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07/01/2014 – UPDATED! – The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the official Ribbon-Cutting – Credit Central, LLC,

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20140701-112829-41309910.jpgMegan McGaughy – Branch Manager

20140701-113318-41598252.jpgCredit Central, LLC, – Ribbon Cutting



The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the official ribbon cutting as Credit Central, LLC, located at 149 Military Street South (former Weavers Hardware building) officially opens for business on Tuesday, July 1st. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9 a.m.

Credit Central is a welcome addition to Hamilton, especially downtown Hamilton, and now has over 100 stores in five states. Their office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Their telephone number is 1-205-921-0226. Their website is http://www.creditcentralllc.com.

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Honda_Project_Drive-In_Logo_Bl_OgnGu-Win, AL. – 49 County News is committed to support an effort of The Blue Moon Drive-In Theatre located in Gu-Win, Alabama to keep its screens filled with movies you love. At the end of 2013, 35mm movie reels will no longer be available to theaters and only digital files will be distributed. There are currently 368 drive-ins in operation in the United States, and many of them have yet to convert to digital projection, including the Blue Moon Drive-In. Honda recently launched Project Drive-In and the Blue Moon Drive-In is hoping to be one of five drive-ins to receive a free digital projector.

Theaters that do not have a digital projector by the end of 2013 will no longer be able to show movies, thus forcing them to close unless they can spend approximately $75,000+ per screen to upgrade to digital projection. Honda wants to preserve this iconic part of American car culture and is helping drive-ins like the Blue Moon Drive-In by donating five digital projectors to be given away by Project Drive-In.

Drive-in movie fans and supporters can vote on which theaters to save. Project Drive-In will donate digital projectors to the top five vote receivers. Fansbadge_dark can vote for Blue Moon Drive-In Theatre once a day between now and September 9, 2013, at http://projectdrivein.com/vote_104. Votes can also be cast, one per day, by texting Vote104 to 444999.

Honda is also asking consumers to pledge to go see at least one movie at a local drive-in and then donate to the Project Drive-In fund to help those theaters survive economic hard times. To learn more about Project Drive-In, visit www.projectdrivein.com.

For more information on The Blue Moon Drive-In Theatre, call their movie line at 205-468-8046 or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bmdrivein

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August 23, 2013 at 3:27 PM

04/16/2013 – Ribbon Cutting, The Stop Market Express, Tuesday, April 16th 2013 – 12:00 p.m. (NOON)

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The Stop MarketHamilton, AL – Your presence is requested for the ribbon cutting ceremony for The Stop Market Express, located at 1586 Military Street South in Hamilton, on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. (NOON)

This full-service gas station, along with car wash and detail shop, is open!

Monday through Thursday,
6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,

Friday and Saturday
6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.,

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.,

Manager of The Stop Market Express is Roger Shotts. Telephone number is (205) 921-1157.

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce


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April 16, 2013 at 9:08 AM


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Hamilton, Ala. – The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Northwest Alabama Arts Council announce the ribbon cutting ceremonies for their new offices at 190 Military Street South in Hamilton on Thursday, April 4, at 4 p.m. An open house will follow until 6 p.m.

At 4 p.m., leaders of both organizations will participate in a short ceremony, including brief remarks and ribbon cutting. The public is invited to attend and tour the facilities. Light refreshments will be served.

There is limited parking at the location, and attendees are asked to park on Second Avenue Southwest, and also in the parking lot at the corner of Second Avenue Southwest and First Street Southwest (near the former Western Auto site).


MARLA MINTER – (205) 921-3632

CARRIE BOLTON – (205) 468-1370

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April 1, 2013 at 11:39 AM

2012 in review (49 County News – News Page)

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January 10, 2013 at 12:01 PM

01/11/2013 – Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting!

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The Hamilton Area Chamber of Commerce will host the ribbon cutting for the grand opening of The Dollar Tree on Friday, January 11, at 7:55 a.m. The store will open immediately following at 8 a.m.

The Dollar Tree is the newest business to open in the redevelopment of the Hamilton Heights Shopping Center, 1500 Military Street South in Hamilton.

The Dollar Tree’s hours will be Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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January 8, 2013 at 1:05 AM

11/14/2012 Four U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award

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Four U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2012 Baldrige National Quality Award
For Immediate Release: November 14, 2012

Contact: Michael E. Newman

Silver Anniversary Group Features Winners in Four Different Sectors

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank today named four U.S. organizations as recipients of the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership. The winners in this, the 25th anniversary year of the award, represent four different sectors, one repeat recipient and a health network recognized for the same honor earned previously by its flagship hospital.

