First Financial offers wildfire relief loans

First Financial Bank announced in a press release on Wednesday that it is introducing a new loan option to help those directly affected by the Mesquite Heat fire, which started May 17 in southwest Abilene and destroyed more than two dozen structures, including about twenty houses.

The bank’s new Mesquite Heat Fire Relief loan program offers a low-rate, deferred payment option, the release said, with up to $20,000 available to offset short-term expenses with a deferred payment period of three. month.

“The wildfires have directly affected many people in our community, but we are grateful to those in its path for being able to evacuate safely,” said Marelyn Shedd, Abilene Area President of First Financial, in the press release. “We hope this loan program will bring some peace of mind to those who have lost property and possessions. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with our community.

Brown and Scurry counties get recreational trail grants

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved grants totaling more than $4.8 million for 17 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects around Texas, the TPWD said in a news release Thursday, including two projects in the greater country.

In Brown County, the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation received an $188,000 grant for the Texas 4-H Center Trail System project, which includes building 2.5 miles of new trail and renovating trails existing.

Scurry County received a $228,100 grant for the Scurry County Recreational Trails Project, which includes the construction of five miles of bike path and the renovation of 2.5 miles of existing trails.

The grants were funded in part by the state sporting goods sales tax, the National Recreational Trails Fund and the cancellation of projects approved in previous years, according to the release.

Special Olympics fundraising begins at United Express

United Express fuel and convenience stores launched a fundraising campaign to benefit Special Olympics on Tuesday, United Family said in a press release.

Through June 8, customers will be able to add any dollar amount to their bill at checkout at any of 38 United Express locations in Texas and New Mexico, according to the release, with any remaining money on the market in which it was collected.

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