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Today's News

  • 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.

  • New merchants group to host rummage sale

    The Downtown Vandalia Merchants Co-op, the newly formed downtown merchants group, will sponsor a downtown rummage sale on Saturday, Sept. 11.

    Downtown stores will have items in the sale, and merchants are inviting local residents to sell items, as well.

    Twelve-foot spaces are available for $10. To reserve a space, contact: Joanna Helm, 283-1432; Rich Jenner, 283-3481; Gloria Durbin, 283-4804; or Donelle Conway, 283-1810.

  • Satterthwaites recall their youth in Shafter

    The Satterthwaite family bought the Shafter Store in 1945, and last week, Don, Harry, and John Satterthwaite shared some of their memories about the store.
    This week, the saga continues as they reminisce, and move on to the eventual demise of the store, but not of their memories.
    Satterthwaites’ Shafter Childhood

  • Man awaiting trial on meth charge arrested again

    A rural Vandalia man who is scheduled to go to trial in October on a methamphetamine charge was arrested for meth possession again last weekend.
    Leonard E. Scholes, 44, was arrested on Sunday and charged on Monday with partcipation in a methamphetamine-manufacturing operation.
    The charge alleges the manufacture of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine.
    A Class X felony, the meth manufacture offense is punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
    Scholes was also charged with the possession of up to 400 grams of methamphetamine, also a Class X felony.

  • Cost-cutting helps FCH see a profit

    As a result of ongoing cost-cutting measures, Fayette County Hospital recorded another profitable month in July – the first month of the new fiscal year. With revenues of $153,937 and expenses of $117,717, the operation produced a profit of $36,220 for the month.
    “The reason we’re making a profit is that we’re controlling expenses,” said Greg Starnes, chief executive officer of the hospital. “We’re a much leaner operation than we were last year, and we’ll stay that way.”

  • Work on new FCHD home to begin soon

    Work on the former hardware store that will become the new home of the Fayette County Health Department could get under way as soon as next week.
    Rhonda Andrews, FCHD administrator, said on Wednesday that demolition work on the property in the 400 block of West Edwards Street that formerly housed Leo Brown Lumber is almost finished. That work, being done by Grubaugh Contracting, includes the demolition of three buildings.

  • Buddy Bass Tournament Winners

    The Vandalia Sport Fishing & Conservation Club held a buddy bass toiurnament on Satuday at Vandalia Lake. The winners, from left to right, were: first, Tom Lindley and Scott Wisnasky, 9.25 pounds; second, Mike Lindley and Steve Booth, 6.86 pounds; and third, Owen Karnes Jr. and John Blythe, 3.96 pounds.  Robert Lindley, right, was the big bass winner, with a catch of 3.01 pounds.

  • Tennis squad opens with win

    Vandalia’s tennis squad opened the season on Monday with a 5-4 win over Roxana.
    Natasha Opfer, Lauren Wasmuth and Callie George posted singles wins, and the doubles teams of Opfer-Wasmuth and Cassie Goodin-Micah Dugan won in doubles.
    Results
    No. 1 singles-Opfer over L. Becker, 10-4.
    No. 2 singles-Wasmuth over K. Stanley, 10-6.
    No. 3 singles-Goodin lost to J. Masinelli, 0-10.
    No. 4 singles-Dugan lost to J. Pratt, 3-10.
    No. 5 singles-George over L. Cox, 10-7.
    No. 6 singles-Abby Hickerson lost to S. Kamp, 1-10.