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Union offices closed Friday for holiday – The Gazette

The Southeast Iowa Union will close its Fairfield, Mount Pleasant and Washington offices Friday, July 3 in honor of the Fourth of July holiday.

Each office will resume normal hours Monday, July 6.



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Unemployment benefits delayed this week due to end of fiscal year, holiday – KWCH

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – If you are on unemployment with the state of Kansas due to COVID-19, you should expect to see delays on your payments this week.

The Kansas Department of Labor said last week on social media that the delays are due to the end of the fiscal year and the Independence Day holiday.

Bill Lindsay, who’s been on unemployment with the stat since March, says its been up uphill battle with the unemployment system during this time.

“What does the fourth of July have to do with anything since its on a weekend this year?” said Lindsay.

KDOL also said claims processed on June 29 will pay out on July 2, and payments processed on June 30 will pay out on July 6.

Lindsay says being on unemployment hasn’t been easy.

“When you’re expecting that money, when basically your last check was in March, and the benefits aren’t there,” said Lindsay. “It’s really been a struggle.”

A spokesperson with the governor’s office released this statement.

“The Department of Labor has been proactively messaging the holiday payment schedule for the past week on their website and on their social media. Unemployment weekly claims processed on June 29 will pay out on July 2. Unemployment weekly claims processed on June 30 will pay out on July 6. Governor Kelly recognizes the need to get payments made and the Department of Labor is working to quickly disperse unemployment benefits to the many Kansans currently unemployed due to COVID-19.”

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American Red Cross offers safety advice ahead of holiday weekend – WITN

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – This weekend on Independence Day, a lot of towns around Eastern North Carolina have canceled firework shows.

The American Red Cross said that instead, people will have back yard barbecues and get together’s where they will have their own firework shows.

July 4th will look a lot different this year, especially with people wearing a mask when they are in public, because of the pandemic.

Mace Robinson works for the American Red Cross and says people should still wear a mask when they are in public.

And when it comes to fireworks, The Red Cross suggests lighting one at a time and keeping water close.

They also said you should keep your fireworks in a cool, dry place and keep children and pets away from them.

In regards to cookouts, the Red Cross says to always supervise grills.

They said that roughly 10,000 fires start every year due to grilling accidents, so make sure you’re taking proper precautions like using long-handled tools and keeping the grill away from your home.

The Red Cross said they will respond to any incident that happens but they want everyone to remain safe.

For more safety tips, click the link below.

Copyright 2020 WITN. All rights reserved.


Heatwave builds through holiday weekend – WSAZ

HUNTINGTON/CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – The saying “hot as a firecracker” has dual meanings as we head into the Independence Day weekend. Sure, the legal pyrotechnics are tempting to use (always more fun for the pros to light the sky up at your favorite park). But in the case of Mother Nature, the phrase “heatwave” defines her intent for our pool parties, picnics and parades planned this July 4th holiday ahead.

Keeping in mind social distancing during the pandemic, no reason for you to not enjoy a parade (Ripley high noon on Saturday), a pool party (be nice to your next door neighbor who owns the pool) and a family picnic (where your hungry friends are welcome as long as they adhere to the 6′ circle recommendation).

Daily highs will range near 90 at airports (where nobody lives) to as high as 95 downtown. In fact as I left Logan on Wednesday evening after my 6 p.m. Freedomfest report, the Logan Bank thermometer read a sultry 93 degrees (and yes it felt all of 93).

Chances of any cooling thundershowers seem a long shot at best (perhaps the high country by Sunday afternoon), so plan on watering your plants at least every other day. And with the hot, scorched sun comes the daily rise in temperature expected through Sunday.

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Mayor Gary Sherman says water lines installed in the 1920s, 30s and 40s have run their course, and doing nothing would mean it would just be a matter of time until the whole system failed, and the village would be without water.

Customers in Coal Grove, Ohio, are hoping an upcoming project will mean their ongoing problems will finally be fixed.

More than 560 people turned up Wednesday night for COVID-19 testing in Kanawha County.

“I absolutely was not expecting this kind of a turnout,” said Dr. Sherri Young, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department. “I’m so glad that people are taking the opportunity.”

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Fairs, festivals and carnivals were allowed to resume in West Virginia on July 1, 2020, under strict safety guidelines from Gov. Jim Justice.

Fairs, festivals and carnivals were allowed to resume in West Virginia on July 1, 2020, under strict safety guidelines from Gov. Jim Justice.

There is no word on how long the lanes will be shut down.

According to Ohio law, municipalities must have an ordinance approved by their local authority that allows for golf carts to be driven through that specific town. An inspection of the golf cart’s headlights, taillights, brakes, and other functions must follow.

A vehicle fire backed up traffic Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 64 in Cabell County, West Virginia.

Kanawha County, West Virginia, has reported an increase in travel-related cases, and Dr. Sherri Young advises hotspot locations aren’t the only concern heading into the holiday weekend.


Wichita fire marshal urges people to follow rules during holiday weekend – KWCH

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – With the 4th of July a few days away, officials are asking people to be considerate of their neighbors and to follow the law.

