Have you lost your keys?

Have you lost your keys, attached to a MasterLock padlock?

One was found Tuesday at lunchtime in front of the offices of Marks Insurance, 61 Avenue E, in Apalachicola.

Stop by or call 653-2161.


Muskogee Creek Tribe hosts Saturday seminar

The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe History Seminar will be held Saturday, Aug. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Eastpoint Fire Department, 10598 SW Eighth Street. This seminar is presented to educate the general public, students and teachers on many aspects of the Muskogee History and Culture.

Topics to be presented include History, Myths & Legends of the Muskogee Creek, How the Muskogee survived in this area after the Trail of Tears removal, Aspects of Daily Living, Genealogy and Treaties of the Muskogee.

Registration for the seminar and lunch is $20, and includes all educational materials and lunch. The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe, based on Whigham, Ga. is a 401(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization.

For more information, please call (229) 762-3169 or (229) 762-3355.


Rubio staffers available Monday afternoon

Members from Senator Marco Rubio’s staff will be available on Monday to meet with the public to assist with federal issues. If you are having an issue with Social Security, Medicare, veterans benefits, immigration, the Internal Revenue Service or any federal agency, a member of Sen. Marco Rubio’s staff will be available to meet with you Monday.

The mobile office hours will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 at Carrabelle City Hall, 1001 Gray Ave., Carrabelle. Please plan to attend to meet your local staff and find out the services Rubio’s office offers constituents.

For more information, call the Capital Regional Office at (850) 599-9100.


Emergency business loans could be available

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has confirmed that the commercial fishery failure determination letter from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Apalachicola Bay can be used as the basis for the state to request a SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Declaration for the Apalachicola Bay Area.

If approved, the EIDL Program will offer working capital loans to eligible businesses in the area.

Substantial economic injury occurs when a business concern is unable to meet its obligations as they mature or to pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses. Loss of anticipated profits or a drop in sales is not considered substantial economic injury for this purpose.

However looking at a drop in sales, the length of time the business will be impacted, the type of business, and typical business cycle of the industry provides the quickest way to determine if the injury is substantial. There must be a minimum of five affected businesses in the area to request a disaster declaration.

Larry J. McIntyre, emergency coordinating officer with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, is requesting assistance in determining if the EIDL Program is needed in the Apalachicola Bay Area, and if a sufficient number of small businesses will support the completion of the Estimated Disaster Economic Injury Worksheet.

The worksheet, along with instructions for completing the worksheet will assist in gathering information from businesses to see if there is sufficient economic injury to request a declaration. Information from the individual business worksheets will be compiled in a summary and included with the governor’s EIDL Declaration Request and Certification if it is decided to move the declaration process forward.

To obtain with this, call Anita Grove at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce ate 653-9419.

Or call McIntyre at (850) 921-3323, or by e-mail at larry.mcintyre@deo.myflorida.com .


Island tour seeking homes

The St. George Lighthouse Association will once again sponsor the St. George Island Tour of Homes in February 2014. They are looking for unique homes from all areas of the island that might be featured. Homes that will be listed for sale at the time of the tour are ineligible. If you know of a home that you think should be considered, please contact the association at 927-2972.


Dates for budget hearings set

County commissioners have set the dates for the two public hearings on the budget as Thursday, Sept. 5 and Monday, Sept. 16. Both hearings will begin at 5:15 p.m. The city of Carrabelle will hold a budget workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 5:01 p.m.


Head Start now accepting applications

Head Start Centers in Eastpoint and Carrabelle are now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year.

Head Start offers free pre-school for 3- and 4 year old children of income qualified families. Students receive early childhood development services along with medical, dental and mental health care.

To enroll your child in Head Start, please call (850) 222-2043 ext. 223. Or visit the Eastpoint Head Start Center on School Road, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or the Carrabelle Center, on North 5th Street, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Head Start is a program of the Capital Area Community Action Agency and is funded, in part, by a grant from the United Way of the Big Bend.