Postage stamp increase takes effect Jan. 26
The Postal Regulation Committee voted to approve a temporary increase in postage stamp prices from 46 to 49 cents as well as a 6 percent increase on all first-class mail. The price hike will take effect Jan. 26 and is expected to last approximately two years to help make up part of the $2.8 billion in lost revenue from the 2008-09 economic downturn.
The 6 percent increase in January will represent the biggest hike in postage stamp prices in 11 years. The Postal Regulation Committee did not make the hike permanent, but said it was justified with the severe decrease in mail volume since 2008.
Who will be the next Arispe mayor?
Michael Fry — the Arispe mayor charged with fourth-degree theft in October after allegedly compromising a credit card from Southern Prairie Solid Waste — resigned from his elected office Dec. 19.
Fry's term was not set to expire until 2015.
Arispe City Council now has the option of filling the mayor vacancy either by appointment or by holding a special election. That decision is expected to be made by the council during their regularly-scheduled meeting slated Jan. 13.
FNB also affected by Target security breach
Customers at First National Bank in Creston were also affected by a security breach at Target stores whereby thieves stole data on 40 million debit and credit cards.
"As of Monday, about 5 percent of our customer base was affected by this breach," said Sarah Young, electronic banking officer at FNB.
FNB has worked diligently to identify cardholders who were at risk. Those at-risk cardholders were notified of the breach this week via letter.
All affected cardholders have since been reissued new card numbers and the compromised card will be closed out upon receiving their new card.
Experts are recommending all consumers whose cards were swiped at Target sales terminals between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 continue to monitor the account they used on a daily basis.
Late season muzzleloader underway
The shotgun seasons are closed for the 2013 deer hunting season, but hunters still have another chance to harvest a buck during late season muzzleloader and late split for bow hunters. The seasons kicked off Monday and run through Jan. 10.
An antlerless season will wrap up deer hunting season for residents and nonresidents Jan. 11-19. This season has been one of the key factors in helping control the deer population.
"We've issued a lot of doe tags, especially since 2006," said Union and Ringgold County Game Warden Corey Carlton. "Our sportsman have started to shoot a lot more does, and reproduction numbers are going down."
Carlton also encouraged hunters to purchase hunting licenses, which will be good through Jan. 10, 2015.