Postal Service asks customers to keep paths clear of snow, ice

BEDFORD PARK — Heavy snow can create a challenge for letter carriers, especially for those in vehicles trying to serve mailboxes close to the street.

Monical's manager: No one struck by lightning in Paxton

PAXTON — The manager of Monical’s Pizza in Paxton is clarifying what he termed inaccurate media reports stating that someone was struck by lightning outside his restaurant during Monday night’s storms.

SBA offers help to residents affected by severe storms, flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois businesses and residents affected by the severe storms and  flooding from Feb. 14 through March 4 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announced.

SBA assistance approved for Iroquois, Kankakee, Vermilion counties

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Monday that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the state’s request for assistance to help people and businesses in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties recover from severe storms and floods that occurred in February.

FEMA accepts request to assess Illinois flood damage

SPRINGFIELD — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is joining state officials to conduct damage assessments in Iroquois, Kankakee and Vermilion counties.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his team at the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) submitted the request for federal support after the three counties experienced severe flooding in February.

Postal service asks residents to clear snow, ice

With winter weather here, the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help letter carriers deliver the mail.

Postal Service: Keep paths clear of snow, ice

To help letter carriers deliver the mail this winter, the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to keep snow and  ice cleared from their sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

Wind advisory issued for East Central Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for several counties in East Central Illinois.

For DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion and Macon counties, the advisory begins Friday afternoon and runs until Friday evening. For Ford and Iroquois counties, the advisory begins at 2 p.m. Friday and runs until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Some tips to stay safe in the extreme heat

The Illinois Department of Public Health provided the following tips to stay safe in extreme temperatures:

— Stay in air-conditioned buildings. Ford County Residents seeking a cooling center are encouraged to visit their local library during normal library business hours in Paxton, Gibson City, Melvin and Piper City

— Do not rely on fans as your primary cooling device.

Deadline to apply for SBA loans is June 3

ATLANTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives,  small aquaculture businesses  and nonprofit organizations in Illinois of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for economic injury caused by severe  storms, flooding and tornadoes between June 7 and July 31, 2015.

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