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Energy-bill help available Wednesday, Thursday

By David Harten

This article was published February 26, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.

Pulaski County residents eligible for home heating help can apply Wednesday and Thursday in Little Rock.

After several rounds of winter weather hit Arkansas in the past few months, the federal government has approved $3.3 million in additional funds to go toward helping low-income, the disabled and elderly Arkansans pay their utility bills.

The funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will be given out through the Arkansas Department of Human Services from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard St.

State agencies receiving the funds include the Arkansas River Valley Area Council, the Black River Area Development Corp. and the Central Arkansas Development Council. For more information, those in areas under Arkansas River Valley Area Council may call Bob Adkison at (479) 229-4861; those in the Black River Area Development Corp. area may call James Jansen at (870) 892-4547; and those in central Arkansas may call Larry Cogburn at (501) 315-1121.

The funds raise the state’s total payment assistance to $27.5 million for the 2014 fiscal year.

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Dontcallmenames says... February 26, 2014 at 11:46 a.m.

Meanwhile, they get to keep their cell phones and cable and other non-essentials, while those of us who chose the road of Personal Responsibility don't get a free ride and our tax money is used by the bureaucracy to pay for them.

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GigiTouchinglives says... February 26, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

It's really sad to me how our fellow man views the act of helping those that are less fortunate.
I don't see having a cellphone or even cable as a nonessential for the elderly or disabled. In fact I see it as quite the contrary. A cellphone and even cable sometimes provide the only link with the outside world when you become elderly and/or disabled.
Despite what some people want to portray, the elderly and the disabled have paid just as many maybe even more taxes as the rest of us before becoming elderly or ill. They are and still are law abiding citizens of this society that also made contributions. I don't see the need to suggest they are on a free ride off the rest of us.

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