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LIHEAP assistance for seniors, disabled

September 1 is the start-up enrollment period for the program offering area senior citizens and the disabled some help in paying their winter heating bills.

The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance) Program and PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) are funded as part of the stopgap funding plan signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner.

LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program in which heating bill payments are made on behalf of households that qualify.

The East Central Illinois Community Action Agency on North Vermilion Street in Danville is one of the locations where applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis starting September 1st, 2016. There’s also a local office in Gilman to serve Iroquois County.

The offices have information about the income requirements that have to be met.

• Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30 days leading up to applying;
• A copy of their current heat and electric bills issued within the last 30 days (if they pay for their energy directly);
• A copy of their rental agreement if they are renting, showing that utilities are included;
• Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members;
• Proof that their household received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled, or other benefits such as Medical Eligibility or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if receiving assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

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Law Enforcement pushing school safety

The new school year means additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic in-and-around school zones. Police are reminding motorists about the need to be aware of excited children as the new year gets started.

There’s always the need to advise drivers about decreased speeds in school zones and the school bus law, regarding stops for loading and unloading passengers.

Police say motorists need to be on the lookout for children walking or riding their bikes to school, as well as ones who might dart from between parked cars. Allow extra time for the increased traffic in school zones during the morning or afternoon commute.

Motorists are reminded they are required to reduce their speed in school zones to a maximum of 20 miles-per-hour. The reduced speed limit is in effect from 7 am thru 4 pm on school days when children are present.
It’s also illegal to use electronic devices, including cell phones, when traveling through Illinois school zones.

And that school bus law requires motorists to stop when amber lights are flashing. Motorists who pass a stopped school bus which has its stop lights activated and loading/unloading arm extended could be fined $150 and have their driver’s license suspended for three months.

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4-H Hall of Fame honor for Nita Dubble

The Illinois 4-H Foundation honored its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees Saturday. Included is long-time Iroquois County 4-H supporter Nita Dubble.

The Illinois 4-H Foundation celebrated at the Illinois State Fair.

Nita Dubble is recognized for her 30 plus years working with youth and 4-H. Her early years in the program was as a 4-Her with the Sheldon Square Shooters 4-H Club.

Dubble is also Superintendent of the Swine Barn at the Iroquois County Fair, has served
on the Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation, organized the Federation Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser and served the Ford-Iroquois 4-H Youth Council.

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Prison fight at Pontiac investigated

The Illinois Department of Corrections is investigating a fight between inmates and guards at the Pontiac prison Sunday afternoon.

Preliminary reports indicated six DOC officers treated for injuries that aren’t considered life threatening. A Corrections Department spokeswoman said five inmates were involved in the fight, but officials aren’t providing details about what happened.

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ERH testing fire hydrants >

Fire hydrants will be flushed and flow-tested in Crescent City and Watseka.

ERH Enterprises, Inc will conduct the procedure in the Village of Crescent City next week (August 22 thru 26th). The ERH crews plan to tend to the City of Watseka the following week (August 29).

Local residents may experience temporary discoloration in their water.

The flushing and flow-testing in Crescent City will done overnight from 11 pm ‘til 5 am.
The work in Watseka will be carried out during the day and night-time hours.

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