After a big storm or other disaster, a criminal element may be drawn to the area. Fraud can range from shoddy repairs to price gouging to people who take the money and run. Here are 4 tips for protecting yourself from contractor scams:
1. Get written estimates. These should be on the company’s letterhead, with clear contact information.
2. Get more than one bid. This will help you decide which offers are legitimate and which may be too high or too good to be true.
3. Use local companies. Make sure to check references and phone numbers.
4. Don’t pay up front. You may be left with new damage to your finances and the same old damage to your property. Good contractors will typically require a partial payment up front to get started, but your final payment should be made after the job is finished.
On Tuesday, March 28, EECU announced the 2017 Glenn Mandeville Memorial Scholarship winners at its annual meeting. EECU awarded $40,000 in scholarships to support eight local graduating high school students with their college expenses. The EECU Scholarship Program began 29 years ago and honors former board member Glenn Mandeville, a life-long educator. Since that time, EECU has awarded more than $480,000 in scholarship money to local students.
“EECU has a deep affinity for supporting education,” said Lonnie Nicholson, EECU President and CEO. “Higher education can be an essential springboard to building productive lives, but unfortunately, college expenses also can be a significant burden. EECU is proud to be able to recognize and financially assist these deserving students, and we wish them tremendous success in their academic pursuits.”
The following eight students were named as recipients of the $5,000 scholarships for 2017:
Makenna Blassingame, Brewer High School, plans to study Special Education
Braden Kelley, Richland High School, plans to study Music Education
Brooke Pollard, Arlington High School, plans to study Education
Kalkidan Alemu, Everman Joe C. Bean High School, plans to study Biology
Jessica Devous, L.D. Bell High School, plans to study International Business
Carrigan Hudgins, Mansfield High School, plans to study Biomedical Engineering
Kyle Samstag, Mansfield Summit High School, plans to study Business Administration
Cristian Sigala, Trimble Tech High School, plans to study Biomedical Engineering