You’ll lose an hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to daylight saving time. We spring forward Sunday at 2 am. Push your clocks ahead one-hour before going to bed Saturday night.
The Illinois Fire Marshal's office wants you to take the opportunity to change your smoke detector batteries too. As you change the clocks, also change batteries in the smoke alarms in your house. Illinois law requires every household to have smoke alarms within 15 feet of every bedroom and at least one alarm on each floor of the home.
Pleasant weather conditions this weekend should give church groups and other volunteers plenty of opportunity to progress with flood clean-up details. Several area counties, in both Illinois and Indiana, have agencies making progress with debris removal and damage assessments. Resource Centers have been established with cleaning supplies, food and clothing being distributed to flood victims.
In Iroquois County --- assistance is coordinated thru the Emergency Management Agency. Those in need can call 815-432-6997.
Food Pantry Help ----
Beginning Monday (3/12), the Watseka Food Pantry is serving its regular clients in addition to the flood victims affected by the flood. Hours at the Watseka First United Methodist Church are 1 – 3 pm. Appointments are needed. Food, clothing and monetary donations are welcome. Also --- MENARDS home improvement store is serving as a drop-off site for a local food pantry thru the month of March. MENARDS management states, they’re excited to participate in the opportunity while lending support to the community. MENARDS itself, offers its own wide variety of non-perishable food items that can be donated to the food pantries.
Iroquois Federal steps up as Community Leader >
The Iroquois Federal Foundation announced that they recently made a $20,000 contribution to the Iroquois County Long Term Recovery Committee to assist with their efforts in helping Iroquois County residents affected by the current flooding disaster. As the damage assessment continues, initial estimates indicate that over 225 homes throughout Iroquois County have been impacted by this disaster.
Walter “Chip” Hasselbring, President and CEO of Iroquois Federal, said “Iroquois Federal, established in 1883, has always been an active participant in our communities.” In addition to the direct financial support provided to the community, we will again establish a special flood deposit account for flood damage insurance checks. Flood victims will earn a higher rate of interest for a period of time while waiting for the repairs or raising of their homes. Our loan officers continue to work with our borrowers and other residents to discuss options to mediate other issues associated with the flooding. And, Hasselbring adds, the Iroquois Federal team at Iroquois Insurance is well versed on benefits, costs and availability of flood insurance for individuals both in and out of the designated flood hazard area.
Iroquois Federal staff at all locations continue to be active volunteers, donating hours of personal service along with financial expertise; assisting neighbors, families, friends, schools, churches and many other local community organizations in both good times and not-so-good times. This kind of effort and commitment truly makes a difference.”
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) Wednesday issued an order approving approximately $6.549 million in additional revenue for Aqua Illinois, Inc. (Aqua) for the delivery of water service, and approximately $757 thousand in additional revenue for sewer service. The increases, for Vermilion County customers in Danville, are just under 38% less than the $10.5 million the company requested for water service and 48% less than the $1.4 million the company requested for sewer service.
As a result of the ruling, a residential water customer will pay approximately $6.24 more per month, but the impact on an individual customer’s bill will vary depending on the meter size and amount of water consumed. The new rates are expected to take effect on March 15, 2018.
The Woodland Post Office has slowly returned to normal business operations following the flood. The Woodland facility is expected to have its P. O. Box pick-ups ready to go by 12:30 today (Friday 3/9), according to Post Master Darrin Rushbrook. The retail window is expected to re-open today or Saturday.
Flood clean-up has been ongoing. Postal service had been interrupted in several area communities since the flood. The Post Office officials had reported earlier that mail delivery service would be hampered until the flood waters receded and clean-up completed.
Loda man, reported missing, found dead under crashed pickup truck
Ford County authorities say foul play is not suspected in the death of a Loda man was found dead under his crashed pickup truck. 47-year-old Daniel Starkey was reported missing Monday, after he was last seen by friends in a tavern in Champaign County.
Sheriff’s Police report a passerby discovered the crashed truck at Ford County Road 2600E, near Clarence. The truck was found (Wednesday), three days after Starkey was seen at the tavern in Penfield.
Starkey had been ejected from the vehicle and was pinned underneath the truck in a drainage ditch. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Ford County Coroner Rick Flessner.
Police said it appeared the truck was northbound when it left the road to the west, striking and damaging a bridge guard rail. The truck then entered an approximately 20-foot-deep ditch, impacting the embankment.