Truland Homes Moves Up on Professional Builder’s Housing Giants List

Spanish Fort, Ala., (May 10, 2017) – Truland Homes is pleased to announce that they have been ranked 179 out of the nation’s top 240 builders.


According to Professional Builder magazine, their annual Housing Giants list determines rank based on overall revenue and units closed per year. Truland Homes closed a total of 185 units generating over $62,952,018 in revenue during 2016. The previous year, Truland was ranked 193

out of 240 closing 154 total units and generating over $51,349,500.


Major contributions to this growth include expansion into the South Baldwin area and multiple new communities along the Eastern Shore. Truland also grew their team by adding an additional 9 employees. In 2018, Truland plans to continue that growth past the Alabama state line and into



For more information on the 2017 Housing Giants ranking, please visit

Bellator Women Join Forces with Impact 100 to Support the Needs of Baldwin County

(SPANISH FORT, Ala.) May 4, 2017 – Bellator Real Estate & Development is honored to announce that several agents from its Eastern Shore office are the newest members of Impact 100, a women’s organization united to support the unmet needs of Baldwin County. Nancy Petitti, Louise Johnson, Jerry Alumbaugh, Bernice Lindsey and Jennifer Shirley are joining as new members, while Anita Sharpless, Dedra Lipscomb, and Judy Thompson are renewing their memberships after four years of service.

Impact 100 is a membership-based nonprofit in which each woman donates $1,000 toward a transformative grant. The gifts are based on a collective giving model known as a giving circle. In 2017, Impact 100 will award five grants of $90,000 in the following five focus groups: arts & culture; education; environment, preservation & recreation; health & wellness; and family.

"I had been searching for several years for an organization in which I could make a difference. Allen Cox Sr. and Nathan Cox introduced Impact 100 to Bellator Real Estate and Truland Homes a few weeks ago,” said Managing Broker Nancy Petitti, "After hearing the mission statement ‘women seeking to transform lives in Baldwin County,’ I knew this was what I had been looking for and I was eager to become a part of this dynamic group of women.”

Jennifer Shirley said, "Being a resident of Baldwin County, I care about the community my children will grow up in. And as a REALTOR® in my community, I care about the place my clients will call home!"

Both Bernice Lindsey and Louise Johnson are thrilled to be a part of a dedicated group of ladies striving to make a difference in Baldwin County, and they are excited to have knowledge and involvement in meeting specific needs around the area.

Bellator Real Estate & Development is a full service real estate company that specializes in developing, listing, marketing, brokering and acquiring real estate along the Gulf Coast. Bellator specializes in residential and commercial property in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The company closed more than $478 million in transactions in 2016, and its agents stand ready to partner with you in your next purchase or sale. 


Robertsdale, AL (April 4, 2017) - BIS Designs, experienced web design and digital marketing firm on the Gulf Coast, releases newly developed mobile app to make the customer experience easier and more convenient. Businesses can now download the BIS Designs app from Google Play or the Apple Store. 

With the app, clients can submit tickets, view upcoming company events and receive alerts and notifications. As a special incentive, BIS Designs will post in-app specials that will only be released to those who have the app. 

The app can be downloaded by visiting

Phillip Long, CEO of BIS Designs, stated, "It's exciting to provide this type of technology and service to our clients. Now, they can simply submit tickets through the app and even request appointments with our staff." 

To learn more about BIS Designs, call 251.410.7601 or visit

About BIS Designs 

BIS Designs provides web design and digital marketing services to hundreds of small and medium businesses in the local market. With the solid understanding that marketing is vital to the success of your business, BIS Designs is de-bunking the "if you build it, they will come" myth by providing the highest quality web design and digital marketing solutions available. Headquartered in Robertsdale, Alabama, BIS Designs has been serving Gulf Coast businesses for over 6 years. Learn more at

About BIS Technology Group 

BIS Technology Group is the technology leader on the Gulf Coast and is comprised of four divisions: information technology, web design & digital marketing, office equipment and business consulting. Together these divisions help local businesses exceed expectations and allow them to grow to their full potential while minimizing risks. BIS is located in Robertsdale, AL. To learn more about BIS Technology Group, visit

Fairhope Christian Church Hosts Successful Card & Games Party

FAIRHOPE, Ala. - On March 23, 2017, Fairhope Christian Church hosted its most successful annual Card and Games Party to date! 80 tickets were sold for the five-hour-day of fun and games, auction, delicious lunch and raffle. The $2400 proceeds from this successful event will be used to help local Baldwin County charity needs such as "Secret Meals for Hungry Children,” the Shoulder, the GED test scholarship fund and other local charities.


