Area Digest Aug. 29, 2018


Library offers computer classes

Madison County Library is offering several classes for the beginning computer users through September and October.

The classes are designed for those with little or no previous experience using computers, a mouse or the internet, and little or no knowledge of basic computer terms.

•Computer basics will be offered Sept. 4 and Oct. 9 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Get to know the major parts of a personal computer and learn how to use the mouse and keyboard.

•Internet basics will be offered Sept. 11 and Oct. 16 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Choose an internet browser, learn basic browser buttons, locate websites and other information online, and understand URL types and internet security.

•Email basics will be offered Sept. 18 and Oct. 23 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Set up an email account, access, read and delete emails, and learn email safety and etiquette. A cell phone is required in order to set up an email account.

Registration for these classes are required. To register, call the library at (936) 348-6118.

SBA offers disaster loans

Small nonfarm businesses in 102 Texas counties and a neighboring county in Oklahoma are now eligible to apply for low‑interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began June 19, 2018.

Primary Texas counties are Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Camp, Coleman, Collin, Comanche, Concho, Cooke, Crockett, Delta, Eastland, Ellis, Erath, Franklin, Gregg, Hamilton, Hopkins, Irion, Jack, Kendall, Kimble, Lampasas, Leon, Limestone, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, Palo Pinto, Robertson, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Somervell, Sutton, Tom Green and Upshur; and neighboring Texas counties are Anderson, Archer, Bandera, Bell, Bexar, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Callahan, Clay, Coke, Comal, Coryell, Crane, Dallas, Denton, Edwards, Falls, Fannin, Freestone, Gillespie, Grayson, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Houston, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Kerr, Lamar, Llano, Madison, Marion, Mason, McLennan, Milam, Montague, Morris, Navarro, Nolan, Parker, Pecos, Rains, Reagan, Red River, Rockwall, Rusk, Shackelford, Smith, Stephens, Sterling, Tarrant, Taylor, Terrell, Titus, Travis, Upton, Val Verde, Williamson, Wise, Wood and Young.

Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

Businesses primarily engaged in farming or ranching are not eligible for SBA disaster assistance. Agricultural enterprises should contact the Farm Services Agency about the U.S. Department of Agriculture assistance made available by the Secretary’s declaration. However, nurseries are eligible for SBA disaster assistance in drought disasters.

Applicants may apply online at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to apply is April 22, 2019.

Grants available for burning

Some Texas landowners may be eligible for funding to help with prescribed burning costs on private lands.

Now through Sept. 28, Texas A&M Forest Service is accepting grant applications to cover prescribed fire costs for private landowners that use professional prescribed fire services.

Prescribed fire is an effective and controlled method to reduce wildfire risk by eliminating brush, weeds, dried vegetation and downed trees. Benefits from prescribed fire include wildlife habitat improvement, seed and plant regeneration, reduction of invasive plants, and restoration of soil nutrients.

A total of $316,449 of Community Protection Program-Prescribed Fire Grant funding is available for property owners within 10 miles of a National Forest in East Texas.

A total of $54,000 in National Fire Plan-Prescribed Fire Grants is available to 33 eligible counties with a city- or county-wide Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

This year up to $50,000 is available through the Texas Longleaf Conservation Assistance Program-Prescribed Fire Grant for burn treatments on private land in East Texas to enhance longleaf pine ecosystems.

Texas A&M Forest Service does not conduct the prescribed burns. Grant recipients will select a certified and insured prescribed burn manager to reimburse costs from $15 to $30 per acre, depending on program eligibility.

Application deadline is Sept. 28. Apply online at print, complete and mail a hard copy to Texas A&M Forest Service Mitigation & Prevention Department, 2127 S. First St., Lufkin, TX 75901 to the attention of Fuels Coordinator.