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Buckeye Hills RC&D Has Funds Available for Small Business PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014 4:06 PM

It seems that spring has finally arrived, and as we continue to see signs that the economy is moving in a positive direction, a number of people in southeast Ohio are thinking of either expanding an existing business or starting a small business operation. Often, the big banks are reluctant to take risks on start-up businesses. A revolving loan fund is one option small business owners can use to build and expand their businesses, and build a financial and credit history.

The Buckeye Hills RC&D Council has funds available for small businesses in the nine-county region of the RC&D. Counties eligible for participation include Athens, Belmont, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington. The RC&D is a regional non-profit organization focused on rural community development, natural resources protection, and enhancing the quality of life in southeast Ohio.

According to Robert First, Coordinator with the RC&D Council, funding is available to existing and start-up businesses as long as they have a tie to job retention, job creation, or expanded job duties for existing employees. The funding can be used to purchase equipment or other items that will help the business grow and expand employment. A loan amount of up to $15,000 for each job affected is available, up to a maximum of $50,000. A five-year, fixed loan interest rate of 4% is available to qualified borrowers.

Wheeling Hospital Audiology Offers Free Tinnitus Session PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 3:17 PM

A free informational session on tinnitus, or ringing of the ears, will be hosted by Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Audiology on March 29.

The public event, which will provide information on causes, impacts and treatment options for the hearing disorder, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon in Conference Room C at the hospital.

Tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears,” is the perception of sound in the ears or head when no external source is present. Symptoms can negatively impact normal daily activities and can lead to additional medical conditions, such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation and elevated stress.

GMN Taking Commodity Supplement Program Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:33 PM

GMN Tri-County CAC, Inc. in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Mid-Ohio Foodbank is taking applications for the monthly Commodity Supplemental Feeding Program available to the low income senior population of Monroe County. The commodities are distributed by GMN Tri-County through the Senior Services Division. The commodities in Monroe County are distributed at the Monroe County Senior Center in Woodsfield.
Each month, seniors age 60 and over with income in the 130 percent poverty guideline are eligible to receive groceries at no cost. The monthly supply can include cereal, peanut butter, fruit juice, canned meat or fish, canned fruit and vegetables, cheese, rice or potatoes. The income guideline is as follows:

Last Updated on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:37 PM
Belmont SWCD To Hold Captina Creek T-Shirt Design Contest PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:38 PM

The Belmont Soil & Water Conservation District invites you to enter its Captina Creek T-Shirt Design Contest! This is YOUR chance to express your love of Captina Creek through art! Drawings should be related to Captina Creek or its wildlife. This contest is FREE. Entries will be judged by content, quality, and creativity. First place winner will receive a free t-shirt featuring his or her design!
Deadline for entries is April 1st, 2014. Limit one entry per person. Participants must be age 18 or younger. Designs should be submitted on size 8.5 x 11” sheet of paper. Drawings must be black and white and made with pencil, ink, or marker.

USDA Announces Low Interest Home Loan Funds Availability PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:58 AM

U.S. Department of Agriculture Ohio Rural Development today announced the availability of low interest loans for eligible applicants in the 18 county area serviced by the Marietta office.

“Residents in rural communities can make homeownership a reality through this program,” said Area Director John Miller. “We want people to know that the interest rate on a Rural Development loan is fixed for the life of the loan, so they can feel more secure about their mortgage.”

Miller said the no down payment/no private mortgage insurance loans can be used to purchase existing homes or build new homes considered modest in nature. The program permits loans for up to 100 percent of the home’s appraised value with a term of 33 years at a fixed interest rate, which currently stands at 4 percent. To qualify for a loan, the house must be located in an eligible rural area.

“Based on household income, qualifying individuals and families also can obtain a reduced rate, possibly as low as 1 percent,” said Miller. “Knowing that the mortgage interest rate can never exceed the fixed rate offers our borrowers an additional security threshold in uncertain times.”