Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois on December 19, 1980 · Page 5
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Herald and Review from Decatur, Illinois · Page 5

Decatur, Illinois
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Friday, December 19, 1980
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Central Illinois scene Drratur, Illinois, Friday, IWrmbrr 19. 1980 If you still can t figure out what to Shelbyville Chamber struggles to grow rh(uiv ... Hmloui" here's apood idea! J By TOM KEEFE Herald ft Review Staff Writer SHELBYVILLE The Chamber of Commerce has selected new officers and now is calling for money and ideas. New chamber executive officers were chosen last month. Chamber President David Young said he wants to gather enough money and ideas to make improvr ing Shelbyville a possibility. "If people have ideas on how Shelbyville can prosper and grow, particularly in these rough economic times, we'd like to know," he said. Young said he wants the chamber to prosper and grow along with Shelbyville. But chamber money has been scarce because of the economy and other reasons. "We're not in the red, but we're certainly not in the black," Young said. "Our budget this year is about $10,600. I'm sure communities like Decatur and Effingham have three times that." Multiple memberships in the chamber are down this year, mostly because of the economy and an increase in membership dues. Young said. Anyone can become a member for $60 per year. They can buy additional memberships for $50 each. Each is worth one additional vote in chamber business. But the economy and a $10 per person increase in membership dues has convinced many not to buy multiple memberships. Young said. The chamber only has enough money to pay for necessary operating expenses because of the decreased revenue, he said. That means that promotions which potentially can raise most of a chamber's money cannot be held because money isn't available. Promotions also "make the chamber visible" which is another of his goals. Young said. Most chamber members are businessmen, probably because they realize the benefits which the chamber provides, he said. But he added, "The chamber is not a retail-oriented organization. It's for the entire community." r x ) I -GIFT CERTIFICATE t prn Un. ciri.&i'e at... - L I ' v. Page A 5 1 9 34 ; 'Company' probably had area links By LORI MILLER Harald Er Review Staff Writer ST. LOUIS A billion-dollar marijuana operation recently uncovered in the St. Louis area probably reached into Central Illinois. The organization, a well-financed and sophisticated group called "The Company," was uncovered this fall by federal Drug Enforcement Administration officers in St. Louis. It was considered the largest marijuana operation in the country and had its own warehouses, airplanes and truck fleet. Indictments have been returned against several of its leaders, including several Illinois residents mainly from the St. Louis area. A DEA investigator said Thursday that no Central Illinois persons were involved in the leadership of The Company,' which handled marijuana distribution in at least 14 midwestern and southern states. However, Roland Hughes, a DEA special agent, said trafficking in the area resulting from The Company's business probably was going on. He also said it was likely that trucks carrying marijuana shipments traveled on Central and Southern Illinois interstate highways. Warehouses for the operation were located in Missouri and southwestern Illinois. Hughes said, however, that drug sales would not have been conducted during highway stops. "This was mainly a warehousing operation." he said. Indictments in the case are expected to be forthcoming during the next year and a half. &&&&&& WATER AT PACKARD AND HICKORY POINT MALL Scaled-down school addition considered 8 By DAVE PETRINA Herald & Review Staff Writer VANDALIA A scaled-down Jefferson Elementary School addition costing about $950,000 is being considered by the Vandalia Board of Education. The 12-room, no-frills project would contain only classrooms. One room also would serve as a library, and another would be oversized to provide dual usage, said Superintendent Larry Bennett. Vandalia district voters in November defeated a $2.05 million bond referendum sought to build a 14-room addition plus offices and other special use areas. The addition would be used to house students from Central School, which has been condemned by the state and would need extensive remodeling to meet life safety codes. Bennett said the scaled-down plan was one of four proposals originally presented by architect Rex Hodge, but the board decided to go for the master plan, the most extensive and costly project. "From what we heard after the referendum, people would be willing to go for new construction instead of remodeling Central, but they wanted a strictly minimal project," Bennett said. Board members discussed the project at a Tuesday meeting, and Bennett said he expects a decision on the project at the regular Jan. 20 board meeting. The district must notify the Fayette County Clerk's Office by Feb. 6 to schedule the referendum on the April 7 combined election day. "I believe generally the board is desirous of a smaller bond issue . . . and I think the majority of the board is against renovating Central School," he said. The bond issue would be less expensive because life-safety work at Central would cost about $1 million, he said. "I think we could get by with 12 rooms, and there is a lot more economy in going for a new addition than trying to keep Central up," Bennett said. Heating costs are a major expense at Central School, he said, with its large, uninsulated windows, "high ceilings and spacious hallways and stairwells. About 30,369 gallons of No. 5 fuel oil were used in the 1978-79 heating season in Central School at a cost of $11,718. In 1979-80, usage was cut to 17,314 gal lons because parts of the school were no longer used and were closed off. But the cost for heating oil rose to $15,526 because of increases in fuel oil prices. 112 pupils attended classes in Central School, making the 1979-80 heating cost about $138 per student, Bennett said. The cost to heat Jefferson Elementary School with natural gas during the same period was $4,580 or $19.37 per student based on a 234-student enrollment. The new addition would be heated with natural gas, the superintendent said. Vandalia gets downtown grant Just In Time FOR CHRISTMAS Kenninqton AND Sundowner SHIRT! VANDALIA State officials on Wednesday conformed the city's $10,000 grant for the Main Street downtown re-vitalization project. The project executive committee met with John Carpenter of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs in Springfield. Carpenter announced that Kirsten Reeder will coordinate the five-city state program, said Gwen Caldwell of the Vandalia committee. 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