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TUSKEGEE/MACON COUNTY

RESOURCE GUIDE

Tuskegee Airmen Site Elevates Tourism Retail Grows and Creates Jobs Little League Football Scores Tourism Touchdown

HISTORY...HERITAGE...HOSPITALITY


the city of tuskegee... PeRfect foR A BAckyARD “BReAk-cAtioN” Not so long ago, we never would have thought that driving to places that are close to where we live would amount to much of a vacation. We felt that if it weren’t several states or countries away to the beaches in the Carribean Islands or mountains in Montana or wine country in California, it just wasn’t a real break from the everyday grind. But now the cost of travel makes us think twice about jumping on an airplane to get to a destination. Airline ticket prices are sky high and airline companies are charging for everything from baggage to peanuts. Driving is not much better when gas prices fluctuate unpredictably; so, it’s time to take a different approach. We don’t have to give up the pleasure of a great vacation. We just have to cut back on the number of miles we travel. Here in Tuskegee, we have something for everyone, making a perfect place for a “break-cation” right outside your backyard. We have history, culture, hiking, hunting, bird watching, festivals, museums, parks, lakes, vineyards, historic homes, national forests and many other tourism assets for enjoyment and enlightenment.

A list of Tuskegee/Macom County’s tourism assets includes: • All Macon County Day Celebration (August-Tuskegee)

• Macon County Historic Courthouse (Built in 1907)

• Bartram Trail: (Tuskegee National Forest)

• Moton Field Airport (Home of the Tuskegee Airmen)

• Booker T. Washington’ Home Church

• Rosa Parks Birthplace

• BPA Labor Day Fly-In (September- Moton Field)

• Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church

• Burial Site of Booker T. Washington

• Taska Recreation Area: (Tuskegee National Forest)

• Burial Site of Dr. George Washington Carver

• Tsinia Wildlife Viewing Area: (Tuskegee National Forest)

• Camp Watts (Confederate Soldiers Training Site/Hospital)

• Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site (Museum)

• George Washington Carver Arts & Crafts Festival (May)

• Tuskegee Downtown Historic District

• George Washington Carver Museum

• Tuskegee History Center

• Harris Barrett School (Rosenwald School)

• Tuskegee National Forest

• Historic Homes

• Tuskegee University

• Juneteenth Celebration (June-Tuskegee)

• The Oaks (Booker T. Washington’s Family Home)

• Lake Tuskegee

• Whippoorwill Vineyards

• Lionel Richie’s Home (Grammy Award Winner)

All of this can be visited on ONE TANK OF GAS. Let’s “break-cation” in our own backyard!

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Tuskegee/Macon County Newcomers Information TUSKEGEE, the home of Tuskegee University, is located 40 miles east of Montgomery, Alabama. The population is approximately 9,500, including approximately 3,200 students at the University. Tuskegee is “the cradle of Black Aviation” in America. Visitors will find Tuskegee a city with many historic homes, a topography of rolling hills, spruce pines, lakes, streams and meadows. Automobile Registration - Newcomers to

the Tuskegee area should register their vehicles at the County Revenue office, 213 N. Main Street, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Bring your title or payment book and registration. 334.720.0527 D r i v e r ’s L i c e n s e - I f m o v i n g t o Alabama from another state, you may o b t a i n a d r i v e r ’s l i c e n s e u p o n establishing residence. The Driver’s License Examiner’s Office is located in the Gomillion Building, 302 S. Main Street. Open Thursdays only. Utility Connections - Electricity, water and sewage are supplied by the Utilities Board of Tuskegee. Newcomers should apply in person at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex, 101 Fonville Street. Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A deposit is required. 334.720.0700 or w w w . yourubt.com Applications for gas service should be made in person at the business office of Alabama Gas Corporation (ALAGASCO), 1441 Gateway, Opelika, Alabama between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. A minimum meter deposit of $100.00 is required. You may contact ALAGASCO at 1.800.811.7703 Telephone service is provided by AT&T. Call Customer Service at 1.800.757.6500 for information 2

about how to establish service for your home and /or business. Charter Communications - For cable services call 1.888.438.2427 Voter Registration - To register to vote in state or local elections, apply in person at the Macon County Board of Registrars, County Courthouse, 101 E. Northside, Room 105, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A picture ID is required. 334.727.5545 CHURCHES There are about 130 Protestant Churches and one Roman Catholic Church located in the Tuskegee area, representing most major denominations. CIVIC AND SERVICE CLUBS Tuskegee has an abundance of civic and service organizations in the area. Among them are Lions, Rotary, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Red Cross, Optimist, American Association of University Women, YMCA and the Tuskegee Civic Association. BANKING PNC Bank and First Tuskegee Bank are two major banking institutions in the area. The Tuskegee Federal Credit Union also serves the community. TRANSPORTATION Tuskegee has one local airport, Moton Field, five miles east of the city with a 5,100-foot lighted runway, fuel availabillity, tie downs and terminal facilities. Charter flights and private plane storage areas are available. Interstate 85, U.S. Highways 80 and 29, and Alabama Highways 15 and 81 are routed through Tuskegee. CONVENTION FACILITIES The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center is a full-service conference center with more than 17,000 square feet of meeting space, stateof-the-art audiovisual equipment and more than 110 luxuriously

appointed guest rooms and suites. The conference service staff will arrange meetings, banquets and speacial activities for groups of all sizes. TUSKEGEE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES - Are located on Old Montgomery Road on the Tuskegee University campus. The Oaks, Booker T. Washington’s home and the George Washington Carver Museum are operated by the National Park Service as administrative and exhibit areas for the visiting public. Guided Tours of the Oaks are available. Walking and driving tours of the City are available with the Tuskegee History Center downtown and the Tuskegee historic square. Tuskegee University campus historic district tour is also available through the University. The grave sites of Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver are located on the University campus. Historic markers are located at Butler Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, where Tuskegee University was started; The Macon County Courthouse and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum at Historic Moton Field are also available for tours.

