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Business

  • 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.

  • Sweet Peas – New consignment shop focuses on kids

    Robbi Meade’s pet name for her children is “Sweet Peas.” So when she decided to launch a consignment store for children, the term of endearment seemed to be a natural choice for the name.
    Thus, she recently opened the business under the name of Sweet Peas Consignment Boutique.

  • Sweet Peas Consignment Boutique Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last Thursday at Sweet Peas Consignment Boutique in Vandalia. The store, owned by Robbi Meade, center, sells like-new clothing and accessories from infant through juniors sizes. The shop is located at 1611 Veterans Ave., next to Los Amigos. To Meade's left are her daughter, Kylie Meade, and her mother, Pam Dammerman. Hours are 10-6 Monday through Friday and 10-4 Saturdays.

  • Michel is vice chair of realtors association

    Sandy Michel of Vandalia GMAC Real Estate of Vandalia was installed as vice chairman of the Greater Gateway Association of Realtors at the association's recent annual installment banquet in Collinsville.
    At the ceremony, immediate past chairman of the association's board, Rick Edwards of Century 21 Seniker-Edwards, turned over the gavel to newly elected chairman of the board Jenni Beck.

  • 25th Anniversary at Country

    The agents at the Country Insurance office in Vandalia honored secretary Kathy VonBehren last Friday on her 25th anniversary with the agency. Shown above, from left, are Steve DeClerck, Kirk Doehring, VonBehren and Joe Sefton.

  • Gottman attends banking conference

    Anita Gottman, banking center manager of Midland States Bank in Vandalia, attended the 2010 Women in Banking Conference held on Oct. 21-22 at the Hilton Hotel in Springfield. The conference was sponsored by the Illinois Bankers Association and the Illinois League of Financial Institutions. It brought together nearly 100 women in banking from throughout Illinois.  
    Sessions included: communications as a strategic business tool, mobile banking, mortgage market fraud and bank marketing, as well as many other banking issues and professional development topics.