Teacher Welcome Reception

The Hartselle Area Chamber of Commerce and Decatur Morgan Hospital hosted the annual Teacher Welcome Reception on Wednesday, August 3 at Hartselle High School. 500 teachers and staff received Chick-Fil-A cookies, provided by Hartselle’s First Baptist Church, Warehouse coffee, as well as gifts from many area businesses. A welcome was given by Missy Evans (HACC President/CEO), Noel Lovelace (Decatur Morgan Vice President of Development/Foundation Chairman) and Wendy Lang (Alabama Education Association), while Larry Franks of First Priority Decatur Alabama gave a prayer of blessing during the year.

Gold sponsors for the event included Gilchrist Pharmacy, Inc., Redstone Federal Credit Unionand WCU Credit Unionand the welcome godfather was People’s Bank of Alabama. Booth sponsors included Hartselle Utilities, Hidden Rivers Farm, Main Street Mortgage Inc., MeritHouse Realty, Single Source Office ProductsExcel interior door and RAW pictures. Seven gifts were donated thanks to our Friends of Education sponsors, Corum Building and Farm Center, Hannah Lawn and Landscape Service, Inc., Hartselle Rotary Club, Hulse Family Chiropractic, Inspired design and graphics, JMK Martial Arts and Fitnessand Mack’s painting and body.

Fill the bus

Thank you, Hartselle, for “filling the bus” this year! Thanks to your generous donations, a record amount of supplies were collected from four buses in the Hartselle area and sent to the Central Schools Office in the Town of Hartselle for distribution to children in need.

Thank you to our bus hosts and sponsors: Redstone Federal Credit Union (sponsored by Redstone Federal Credit Union), Hartselle First Assembly of God (sponsored by First Priority of Greater Decatur), Hartselle Farmers Market (sponsored by HealthSource Chiropractic of Hartselle and 209 Railroad St. SW Yard Sale) and Life Church (sponsored by OneSource Office Supplies).

duty day

July 16ehundreds gathered for the 4e Annual Serve Day, a national community service awareness day originating from the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham. Volunteers from 15 local churches and organizations met outside the train depot for breakfast and a pep rally, then dispersed to more than a dozen different service projects throughout the region. Pep rally attendees heard from YouTube sensation Destin Sandlin, who started the ceremony with an inspirational message. Sandlin’s speech was followed by comments from Councilman Hartselle Virginia Alexander, County Commissioner Randy Vest, Representative Scott Stadthagen, Representative Parker Moore and Senator Arthur Orr. A flag ceremony was performed by Troop 336 of the Hartselle Boy Scouts of America, and recent Wallace State graduate Hannah Watson performed the national anthem. The ceremony ended with a prayer by Walter Blackman, pastor of the East Highland Baptist Church.Subsequently, projects have been carried out in local schools, recovery centers, food pantries and private homes.

Sponsors for this event included Corum’s Building & Farm Center (Presenting Sponsor), Representative Scott Stadthagen (Breakfast Sponsor), Maegan Jones – MarMac Real Estate (Pep Rally Sponsor), Redstone Federal Credit Union (Beverage Sponsor and snacks), Diamond Pro/First United Methodist Church Youth/Hartselle First Assembly of God/Magnolia River/Thompson Homes (Tier 1 sponsors) and Forever Kate/Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County (Tier 3 sponsors).

Events to come:

September 12 – Down Memory Lane

September 17 – Deposit Days

September 20 – WELL (Women in Leadership and Learning)

October 3 – State of Schools Breakfast

October 7 – Member 101

October 20 – Hartselle After Hours

New members:

Alabama Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D Council

El Marie Antiques and Art Market

Excel Interior Doors

First federal mortgage

Just-in-time industries

Liberty Tax

Morgan County Referral Partners (BNI)

New South Outer, LLC

Towing and recovery of Paul

Planet Fitness Hartselle

Redstone Title Services, LLC


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