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Business

  • 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
  • FCH Friends and Families Winners

    Friends and Families of Fayette County Hospital recently conducted a raffle that included several prizes. Mary Halford, president of Friends and Families (second from left), presented the awards. Winners were, from left, Dale Wasser (cookbook), Cindy Claybrick (cookbook), David Dugan (grand prize of a $500 gift card from Givens Meat Shop) and Carol Murray ($250 gift card from Givens Meat Shop). Not pictured was Mike Boggs, another winner of a $250 gift card from Givens Meat Shop. 

  • Arthur Young honored by GM

    Arthur H. Young, who founded Arthur Young Inc. in 1960, was recently honored by General Motors for his 50 years in the automobile business. Holding a plaque from General Motors are Arthur's son, Dennis, and Dennis' wife, Angie. The business is located at 122 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia.

  • Atmos predicts lower gas costs this winter

    Atmos Energy Corporation said it expects that most of its utility customers in Illinois could pay lower natural gas bills this coming winter, compared to last year.

  • Rotary Club Welcomes District Governor

  • Marion Eye Care office opens

    “Everybody has the right to see well, and we strive to make that available to everyone,” said Kim Stief, office manager of the new Marion Eye Centers & Optical facility in Vandalia.
    “Seeing is very important, and we want to make sure everyone can afford it.”
    Marion Eye Centers, which was founded by Maqbool Ahmad in Marion, now has 37 locations and offers a full line of eye-care services – including eye exams, glasses, contacts and cataract surgery.
    The company accepts all insurance programs and offers senior discounts.