• 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.

  • Walmart wins Rotary Challenge

    Walmart employees and their friends brought 74 donors to the Sept. 27 Red Cross blood drive to defeat members of the Vandalia Rotary Club in the Rotary Challenge.

  • Well tells chamber about school successes, challenges

    Following several announcements about upcoming events, Vandalia Superintendent of Schools Rich Well presented a program at last Wednesday’s monthly meeting of the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce.

  • Crazy Daisy Boutique

    If you’re looking for a unique handbag, Tamie Stuttle, owner of Crazy Daisy Boutique in Vandalia, has a deal for you.

    Her new shop, located at 529 W. Gallatin St., specializes in handbags – something in every style and price range.
    “We will keep unique, specialized styles – not multiples of each,” she said. “In fact, each one of our bags is one-of-a-kind.
    She also handles laptop cases and duffle bags in paisleys and prints. In the future, she plans to add a home décor section, as well as clothing and shoes.

  • Business Briefs

    Vandal Wash to support boosters
    During September and October, Vandal Wash is offering a special way for Vandal fans to support the Vandalia Sports Booster Club.
    A special access code is available, and each time that code is used for a $10 car wash, $2 will be donated to the Vandalia Sports Booster Club. The club does various projects to enhance local school sports programs and facilities.
    The code to benefit the booster club is 1230.
    Vandal Wash is located at 1410 Rock Island Ave. The telephone number is 367-6220.