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Business

  • 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.

  • Arthur Young Inc. celebrating 50th anniversary

    It’s been half a century since Arthur Young, a youthful car salesman from Litchfield, came to Vandalia to take over the ownership of Burtschi Motor Co., the local Chevrolet and Oldsmobile dealership.
    At that time, Young was in partnership with his former Litchfield employer, Brubaker Motor Co., in the local venture.
    Ten years later, in 1970, he became the sole owner of Arthur Young Inc.

  • 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.