Estate has a new website

    Real Living Vandalia Real Estate recently announced that it has launched a new website that enables consumers to more quickly and efficiently find the type of home they are seeking.
    The company's new website – www.reallivingvandalia.com – gives home buyers and sellers more search options, while providing the latest in mapping technology and community information.
    Among the features are: powerful and flexible search options, community and housing market data, social media integration and interactive marketing tools.

  • FCH names top employee, leader of year

    At the Fayette County Hospital annual employee holiday and service awards dinner, held on Dec. 17, two employees were recognized for their exemplary performance during 2010.
    Abby Harre has worked at Fayette County Hospital for 33 years, and was named 2010 leader of the year for her leadership as manager of Food and Nutrition Services.
    One year ago, the hospital faced significant financial concerns and experienced reductions in staff and wages. Since then, the hospital’s finances have turned around, said Greg Starnes, the hospital’s CEO.

  • FCH Special Care Unit reopens

    The Special Care Unit at Fayette County Hospital re-opened in December after being closed for two months for major renovations.
    The third-floor Special Care Unit reopened with two beds, rather than its previous four beds. The overall space has been  enlarged to handle more equipment.
    Greg Starnes, FCH chief executive officer, said that the average number of patients per day in the SCU in 2008 and 2009 was less than one patient.

  • Midland States Bank Donates to CEFS

  • Vandalia GMAC Real Estate is now Real Living Vandalia Real Estate

    Vandalia GMAC Real Estate announced this week that it has become a franchisee of Real Living real estate.
    Now known as Real Living Vandalia Real Estate, the local business is part one of the fastest-growing and most innovative real estate networks in the nation. The company is known for its suite of online tools for consumers and agents.
    Since 2002, when Real Living was founded, the company has built a reputation as a consumer-friendly brand, focused on staying ahead of consumers’ needs in a changing real estate market.

  • Business Briefs

    Payne attends legal seminars in Chicago

    Troy G. Payne, one of the attorneys with LeFevre Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group Ltd. of Vandalia, recently participated in two seminars in Chicago.

    The first continuing legal educational seminar was on money matters in divorce. The seminar addressed financial issues involved in divorce cases and how to detect fraud in divorce cases.

  • Rotary Club Honors Students of the Month