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  • July 2020

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    Four Star Freightliner Partners with Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama
    Four Star Freightliner and Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama are teaming up to reward heroes during the COVID-19 crisis: truck drivers. While they last, drivers who stop at the parts or service counters at any of Four Star Freightliner’s seven locations will be given a box of Girl Scout cookies. Boxes of the cookies were donated by Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama. The organization says it is proud to support the community during these unprecedented times. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has declared truck drivers as essential workers, in addition to a wide array of transportation and logistical occupations that support trucking.

    ASU Honey Beez Docuseries Debuts
    A docuseries starring Alabama State University's renowned Honey Beez' plus-sized dance team debuted in April on Snapchat for a 10-episode gig, which helped keep millions of quarantined homebodies delighted and entertained. Hollywood reality television actress La La Anthony's production company featured the University's talented dance squad with highlights from its 2019-2020 season of performances. The program follows the Honey Beez and their coach from auditions to live performances at football games and other venues, while sharing some of the real-life highs and lows experienced by the young ladies along the way.

    River Region United Way President and CEO Resigns
    River Region United Way (RRUW) President and CEO Jimmy Hill has tendered his resignation, effective June 1, 2020, to accept a statewide position in an area of personal interest. Hill served at the River Region United Way for a total of 10 years, joining the organization in May 2010 as Vice President of Resource Development and succeeding Russell S. Dunman as President and CEO upon his retirement in 2014.

    Kelly Realty LLC Announces Partnership with The Billingsley Place Homeowners Association
    Kelly Realty LLC has entered into a management partnership with The Billingsley Place Homeowners Association. Located several blocks off Taylor Road, Billingsley Place neighborhood was established as a planned urban development in 2004 by Lowder New Homes. A representative from Kelly Realty said the company is looking forward to a fruitful partnership for many years to come.

    Caddell Construction Awarded Contract in Guam
    Caddell Construction, along with joint venture partner Nan Construction, has been awarded another $100-plus million contract to design and build a new barracks at the Naval Base in Guam. The project award is the latest in a list of new work awarded this year, bringing the total value of new contracts to more than half a billion dollars since January.

    Work will include the design and construction of a building complex with multiple floors to house unaccompanied U.S. Marines at the Joint Region Marianas site on the island of Guam. The “BEQ-H” complex will include a Bachelor-Enlisted Quarters tower, a utility facility, a washing area and a community core building.

    The Shoppes at EastChase Launches Permanent Curbside Pickup Initiative
    The Shoppes at EastChase recently launched “On the Go,” a curbside pickup initiative throughout the shopping center. “On the Go” is a new program designed to adapt to the ever-changing needs of retailers and customers by offering another avenue for the community to support their favorite brands and restaurants. Shoppers may purchase products via a specific retailer website or place an order by phone with the retailer. The order will be fulfilled by store personnel, and then a pickup time will be scheduled. A designated landing page on The Shoppes at EastChase website lists participating retailers and includes phone numbers to call upon arrival and location pickup areas.

    Alabama Ag Credit Doubles Scholarship Fund
    Due to these uncertain times, Alabama Ag Credit has expanded its college scholarship program and awarded 23 scholarships, instead of 10 as initially planned. Each scholarship is valued at $1,000. The 2020 winners are: Shelby Marsh, Blake Carroll, Peyton Parkman, Mathew Prater and Alesia McGraw from Auburn University; Hudson Hines, Caleb Jordan and Caleb Powell from Coastal Alabama Community College; Nicholas Walton Saunders from Enterprise State Community College; Taylor Paris from Jacksonville State University; Garrett Barefoot from Lurleen B. Wallace Community College; Jacob Meadows, Caroline Parkman and Emily Strickland from Mississippi State University; Emma Wendland from Samford University; Aaron Trawick and Hill Stabler from University of Alabama; Reid Shackelford from Trenholm State Community College; Noah Carnley, Rebecca Starling and Sidney Davis from Troy University; Patrick McNeil from University of Alabama Birmingham; and Chole Nance from Wallace Community College.

    Four Star Freightliner Awards Six College Scholarships
    Four Star Freightliner recently awarded six high school seniors with the 2020 Zachary Sizemore Memorial Scholarship. Recipients were chosen for their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and community activities in memory of the Four Star employee. Five out of the six award winners include children of Four Star Freightliner employees.

    The 2020 recipients are: Keeley Johnson, Marbury High School in Deatsville, Ala.; Jordan Granger, Prattville High School in Prattville, Ala.; Chadwick Norris Jr., Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery; Hailey Earley, Callaway High School in LaGrange, Ga.; Bryce Shiver, Headland High School in Columbia, Ala.; and Carson Herring, Rehobeth High School in Dothan, Ala. Each student will receive a $1,000 award applicable to the college of their choosing.

    ASU & Gadsden State's Presidents Sign Historic Agreement
    The Presidents of Alabama State University and Gadsden State Community College signed a formal transfer articulation agreement - memorandum of understanding (MOU) – which provides a pathway for qualified Gadsden State students to study and earn undergraduate degrees from ASU. It was announced at one of the first virtual joint news conferences held between Alabama institutions of higher education with both ASU President Dr. Quinton T. Ross Jr. and Gadsden State President Dr. Martha Lavender signing the MOU for their respective schools.

    ASU Offering Online Scholarships for Out-of-State Students
    Alabama State University officials announced plans to offer a new summer scholarship for new and returning out-of-state students. The Hornet Hive Online (HHO) scholarships help students with the cost of tuition during the University’s summer semester, particularly as they and the rest of nation are dealing with the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. University officials stressed that the Hornet Hive Online scholarship is a "special circumstances" scholarship, which only applies to students who pay out-of-state tuition. Students who receive the HHO scholarships are still responsible for all costs not covered under this award.
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