SEASONAL EVENTS • Mardi Gras Tuskegee Style • Carver Arts and Crafts Festival • Memorial Day Fly-In • All Macon County Day • The BPA Kids Adventure Labor Day Fly-In • Tuskegee University hosts a number of annual events. The calendar of events can be found at www.tuskegee.edu


TUSKEGEE

Downtown Tuskegee, AL

The Epitome of HISTORY...HERITAGE...HOSPITALITY TUSKEGEE was incorporated in 1843. The momentum that occurred during the rest of the 1800's established the City's reputation as an educational powerhouse. TUSKEGEE has wisely preserved its history while simultaneously preparing for the years ahead. Today, it still has old world charm, with a city center dominated by the town square. There you will find a serene park, quaint storefronts and genuine southern hospitality. The future will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity that will include healthy nurturing of tourism by business

and government leaders and friendly overtures to tourists.We hope you take us seriously when we say “it's time to rediscoverTuskegee.” TUSKEGEE, the home of Tuskegee University, is located 40 miles east of M o n t g o m e r y. T h e p o p u l a t i o n i s approximately 10,000, including a p p r o x i mately 3,000 students at Tuskegee University. Tuskegee is “the cradle of Black aviation” in America and home of the famous Tuskegee Airmen. Visitors will find Tuskegee a beautiful city with a topography of rolling hills, spruce pines, lakes and meadows. Tuskegee Airmen Museum

Macon County Courthouse The Oaks - Home of Booker T. Washington

Tuskegee University

For More Information Contact: City of Tuskegee • 334-72-0500 or visit: www.tuskegeealabama.org


President Bernice Frazier, along with city leadership and youth of Tuskegee and Tallassee, Alabama for Martin L. King Day of Service

Southern Christian Leadership Foundation, Inc. To promote and impact sustainable and healthy communities' through development and implementation of wellness, and educational initiatives. "Improving Today for a Better Tomorrow - Promise - Purpose - Progress!"

SCL Foundation philosophy is to value our families and teach them the tenants of QUANTUM RESPONSIBILITY. “Silence Is Sinful HIV/AIDS Initiative” is the current signature health program of the Foundation. We are currently in a partnership with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Act Against AIDS leadership Initiative (AAALI) since 2009. This partnership enables us to extend our reach directly into the communities we serve daily with important and relevant life-saving information. We are also seeking to refocus national attention on the HIV crisis in the U.S. and remind our communities that HIV is still deadly, difficult and costly.

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Contents

FROM THE PUBLISHER Even though I am the publisher of this magazine, I still enjoy reading it from the first page to the last. The content ranges from an airport that serves double duty to World War II warriors in the sky — an artist with a worldclass pedigree to champions in the world of Little League sports — growth in the economic sector to grass as an agricultural asset. This magazine has me grateful that I can be a tourist in my own backyard and makes me proud to promote this community as a tourism destination. Many visitors will descend on Alabama in 2015 and Tuskegee/Macon County has much to offer them.

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Backyard Break-cation

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Newcomer’s Information

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Moton Field

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Michelangelo of This Generation

Though it is a somber centennial, Booker T. Washington, the first president of Tuskegee University, died on November 15, 1915 making 2015 exactly 100 years since he passed.

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In keeping with American ideals of freedom and equality, a Tuskegee native initiated changes that made this country better for all citizens. Born in Tuskegee, Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 in the City of Montgomery for refusing to obey an unjust law governing the city bus line. Her bold and courageous act sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which lasted 381 days. The 60th anniversary of that iconic Civil Rights experience occurs in 2015.

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And the Tuskegee connection to the Montgomery Bus Boycott extends even further. Attorney Fred Gray, an esteemed Tuskegee citizen and respected lawyer litigated and won the case involving Rosa Parks.

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Dr. George Washington Carver’s Museum

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Tuskegee Junior Tigers

Tuskegee is steeped in profundities that involve individuals and institutions. Our local newspaper, The Tuskegee News, has been keeping an eye on the community and reporting the news since 1865. Triumph trumped tragedy the day scorching flames destroyed the building. Incredibly, the publishers still printed that week’s newspaper in spite of the extensive damage. The 150th anniversary that occurs in 2015 is a testament to the burning will to persevere.

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THE RIDGE

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Economic Development

23-24 Their Grass is Greener 25-26 Tuskegee Airmen - Hangars 1 and 2

31-32 A Town On The Move

PUBLISHER

Noah Anthony Hopkins

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR AND WRITER Karin Hopkins

We learn from great moments in our past and pause on milestone anniversaries to show honor and respect. As custodians of precious history, we commend the National Park Service (NPS), which does an excellent job of maintaining national treasures located in our community, including the venue dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen. We keep life balanced by also devoting resources to growth. Throughout Tuskegee and Macon County several new businesses have opened, some are under construction and established enterprises like our award-winning winery keep going strong. All of this activity boosts revenues and ultimately gives consumers more options.

EDITOR

Janet Sullen

ART DIRECTOR/GRAPHIC DESIGN Noah Anthony Hopkins

PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHER Noah Anthony Hopkins

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Monika Watkins Photography Frank H. Lee Alan Ingram

COMMUNITY TOURISM NETWORK, INC.

In this edition of the Tuskegee/Macon County Tourism Resource Guide, we look back at our glorious history while also acknowledging our impressive progress.

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Welcome to this edition of THE TOURISM RESOURCE GUIDE.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Enjoy! Noah Anthony Hopkins Publisher

Guy Rhodes Amy Ledbetter Shari Williams Harold Powell

*Historic photos courtesy of Tuskegee University Archives

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Moton field...a

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functional airport, a historical treasure

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s an airport, it is a first-class facility that offers quality amenities. It is also among the assets that economic development consultants use to recruit industries and jobs to Tuskegee and Macon County. Moton Field Municipal Airport is owned by the City of Tuskegee and is located only three miles from the city’s downtown. In April of 2008 The City selected Golden Eagle Aviation as the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) to ensure that pilots have what they need when they utilize Moton Field including GPS approach, aircraft detailing and painting, hangar and down service, pilot’s lounge and snooze comforts, Internet access, executive conference room, concierge services and FAA certified mechanics and flight training. The runway is slightly more than 5,000 feet and is large enough to accommodate jet airplanes. All approach lighting and other physical hardware...the "nuts and bolts" of the Airport are provided by the City of Tuskegee.

