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USDA state director explains services

By By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
June 29, 2001
Getting out the word about the services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture was state director Nick Walters' mission during his visit here Thursday.
After meeting with the Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors earlier in the day, Walters dropped by the Meridian Lions Club's meeting in the Depot Restaurant conference room. Walters discussed federal money that is available for loans to businesses, entrepreneurs and potential home owners.
Walters talked about the rural housing part of his job and the grants and loans available. He noted that in the last year, the USDA returned some of the FHA loan money that had been meant for the state.
Walters also addressed the group about the business loans that are available.
After discussing the community facilities and multi-family housing, Walters talked about the rural water and sewer services that the USDA provides.
Walter's last stop of the day was at the North Lauderdale Water Association, which has recently received $554,600 in grant money and $2,211,500 in loans from the USDA. The association's president, Will Massey, showed Walters around the facility, along with the new treatment plants and water wells.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star., call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228 or E-mail him at fcarmichael@themeridianstar.com.