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Aroma Park, Reddick, Buckingham post offices to remain open; employees accept pay cuts

The Central Illinois District Area 3 Post Plan team is announcing three area post offices will remain open, but employees will experience pay cuts in order to keep them open.

Aroma Park, Reddick and Buckingham will not stop services or permanently close. Postal employees, however, will have their pay decreased.

Postmasters from Herscher, St. Anne, Bradley and Kankakee made the announcements at community meetings held in all three locations Wednesday. 

In Aroma Park about 80 people — mostly elderly — attended the noon meeting, which had to be held in the fire station across the street from the post office because of the large turnout. 

The Aroma Park Post Office currently is open six hours per day, five days per week; and also for a few hours on Saturday morning. The office will remain on a similar schedule, but the postmaster, Irene Littrell, will have less time to open and close the office as she will begin working 6 1/2 hour work days.

The hours of operation are also expected to change. On weekdays the office is currently open from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Under the new plan the office would be open from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m.

Reddick and Buckingham post offices will remain open for four hours each weekday. But instead of working eight hour days, each office will work 4 hour and 20 minute days, cutting the time they have to open and close the office.. 

The post offices will be reviewed each year, and if revenue increases, there is a chance that the postmasters could start working 8-hour days again. But if revenues continue to decrease, Aroma Park could be cut to a 4-hour office and Reddick and Buckingham could be cut to 2-hour offices. 

Hour-cutting programs across the country are expected to save the postal service half a billion dollars by 2014.

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Rossville Fire investigated

Investigators are looking for what caused a fire at the farmers Market and Cut-up Shop in Rossville early Thursday morning. Crews responded to the 100-block of South Chicago Street about 1:20 am. The fire department reported it started in the back of the building.

Damage is well over $50,000. Buildings on both sides sustained smoke damage. One also sustained water damage. Bismarck and Hoopeston fire departments provided mutual aid.

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Monon, Indiana crash injures Fowler man

A Fowler, IN man was seriously injured overnight in a traffic mishap on U-S 421 in Indiana.

Michael McKinley was air-lifted to an Indianapolis hospital. State Police  was southbound when his SUV crossed into opposing traffic and clipped the back end of a semi. The accident happened at State Road 16 in Monon in White County.

The semi driver,Carlos Calderon, of Chicago, was not injured.

Police said the road was shut down for several hours.

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Aspen Ridge Golf Course victimized by vandals

$3,000 in damages

Kankakee County CrimeStoppers needs help in finding who’s responsible for $3,000 worth of damage at the Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bradley.

Vandals inflicted the damage between 8 pm Monday and early Tuesday. The vandals destroyed miniature golf obstacles, golf ball washers and benches at the property site at 1763 E and 4000 N Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call Bradley Police Department's investigation unit at 815-936-5129 or Crimestoppers at 815-93-CRIME

Golf carts were damaged. So were trees on the course.

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Roger Dittrich named Watseka’s Citizen-of-the-Year; Alverda Voigt honored for Lifetime Achievement

Love of community and jobs is what Roger Dittrich can hang his hat on. And those two issues earned the retired businessman the Citizen-of-the-Year Award last night at the Watseka Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet and Awards ceremony.

Alverda Voigt was named the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Her nomination focused on her interest and involvement in several community projects. Over the years, Mrs. Voigt has been a player in church and neighborhood activities. Along with her husband, Tom, cleaning and maintaining Oak Hill cemetery has been on ongoing project.

Dittrich has spent most of his life with his late dad, Howard, promoting Watseka.

Now retired from the family business, T & D Metal, Dittrich spends a lot of time working on the Iroquois Development Association Board of Directors and overseeing his other business ventures – which have created several jobs in the community.

Dittrich owns the local Chrysler dealership and several NAPA auto parts franchises. He also has ownership with three restaurants, Taco Bell, Steak ‘N Shake, and KFC….all creating several jobs opportunities.

The award was presented at the Chamber’s Annual Banquet at celebrations. The Times-Republic sponsors the Citizen-of the-Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.


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