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Moton Field is the host site for two (2) annual aviation events. The Memorial Day Fly-in, held the Friday and Saturday prior to the Monday holiday, is sponsored by the City of Tuskegee. The Kid's Adventure Labor Day Fly-in held in the fall, is co-sponsored by the Golden Hawks of Tuskegee, a Chapter of the Black Pilots of America (BPA), Golden Eagle Aviation, and the City of Tuskegee. These events introduce children and young adults to the world of aviation and possible career choices in the aviation industry such as commercial pilot, aircraft mechanic, meteorology and air traffic control. The fly-in draws pilots from near and far who value the

Trucks are ready to refuel aircrafts with premium fuel sold at Moton Field

Moton Field also provides 10 individual hangars for rent to store your aircraft

This hangar is name for Chief Alfred C. Anderson, the pilot that Eleanor Roosevelt choose to fly with when visiting the Tuskegee Airmen training camp

academic support for the Tuskegee Airmen training program. Moton Field always will be associated with the Tuskegee Airmen. Their Top right: Children ready for plane ride, Top left: Skydiver coming in for landing, legacy inspired the federal Bottom: Children signing up for airplane rides. government to create the safety briefings by the Tuskegee Airmen National FAA and maintenance Historic Site, located at inspections. Most of the Moton Field. It is a major tourist attraction that gives pilots also participate visitors a connection with these great warriors of the in giving the children sky who served with tremendous courage during airplane rides. Last year World War II. The story of the Tuskegee Airmen has more than 170 children been told many times in books and movies including experienced the joy of Red Tails, produced by George Lucas and released in FAA briefing in session flight. 2012. As the state of Alabama targets new sectors for job Citizens in Tuskegee can be proud of this city’s growth, Moton Field positions the region favorably for contribution to American history, education, aviation related economic activities. architecture, agriculture, civil rights, entertainment As a historical treasure, Moton Field has and of course military service and aviation. As we sterling credentials. It is named after Robert Russa think about Tuskegee in the context of Moton, the second president of Tuskegee Institute, significance, blessings and resources, we can (now Tuskegee University). Moton provided definitely place Moton Field Airport on the list. 8


The Michelangelo of This Generation T

uskegee, which is well known for its historical and academic icons is also the home base of an extraordinary artist — Dr. Ronald McDowell. Born and raised in California, he moved to Tuskegee in 1986 and was so warmly embraced, he stayed. But no single place can contain an artist of his magnitude. And through his artworks, which encompass every medium, he is internationally esteemed. A few years after he settled in Tuskegee he was named Artist In Residence, a role created to give city leaders access to his creative genius for public art projects. It was a wise move on their part. When he sculpts a statue, the fine details are breathtaking. Visiting The *Eddie Kendrick(s) Memorial Park, which features life-sized bronze figures sculpted by Dr. McDowell, is awe inspiring. The park, dedicated on October 16, 1999 is in downtown Birmingham on the site of the former Brock’s Drugs building. Dr. McDowell artistically portrays *Eddie Kendrick(s) crooning into a microphone accompanied by his fellow Temptations, perfectly synchronized in a performance pose.

*The“s”wasaddedtoKendrickafterhebecameanentertainer.

Bronze statue memorializing Eddie Kendrick(s) and The Temptations SculptedbyDr.RonaldMcDowell

Dr. Ronald McDowell

He also created a statue in the historic Civil Rights District in Birmingham honoring the foot soldiers who in the 1960’s, were on the frontlines of the fight for freedom and justice. Dr. McDowell is blessed with an amazing ability to interpret a wide range of subjects using a variety of 9


materials. He has painted portraits of almost every president at Tuskegee University. He also painted the portraits of every musician inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame where these works of art are magnificently displayed. During the time he worked at Motown in Los Angeles, he crossed paths with all of the stars that worked for the record label including Michael Jackson. Michael asked Dr. McDowell to instruct him regarding art techniques and Dr. McDowell taught art lessons to Michael Jackson for 12 years. Also, Dr. McDowell was an art consultant to Michael Jackson on the “Thriller” album. His commissioned portraits become family heirlooms. He is also gifted with creating abstract paintings and montages, which blend multiple images into a single cohesive work of art. In 2014, he created a montage celebrating the life and legacy of Reverend William Greason — military hero, baseball pioneer and beloved church pastor. A l s o i n 2 0 1 4 , Dr. McDowell created a stunning montage for the Motown Heroes and Legends Awards Silver Anniversary. He says, “it is both humbling and rewarding to receive the praise and accolades that have been showered on me.” In 2006, he received an honorary doctorate from the University at West Alabama. With more than 2,000 works of art, he has been called "The Michelangelo of This Generation” and plans to continue creating even more art. His vision for Tuskegee includes a park dedicated to a famous native daughter — Rosa Parks, Mother of the Civil Rights Movement. If city officials approve his plan, he will sculpt a statue of Rosa Parks in a sitting position, reminiscent of her posture in 1955 as she sat on the Montgomery city bus, refusing to give up her seat to obey an unjust law. He proposes this statue as a focal point in a peaceful green space h e d r e a m s w i l l b e established in Tuskegee to be called the Rosa Parks 10

Statue honoring an iconic moment in Civil Rights HistorySculptedbyDr.RonaldMcDowell

PortraitofBookerT.WashingtonpaintedbyDr. McDowell

MichaelJacksonwasacollectorofDr.McDowell's artaswellasanartstudentandclosefriend

Dr.McDowellistheOfficialArtistfortheAlabama MusicHallofFame Conceptual possibility of the Rosa Parks statue proposed for Tuskegee Sketch by Dr.RonaldMcDowell

Memorial Plaza. And if city officials agree, the statue will be unveiled in December 2015 in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, an iconic Civil Rights event that was activated by Rosa Parks — a Tuskegee native. Under the direction of Dr. Ronald McDowell, this project could become another landmark in Tuskegee, patronized by local citizens and visitors. In his hands, raw material will be transformed into a masterpiece honoring Rosa Parks and the statue

will be the perfect anchor for the Rosa Parks Memorial Plaza. Let’s applaud this great concept and the artist who birthed it — Dr. Ronald McDowell.

