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Business

  • Starnes gives chamber health care update

    Members of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce were notified of several upcoming events and heard about health care reform during the organization’s monthly meeting last Wednesday.
    Among the community events planned are:

  • Ribbon-cutting held at new Rural King

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently at the new location of Rural King in Vandalia. On hand for the event were members of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce and the Rural King staff – including store manager John Beck, front row, to the right of Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman.

  • C.E.F.S. honors W-M for community service

    C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased its 45th year of accomplishments – demonstrating that community action helps people and changes lives. During the C.E.F.S. annual meeting, several people and organizations were recognized as valuable community partners that  have enhanced services to those in need.

  • Joe's Pizza and Pasta offers variety of Italian food

    Though he wouldn’t want it any other way, Brian Ward, manager of Joe’s Pizza & Pasta, said it’s been “pretty crazy” since Vandalia’s newest restaurant opened its doors two months ago.
    “We’re trying to make the people of Vandalia happy,” said Ward, who is a 25-percent owner in the store. “We offer a wide variety of pizza, pasta, salads and subs, while keeping our prices reasonable.”

  • FCH joins 'Raising the Bar' hospital initiative

    Fayette County Hospital has become a participant in a new quality initiative established by the Illinois Hospital Association.
    The program, called “Raising the Bar,” is an initiative to raise the level of health care quality and make Illinois a national leader in quality care and patient safety.
    Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of FCH, indicated that the hospital has pledged to share best practices and implement new methods to prevent and reduce infections and other complications and unnecessary hospital readmissions.

  • Poly-Pak & Ship takes on big state mailing project

    A Vandalia company that prepares and mails publications throughout the nation recently landed a job that tested its capacities.
    The task involved mailing about 4.5 million booklets that explain a proposed amendment to the Illinois constitution.
    Though it was a big job, JoAnn Boggs, founder and president of Poly-Pak and SHIP Inc. pursued it – and she beat out several other bidders from around the country.
    "We've been trying to get in with the state for years," she said. "Government jobs can keep people busy."

  • Business Briefs

    Oldfield admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court

     

    David A. Oldfield, a Vandalia  attorney, was admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court on Sept. 8.

    Oldfield, an attorney with LeFevre, Oldfield, Myers, Apke & Payne Law Group, is believed to be the only Fayette County attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court.

  • Chappel quoted in Post-Dispatch story

    Ernie Chappel, president of First National Bank of Vandalia, was quoted in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch column on Aug. 31.
    Business columnist David Nicklaus, writing about the impact of the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, quoted Chappel's reaction to the legislation.
    Chappel likened the act to "Aunt Betty's sweater, the ugly and uncomfortable one you were forced to wear at Christmas.

  • Konrad returns home, joins Lawinger law firm

    Vandalia native Will Konrad has returned home to accept a position as an associate attorney with the Lawinger Law Office in Vandalia.
    In that position, he will be focusing on family law, worker's compensation law and estate planning.
    After graduating from Vandalia Community High School, Konrad graduated from Blackburn College and Marquette University Law School.
    Between college and law school, he worked as a substitute teacher and freshman/sophomore basketball coach at VCHS.

  • Henna promoted to chief lending officer at FNB

    First National Bank announced recently that Steven C. Henna has been promoted to chief lending officer. He formerly served as vice president and senior lender.
    Henna, a Vandalia resident, has more than 26 years of lending experience. He began his career with First National Bank in December 1998 as a vice president and loan officer, specializing in agriculture and commercial lending.