Earlier this spring, Webster County received $4.6 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Stimulus (C.A.R.E.S.) Act funding.
As of last Thursday, businesses, churches, organizations and public entities based in Seymour had received a total of $367,611.38 C.A.R.E.S. Act assistance.
Terry Penner, administrator of the federal-relief program for the city of Seymour, said that she had received 35 applications with 33 of them approved by the Webster County Commission.
“It’s been so rewarding to see this federal money help out to many in our community,” Penner said.
She noted that Phase 3 of the C.A.R.E.S. Act program in Webster County began last Tuesday, Sept. 1, and said the rules for the newest phase likely will match those of Phase 1 and Phase 2.
“From what I’ve gathered from Sigel (Owen, the county’s program coordinator), Phase 3 will be much like the first two phases,” Penner explained. “Those who haven’t applied before in the first two phases can do so.”
Penner added that from her understanding of Phase 3, applicants from Phase 1 and Phase 2 who haven’t reached the $7,500 maximum award can apply in the third phase.
“For those who applied in the first two phases but didn’t receive the full $7,500, they can apply in Phase 3 for additional assistance,” she said. “The expenses must be new expenses that weren’t covered in their previous application.”
Governmental bodies, such as the city or schools, can apply for more than $7,500, Penner noted.
She said that her visits with businesses and organizations over the past two weeks has slightly slowed down.
“It’s down a bit, but there still are several businesses and others that still need to submit that first application,” Penner said. “My focus presently is working with them.”
Penner maintains regular hours at Seymour City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday.
She also can be reached at 417-425-9589.
Regarding recent grant awards, Penner said she was very excited to see the Seymour R-II School District get approval last week for $228,463.57.
The check was presented last Wednesday, Sept. 2, by Penner to Steve Richards, superintendent of the Seymour R-II School District.
Of the more than $228,000, just over $115,000 was used by the district to purchase Google Chromebooks, laptop computers, for students in all grades.
“They will be very useful if we are forced in the future to go to at-home, mobile learning,” Richards said.
Mobile “hot spots” were purchased with the C.A.R.E.S. Act funding for students in the elementary, middle and high schools.
Nearly $40,000 was spent for district cleaning supplies.
The federal funding also was used for touchless-entry key fobs for all school staff in all school buildings, while another touchless-entry system was installed at the district’s bus barn.
“The district would like to thank Webster County and especially Terry Penner with her guidance in helping our district to secure these needed funds,” Richards said. “This helps with the loss of state funding while the economy was shut down.”
Richards said Penner’s proactive actions regarding the district applying for the federal help was vital.
“Simply stated, we wouldn’t have received this money if not for Terry Penner and her persistence,” he said, smiling.
“She just wouldn’t quit pushing our application. And I’m very glad that she did.”
He added that Penner made the process very simple and easy.
“This money really helps the district in so many ways,” Richards said. “Again, credit Terry for all her work on it.”
As of last Thursday, here are the 35 applications processed by Penner and the city of Seymour, including the amount of grant funding awarded:
1. Andy Cook, Ozark Mountain Health, $7,500.
2. A&J Boutique and The Mason Jar Tea Room, $3,112.91.
3. Norris Hardware, $3,563.75.
4. City of Seymour, $3,095.35.
5. A Cut Above, $1,440.80.
6. Pyle’s Smiles, Dr. Kati Pyle, DDS, $7,500.
7. Seymour Area Arts Council, Owen Theatre, $2,261.93.
8. The King’s Food Pantry, $3,591.03.
9. Seymour Nazarene Church, $7,500.
10. Hucklebucks Bar-B-Que, $7,500.
11. Ozarks Family YMCA, $3,048.96.
12. Allison Hyde, Designliner III, $2,114.25.
13. Designliner III, $2,246.20.
14. Jack’s Barber Shop, $1,204.28.
15. Wilson-Alexander American Legion Post No. 306 in Seymour, $295.58.
16. Seymour United Methodist Church, $3,704.95.
17. Renne’s Place, $4,767.54.
18. Hair, Nails & Beyond, Fordland, $4,050.98.
19. Rusty Spurs Cafe, $7,500.
20. Fordland Community Library, $505.08.
21. Shyann Lindsey, Designliner III, $1,599.97.
22. Tiger Media, LLC, $5,282.23.
23. Stephanie Rhodes, Designliner III, $1,621.61.
24. Seymour Friends of the Library, $351.50.
25. Show-Me Cowboy Church, Marshfield, $3,562.68.
26. Cedar Gap Baptist Church, $7,500.
27. Victory Academy, Seymour, $820.16.
28. Kyle Insurance Agency, LLC, American Family Insurance, $7,445.49.
29. Seymour R-II School District, $228,463.57.
30. Seymour Tire Shop, LLC, $6,042.53.
31. Emergency Sight & Sound, $1,525.
32. 417 Transport, LLC, $6,983.23.
33. City of Seymour, $10,177.46.
34. Ashley Trash Service, $4,279.55.
35. Seymour Freewill Baptist Church, $5,443.81.