Metro-East News

What’s moving into the former Savannah Motors lot in Belleville?

The former Savannah Motors lot in Belleville will be reoccupied by another used car dealer. American Motors in Cahokia plans to expand and sell cars from the lot at 3827 North Belt West. American Motors continues to operate from 3001 Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia. Savannah Motors recently left the Belleville lot to relocate to 222 Water St. in Cahokia.

Vintage Junkies is a new estate sales and online consignment store located in the Edwardsville area. Visit their Web site at or call them between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 618-791-2575 to find out more.

Gateway Classic Cars in O’Fallon has renewed its partnership with Shriners Hospital for Children to sponsor the classic and collector car and truck business with its largest event of the year. The O’Fallon business at 1237 Central Park Drive will hold its Sweet Sixteen Annual Spring Fling from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 9. Call 618-271-3000 or go online to Gateway Classic Cars to find out more.

Consumers in Madison County are taking advantage of a program to help rid their homes and the environment of no longer used prescription drugs. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with Republic Waste and the American Water Co. to place disposal bins in the lobbies of the police departments in Alton, Bethalto, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Highland, Roxana and Troy, in addition to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. Medications that can be collected are antibiotics, hormones, blood pressure regulators, painkillers, steroids, any over-the-counter medications, anti-depressants, sedatives, cough syrups and other controlled substances. Those that are not being accepted in these bins include needles, mercury thermometers, IV solutions, hearing aids, oxygen tanks, x-rays or other household waste items. For more information, contact you local police department.

And finally, the folks from the Restaurant News are wondering whether consumers are eating out more. In citing the recent monthly retail sales report from the Commerce Department, sales at the nation’s restaurants increased by 0.7 percent last month while grocery sales dropped by 0.6 percent in March.

Contact reporter Will Buss at or 618-239-2526.