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150 YEARS

AND COUNTING

When Fire Destroyed Tuskegee News By GUY RHODES

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hen the phone rang at 5:30 on the morning of Feb. 10, 2004, my first reaction was “this can’t be good news.” It wasn’t. My reporter Jacquelyn Carlisle was on the line. She informed me that The Tuskegee News’ office on Eastside Street in downtown Tuskegee about 50 yards from the Macon County Courthouse was on fire. Also being engulfed by the blaze -- found later to be from an electrical issue -were the law office of noted civil rights attorney Fred Gray Sr., the Prince Hall Masonic Lodge No. 150 and the Macon-Russell (counties) Community Action Agency.

Photo by Guy Rhodes

Fire departments from Tuskegee, the Tuskegee VA Hospital, Tallassee and nearly a dozen volunteer groups from throughout Macon County were able to prevent the fire from spreading to the Goodyear Auto Center located next to the Community Action Agency. The Tuskegee News, Gray Law Firm and Community Action Agency were completely destroyed. Lost were the newspaper’s archives of documents, photos and bound volumes of editions going back decades.

In addition to his firm’s ongoing legal work, Gray lost numerous historic documents and pictures from his illustrious legal career that dates back to his being the attorney for Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in the mid-1950s when future Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. King first came to prominence. Moments after receiving the phone call from Carlisle, I placed a call to the newspaper’s owner Paul Davis, a long-time award-winning journalist, at his home in Auburn. I left my house in Opelika and headed to Tuskegee. I could see smoke rising into the early-morning drizzling sky from miles away on Interstate 85. Tuskegee and Macon County officials joined Davis, Gray and community residents in watching the inferno that the various fire departments had begun getting under control after several hours. However, all was not lost. The Tuskegee News’ financial and some of its editorial operations were located at an office in Auburn that formerly housed the Auburn Bulletin which Davis had purchased years earlier when he acquired The Tuskegee News. The deadline for our weekly Thursday press run was Wednesday morning. We had the rest of Tuesday to get the paper ready. We did not miss our deadline and those in the community purchased nearly every copy of The Tuskegee News that was printed. Before the day was over, the newspaper had received offers from other newspapers to provide computers and whatever else was needed to help us get by. Fortunately, we had some computers in our Auburn office. A local businessman offered us office space that we would not need for long. Months earlier The Tuskegee News, in partnership with local architect Roland Vaughan, had purchased an old hardware store a block away across the square on South Main Street. The building was within a couple of months of being renovated with The Tuskegee News opening the new office in May. The Community Action Agency moved to the old Lakeshore Clinic on the shore of Lake Tuskegee. After operating from a temporary location, the Gray Law Firm moved into a brand new building that occupies the space formerly occupied by the law office, The Tuskegee News and the Community Action Agency. That horrific day 10 years ago is now a distant memory. The Tuskegee News is celebrating its 150th year of Con’t on next page

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reporting news in Tuskegee and Macon County and Fred Gray is marking his 60th year of practicing law after reaching the age of 84 in December 2014. The Tuskegee News has risen from the ashes from that fateful day to continue what we do – serving as the news source for Tuskegee and Macon County.

Looking Back 150 Years

gerrymandering of voting districts in Tuskegee became landmark decisions that reached the United States Supreme Court. TuskegeeVAHealthCareEntrance All was not good during that era as the battle for civil rights continued and the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study began in 1932 and wouldn not end until 1972 as more than 400 black Macon County residents were unknowingly not treated for syphilis as part of a U.S. Government study. rom 1966 through 2014 in the third 50-year span of The Tuskegee News, the emergence of black elected officials were in many instances a product of Macon County. Elected were the first black sheriff in the Deep South and first black members of the Alabama Legislature since Reconstruction. The same was true of Tuskegee’s first black mayor and council members, and Macon County commissioners. The political scene SheriffLuciusAmerson was changing. Black attorneys, led by Fred Gray who was the lawyer for Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, opened practices in Macon County and became fixtures of the local legal community. VictoryLand Greyhound Park opened in 1983. Charity electronic bingo was added in 2003 with it 2,000 jobs and millions in tax revenue for Macon County and the State before a raid by FredGray,Sr. the State shut down the operation in 2013. Court battles continue to this day about the legality of electronic bingo. The Tuskegee News has been part of the fabric of Macon County since 1865 and continues as the county’s voice and paper of record under the ownership of Gayle Davis.

