Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce


by Beth Rogers
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Newsletter May 2019 5

Special Graduation Section in The Luverne JournalIf you are a subscriber to The Luverne Journal, you received in your paper this week a special section with pictures of the graduates and highlighting the graduations ceremonies at the five Crenshaw County schools.  We think it is an especially good section and will have extra copies in our offices at the Chamber next week if anyone wants another copy.  You can also get another copy at the Journal office at 94 S. Glenwood Rd……call phone number 334-335-3541 to be sure the office is open.                                                                        ************
The Taste of Crenshaw
 – a reminder that Thursday, June 6th is the date – 6 p.m. is the time.  Come join fellow Chamber members in a feast provided by 19 Crenshaw County restaurants, caterers and food distributors.  You should have received your invitation and tickets in the mail this week.  BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT –  DSA Graphics

DSA Graphics is a one-of-kind shop located at 838 South Forest Avenue in Luverne. It is locally owned and operated by Stephaine Jones and her staff, including Tabitha Lowery, screen printer extraordinaire, provide a variety of services. The business has been in operation in Luverne since 1994. The business provides vinyl printing, screen printing and embroidery on a variety of media, including signs, banners, tee shirts, car tags, purses, totes and other items.

The business is proud to be the one-stop shopping place for family reunions, school activities, church functions, ball teams or any other large gathering. DSA also provides a large variety of unique gifts.

Go by and visit Stephaine and her staff today, or call at 335-6196.

The first photo below is one from a write up about the business in 1999.


by Beth Rogers
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Business Spotlight- B&B Discount Drugs

B&B opened their doors in October of 1987. The original building is across the street from their current location on South Forest Avenue. After renovating the new building, they moved into it in 1991.
Bobbie Bowers, owner and Glenda Bryan, both registered pharmacists, graduated from Auburn University. 
Bobbie and her staff set out with the goal of serving the wonderful people of Crenshaw County with fast, friendly service, while offering the best possible prices. At the time B&B opened, Bobbie says she believes they were the only place in town to buy greeting cards, as well as many over-the-counter medications.
They still offer OTC medications, health and beauty aids, greeting cards, and a growing line of $1.00 items, as well as filling their customers’ prescriptions.
The staff of friendly folks who help their customers include three fulltime technicians: Rita Kelly, Jena Price and Peggy Marvin. Four part-time technicians round out the crew – Leslie Helms, Debbie Clark, Anita West and Brianna Jones. All of them do a great job of helping both pharmacists, and their loyal customers too.
They are dedicated to giving their customers the best care possible, and they truly appreciate every one of them. I know from experience that they go above and beyond to help their elderly customers, treating them as family.


by Carol
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Newsletter May 2019 3

Just a reminder – the Eric Dusenbery photographic exhibit is on display at the John D. Harrison Cultural Center at 3 S. Forest Avenue Monday through Friday next week from 9 am to 4 p.m.  If you are at all interested in history or local businesses/families/history, please come visit this display.  The people featured in the display are:  Mr. Joe Rex Sport, Sal.Lee Sasser-Williams, Gary Mitchell, Christopher Hilburn, Charlie “Cuz” Johnson, Matthew Pippin, Michael Barnes, Boyd Berry, Levi Nichols, Tommy & Kayo Sipper, Glenn Daniel, Wayne Rolling, Allen Sexton, Jon Hayden Sanders, Jamie Howard, Chris & Dusty Bagents, Billy Davis, Patricia Grace, Nancy Petrey, Jennifer Butts.
They all had a story to tell about their business, Crenshaw County and family history.  Each person is featured in a framed photo with a transcript of their conversations with Mr. Dusenbery.  This is a “don’t miss” exhibit and we hope you will take time to come and visit next week – the display will end Friday, May 31st.
If you have questions about the display, please call our offices at 335-4468.  

We hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day week-end, be safe and enjoy friends and family.


by Beth Rogers
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Newsletter May 2019 2

Alabama SBDC is presenting a rural outreach program – RURAL STRONG-ALABAMA – on Tuesday, June 18th in Downtown Troy.    The focus of the program is to provide information to those interested in financial and other resources available to small businesses.  No cost, however, pre-registration is required with a deadline of June 13th.  Lunch provided.   See more details on attached flyer.                                                          
     Welcome New Members
We are  pleased to announce that Crenshaw County DHR has joined the Chamber.  As you know, we help  DHR during the Christmas Parade to provide toys for their Santa program, and we hope to be able to help in other areas as well.
Alexis L. Hill has also joined the Chamber as an individual.  Mr. Hill has an organization called Kingsmen.
We welcome these new members.
Calendar

May 3 – 31 – Eric Dusenbery Photographs –  Crenshaw Crossroads – “Discovering Neighbors and a Sense of Place” – Mr. Dusenbery photographed 20 Crenshaw County citizens and their pictures and text summary will be on display at The John D. Harrison Cultural Center, 3 S. Forest Ave., Luverne daily Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m..Please mark your calendar and pass along to friends and family to visit this wonderful exhibit.                                                                                **************************                                                                 

 The Taste of Crenshaw – Thursday, June 6th – details to follow…..Mark your calendar!  Invitations and tickets will be going out next week…….!                                                                               **************************
The Crenshaw County Farmer’s Market will begin on June 3, from 3-6 pm on the Luverne United Methodist Church lawn. Local growers and crafters welcome. Contact the Crenshaw County Extension office for more information at 335-6312.
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We will begin Business Spotlights again this summer and will publish the text and photos in newsletters and on Facebook.   Gary Mitchell and Beth Rogers, Board Members, will be visiting Chamber members to help advertise your business.   
The Chamber provides this calendar for your convenience……..be sure to pass the information along to family and friends and let us know if you have events you want to publish to the Chamber membership and beyond.  Be sure to SHOP LOCAL at all your Crenshaw County stores and services…….Crenshaw County has a lot to offer!!!!  


by Beth Rogers
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Newsletter May 2019 1

Calendar:
Saturday, May 4th – 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Don’t Litter on Luverne  –  BiCentennial Clean Up – Meet at Pepsi Pavilion for instructions.  Please come and help !!
Friday and Saturday – May 3/4 – Crenshaw County Volunteer Fire Association Annual Rodeo – at the Tom Harbin Farm Center on Airport Road In Luverne.  Don’t miss the rodeo!!!
Tuesday, May 7th – Open House at Beacon Children’s Hospital – 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. –  Invitation attached.

May 3 – 31 – Eric Dusenbery Photographs –  Crenshaw Crossroads – “Discovering Neighbors and a Sense of Place” – Mr. Dusenbery photographed 20 Crenshaw County citizens and their pictures and text summary will be on display at The John D. Harrison Cultural Center, 13 E. 4th Street, Luverne daily Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m..  Please mark your calendar and pass along to friends and family to visit this wonderful exhibit.                                                                                **************************                                                                   

The Taste of Crenshaw – Thursday, June 6th – details to follow…..Mark your calendar!                                                                               **************************
The Crenshaw County Farmer’s Market will begin on June 3, from 3-6 pm on the Luverne United Methodist Church lawn. Local growers and crafters welcome. Contact the Crenshaw County Extension office for more information at 335-6312.
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The Chamber provides this calendar for your convenience……..be sure to pass the information along to family and friends and let us know if you have events you want to publish to the Chamber membership and beyond.  Be sure to SHOP LOCAL at all your Crenshaw County stores and services…….we have a lot to offer!!!!
From Allen’s Dry Creek Market:  They have fresh fruits and veggies, including English Peas and Green Beans, planted pots for Mothers Day and the following Gardening Class scheduled.  


by Beth Rogers
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Member Spotlight- Allens’ Dry Creek Market

Go by and see Evelyn for your produce, gardening and gift needs. Today Kathy Crook from Sweet Barn is there with a variety of fudge flavors and an assortment of Easter Baskets. Evelyn also has freshly boiled green peanuts. Please support this local business.


by Beth Rogers
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Chamber Newsletter April 2019



 New Members
Lillian K. Wilson, Style Dots Independent Boutique Partner.       Top quality products and exclusive designs set Style Dots apart.  All our products are nickel, lead, and cadmium free.  Our Foundation Pieces        and Original Dots feature a .990 deep silver, old or rose gold finish, either brilliantly shiny or beautifully antiqued.
      Our Original, Statement, and Style Square single mold Dots feature Czech crystals, natural stones, handmade dichroic glass, or a variety of          other core materials.  Our entire product line is designed exclusively by Style Dots, LLC and meets the strictest of standards allowing us to            offer a one-year warranty against defects.  We also carry flip flops for the upcoming summer and handbags that are beautiful, stylish, and              help with organization.  I would love the opportunity to help you earn FREE and discounted jewelry by helping you host a Boutique Social.              Feel free to visit my Personal Website at lkwilson.styledotshome.com to see all the products we have to offer.  
Southern Concrete Company, LLC, Owned and operated by Dustin Marchand with offices in Luverne at 32 S. Glenwood Ave..  Ready Mix concrete.  We welcome Southern Concrete Company to the Chamber membership.  Call them if you are needing concrete.
Basin Logistics, LLC, Owned by Dustin Marchand.  Welcome to the Chamber.  
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Crenshaw County Schools will host Community Meetings for Strategic Planning on the following dates:

Brantley School – Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 pm
Luverne School – Monday, April 22, 5:30 pm
Highland Home School – Monday, April 29, 5:30 pm
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Calendar:This Saturday, April 6th – Spring Fling 19 – sponsored by Sherry Prevett, 13 on Fifth….9 a.m. til 1 p.m. at the corner of 5th and S. Forest…..vendors, live music, food and so much more!  Follow on Facebook for more information.
BRUNCH WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. The Luverne Public Library will hold “Brunch with the Easter Bunny”  on Saturday, April 13th from 9 – 11 a.m.. Children of all ages are encouraged to come by and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a light brunch. This event is free.  Don’t forget your camera!

Easter SON-rise service and community breakfast sponsored by Three In One Ministries and Living Water Coffee House.    We’ll be hosting a community SON-rise service and breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, April 21st,  at 6 AM. The service will be held in the pavilion next to the coffee house at 15 S. Forest Ave, Luverne, and afterwards breakfast will be served inside.  Pastor Dianne Richardson will be our guest speaker. She has been a good friend to us personally as well as to our ministry and we are so glad she’ll be with us.
Please make plans to be with us as we celebrate Resurrection Day!


Tuesday, April 23rd – American Cancer Society Relay For Life – CCA Gynmasium – Survivor dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by a luminary and torch ceremony.  Several honorary survivors will be recognized as well as Relay For Life’s Caregiver of the Year.  To nominate a Caregiver, please call 334-670-8174 for more information.
Thursday, April 25 – Bobby Tomberlin & Friends Show…7-9 p.m.  Contact Lisa Rolling for ticket information at 334-300-7795.  Watch for flyer detailing more information.
Saturday, May 4th – 10 a.m. – 12 noon – Don’t Litter on Luverne  –  BiCentennial Clean Up – Meet at Pepsi Pavilion for instructions.                                                                                  **************************

The Chamber provides this calendar for your convenience……..be sure to pass the information along to family and friends and let us know if you have events you want to publish to the Chamber membership and beyond.  Be sure to SHOP LOCAL at all your Crenshaw County stores and services…….we have a lot to offer!!!!




by Carol
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March 2019 Chamber Newsletter 4

New Member

At Dan Wright’s Diesel, LLC, located in the Chapel Hill community, we are here to service all your diesel needs. From tractors, semi-trucks, full size pick-ups, and equipment, we can get you back on the road, as quickly as possible. We do full service and oil changes, brakes, rebuild hydraulic cylinders & do DOT inspections. Call us @ 334-508-0095 Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm or email: danwrightsdiesel@gmail.com.  The Chamber welcomes Dan Wright’s Diesel!!
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                                                                            NEW MEMBERS

Mr. and Mrs. Eiland have joined the Chamber.  Their new company as of 2018 is EILAND TIMBER, INC. and they are located at 3081 Springhill Rd, Brantley, AL.  We welcome the Eilands and wish them well in their new venture.  Their email address is eilandtimber@gmail.com
Creative Excavating Service, LLC has joined the Chamber….they are located at 13014 Highway 61, Wilsonville, AL 35186.  The owner is Caleb Dorrough.
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 And from LBW – attached is information on summer scholarships.  Please read and pass along                                                                        
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 HELP WANTED
Twin City Security, who services the Courthouse in Luverne, is in need of parttime help.  You can go online at http://www.twincitysecurityal.com/employment to apply.  The phone number for assistance is 334-749-8385….contact is Adam Cordoza.
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Don’t Litter on Luverne – Clean Up Day – Saturday, May 4th See attached flyer – join the City and other groups for a cleanup day in Luverne.  Meet at Pepsi Pavilion…10 a.m.

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Market Info:
Spring has arrived and so have the annuals and hanging baskets.  We have tomato, peppers, eggplant, and cucumber plants.  Annual flowers include begonia, coleus, impatiens, marigolds, nasturtium, petunia and vinca.  We also have herbs.  Hanging baskets are Sunpatiens, Double Petunias, and ferns. We always have great tomatoes and boiled peanuts.

Evelyn K. Allen
Allen’s Dry Creek Market – 5617 Brantley Hwy – 
334-535-0150

Please be sure to note our new Chamber members and pass along pertinent information to friends and family……these are new businesses and we want them to be successful.And as always, SHOP LOCAL….SHOP CRENSHAW COUNTY…….USE CRENSHAW COUNTY SERVICES WHENEVER POSSIBLE !!Calendar:Saturday, April 6th – Spring Fling 19 – sponsored by Sherry Prevett, 13 on Fifth….9 a.m. til 1 p.m. at the corner of 5th and S. Forest…..vendors, live music, food and so much more!  Follow on Facebook for more information.
BRUNCH WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. The Luverne Public Library will hold “Brunch with the Easter Bunny”  on Saturday, April 13th from 9 – 11 a.m.. Children of all ages are encouraged to come by and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a light brunch. This event is free.  Don’t forget your camera!

Easter SON-rise service and community breakfast sponsored by Three In One Ministries and Living Water Coffee House.    We’ll be hosting a community SON-rise service and breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, April 21st,  at 6 AM. The service will be held in the pavilion next to the coffee house at 15 S. Forest Ave, Luverne, and afterwards breakfast will be served inside.  Pastor Dianne Richardson will be our guest speaker. She has been a good friend to us personally as well as to our ministry and we are so glad she’ll be with us.
Please make plans to be with us as we celebrate Resurrection Day!
Tuesday, April 23rd – American Cancer Society Relay For Life – CCA Gynmasium – Survivor dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by a luminary and torch ceremony.  Several honorary survivors will be recognized as well as Relay For Life’s Caregiver of the Year.  To nominate a Caregiver, please call 334-670-8174 for more information.
Thursday,  April 25 – Bobby Tomberlin & Friends Show…7-9 p.m.  Contact Lisa Rolling for ticket information at 334-300-7795.


by Carol
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March 2019 Newsletter 2

Jewelry Clearance Sale at The Trendsetter – sparkle into Spring with jewelry at The Trendsetter.….1332 S. Forest Ave, Luverne…….see Virginia for beautiful rings, bracelets, earrings and more….Friday and Saturday, March 8-9.   SHOP NOW!  See pictures on Chamber Facebook page

Events to Calendar:
Saturday, April 6th – Spring Fling 19 – sponsored by Sherry Prevett, 13 on Fifth….9 a.m. til 1 p.m. at the corner of 5th and S. Forest…..vendors, live music, food and so much more!  Follow on Facebook for more information.
BRUNCH WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. The Luverne Public Library will hold “Brunch with the Easter Bunny”  on Saturday, April 13th from 9 – 11 a.m.. Children of all ages are encouraged to come by and have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and enjoy a light brunch. This event is free.  Don’t forget your camera!

Tuesday, April 23rd – American Cancer Society Relay For Life – CCA Gynmasium – Survivor dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by a luminary and torch ceremony.  Several honorary survivors will be recognized as well as Relay For Life’s Caregiver of the Year.  To nominate a Caregiver, please call 334-670-8174 for more information.
Thursday,  April 25 – Bobby Tomberlin & Friends Show…7-9 p.m.  Contact Lisa Rolling for ticket information at 334-300-7795.


by Carol
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Chamber Newsletter March 1 2019



You are invited to the 3rd Annual Re-opening of Allen’s Dry Creek Market Tuesday, March 5! Fresh fruits and vegetables, plants,hanging baskets, succulents and more. Register for free gifts.

   Allen’s Dry Creek Market               5617 Brantley Hwy                (US 331 Between Brantley & Luverne)                       334-535-0150         Follow us on Facebook for       new arrivals and weekly specials    www.facebook.com/drycreekmarketVisit us for the freshest seasonal local grown produce. Hot Boiled Peanuts! Jams & Jellies! Starter plants and hanging baskets! Bulbs! Succulents! Decorative planters! And much, much more!
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                                                            New Member
The Chamber welcomes NEST EGG FARMS, LLC.  Amanda and Michael Hughes have joined the Chamber.  They live on County Rd 2278 in Glenwood and we are pleased to have them as members!! 
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                                                    Living Water Coffee House
Easter SON-rise Service and Community Breakfast
We’ll be hosting a community SON-rise service and breakfast on Easter Sunday morning, April 21st,  at 6 AM. The service will be held in the pavilion next to the coffee house at 15 S. Forest Ave, Luverne, and afterwards breakfast will be served inside.  Pastor Dianne Richardson will be our guest speaker. She has been a good friend to us personally as well as to our ministry and we are so glad she’ll be with us.
Please make plans to be with us as we celebrate Resurrection Day!
The Living Water Coffee House is the physical home of our ministry. We’re open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 til about lunch every day. Those hours vary though, because we try to be available to those who need us- so some days, we may be open all day, and of course, some days we may need to closed.
We serve coffee, soft drinks and snacks, of course, but we also work as an unofficial welcome center for Luverne and Crenshaw County. We feature books by several local area authors, including Bob Perdue, Pat Perdue Davis, Danny Hall, James Brown, Nancy Petrey, Gary Warren Mitchell, Michelle Gibbons and Rhett Barbaree.
We also offer artwork by local artists Vicki Billings, Kecia Ellis, Gary Warren Mitchell, Paula Cook and Alisha Merritt.  New items we’ve just started featuring are jewelry by Vicki Billings, craftwork by Linda Tadlock and bamboo pieces by Bob Perdue.
Besides having Bible studies, biker church and our monthly meetings, we allow other groups to host activities in the coffee house.  These have included women’s conferences, book signings and club meetings. All we ask for is a love offering, which helps us stay successful and still allows access to more groups.  We’d love to talk to you about hosting your event – we think your group will enjoy it and we’ll enjoy having you! 

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Events to calendar:
Tuesday, March 12 – Luverne Public Library Dinner Theater
Saturday, April 6th – Spring Fling 19 – sponsored by Sherry Prevett, 13 on Fifth….9 a.m. til 1 p.m. at the corner of 5th and S. Forest…..vendors, live music, food and so much more!
Thursday,  April 25 – Bobby Tomberlin & Friends Show…7-9 p.m.  Contact Lisa Rolling for ticket information at 334-300-7795.                                                               

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As Spring approaches and we begin sprucing up our lawns and gardens, please don’t forget to SHOP LOCAL at 4Byrds Hardware in Brantley, Luverne Hardware, Luverne Cash & Carry and Luverne Coop and Allens Dry Creek Market for plants, fertilizer, seeds,  tools, and all things necessary to make the world beautiful.  And Re-Imagined has unique yard art items…….Depot Designs has door hangers and more……. This N That Antiques is a must stop…..just look around Crenshaw County for special, creative shops and stops…….the County has it all!!!                                     SHOP CRENSHAW COUNTY!