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Business

  • 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.

  • Themig's work in energy field earns E&Y's 'entrepreneur of year' award

    Vandalia native Dan Themig's oil and gas company was named Canada's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009.
    Themig, who was one of the three founders of Packers Plus Energy Services Inc., now serves as president of the company.
    He is the son of Ed and Lela Themig of Vandalia. His parents attended the award ceremony in Vancouver, Canada.

  • Business Briefs

    Merchants group has new name

    Though the goals are the same, the name of the recently formed association of downtown merchants has been changed.

    The new name is the Downtown Vandalia Merchants  Co-op. It encompasses businesses on Gallatin Street and about two blocks either side of it.

    Donelle Conaway, owner of Something Special Florist and one of the organizers of the group, said the "co-op" part of the name is critical.

  • Vandalia Health Center now offering women's health, gynecology services

    Katherine Matthews, MD, and Karen Hartzel, CNM, have joined the medical staff at Vandalia Health Center, which is located  at 1510 Sunset Drive in Vandalia.
    Matthews will focus on women’s health and gynecology. She has 15 years of experience in women’s health and gynecology, and a strong interest in cancer and all menopausal issues.
    Karen Hartzel, CNM, will provide women’s health and gynecology services. She began office hours on Aug. 16.

  • FCH's Starnes testifies at congressional hearing

    Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of Fayette County Hospital and Long Term Care, testified at a recent congressional hearing in Washington, D.C.
    The Subcommittee on Health under the Committee On Energy and Commerce heard testimony from various witnesses about implementation of the electronic information technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. The act requires hospitals and physicians' offices across the United States to implement electronic health records for all patients.

  • Effingham general surgeons to provide services at FCH

    Four general surgeons from Effingham will begin providing care to patients at Fayette County Hospital next week.
    Dr. Kevin Malone, Dr. James Flaig, Dr. Lisa Kowalski and Dr. Jason McAllaster will see patients in the specialty clinic located on the second floor of the hospital, beginning Aug. 31.

  • LuLu's Stuff n Such Ribbon-Cutting

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held last week at LuLu's Stuff n Such, a store selling used furniture and home decor at 414 W. Gallatin St. in Vandalia. Owned by Danny and Linda Kirkland, and Alvin and Laurie Helton, the store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Sundays and Mondays. The telephone number is 283-9009. "We're here to provide good-quality used furniture at a reasonable price, so everyone can have nice things," said Linda Kirkland.

  • Dairy Queen receives award

    The Dairy Queen restaurant, located 1413 N. Eighth St. in Vandalia, recently received a PRIDE (Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence) award from the Dairy Queen system for achieving a high level of cleanliness and food safety.
    “We feel honored to have received such a prestigious award,” said owners Dana and Jason Warner. “We and our staff work hard to keep our restaurant at a high level of cleanliness to ensure that we provide a safe and enjoyable environment for our customers.”