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ince 1865 The Tuskegee News has documented events and been the editorial voice in Macon County. From the end of the Civil War to evolving ways to deliver the news in the 21st century, The Tuskegee News has been a constant and will celebrate its 150th year of operation in 2015. Consider the 150 years of The Tuskegee News in 50year increments. uring the newspaper’s first 50 years of existence from 1865-1915, Reconstruction following the Civil War, establishing of Tuskegee University, the arrival of Booker T. Washington and Dr. George Washington Carver in Tuskegee, and World War I were among notable events. Washington died in 1915 when Robert George BookerT. Moton became the second WashingtonCarver president of what was then Washington Tuskegee Institute. Of course there were many more stories covered by The Tuskegee News that dealt with less memorable stories, but were significant community events. rom 1916 to 1965 — the second 50 years of The Tuskegee News — the Tuskegee VA Hospital to treat black veterans was created in 1923. World War II arrived and with it the creation of the Tuskegee Airmen black pilots TuskegeeVeteransHospital who battled discrimination at home and abroad. Dr. Carver died in 1943 and crucial civil rights litigation that helped integrate public schools in Alabama and eliminate

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GuyRhodesiseditorandpublisherofTheTuskegeeNews.Heisthe 2013 Distinguished Alabama Community Journalist and first place recipient in the 2014 Alabama Press Association contest for Best Editorial Column or Commentary. He can be reached by email at guynrhodes@bellsouth.net

“2015 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Booker T. Washington the first President of Tuskegee University who later brought Dr George Washington Carver to Tuskegee University”


By Amy Lebetter

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t all started as a glance at an article in a Progressive Farmer’s magazine. A glance then turned into an idea, an idea put into actions. Tim Watkins started it all. He then presented his idea to Chad Ledbetter and in no time it had started. The planning, the discussions, and budgeting were put into motion. Bobby Watkin's land was cultivated and the blacksmith shop, which is now the winery, was occupied after several additions. Muscadine seeds were ordered and planted in the winter of 2005. The irrigation system was installed the summer of 2006 with the sheer determination of a good friend — Mike Bush . Then everyone realized that a name was needed for the vineyard. After weeks of going over names, the guys in the vineyard were working as always. It was dusk and the sounds of whippoorwills were in the background. Bobby said “Whippoorwill Vineyards” and from then on the name was never an issue. They loved the name because it is so fitting for their little piece of heaven on earth. Little by little more varieties of muscadines have been added while still working on the winery itself. At Whippoorwill Vineyards, the muscadine harvest is typically at its peek in mid-to-late September. On Highway 14 just before you turn onto County Road 31,

Spirits you will see another natural resource, a beautiful pecan orchard, which consists of over 360 trees that produce hand-harvested “cracked pecans” in the months of October, November and December sold in our gift shop. About Muscadines Muscadines (vitis rotundifolia) are native to the Southeastern United States and thrive on the heat and humidity common to the region. Muscadines are known for producing high levels of resveratrol, an antioxidant that blocks the effects of unstable molecules that occur naturally in the human body called free radicals. Free radicals are known to cause cell damage and have been linked to heart disease, stroke, signs of aging, and certain types of cancers and macular degeneration of the eye. For this reason, muscadine grapes are currently being sought after as a renewable source for resveratrol and have been deemed nature's healthiest grape. Muscadines are best known for their extraordinary flavor, high sugar content, and unusually thick outer skins. A single 1-cup serving of muscadine grapes would more than double the average person’s antioxidant intake! That positions muscadines and scuppernongs as the elite among a list of powerful antioxidant foods that includes blueberries, pomegranate, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries. Wine is the perfect host for preserving the unprecedented levels of antioxidants found in muscadines, scuppernongs and blueberries. By preventing oxygen exposure, the antioxidant compounds are protected from disintegration by CO2. Whippoorwill Vineyard wines are made from 100% sun ripened muscadines and scuppernongs. Each bottle of wine contains the essence of these magnificent fruits, fermented without diluting, to 13


create the finest wine you will taste or drink.To satisfy a wide range of palates, Whippoorwill has developed four residual sugar concentrations. Our sweet and semi-sweet scuppernong and muscadine wines are light and fruity with intense bouquets similar to dessert wines or ice wines. Our semi-dry and dry wines are full bodied and robust with oak and tannin overtones similar to typical Pinot Noir and Merlots.

Semi-Dry Wines Noble – This lush black muscadine wine has a complexity that can only be achieved with this “Noble” muscadine. This full-bodied favorite is soft, dry and velvety with a lengthy finish.

Semi-Sweet Wines Noble – Beautifully deep in color, this red muscadine is slightly sweet with intense fruit flavors of the south. This wine is the perfect gift to bring to any Dry Wines Cynthiana – This red bunch grape also known as dinner party. Saugahatchee Creek - A fruity red wine with robust the “Cabernet of the South” has a sophisticated, medium-bodied taste with a hint of oak and spice. The berry flavors is made exclusively from one of the oldest varities of muscadines to produce an intense flavor of this wine is explosive. red wine with charm. This wine is an absolute perfect addition when getting together with friends - anytime. Sweet Wines Southern Glory - Our Trilogy blend and already a legend in its own time is made because of numerous requests for a sweet red. Scuppernong – A light golden wine with delicate fruit flavors is made exclusively from scuppernong varieties to produce a sweet, crisp white table wine. It is an absolute all-time southern favorite. Confederate Rose - The perfect blend of the red muscadine, and the bronze scuppernong, create a uniquely smooth and light fruity wine with character. Lenior – Also known as the “Black Spanish” this Had Grant tasted this, he would have surrendered to bunch grape has a delightful taste with beautifully Lee immediately. Tail Gate Red - This is becoming one of the deep purple hues. This wine has been documented by the Spanish; they used this wine in communion. "favorites"; it's the unique blend of Noble muscadine with the perfect amount of strawberry. The finish is lingering and smooth. Noble – We saved the best for last of our dry muscadine wine. This wine can only be appreciated by the “elite” wine drinker because of its full bodied flavor and moderate acidity that gently spreads raspberry and cherry flavors across the palate.

