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Today's News

  • Competing in Miss Illinois Teen Pageant

    Randi Evans, the daughter of Ronnie Evans of Vandalia and Tracy Evans of St. Elmo, will compete in the 2010 Miss Illinois Junior Teen Pageants on Sept. 5-6 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Evans, a 14-year-old freshman at Vandalia Community High School, was the 2009 Junior Miss Fayette County.

  • Reunions

    Cole Reunion
    Families of the late Easton and Alice Cole and Gabe and June Cole will hold a potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Bingham Town House.  For more information, call 267-0796.

    Kleinik Reunion
    The Kleinik reunion will be held Sunday at Patriots' Park in Greenville. The meal is at noon. Those attending are to take a covered dish and lawn chairs.

    Dothager Reunion

  • Births

    Grace Abigail Dooly
    Matthew and Brittany Dooly of Smithboro are the parents of girl born at 10:46 p.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was named Grace Abigail.
    Grandparents are Jane and Terry Hiller of Hillsboro, and Thomas and Linda Dooly of rural Mulberry Grove.
    Great-grandparents are Russell and Audrey Hiller of Hillsboro,  and Marvin and Peggy Yordy of Eureka.

    Jayten Lee Hunt

  • Frailey-Stanek Wedding

    Sara Frailey and Justin Stanek, both of Normal, were united in marriage on Friday, June 25, at Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw, with the Rev. Jennie Edwards-Bertrand officiating the 4:30 p.m. ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Richard and Debby Frailey of Altamont, formerly of Vandalia.
    The bride chose her sister, Emily Hummel of Chatham, as the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jill Peyton of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Zoe Taylor of Boston, Mass.

  • 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.

  • 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