• Business Briefs

    Robbi's Restaurant to close on Nov. 20
    After 2½ years in business, Robbi Phillips is shutting down the grill at her Vandalia restaurant.
    Sunday, Nov. 20, will be the last day for Robbi’s Restaurant, located in the Days Inn motel on U.S. Route 51.
    “It wasn’t an easy decision,” she said. “It makes me sad. Most of us have been together for more than 10 years.”

  • LaDage joins Real Living

    Vandalia native Tim LaDage recently joined the staff of Real Living Vandalia Real Estate.
    A licensed real estate broker since 2005, he has considerable experience in residential real estate sales, although he also has worked in commercial property sales. He even owned his own real estate company for a time.

  • Two couples buy Champion Trophies & T's

    The four new owners of Champion Trophies & T’s have big plans to expand the business to the degree that their customers can get everything they need without having to go out of town.

  • Leader-Union Holds Bake Sale For Breast Cancer

    Members of The Leader-Union staff baked and sold cookies and cakes last Wednesday as a fundraiser for the fight against breast cancer.

    The staff also received some donations of baked goods from local residents. The event raised nearly $200. Shown, from left, are: Judy Mitchell, Bridget Lash, Melinda Garrison, Fran Cole, Rosie Torbeck, Barb Oberlink, Andrew Harner, Penny Richards, Peggy Schulze and Lovetta Lockart.

  • Chamber holds New Business Breakfast

    Ten new Vandalia business owners and managers were honored earlier this month at the annual Vandalia Chamber of Commerce New Business Breakfast.
    In addition to emcee Kevin Childers and Chamber President Dana Whiteman, the program for the Oct. 13 event included remarks by Vandalia Mayor Rick Gottman.
    Gottman thanked the new business owners for taking the risk to start a new business, and he pledged the city’s ongoing support. In particular, he noted efforts by the Flowers family and Dennis Grubaugh in the downtown area.

  • Merchants holding cutest baby contest

    A group of downtown Vandalia merchants are holding a cutest baby contest to raise funds for the digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital.
    The entry fee is $10, and votes will cost $1.
    The contest will run through Olde Tyme Christmas in downtown Vandalia next month.
    For more information, stop by Crazy Daisy Boutique or Family Video.

  • Rotary Hands Out Dictionaries

    Members of the Vandalia Rotary Club last week distributed dictionaries to all third-grade students in Fayette and Bond counties.

    First Photo: Dale Timmermann explains the project to third-graders at Vandalia Elementary School. With him are Rotarians Ben Timmermann, Don Carpenter (partially hidden), Todd McKellar, Larry Cable and Stephen Friedel. Secodn Photo: Ben and Dale Timmerman hand out the dictionaries. The dictionaries were purchased through a $700 grant from Wal-Mart.

  • Maranatha's Raises $3,203 For Mammography

    Maranatha's Salon, Spa and Tanning held a Keep Abreast/Spread the Love event last Thursday to raise money for a new digital mammography machine at Fayette County Hospital.

    First photo: Maranatha Cripe and her staff is shown with FCH Chief Executive Officer Greg Starnes. Second photo: Cripe and Starnes are shown with a check representing the amount raised at the event, $3,203.

  • Business Briefs

    Crete Carrier Corp. names Berst 'driver of month'
    Vandalia resident, Robert Berst, has been named "driver of the month" at the Crete Carrier Corp. terminal in Indianapolis.
    Berst, who started driving for Crete Carrier 12 years ago, has logged 1.5 million miles. For the award, he received a plaque, and he will compete with other monthly winners for the company's "driver of the year" award.

  • Pumpkin Project

    Eight-year-old Lexi Wehrle, back, learned a lesson about running a business this summer.