• Vandalia Rehab provides 'comfort bears'

    First Photo - Residents and staff at Vandalia Rehabilitation Center hold some of the stuffed bears that they helped to make. Those "Comfort Bears" will be donated to the Fayette County Health Department, which will give them to young patients undergoing treatment there. Pictured, from left, are, front row, Sarah Laurie, Edrie Pinion and Maxine Bogle; middle row, Ida Radcliff, Ruth Montcue, Norma Sarver and Betty Tucker; back row, Bev Swofford (FCHD), Eleanor McNutt (retired activity director), Kelly Mock (activity director) and Michelle Vaughan (administrator).

  • Schaal and Associates' Johnson wins sales award

    Donna Johnson of Schaal & Associates Real Estate was awarded the bronze award at the recent annual banquet held by the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors in Collinsville. The bronze award is based on sales of $1 million of transactions closed.

  • Verizon store officially opens

    After being quietly open since late March, the Verizon Wireless store in Vandalia officially opened its doors on May 12 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.

  • FCH Challenges Rotary Club

    Fayette County Hospital has challenged the Vandalia Rotary Club in the next blood drive, which will be held on Tuesday, May 24.

    In the Rotary Challenge, community organizations and businesses compete with the Rotary Club to get the most donors attempting to give blood. Each group will select a charitable organization that will be the recipient of a $200 donation from a participating area bank if their group wins. Pictured above are Rotary President Kevin Childers, left, and Greg Starnes, CEO of Fayette County Hospital.

  • National Bank Easter Winners

    Breanna Junior of Vandalia (first photo) was the winner of one of the Easter Basket drawings held on April 22 by National Bank in Vandalia. Her basket included toys and candy.

    Tristan Hunter of Vandalia (second photo) was the other Easter Basket winner in a drawing held by National Bank of Vandalia on April 22. Included in his basket are a bat and ball, as well as other toys and candy.

  • Old Capital View Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at Old Capital View restaurant on Fourth Street in downtown Vandalia.

    Those participating included owners Betty and Roger Roe (center), and Betty's sister, Jessie Maske (far left), and their employees.

  • Denny's Groundbreaking

    A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, April 28, at South Central FS Fast Stop for the Denny's Restaurant that will be opening at that location in the fall.

    Participants included Mayor Rick Gottman, South Central FS General Manager Byron Sikma, Denny's franchisee Dave Behrends, Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman, Vandalia Director of Economic Development JoAnn Givens and Doug Fulk of Fulk Construction, the general contractor for the Denny's project.

  • First Vandalia Corp. re-elects three directors, board chairman

    The annual stockholders’ meeting of First Vandalia Corp., parent company of First National Bank, with locations in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville, was held on Wednesday, April 13, at First National Bank in Vandalia.

  • Real Living's Buscher, Staff win Gateway awards

    At the annual Greater Gateway Association of Realtors Awards Banquet, two realtors from Real Living Vandalia Real Estate were recognized for their performance in 2010.

  • Quality Diesel Service opens in Vandalia

    Quality Diesel Service, a new company owned by Bill and Linda Overton of Altamont, has opened on Vandalia's north side.

    Located at 2052 Wagner St., near OctoChem, the business offers services ranging from oil changes to engine overhauls for medium- and heavy-duty diesel trucks and equipment.
    Overton previously owned Illinois Southwest Trucking Co. in Altamont for 18 years, and has more than 23 years in the diesel truck industry. He previously started and owned a shop in Effingham, but has since sold his interest in the business.