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AmeriFirst Bank to Acquire Escambia County Bank


Date Published: August 20, 2020

USAL Bancorp, Inc. (USAL), parent company of AmeriFirst Bank in Montgomery, Alabama (AmeriFirst), and Escambia County Bank of Flomaton, Alabama (ECB) have jointly announced their entry into an agreement and plan of merger, pursuant to which ECB will be merged with and into AmeriFirst.In connection with this transaction, ECB shareholders will receive cash consideration and will also be issued a one-time special cash dividend prior to closing, subject to adjustments and certain requirem...

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The Talons Group Under New Ownership


Date Published: August 18, 2020

After two years helping create and build The Talons Group, Auburn natives Stacie and Austin LeCroy have purchased the boutique real estate firm with the vision of using their wealth of local knowledge and complete package of offerings to elevate the client experience.Stacie tested the waters in the world of real estate at an early age by helping her mom, who worked in property management, turn over rental properties in the summer. After completing a health administration degree at Aub...

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The Hotel at Auburn University and Ariccia Cucina Italiana Win 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards


Date Published: August 18, 2020

The Hotel at Auburn University and Ariccia Cucina Italiana have each been recognized as one of the best in the region based on 2019 traveler reviews on Tripadvisor. The Travelers' Choice Award is given to the top 10% of establishments listed on the travel website, and the 2020 award marks The Hotel’s seventh year in a row to win this award.These awards are based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, and show travelers’ ulti...

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HARRIS DOYLE HOMES INTRODUCES NEW LINE OF AFFORDABLE HOMES IN AUBURN


Date Published: August 13, 2020

Harris Doyle Homes (Harris Doyle) is pleased to announce a new line of affordable housing, Nest Homes by Harris Doyle, is available in the Auburn market. Nest Homes is a new line of quality-built homes and communities designed with style, simplicity and affordability in mind. The collection provides high value new construction housing options to the Auburn area ranging from the $190,000s to the mid-$200,000s; placing them within the reach of many first-time home...

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AUBURN CHAMBER LAUNCHES KEEP AUBURN OPEN


Date Published: July 16, 2020

The Auburn Chamber’s mission is to provide resources and leadership to create a thriving business environment. Out of concern for our businesses and the health and safety of their employees, the chamber has launched Keep Auburn Open.The components of Keep Auburn Open, a program of the Auburn Chamber, is to follow the state of Alabama’s proclamation by Gov. Kay Ivey and recommendations of the CDC, which includes wearing face coverings, frequent hand washing and providing a...

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AO Discover! Receives Kuvio Creative Grant


Date Published: July 13, 2020

East Alabama's first hands-on science musuem, AO Discover!, has recently been awarded the Kuvio Creative Impact Grant. As a recipient, AO Discover! will receive up to 100 hours of branding, web design and marketing services at no cost.The grant will allow AO Discover! to overhaul their current website and reach more families through enhanced virtual programming.“This grant will allow us to offer a brand new dynamic, interactive website to showcase East Alabama's f...

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Ariccia Cucina Italiana Earns Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence


Date Published: July 6, 2020

Ariccia Cucina Italiana has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2020 Restaurant Awards. The annual program, which recognizes restaurants around the world as the top destinations for wine lovers, successfully moved forward this year despite the effects of COVID-19.“This year’s Wine Spectator R...

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Brooke Kastner Named Sales & Marketing Manager at Auburn Opelika Tourism


Date Published: June 29, 2020

Longtime hospitality professional Brooke Kastner has joined Auburn-Opelika Tourism as the sales and marketing manager. Kastner has over 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as the director of sales and marketing at Auburn Marriott Opelika Resort & Spa at Grand National.Kastner brings a wealth of sales experience to Auburn-Opelika Tourism whe...

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AmeriFirst Bank: EAMC President Laura Grill Joins Board of Directors


Date Published: June 11, 2020

Alfred F. Cook, Jr., vice chairman of Montgomery-based AmeriFirst Bank, announced that East Alabama Medical Center president and CEO Laura D. Grill has joined the bank's board of directors.Grill was recently named as one of the top five hospital administrators during the COVID-19 pandemic in a study published by Indianapolis emergency physician Dr. Louis M. Profeta. She had been affiliated with EAMC for 26 years prior to being named president and CEO in Octo...

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Lee County Literacy Coalition Receives $10,000 Grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to Support Adult Litera


Date Published: May 28, 2020

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Lee County Literacy organization a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy. This local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the communities Dollar General serves. “Imagine for a moment, what it would be like not being able to read. For some this is a reality. On any given day, we are always improving. LCLC is grateful for the support of the D...

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