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Pioneer settlers traveling through the wilderness in covered wagons brings to mind cowboy movies about the Wild West. But America’s original Wild West actually included lands right here in Macon County. The Ridge Macon Archaeology Project is focused on Macon County’s Wild West days dating back to the 1800s when free and enslaved pioneer settlers journeyed here on the Federal Road through rugged lands possessed by the Creek Indian Nation. The Ridge Interpretive Center and archaeological dig site are located at 10735 County Road 10 in the Warrior Stand Community about 15 minutes from Tuskegee. The Center is open to visitors during the first quarter of 2015 on January 10, February 7 and March 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time. Admission is free. Shari Williams, Executive Director, explained that the mission of the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization is to present educational programs and events for all ages to honor the inhabitancy of communities in South Macon County by the Native Americans and by the European and African Americans pioneers. Programs include archaeological digs, games, crafts, food demonstrations and historic character portrayals. Williams praised local residents Willie Pace, Henry Wilson, James Moore and Marvin Tolbert, who volunteered to assist last October with students from Lee-Scott Academy. Williams explained that it was the school’s third consecutive field trip for the entire fourth grade class of fifty-eight students. “Mr. Pace, a self-taught herbalist, gave a presentation on making Sassafras tea, very much like the Creek Indians made it long ago,” stated Williams. He introduced other herbs and plants and encouraged the children to start a garden at home. His enthusiasm shined and evidently was contagious. He told me that after the demonstration, a student hugged and thanked him for teaching about the Indians and nature. The other men helped with the archaeology site and other activities. It was rewarding to see the positive intergenerational interaction. Using history to enrich students, visitors and our local community is what The Ridge Project is all about.” Williams stated that the work of the Ridge Project also includes promoting an understanding of the history and its value for present-day rural heritage development and community-based tourism. “Many residents of South Macon County can trace their ancestry to the early settlers. It is only natural to reach out to them because they embody the legacy and are essential to preserving the history.” Archaeological excavations conducted by students at the Center have uncovered significant Native American and Colonial artifacts and the likely presence of a historic dwelling. According to Dana Chandler, Head Archivist at Tuskegee University, the artifacts found by his students in 2012 and 2013 led to the conclusion that “this site had been used over many centuries as a camp by a variety of people.“ Williams stated that volunteers like Chandler fuel the mission and she acknowledged Glenn Drummond, Edie Powell, The Ridge Board of Directors, Guy Trammell from Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, Commission Chairman Louis Maxwell and Jocelyn Zanzot and Daniel Neil from The Mobile Studio for their contributions. Formoreinformation,visitwww.digtheridge.comorcall770-843-1913.


Industry + Retail = Jobs Macon County is experiencing a new renaissance of economic development. In the past three years the Macon County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has assisted new investment of over $30 million and the creation of more than 350 new jobs. From the expansions at Halla-Visteon to the designation of JoeTurnham a rare CSX Select Site, diversification of our StrategicConsultant economy is underway. Today, components for more than one million vehicles a year are produced in Macon County.

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New retail activities in Tuskegee and Shorter have helped keep and attract new tax revenue through the addition of AutoZone; Pizza Hut; Hibbett’s Sports; Farmer’s Furniture; Loves Travel Center; Dollar Tree; Dollar General and more.

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New development is underway at Exit 38. A comprehensive Aviation Feasibility Study has been completed by MCEDA to assist us in more fully capturing the legacy and goodwill of Moton Field and the Tuskegee Airmen through new projects. Fiblast Company is now shipping architectural fiberglass building components all over the USA from the Tuskegee Commerce Park. Things are happening, dirt is moving and new factories and businesses are opening. Made-in-Macon is not just a slogan, it’s a fact of life! www.madeinmacon.com

James Harper is Assistant to the City Manager - Economic Development for the City of Tuskegee. A native son, he returned home after retiring from a long and successful career in corporate marketing. His skills and accomplishments ignited excitement within city officials who felt his expertise could accelerate business growth. They were not the only ones who were impressed with his credentials. Harper was appointed to the board of directors that governs the Macon County Economic Development Authority. This organization focuses on attracting jobs and businesses to the county, which is comprised of four municipalities. In this position, he concentrates exclusively on Tuskegee and his priorities are clear — attracting jobs and increasing revenues by strengthening commercial, industrial and downtown business sectors while concurrently expanding the middle class population in Tuskegee. His toolbox is full of enterprising concepts, plans and strategies including ways to maximize t o u r i s m t o b o o s t t h e Tu s k e g e e economy. It’s a big job and “Big Jim” is well equipped for it. Contact James Harper at 334.421.9970 (mobile), 334.720.0500 (office) or jharper@tuskegeealabama.gov.Hisofficeis locatedintheTuskegeeMunicipalComplex, 101FonvilleStreet,TuskegeeAL36083. 21


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f your idea of the perfect lawn is lush green grass—the kind that beautifies property and softens the ground for child’s play; then you will appreciate Beck’s Turf Farm. Tucked in a cocoon of nature along County Road 53, this business is blessed with the right conditions to thrive. The soil at the 1,000-acre property is sandy clay loam. The location is spitting distance from Interstate ramps. The employees are hardworking and dedicated. And the owners are smart, ethical and principled. They believe in, “Doing the right thing, taking care of our employees and taking care of our customers.” This philosophy is the foundation for their success according to Jimmy Bassett, who purchased Beck’s Turf Farm in 1994 in partnership with his brother, Wayne Bassett. 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of their ownership of Beck’s Turf Farm. Prior to this venture, Jimmy was a vice-president and senior loan officer at First National Bank in Union Springs, Alabama. He and Wayne, who worked at a sod farm, wanted to have a business of their own and jumped at the opportunity to acquire Beck’s Turf Farm. Martin Beck founded the business in 1938. Keeping the name was an excellent decision. When the national economy nosedived a few years ago, the Bassett brothers weathered the storm partially because of the name recognition and longevity of Beck’s Turf Farm. “A lot of sod farms went out of business but we kept going. People knew Beck’s as a place with an excellent product.”

They grow zoysia, bermuda and centipede grass turned into sod, which is grass plus the soil beneath it held together by the roots or a piece of thin material. The new sod “needs no special care because it is a healthy mature lawn when it is installed.” They sell to “landscapers, building contractors and anybody that wants to buy grass,” says Jimmy who adds, “Our biggest markets are Atlanta and Birmingham. We also have a lot of customers in Tuscaloosa, Auburn and Montgomery. Really our territory is within a 150-mile radius.” Under their leadership, the business has maintained its outstanding reputation and their sod is known for its exceptional quality. They say sod is a good investment because it “cools and cleans the atmosphere, releases oxygen, stores carbon, breaks down other harmful pollutions, enriches the soil, helps to minimize dust, provides substantial erosion control, helps ground water recharge and minimizes storm water runoff.” Tending to the operation is a year-round enterprise that requires the land to be fertilized, irrigated, weeded and mowed. The grass is lifted from the ground using sod harvesting machines that cut in 16x24 slabs and 42-inch wide rolls. Delivery to customers requires truck drivers and maintaining the fleet requires shop mechanics. About 40 employees work at Beck’s Turf Farm. They are paid well and receive a generous package of benefits. Also, there are monthly employee lunches and other activities 23


economic development task from hosting delegations to offering properties for development.” And Turnham has even more good things to say about the Bassett brothers. “They have enormous respect from community leaders, high ranking elected officials and are known throughout the business, agriculture and financial world as being of the highest integrity. Having the Bassett's on your side is half the battle won." About 8 years ago the Bassetts built a cabin that is used for entertaining employees and customers—especially prized by people who like to hunt and fish. They also carved out 25 acres of their spread for a nursery called “The Wildlife Group” that produces nut and fruit bearing trees.

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that ultimately contribute to healthy employee morale. Showing respect and appreciation to employees is a priority to the owners. Jimmy says, “We’re like one big family out here. Some of our employees have been with the company for 20, 30 and 40 years.” “I just love working here,” said 60-year old Eddie Stinson, a certified chemical sprayer who also performs a variety of other services at Beck’s. Stinson is a Tuskegee native who has worked for Beck’s since 1975. “I worked for the original owners for about 15 years and stayed on when Jimmy and Wayne bought the business.” He adds, “They treat us real good. We get Blue Cross and 401(k) and we get bonuses twice a year — the 4th of July and Christmas. They are two of the nicest guys you could ever meet.” Many people feel that way including Joe Turnham, strategic consultant for the Macon County Economic Development Authority. Turnham says, "Jimmy and Wayne Bassett are a Macon County treasure. Not only are theymodel businessmen, a leading Macon County employer and super neighbors, they are always ready to assist with any 24

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Their entrepreneurial spirit has fueled other projects including publication of a magazine featuring experts writing about the land, food production, animal habitats and animal behavior. The Bassett brothers produced “Wildlife Trends Journal” in partnership with legendary coach Pat Dye. It was sold and is now published by Andy Whitaker. Kindhearted and down to earth, they are highly valued corporate citizens in Macon County who have the right touch when it comes to sod, sensitivity and success. ContactBeck’sat800-288-4291/334-724-9300orvisitwww.becksturf.com


National Historic Site - Hangars 1 and 2 Nested right off of Interstate 85, exit 38 (Tuskegee/Notasulga), in Tuskegee, AL, is one of the most captivating and riveting historical attractions, established November 6, 1998 by legislation, Public Law 105-355, and identified as a Park unit under the National Park Service – The Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. The Park was created in order to commemorate and interpret, in association with Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., and Tuskegee University, the heroic actions of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. Congress authorized federal appropriations to develop visitor facilities and restore Moton Field, home of primary training for the Tuskegee Airmen, in accordance with the 1998 Moton Field/Tuskegee Airmen Special Resource Study. Fullon site development began in 2005 and was completed in 2012.

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Hangar 1, the first structure built at Moton Field in 1941, has been fully restored and serves as the orientation and starting point for visitors. The ambience of Hangar 1 provides the visitor with a “stepping back in time� experience while focusing on the maintenance operation of the Tuskegee Airmen experience. The museum is housed with a variety of interpretive materials including unique exhibits and audio stations, two full-sized trainer planes (J3 Piper Cub and P-17 Stearman), a Link Trainer simulator, interactive parachute folding table and eight fully-furnished perimeter rooms with audio soundscapes and some 1,300 museum objects.

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Hangar 2, a new construction item (original hangar burned in a fire in 1988) is a modern museum that zeroes in on the broader story of the Tuskegee Airmen. The four themes: Who are the Tuskegee Airmen, Victory Against Facism, Victory Against Racism and Legacy/Living Legacy are highlighted throughout the facility, augmented by four robust oral history stations. Hangar 2 also contains a state-of-the-art, 200-seat theater that premieres every hour on the hour the award-winning Park movie entitled “Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph”. A full-sized P-51D Mustang is the center attraction of the hangar, suspended from the rafters, and a light gun in addition to a diorama or model of Ramitelli Air Field (overseas base for the Tuskegee Airmen), adorn the museum providing for a unique interactive visitor experience. The Control Tower, which is historic and adjacent to Hangar 2, has been fully restored allowing visitors to scale the four stories for a breathtaking view of Moton Field. A well-appointed gift shop is also available for visitors who would like to take home a souvenir. The Skyway Club, also known as the All Ranks Club, was a social

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haven for the Tuskegee Airmen while training at both Moton Field and Tuskegee Army Air Field. The facility has been brought back to its original state to include a recreation area, juke box with the tunes of the 1940's, piano, stage, kitchen, and bar - all the amenities to take visitors on a trip back in time. Two screened porches occupy the north and south sides of the facility and allow for a moment of reflection as visitors look out over the field where it all began for the Tuskegee Airmen. Currently, the Skyway Club is not fully staffed and is not open to the public; however plans are underway to open it in the near future. The National Park Service is truly dedicated to its mandate of protecting and preserving the legacy of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and Moton Field. Since the Park’s humble beginnings and opening in 2002, more than 200,000 visitors from all over the world have come to learn about and explore the legacy of these World War II heroes. The educational opportunities as well as overall excitement of being at this “special place” have left Park visitors with a deep appreciation of the heroics of the Tuskegee Airmen. Why not make Tuskegee and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site the next destination stop on your journey? We are located at: Main Telephone: Fax: Website: Hours of Operation: Reservations: 26

