en Three TIF grants awarded <p> The Vandalia City Council on Tuesday approved Tax Increment Financing agreements to help two businesses and a church with improvement projects.<br /> The agreements help Dennis Grubaugh with the renovation of a downtown building, The Chuckwagon with a parking lot project and First United Methodist Church with a demolition and parking lot project.<br /> The TIF agreement with Grubaugh gives him up to $14,900 for a project estimated to cost $29,800.<br /> Bridge work close to being done <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The completion of a project that calls for the replacement of two bridges at a major intersection in Vandalia will be completed by early April, if not sooner.</p> Child pornography trial nears end <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> The case of a Vandalia man charged with possession of child pornography could go to the jury as early as Wednesday.</p> VPD alerts residents of new IRS phone scam <p> Everyone is a target for a phone scam in which the targeted person is threatened with arrest, even the police chief.<br /> Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray told the Vandalia City Council on Tuesday that &ldquo;people are getting hammered with phone calls&rdquo; in which the caller claims to be a representative of the Internal Revenue Service.<br /> To alert local residents, the VPD is issuing the following release from the IRS:<br /> Chamber holding Cardinals Dinner <p> The Vandalia Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first-ever Cardinals Baseball Dinner on Saturday, March 4, at the Vandalia American Legion Home.<br /> In honor of the 35th anniversary of the 1982 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, featured guests will be Ken Oberkfell and Glenn Brummer, members of that team.<br /> The evening begins with a ballpark menu dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the ballplayers at 7 p.m. The program concludes with an autograph session.<br /> Smith starts business in his hometown <img src="" alt="Brian Smith" title="Brian Smith" align="left" hspace="6" width="99" height="85" /><p> A graduate with Brownstown High School&rsquo;s class of 1987, Brian Smith took Bob Senior&rsquo;s shop class in high school for as many years as he could (all four years), and his interest and passion for that continued on.</p> Calendar <p> Thursday, February 23<br /> <br /> ✔ Evans Public Library&#39;s Homeschool Group will meet from 1-2 p.m. Those interested in joining the group should contact Shawna Sprague at the library, 283-2824.<br /> ✔ CenterPointe Church, located at 1616 Veterans Ave. in Vandalia, is holding free Weekly Fit Club sessions at 6 p.m. every Thursday.<br /> Sheriff's Arrest Log <p> &bull; Bobby G. Pate Jr., 20, 301 Capital Pointe, Apt. 26, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 20 on charges of driving while his license is suspended or revoked and unlawful use of a driver&rsquo;s license. Bond was $1,500.<br /> &bull; Donald E. Haslett, 39, RR 2, Ramsey, was arrested on Feb. 20 on a charge of driving while his license is suspended or revoked. Bond was $1,500.<br /> &bull; Kenneth D. Schwager, 19, 2206 Angie Drive, Vandalia, was arrested on Feb. 20 on a charge of motor vehicle theft. No bond information was listed.<br />