The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients-listed with their category-are:

*Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas (manufacturing)
*MESA Products Inc., Tulsa, Okla. (small business)
*North Mississippi Health Services, Tupelo, Miss. (health care)
*City of Irving, Irving, Texas (nonprofit)
MESA previously received a Baldrige Award in 2006, also in the small business category. Another 2006 award winner, North Mississippi Medical Center in the health care category, is the primary hospital of this year’s much larger recipient, North Mississippi Health Services.

“The four organizations recognized today with the 2012 Baldrige Award are leaders in the truest sense of the word and role models that others in the health care, nonprofit and business sectors worldwide will strive to emulate,” said Acting Secretary Blank. “They have set the bar high for innovative practices, dynamic management, financial performance, outstanding employee and customer satisfaction, and, most of all, for their unwavering commitment to excellence and proven results.”

This year marks the silver anniversary of both the award and the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) that supports it. To date, more than 1,500 U.S. organizations have applied for the Baldrige Award, and there are Baldrige-based award programs in nearly all 50 states. Internationally, the program has served as a model for nearly 100 quality programs. A December 2011 study by Albert N. Link and John T. Scott measuring the Baldrige Program’s value to U.S. organizations conservatively estimated a benefit-to-cost ratio of 820 to 1, while a 2011 report by Thomson Reuters found that health care organizations that have won or been in the final review process for a Baldrige Award outperform other hospitals in all but one metric the company uses to determine its “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation (and were six times more likely to be among the top 100).

The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients were selected from a field of 39 applicants. All of the applicants were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results. The evaluation process for each of the recipients included about 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit by a team of examiners to clarify questions and verify information in the applications.

For the first time this year, Baldrige Award applicants were required to have previously received their state’s performance excellence award (see www.nist.gov/baldrige/2012_applications.cfm).

Another innovation added to the Baldrige Award process in 2012 is ability to recognize best practices in one or more of the Baldrige Criteria categories by organizations that are candidates for the award but are not selected as a winner (see http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/baldrige-062712.cfm). This year, the Baldrige judges have chosen to honor the following organizations (listed with the criteria for which they are being acknowledged):

*Maury Regional Medical Center, Columbia, Tenn. (strategic planning, workforce focus)
*Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Texas (leadership, customer focus)
*PricewaterhouseCoopers Public Sector Practice, McLean, Va. (leadership, workforce focus)
The 2012 Baldrige Award recipients are expected to be presented with their awards at an April 2013 ceremony in Baltimore, Md.

The BPEP is managed by the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in cooperation with the private sector. It also is a partner in the Baldrige Enterprise, which includes the private-sector Baldrige Foundation, the Alliance for Performance Excellence-a body made up of the 33-plus state, local, regional and sector-specific Baldrige-based programs serving nearly all 50 states; and ASQ, an international organization promoting quality. The program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessment tools and criteria; educates leaders in businesses, schools, health care organizations, and government and nonprofit organizations about the practices of national role models; and recognizes them with the Baldrige Award in six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit.

Thousands of organizations worldwide use the Baldrige Criteria to guide their operations, improve performance and get sustainable results. This proven improvement and innovation framework offers organizations an integrated approach to key management areas. The criteria are regularly updated to reflect the leading edge of validated management practice.

The Baldrige Award is not given for specific products or services. Since 1988, 93 organizations have received the award.

For more information, including profiles of the 2012 Baldrige Award recipients, go to http://www.nist.gov/baldrige.

As a non-regulatory agency of the Commerce Department, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

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November 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM


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November 7, 2012 at 9:24 AM

10/12/2012 – Hamilton COC Announces Ribbon Cutting For Goody’s!

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The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce announces!


Ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremonies for Goody’s
Hamilton Heights Shopping Center
Wednesday, November 7
8:45 a.m.

The store will open for business at 9 a.m., immediately following this event.  Goody’s is the first store of the Action Properties’ development in Hamilton which will open.

The new Goody’s store will be located in the “old” Piggly Wiggly Building, seen below in the Hamilton Heights Shopping Center, South of Hamilton, Alabama, located on Military Street South.

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October 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

02/06/2012 – Business Spotlight! – The Picket Fence, Hamilton, AL

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The Picket Fence
211 1st Ave. S.W.
Hamilton, AL
Cindy Hill
(256) 227-5480

We visited a local business this past week.  We’d like to ask you to go by and visit Cindy Hill and Dorothy Stewart at The Picket Fence Antique Mall in Hamilton.  It’s just behind the Sports Gallery at 211, 1st Ave. South West, Hamilton, Alabama.

We enjoyed the tour very much!  We saw so many beautiful things.  If you love antiques and old glassware as I do, then you will be amazed.  I could have browsed all day and never have gotten tired of looking!

Be sure and don’t miss The Picket Fence when you visit downtown Hamilton.  There are lots of changes going on in Hamilton.  Be sure to keep up with all of them!

Author:  Judy Webb Mays, jmays@49countynews.net



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February 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM

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