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site 1616 Chappie James Avenue Tuskegee, AL 36083 (334) 724-0922 (334) 724-0952 www.nps.gov/tuai 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday - Saturday For groups of 10 or more call main number

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The George Washington Carver Museum

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." George Washington Carver

While living on a farm in Missouri, George Washington Carver dreamed of getting an education. At that time, he couldn not have known how he himself would positively impact the educational dreams of so many people. Carver had several strikes against him as a child. He was born a slave and contracted whooping cough early which made him physically weak. His father was killed in a logging accident before he was born and Carver and his mother were both kidnapped by slave raiders when he was a baby. Carver was located and returned to Missouri, but his mother was never found. All of these obstacles didn not deter him. Carver was an inquisitive child and wanted to learn everything he could about the plants, rocks, and animals that he discovered in the woods, prairies and creeks in his rural Missouri home. Carver became very skilled at reviving sick plants that he nurtured and his reputation became so well known that he was nicknamed the “Plant Doctor.” Carver left his birthplace at the age of twelve in search of an education that led him from Missouri to Kansas to Iowa. It was in Iowa that he said he was treated like a human being for the first time. He was the first African American to attend and graduate from Iowa State and then became a faculty member of his Alma Mater. It was while he was in Iowa that he received a letter from an educator named Booker T. Washington in Alabama. Washington invited Carver to join the faculty at Tuskegee Institute to establish the school’s agricultural department. While Carver loved Iowa, he felt a calling to go to Tuskegee. While in Tuskegee he taught and 2015 Tourism Resource Guide

conducted research – two of his favorite endeavors. It was here that he became famous for his research with peanuts and sweet potatoes. While visiting the George Washington Carver Museum you will learn not only about the life and research of Carver but you will also see items from his laboratory, paint samples that he created from Alabama clay and several of his paintings. The story of Tuskegee Institute is also told through displays, exhibits and artifacts. The Jesup Wagon, helping the farmer in the field bringing farm tools, plants, seeds, fruits, vegetables and Carver products can be seen as well as P.H. Polk’s camera.

The historic site is the only national park on an active college campus with Tuskegee University being the only college campus designated a National Historic District. The Carver Museum is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. There is no charge for visiting the museum or the home. For more information, call 334-727-3200 or access www.nps.gov/tuin. The National Park Service manages Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site which includes the George Washington Carver Museum and The Oaks-Booker T. Washington’s home. Check at the front desk for tour times or call 334-727-3200. 27


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hen the games involve children grouped into 5 and 6 year old, 7 and 8 year old and 11 and 12 year old categories, playing organized football, you can bet that parents and family members will be there. That's when Little League becomes a tourism asset. And when the teams are undefeated, the crowds get bigger and bigger. That is what happened in Tuskegee this past football season as the 5 & 6 and 7 & 8 year olds went undefeated and 11 & 12 year olds lost only one game (ranked #2). Every home game drew lots of family and friends from other cities and counties to support their children. When families come — they eat and shop, which makes them tourists. This community claps, shouts and cheers while supporting these young athletes at the games, especially when they achieve championship status in the East Alabama Youth Football League. We also celebrate and appreciate them for their touchdowns on the field of tourism.

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Links to video footage of the games can be found online at www.tuskegeeprl.org. TheTuskegeeJuniorTigersandothersportactivitiesaresupervisedbyTuskegee ParksandRecreationDepartment.Formoreinformationat334-226-1630or334226-2258.

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A TOWN ON THE MOVE! Visible Growth in Shorter, Alabama By: Harold D. Powell - Correspondent Tuskegee News

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he Town of Shorter is undergoing a transformation with new growth and development throughout the area. The growth is positively impacting the community with developments that are creating new jobs and increasing wealth in the area. The new developments are welcome news for a community that has worked to overcome several economic challenges on its quest to become a growing hub for business and industrial development.

Recently, the community saw the opening of a new Dollar General store on the corner of Main Street and First Street in Shorter. The national retailer opened its doors to a waiting crowd of local residents anxious to experience the feeling of shopping in their own community. Just down the street from the Dollar General, construction of a Love’s Travel Center store is underway. The $14 million development is slated for completion by March 2015 and will bring with it fast food giants McDonald’s and Subway. The total development will create around 85 jobs

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communities on their lunch breaks. With the opening of Love’s much of the need to travel outside of Shorter for food will change.

create huge cost savings for Halla Visteon and allow the company to implement planned expansion efforts and new jobs at the facility. The project is the result of a public/private partnership between Halla Visteon, Town of Shorter and a private investment group. Combined, these projects represent progress in the community and demonstrates the business community has confidence in the Shorter market and is willing to invest for future profit.

Governor Robert Bently, Mayor Willie Mae Powell and The Town of ShorterCityCouncilbreakinggroundforanothernewbuilding OneofseveraltrucksforSam’sTruckingthatisnowlocatedinShorter

Another new company just recentlly added to the town of Shorter is Sam’s Trucking with many more to come. In an open field behind the Love’s development, a crew of men are working to complete a bore project under I-85 for phase two of the natural gas line extension. The project is an effort of South East Alabama Gas District (SEAGD) which recently completed a gas line into the Shorter Tech Park to serve Halla Visteon. The second phase of the project will allow Love’s and other existing businesses along Main Street to connect and use the resource in their daily operations. The new infrastructure is a major boost for the Town of Shorter in that it will make it possible for other natural gas dependent restaurants to build in Shorter. Over in the Shorter Tech Park, builders are putting the finishing touches on a new $6 million warehouse for Halla Visteon. The new facility will 32

40,000squarefeetnewmanufacturing/distributionfacilityavailablein ShorterIndustrialPark

Planning for development is essential if a community is to succeed. The Mayor and Shorter Town Council have worked cooperatively to improve the community and should be applauded for their efforts. Shorter is fortunate to have a team of leaders working together in its interest.


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