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The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois announced that Sept. 3 marked the beginning of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Community Action administers the program that provides a one-time benefit toward utilities to eligible households in DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt Counties.
The state climatologist said it's shaping up to be a cooler than normal August.
Jim Angel said in the first week of the month, the statewide average temperature was 72 degrees, which is 1.5 degrees below normal. This follows a July where Angel said the state was two degrees below average.
Piatt County School Districts were shut down Monday following a severe storm that dropped about 13.5 inches of snow on the Monticello area Sunday and Monday (March 24-25). For Monticello students, it added a week to their spring break.
Is the drought over?
It depends on who you ask. Climatologists say for most residents in Central Illinois, the answer is yes. But if you are a farmer, the answer is ‘not quite.’
January was warmer and wetter than normal, according to weather statistics from the Illinois State Water Survey.
Washington Elementary students are giving their pennies, while a local pastor uses his musical talent to help raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims. Meanwhile, Monticello resident Robin Whitted spent 14 days in New York servicing portable tents that housed some 700 emergency personnel who had responded in the aftermath of the storm.
Members of the U.S. armed forces are well-known for their international exploits, but the extent to which they help at home sometimes goes ignored.
Local governmental entities are taking extreme caution with workers as the mercury stays in the mid- to upper-90's this week.
For example, Monticello township workers are starting their day between 4:30 and 5 a.m. in order to get a full day in by 1 p.m., according to Township Road Commissioner Charlie Montgomery.