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Lives on hold

Local residents affected by federal government shutdown


Dan Johns, who was scheduled to install carpet throughout the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration building near Washington, D.C., this winter, does a side job at his brother’s home in Bellefontaine while he waits to see if or when the federal government shutdown will end and he can begin his scheduled job. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

Local resident Dan Johns was expecting to be in Washington, D.C., this winter installing carpet. Instead, he has found himself tooling around Logan County looking for side work while he waits to see if or when the U.S. government will resume normal operation.

Locally, Ralph Fout and more than 50 other employees of the Transportation Research Center are hoping their vacation days will outlast the standoff between President Barack Obama and the U.S. House of Representatives so they can continue to put food on their tables.

About a dozen employees of the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service have been furloughed and are still waiting to return to work.

Meanwhile, families and individuals looking to buy or sell property are hitting brick walls as many loans require some sort of dealing with the federal government.

These are some of the impacts that the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 have had on local residents.

“It’s a crazy situation,” Mr. Johns said. “They’re up there battling over whatever and we’re the ones hurting.”

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