While the busy holiday rush continues, consumers are warned to be wary of scam activity. Phony money and fraudulent phone solicitors are busy again. Shoppers are also advised to pay attention to your surroundings.
Counterfeit $20 bills have surfaced at some retail outlets. Reports have been completed in Iroquois, Vermilion counties and in west-central Indiana. A counterfeit $20 bill was passed at a restaurant in Hoopeston.
The Illinois Sheriff’s Association also recently issued notice to consumers that a phone campaign has been fraudulently using the name “Disabled Police and Sheriffs Foundation” to solicit donations. The Illinois Sheriff’s Association never solicits by phone. The association does use a direct-mail campaign but never uses phone calls to solicit money.
Consumers are advised to be familiar with who you donate to, especially during the holiday season. If you’re unsure who you’re dealing with, Just Hang Up.
As freezing temperatures and harsh weather grip much of the nation, the American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment to give blood or platelets to help meet the constant need for blood this winter.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Danforth 1/12/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Danforth Community Building, Jefferson St.
Employees in Lowell, Indiana will see pay hikes. The Town Council is approving two-percent raises for employees. It’s a suggested pay raise. The Council is expected to give formal approval at a December 27th meeting.
The elected officials pay will remain at current levels. Lowell Town Manager Jeff Sheridan says the community’s planned-growth is making good progress. Sheridan said the vision is to grow the community in a smart, planned manner...keeping a small-town character while offering unique characteristics.
Sheridan says two-thirds of rural Indiana communities are declining in population, but Lowell’s population has increased in recent years. He said we want to properly manage growth.