The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

October 1, 2013

Shutdown: Mail to run; military on guard; national parks, NASA closed

— Neither rain, nor sleet nor dark of night – nor government shutdown – will stop the mail from being delivered.

And the mail will include Social Security checks.

However, if you’re waiting on approval for that gun permit for hunting season – you’ll have to keep on waiting and hope that there are plenty of rabbit and squirrel – and other game - still left when the shutdown ends.

It’s a mixed bag of agencies and services that are not open for business while there are others that are open, because they’re not subject to federal funding.

Nationwide, about 700,000 government employees were sent home Monday on mandatory unpaid leave. Of that group, about 2,400 work at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The number of military civilian employees at Redstone Arsenal who would be furloughed was not available Tuesday. Workers should visit the Redstone website for information: http://www.garrison.redstone.army.mil,

The furloughed employees won’t be immediately affected. They will be paid Oct.15 for working the last week but, after that, no paychecks.

While some services through the U.S. Department Agriculture will continue to be provided – including food stamp benefits for October, fighting forest fires and inspecting meat, poultry and grain - the county offices of the Farm Service Agency are closed.

No employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority will be furloughed because the giant utility is a totally self-financed corporation. It also means that the TVA’s campgrounds will be open.

But, if you planned to take a hike in the Bankhead National Forest or participate in Saturday’s Sipsey Challenge, you’ll have to change your plans. Bankhead is closed along with national parks, the national museums and zoos.

1
Text Only
State and Nation
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee