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The mission of the Crenshaw County Chamber of Commerce is to create programs and events that will help retain and expand the existing business communities, attract new businesses and residents, and improve the quality of life in Crenshaw County.
We invite you to explore these pages, follow our Calendar of Events and visit the many communities in Crenshaw County, including Luverne, Brantley, Highland Home, Dozier, Glenwood. You will find friendly people, outstanding educational opportunities, sports programs, Senior Citizen outreach, outstanding medical, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, and retail and industry to benefit everyone.
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Citizen of the Year
The Chamber Board of Directors is excited to announce that Mayor Bernie Sullivan of Brantley has been chosen as the 2020 Chamber Citizen of the Year. The banquet date is set for Thursday, February 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the DEI Center at the Luverne United Methodist Church. Invitations will go out in the next couple of weeks and reservations will be required as usual at $25 per person or $175 per table of 8 guests. We will send more information as the date gets closer, but you will want to calendar this event and respond as soon as your invitation is received.
AMEA SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION
We are attaching AMEA Scholarship information again and reminding you that the deadline for submitting an application is Monday, February 3rd. All the information is in the attached letter from AMEA and the forms that are required. Please pass this information along to friends or family who have a student who would be eligible.
SHOP LOCAL REMINDER
Now that the holidays are over, maybe you saw something while shopping for gifts that you just can’t get out of your mind……or maybe you received a Christmas gift that will allow you to purchase needed furniture or household items or “special wants” ……as always the Chamber requests that you Shop Local and we have great places in Crenshaw County to do just that……
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As we remind you with every newsletter, SHOPPING LOCAL is our passion. Now that the holidays have passed and you are probably having SALES, please send us information on special pricing you have, dates for special sales, etc. We want to help you by publishing the sales to all Chamber members. Your Chamber has over 100 member businesses so the opportunity to “spread the word” is significant. Newsletter emails are broken down into four (4) groups, and members share with their employees, so don’t miss the opportunity to increase business with shopping information.
SHOP LOCAL SHOP LOCAL SHOP LOCAL SHOP LOCAL
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
We hope your Christmas was awesome and filled with family and friends, food and fun.
Looking forward to the new year, our first big event will be the Citizen of the Year nomination and banquet.
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Girls Night Out
Kathy Smyth and ReImagined are sponsoring a “Girls Night Out” on Tuesday, December 3rd from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.. See the Flyer attached for details.The following stores will be open and will be offering special sales, discounts, snacks, etc.: Pippin Winery (10% discount), Southern Rose Cottage, Main Street Bargains, Living Water Coffee Shop, Angelia’s Florist, Depot Designs, Flowers by Michelle, Grammy’s Attic, Main Street Sweets, The Carriage House, 13 on 5th Antiques, ReImagined, DSA Graphics, Nails by Tara, The Trendsetter, Lox Hair Studio & Spa, Allen’s Dry Creek Market, The Rooster and the Rose. You will want to join Kathy and shoppers for a Dutch Treat Dinner at Preston’s at 6:30 with door prize drawings at 7:00 p.m. Whoopee – a Shopping Spree!!
Monday, December 2nd – The annual Visit With Santa will be held at the Luverne Public Library from 3-6 p.m. Santa will come in on the firetruck to visit with kids of all ages. Stop by the Library and pick up a letter to Santa to bring back for the visit. Each child will receive a small gift from Santa and the Friends of the Library will serve snacks. A beautiful backdrop makes great Christmas pictures!
Tuesday, December 3rd – Ribbon Cutting at Pre’s Sweets n Things – corner of Hwy 331 and Hwy 29 – celebrate this wonderful new bakery – 10/30 a.m. . is the time for the ribbon cutting and Grand Opening.
Friday, December 6 – 12 noon – Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for Southern Rose Cottage at 61 S. Forest Avenue. Have you seen the beautiful windows……this building is once again glorious…..join Angel Strickland and her staff as they formally open the doors…..
Saturday, December 7th – Crenshaw County Chamber Annual Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting. Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. – registration of floats is required for judging. Call 335-4468 to register your float. Hot chocolate will be sold in the Open Air Plaza at 15 S. Forest Ave, Ray Hilburn and the Crenshaw County Cattlemen’s Association will have rib-eye sandwiches for sale at Welch’s Station location; a Children’s movie will be shown after the parade in the Open Air Plaza. Santa pictures at the Pepsi Pavillion at 4 p.m. – $5 – Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be here to greet you!
Tuesday, December 10th – the Christmas Sweets and Treats event will be held at the Luverne Public Library from 6 – 8 p.m. Join the Friends of the Library and enjoy delicious finger foods while supporting the Luverne Public Library. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Library or from Members of the Friends group.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – The Friendly City Homecoming Christmas Show with Kevin Sport and Chris Smith….mark your calendar. Place: LUMC DEI Center…Time: 6-8 p.m. This is a dinner theater event, catered by The Old Barn Restaurant…..tickets $25 per person for dinner and show….tickets available at First Citizens Bank or call 334-300-7795 for reservations. Call early to get your tickets…..this is a very special production. Produced by Sessa Productions, Lisa S. Rolling. See flyers on store windows and attached.
Thursday, December 12 – Ribbon Cutting at Norma Helen’s Deli – 4 p.m. – if you have not had lunch at Norma Helen’s, you are missing a treat!
We hope you enjoy the calendar – please let us know of other events that can be posted – and let us know that you read about new members, events, etc. As always, the Chamber supports SHOPPING IN CRENSHAW COUNTY and SUPPORTING LOCAL RETAIL BUSINESSES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS…They depend on you.
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Chamber Christmas Parade
The 2019 Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7th and will begin under the lights in downtown Luverne at 5:30 p.m. We are excited to again bring the parade to the evening hour after so many positive comments of last year. Lineup will begin at 4 p.m. at the Old Armory at 6th and Franklin Streets.
We are asking that all floats be registered by either calling the Chamber office or completing the form attached to the link provided. While we are only requiring floats to be registered for judging purposes, we would appreciate anyone entering the parade to register as well. We love knowing who will be in the parade in advance. Link for registration:
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Chamber Golf Tournament – Was held on Monday, October 14th at the Luverne Country Club. Congratulations to the winning team, Kilcrease, Kilcrease and Weed. Thanks to Foster Carpenter and Al Snellgrove for managing the event and for all the work involved. Also thanks to Chamber Board members Kay Franklin and Jackie Powell and Jimmy Johnson for all their work during the lunch and tournament. Thanks to Ray Hilburn for manning the grill…. The Chamber appreciates all who donated door prizes and the Belles and Beaus who helped with that part of the event….and special thanks to Superfood, Rameys and Chicken Shack for making our lunch a treat!! It was a great “no sun” day and 51 golfers participated in this, our second annual tournament, which supports our scholarship program for Belles and Beaus.
ENCORE REHABILITATION, INC. is locating in the building previously occupied by Infinity at 852 S. Forest Avenue. We welcome Brandi Boutwell, DPT, Clinic Director and staff. Stop by and welcome them to their new facility, which adds another dimension to health care in Crenshaw County.
COMFORT CARE HOSPICE OF GREENVILLE has rejoined the Chamber. We welcome them back. Kayla Fulton, Administrator, will be happy to answer any questions at phone number 334-383-9688.Splash Pad Hearing: Report from Luverne City Hall: You can go sign your support for the idea or oppose the idea for the next two weeks. So if you have an interest, please stop by City Hall and add your signature.
from Luverne Cash & Carry: Last two days for their Building Supply Sale – ends tomorrow, October 19th. Don’t miss out on special prices – Flyer attached.
October 26, 2019 – Painting Class at LIVING WATER COFFEE HOUSE – 2-4 p.m. – Call Beth Rogers at 334-546-8312 to register – fun event – details on the project to be announced – follow on Facebook. Stop in the Coffee House weekdays and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. til 11:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, gifts to purchase, books by local authors, paintings and so much more….15 S. Forest Avenue where the big coffee mugs live…..
from LBWCC: Crocheted Christmas Ornaments – Class begins November 4th – Deadline to register: October 28th…SEE ATTACHED FLYER for details
Allens Dry Creek Market just announced a price reduction on large bags of butter beans and white cream peas…hurry before they are all gone…..price slashed from $38 to $30…between Luverne and Brantley at 5617 Brantley Highway. Follow them on Facebook.
Calendar:Treats On Us – Thursday, October 31 – Pepsi Pavilion in downtown Luverne – starts at 5:30 p.m. – kids games, tables of treats sponsored by local businesses, costume judging – a really safe and entertaining place to celebrate. If you want to have a table, contact the Chamber office at 335-4468 or Gary Mitchell at 301-3337
Thursday, November 21, 2019 – Crenshaw County Extension HOLIDAY FAIR – 4 p.m. – Tom Harbin Center on Airport Road….if you are interested in participating, please call extension office at 334-335-6568.
Thursday, December 12, 2019 – The Friendly City Homecoming Christmas Show with Kevin Sport and Chris Smith....mark your calendar. Place: LUMC DEI Center….Time: To be Announced: Produced by Sessa Productions, Lisa S. Rolling. More Details to follow.We hope you enjoy the calendar – please let us know of other events that can be posted – and let us know that you read about new members, events. etc. As always, the Chamber supports SHOPPING IN CRENSHAW COUNTY and SUPPORTING LOCAL RETAIL BUSINESSES AND SERVICE PROVIDERS……They depend on you!!!
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From Mayor Ed Beasley, City of Luverne: IMPORTANT! See Attachment!
Please attend a special meeting tomorrow evening, October 16th, at City Hall, Luverne, Alabama at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of a discussion regarding a proposed improvement to the community recreational facilities in the form of a Splash Pad at E. L. Turner Park. Information will be given and the public is invited to voice their opinion at this meeting or submit written comments at a later date. Please attend this meeting as this would be a wonderful new entertainment place for our kids. Public involvement and input is sought after for this project. The City gets points for every name on the attendance list. Please share this post and ask parents/grandparents/neighbors to attend.
from LBW Community College: Attached is information on Scholarships available for those interested in the automotive industry. Flyer attached. Please pass this information on to friends or family who may be interested. ******************
Calendar information will be in the next newsletter. If you are enjoying this newsletter, please hit “reply” to Chamber email address and let us know.
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Crenshaw County Bicentennial Maker’s Market Festival and Celebration – Saturday, October 12
The Bicentennial Committee is still accepting artists, crafters, authors, exhibitors, food vendors, specialized sellers, produce vendors, antique/collectible vendors, quilters, clothes Maker’s, canners, bakers and you name it for the Crenshaw County Bicentennial Maker’s Market Festival and Celebration this Saturday. We currently have 27 vendors/exhibitors and more every day, but we would love to have many more . Also spread the news for shoppers. We want this to be a huge success and for everyone to have a great time. See attached poster for more information – kids events, music all day, special music at 10 a.m. – don’t miss this great celebration!!!!!
Papa’s Place – Brantley
Open – lots of pumpkins and more – see attached picture – drive down and pick out your fall decorations.
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Luverne Cash & Carry– Building Material Sale – October 3 – Oct. 19 – Flyer attached. If you have any projects in mind, this is a great time to check out the prices on the attached flyer.
Norma Helen’s Deli – Don’t forget to stop in and welcome Michelle and have a bite while you are there. Attached is the menu we got before she opened – some items may have changed.
Viva Medicare will have an informational meeting on October 24 at 9 a.m. in the John D. Harrison Cultural Center at 3 S. Forest Avenue, Luverne. Tori Towle will be here to answer all your questions. SEE ATTACHED FLYER for contact information. Find out how to get more out of MEDICARE.
Saturday, October 5th – Sherry Prevett, 13 on Fifth Antiques & Collectibles, will have a Fall Festival …vendors, food, contests, music….and much more. Fifth Street and S. Forest Avenue, downtown Luverne.
Saturday, October 12 – Crenshaw County Bicentennial Makers Market & Celebration – See attached flyer. Books, Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors & Music all by Crenshaw County Residents and natives.October 14th – Monday – Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament – 10 am – See attached SCRAMBLE forms.
October 24 – Viva Medicare meeting – 9 a.m.
As always, we encourage you to shop local all over Crenshaw County. There are new faces in town and new signs on store fronts, so check them out…….and watch for new businesses in Luverne……opening in November.
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BULLETIN – Norma Helen’s Deli at 179 S. Forest Ave in Luverne is OPEN FOR LUNCH today – 10 a.m. We are excited for them as they have worked long and hard to be the newest restaurant in Luverne. Please remember Michele and her staff at lunch time. Their restaurant is located next to City Finance. If you attended the Taste of Crenshaw, you were treated to part of their menu……Congratulations on your opening!!
October 12, 2019 – Makers Market & Celebration – attached is a vendor application and a copy of the flyer detailing the events scheduled at this Bicentennial event. Please forward the vendor application to anyone you know who does fund raising and would like an opportunity to have a booth, or to any crafter or artist you may know. It’s not too late to be involved. This is a Crenshaw County event however, crafters from adjoining counties can participate. Music all day with several bands and music groups participating, kids activities include inflatables at the Baptist Church and a movie at 7 p.m. in the Open Air Plaza; a Farmers Market willl be on the grounds at the Luverne United Methodist Church; local authors will have their books for sale; and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. – tickets $10 – and all on S. Glenwood Avenue in front of the Courthouse. Share this information with friends and family for a great, fun filled day.