Area Digest Sept. 26, 2018


2018 MC/MA Reunion set

The Madisonville Colored/Marian Anderson Alumni Association has scheduled the annual Panther Alumni Reunion for Oct. 6.

At 8 a.m., there will be a breakfast at the Woodbine Hotel, 209 N. Madison St. The cost is $10, and reservations need to be made by Sept. 30.

At 1 p.m., there will be a luncheon at the Senior Citizens Center, 900 Amos St. There will be a program and an exhibition dance by a senior Y line dance team from Houston.

The Party Like a Panther Dance will be held from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Madison County Juneteenth Building, 1107 Seventh St. Music will be provided by Jarrod Byrd.

Money collected during the reunion goes to fund senior scholarships.

For information or reservations, contact Sandra Guice at (936) 348-8462.

Band to host clinic

USBands is sponsoring a showcase and clinic in Madisonville from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Madisonville High School Mustang Stadium.

High school bands from the area that are participating include Mildred, Crockett, Rogers, James Earl Rudder, Franklin, Santa Fe, Madisonville, Lorena, Caney Creek, Magnolia West and Consolidated.

The public is invited to attend, and tickets are available for $13.

Concessions also will be available at the event.

TRT director to speak

FAIRFIELD — Tim Lee, executive director of Texas Retired Teachers, will speak at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Fairfield High School Cafeteria.

Discussion will center on public education, retirement, and health care issues, as well as candidates in the November election and their stances on education in the 2019 legislative session.

The cafeteria is located at 631 Post Oak Road in Fairfield.

For information, contact Alicia Smith, Freestone County Retired Teachers Legislative chair, at (903) 388-0950 or

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 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 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 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.