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The location of the three bodies was revealed by the melting snow, but getting to them was another matter. They were high on a glacier at one of the most treacherous spots on Mount Rainier, an area pummeled by...More >>
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A man is dead following a shooting in Geneva County Wednesday evening. According to Chief Deputy Tony Helms the victim is being identified as Randy Emmett II. The shooting occurred in the Chancellor communityMore >>
A man is dead following a shooting in Geneva County Wednesday evening.
As the Mercury drops, the cost to heat homes rises. For some
tri-state residents, paying those high utility bills is a struggle.
For those struggling to pay high bills, the Home Energy
Assistance Program is there to help. HEAP is
a federally funded program designed to assist Hamilton County residents with
their utility bills.
The program helps out
individuals like Keynote Kennedy.
"You know, I keep the oven open to keep warm
at night. That drives up my energy bill a little bit more," explains
Kennedy. "I'm just trying to get a little bit of help for that."
Kennedy states that she received the help she
needed thanks to the program. HEAP has also helped out Veronica Reynolds, who
says her power was shut down ten days ago.
"I feel pretty good," explains Reynolds. "It's
a relief taken off my shoulder. I know that my babies are going to have
somewhere warm now. [I] don't have to depend on anybody."
Carol Withers says she has been without power for about a
week. She claims the temperature inside of her Northside apartment has dropped
well below 50 degrees.
They disconnected my utilities so I have
nothing," says Withers. "I have no heat or anything and it's been very cold."
Withers says HEAP helped get her back on her
Locally, more than 100 people apply daily for
the Home Energy Assistance Program. The program can pay up to $175 when power
is disconnected. Officials with the program say they may be able to help when
utility bills become overwhelming.
"We look at each individual circumstance and
we may be able to pay on someone's bill, not necessarily put them on a payment
plan with Duke or a program, but we may be able to pay $175 on their bill,"
explains Dianne Dozier of the Community Action Agency.
Last year, the Community Action Agency was
able to help more than 10 thousand people. This winter, they expect to help
even more. Due to high demand, HEAP suggests scheduling an appointment early.