Stuart Bevis, Fire Marshal of the Wichita Fire Depatment said fires and accidents involving fireworks can be avoided.

He said one of the biggest issues during firework season is not the use of fireworks but the disposal of them. Many times when people throw their fireworks away, those fireworks are still hot. That can cause objects near it to catch on fire.

Bevis also mentioned that with heat, wind and COVID-19 concerns, he urges people to follow the rules.

“Fire crews over the next two days will be going out to some areas, putting out pamphlets to remind people that if they go higher than six feet, you’re going to get a ticket for it,” Bevis said. “Every year we have people go ‘I didn’t know,’ Well, that’s the ordinance. I can’t go to everybody’s door but we try to go to the big areas where we have people shooting fireworks every year, where we have the complaints.”

Firework injuries are also prevalent during the 4th of July weekend and Bevis said most of those injuries involve children.

He also wants to remind people that fireworks bought in surrounding counties must be shot off there. Many fireworks allowed in those counties are illegal in the City of Wichita.

After shooting fireworks he recommends putting them in a bucket of water to assure they are not burning anymore.

Overall, he wants people to have a fun but safe holiday.

Copyright 2020 KWCH. All rights reserved.


Officials urge caution before long holiday weekend – Beaumont Enterprise

By Kaitlin Bain


  • Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie. Photo: Kaitlin Bain / Beaumont Enterprise

    Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie.

    Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie.

    Photo: Kaitlin Bain / Beaumont Enterprise

Photo: Kaitlin Bain / Beaumont Enterprise

Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie.

Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie.

Photo: Kaitlin Bain / Beaumont Enterprise

As the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Southeast Texas continues to rise, many local elected and health officials are asking Southeast Texas residents to review their plans for the long weekend and find ways to take additional precautions to prevent the virus’ spread.

Perhaps the most ardent of these is Port Arthur Mayor Thurman Bill Bartie, who on Wednesday afternoon again gathered with members of local media as he’s done before every holiday since the pandemic began. He said this is one of the best ways he knows to continue to remind residents to stay vigilant.

“If we do this right, this pandemic will end sooner,” he said. “However, if we continue on the path we forged from May to early June, this thing will probably be around for six months or even longer.”

On Wednesday, Jefferson County rose to at least 1,359 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Thirty-five of those came from the Beaumont Public Health Department — pushing the city of Beaumont over 1,000 confirmed cases a week after the county saw the same grim milestone.

The city of Port Arthur had not announced updated totals for Mid- and South-County by press time on Wednesday. But Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel released his weekly report, showing his county had confirmed 48 more cases since last week. That brings Hardin County to 260 total cases.

Many of the positive test results across Southeast Texas are remnants of Memorial Day plans as individuals who took part in graduation celebrations or other parties spread the virus to friends and members of their households, Port Arthur Public Health Director Judith Smith said.

She said her department has seen only a few cases contracted at local restaurants, stores or bars before they closed. The vast majority of them have come through household transmission.

More Information

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Plymouth Village, 5080 Helbig, Beaumont

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13

Where: Northridge Manor, 4155 Maida, Beaumont

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20

Where: Stonehurst Apartments, 1615 E. Lucas, Beaumont

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 27

Where: Pointe North, 3710 Magnolia, Beaumont

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday

Where: McCabe Roberts Avenue United Methodist Church, 1205 Roberts Ave.

Details: Call (409) 240-1494 to make an appointment

When: Friday

Where: 3580 East Lucas Drive, Beaumont

Details: Call (512) 883-2400 to make an appointment

When: Thursday

Where: Kirbyville Elementary, 2100 S. Margaret Ave., Kirbyville

Details: Call (512) 883-2400 to make an appointment

When: 9 a.m. -12: 30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Old Hardin County Hospital, 440 W. Monroe, Kountze

Details: Call (409) 246-5188

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Jefferson County*

Beaumont 1002

Larry Gist State Jail 235

LeBlanc Prison Unit 235

Port Arthur 191

Nederland 62

Mark W. Stiles Prison Unit 304

Groves 42

Port Neches 33

China 10

Cheek 7

Hamshire 6

Nome 4

Fannett 2

Source: Beaumont and Port Arthur Public Health Departments and Texas Department of Criminal Justice

*The Port Arthur Public Health Department had not released updated case totals for Mid- and South-County by print deadline on Wednesday.

She said she hopes the Fourth of July holiday will have a better outcome than Memorial Day in large part because of the mask order. This way, people who do choose to go out during the long weekend are less likely to bring the virus home to family members.

In addition to wearing a mask, McDaniel encouraged residents to alter any plans that would have had them participate in a large gathering over the weekend.

If such precautions are not followed and a large number of cases are spread this weekend, Southeast Texas could see its surge continue for more than a month.

And if that’s the case, Bartie said he could see extending his city’s mandatory mask order at least through the end of August.

“The benefits of social distancing … and also facial coverings in public facilities far outweigh the stated inconveniences that have been expressed by other individuals,” he said.


Public safety officials stress holiday safety on roadways, beaches – Brunswick News

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