DISASTER LOAN DEADLINE NEARS


Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded small nonfarm businesses in 13 Oklahoma counties and two neighboring Kansas counties of the Nov. 2 deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in the following primary counties that began Jan. 3.


The primary Oklahoma counties are Major and Washington. Neighboring Oklahoma counties include Alfalfa, Blaine, Dewey, Garfield, Kingfisher, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa, Woods and Woodward. The neighboring Kansas counties are Chautauqua and Montgomery.


According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. “Economic Injury Disaster Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact,” said Garfield.


The interest rate is 3.125 percent for businesses and 2.5 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.


By law, SBA makes Economic Injury Disaster Loans available when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture designates an agricultural disaster. The Secretary declared this disaster on March 2.


Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.


DIABETES EMPOWERMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM


The Osage County Health Department will be hosting a free Diabetes Empowerment Education Program put on by the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative, starting Oct. 12. This class will meet at 10 a.m. Thursdays for six weeks. This course was created to provide tools for individuals to better manage diabetes and will cover topics such as the importance of a healthy diet, physical activity, and maintaining a positive outlook. The health department is located at 1115 E. 15th in Pawhuska. To register, contact Sharon Elder, education specialist at (918) 779-7367 or by email at sharon-elder@ouhsc.edu.


ELVIS,


DIAMOND COMING TO PAWHUSKA


Marshall Matthews, Elvis and Neil Diamond impersonator, will make his appearance at the Pawhuska High School All-School Reunion on Saturday at the Pawhuska Elks Lodge.


Marshall is an award winning international Elvis Entertainer and Tribute Artist. With or without his full-stage band, the Memphis Kings, he entertains audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and England. He has recently performed in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Graceland, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri. The shows have been described as “as close to an Elvis Las Vegas show as you can see.” He has earned numerous write-ups and television spots, performed at casinos, large venues, outdoor festivals and private events. Marshall also has a Neil Diamond Tribute shows which features all of the popular Diamond standards that fans enjoy.


No reservations are needed for this event. Saddle up and come enjoy the evening with Elvis/Neil Diamond, your friends and classmates. It will be a night you’ll remember for years!