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  • March 2018

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    FAULKNER UNIVERSITY NAMES NEW FOOTBALL COACH
    Faulkner recently announced the hire of Shayne Wasden to take the helm of its football program.The former Troy University associate head coach replaces Charlie Boren, who resigned in December after six seasons on staff. “I am honored and extremely excited to be given this opportunity,” Wasden said. “My staff and I plan to continue to build this program, win games and ultimately win championships. More important than winning, however, are the Christian principles and values that this university was founded on that our student-athletes will represent both on and off the field. We want to create an environment that produces Christ-centered young men that leave this university and have a positive impact on society.” Wasden, 49, spent 12 seasons at Troy from 2004-2015, the last 10 of which were as associate head coach. In that span he worked extensively with wide receivers and tight ends and was also the special teams coordinator. Wasden helped lead the Trojans to five Sun Belt Conference Championships and five bowl game appearances.

    CAPITOL HILL HEALTHCARE EARNS TOP QUALIFICATION
    When your facility is responsible for making about 700 meals a day, having extra expertise in food safety is key. Sharon Baker, Administrator of local long-term care facility Capitol Hill Healthcare, has attained one of the highest levels of certification from the National Restaurant Association, becoming a Certified ServSafe Instructor and Registered ServSafe Examination Proctor. She plans to teach enhanced food safety and handling to her staff. “Commitment to food safety and education helps identify potential risks. Identifying risks helps reduce them and will keep our operation, staff and residents safe,” Baker said. “Food safety is part of caring for our residents and ensuring them the best quality of life.”

    HILL HILL CARTER OPENS NEW OFFICE
    Hill Hill Carter opened an office in Fairhope at the end of 2017 to meet demand brought on by the law firm’s rapid growth in recent years in south Alabama. “We have long represented clients in southern Alabama and, as a continued commitment to servicing those clients, opening an office in Fairhope makes a lot of sense,” said David W. Henderson, Managing Shareholder of Hill Hill Carter. With the addition of this office, Hill Hill Carter now has locations in the northern, central and southern areas of Alabama.

    EASTCHASE CENTRAL SOLD
    Montgomery-based developer Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC completed the new shopping venue Eastchase Central in October 2017 and in November 2017 sold the 56,000-square-foot project, which features the national retailers Marshalls, HomeGoods, Kirkland’s and Five Below. Eastchase Central is the latest commercial retail development of the 330-acre, mixed-use project, EASTCHASE, that started in 2002 by Jim Wilson & Associates with the initial opening of the Shoppes at Eastchase.

    CITY LEADERS LAUNCH ENVISION 2050
    Montgomery officials recently announced a new comprehensive city plan, called Envision 2050, that will be created to identify the city’s needs and ways to meet those needs and better prepare Montgomery for the future. The new group will take over the work of Envision 2020, a volunteer organization formed 17 years ago to solve some of the area’s problems by bringing together a diverse group of leaders from the public and private sectors. Robert Smith, planning director for Montgomery, will spearhead the Envision 2050 initiative. The first step is conducting an in-depth study, expected to take at least a year, to determine the city’s current status in several areas like land use and Infrastructure.

    MONTGOMERY VETERAN LAUNCHES FRANCHISE
    U.S. Army Veteran Marche` Johnson has brought the Major Organizers franchise to Montgomery and surrounding areas. The Montgomery native is a United States Army Veteran who spent 13 years serving her country. As a soldier, she moved numerous times and learned the importance of staying organized. She’s now sharing her experience and expertise with others through her Major Organizers business. “With Major Organizers, we bring order to each household by creating functionality in homes which ultimately liberates families from chaos and stress,” Johnson said.

    LOCAL TRUCKING COMPANY DONATES EQUIPMENT
    First semester diesel mechanics students at Ingram State Technical College in Deatsville will have a new place to practice their precision measurement skills, thanks to Four Star Freightliner. In December, diesel mechanics instructor Randy Hull took delivery of a Cummins ISB, 8.3-liter midsize engine block donated by Four Star. In addition to precision measurement, students will also use the block to learn more about engine assembly and adjustment. “Our commitment to Ingram State is strong and it is our responsibility to support them and help with training their technicians,” said Jerry Kocan, Four Star Freightliner Dealer Principal. “This Cummins Engine is current technology, so their students will have practical knowledge and training with engines in trucks operating today.” Hull said the engine block is one of many benefits the program has received from the company in recent Years.

    AGAPE FUNDRAISER FEATURES SOUTHERN WRITER
    Agape of Central Alabama held it 4th annual Connecting Hearts event on February 27 at the Alley Station Warehouse in downtown Montgomery. The evening featured special guest Sean Dietrich (“Sean of the South”), a columnist and novelist known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Southern Living, Good Grit, The Tallahassee Democrat, South Magazine, The Mobile Press Register and many other outlets. A self-professed “mediocre sailor and fisherman, biscuit connoisseur, and barbecue competition judge,” Dietrich is the author of eight books. V.I.P. ticket holders were invited to a “meet and greet” with Dietrich. Funds raised by the event support Agape’s adoption and foster care ministries for children and crisis pregnancy services.

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