Daphne, AL (April 5, 2017) - Hundreds of people – primarily students and teachers - in Baldwin and Mobile Counties recently donated gently used shoes to Baldwin Bone & Joint’s 14th Annual Many More Miles Campaign, resulting in 1,910 pairs of shoes finding new life.

Baldwin Bone & Joint, P.C., the Port City Pacers, McCoy Outdoor Co., Dr. Glenn Glass, and the University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center partnered to collect shoes for the homeless outreach programs of Wings of Life and Discovery Ministries. The campaign, now in its 14th year, got off to a running start in January and concluded at the Azalea Trail Run held on March 25th.

Students in Mobile and Baldwin Counties were also given the opportunity to collect shoes and earn money for their schools’ PE programs. Students and teachers collectively provided 72% of total shoes collected!  Dixon Elementary won first place, collecting 743 pairs of shoes and received a $300 cash prize. Fairhope Intermediate took second place ($200), and Spanish Fort Elementary received third prize ($100).

AMEA and its Members Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

Forty-four (44) high school seniors will enroll in a four-year college/university, community college, and/or vocational school in Alabama this year with help from the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and its 11 Members through the 2017 AMEA Scholarship Program. Each of the 44 scholarship recipients will receive a $2,500 scholarship for a total of $110,000 awarded in this year’s program. AMEA received 200 scholarship applications in the 2017 program.


Since 1992, AMEA and its Members have provided over $2 million in scholarships to the graduating high school seniors who receive their electric service from AMEA Members, including Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Riviera Utilities (Foley), Sylacauga and Tuskegee. To be eligible for the AMEA scholarships, a student’s family must receive electric service from an AMEA Member city electric utility and the student must attend an Alabama college/university or vocational school. "We take our role as a good corporate citizen seriously,” said Fred D. Clark, Jr., AMEA President & CEO. "That’s why we, along with our Members, support education initiatives, like the AMEA Scholarship Program, that contribute to making our state economically competitive. We congratulate this year’s scholarship winners.”


This year’s AMEA Academic Scholarship recipients are:

Robert Tucker Beckett, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Lauren Elizabeth Hanna, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Marley Elizabeth McAlister, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Courtney Daye Mathis, Providence Christian School, Dothan

Alayna Marie Shipman, Providence Christian School, Dothan

Sarah Marina Thompson, Houston Academy, Dothan

Matthew Jack Mitchell, Bayside Academy, Fairhope

Michael Austin Saraceno, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Jordan Elizabeth Smith, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Hannah Elizabeth Yingst, Fairhope High School, Fairhope

Mackenzie Liana Brentzel, Spanish Fort High School, Riviera Utilities

Adam Blakeney Davis, Spanish Fort High School, Riviera Utilities

Kelsey Blaine Reagan, Fairhope High School, Riviera Utilities

Bailey Michelle Salter, Foley High School, Riviera Utilities

Lajavier Daequan Bryant, LaFayette High School, LaFayette

Nataja Lashun Reece, LaFayette High School, LaFayette

Ataiya Debrione Bridges, Lanett High School, Lanett

Connor Jacob Buchanan, Valley High School, Lanett

Anna Elizabeth Drake, Springwood School, Lanett

Carson Elizabeth Leva, Springwood School, Lanett

Frances Jean Ackerman, Luverne High School, Luverne

Tyler Paten Powell, Luverne High School, Luverne

Hunter Blake Stalling, Luverne High School, Luverne

John Houston Fuller, Lee-Scott Academy, Opelika

Samantha Louise Herring, Opelika High School, Opelika

Henry Hamilton SmithT, Opelika High School, Opelika

Martha Tattum Jane Denham, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Elizabeth Caroline McCurdy, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Payton Michelle McFry, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Makayla Faithe West, Piedmont High School, Piedmont

Madison Elizabeth Harper, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

William Levi Parker, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Justin Finkley, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

Tamunoenefaa Jonathan Harry, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

Cheyeanne Dakota Marable, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee

Jordan Kimesha Pace, Booker T. Washington High School, Utilities Board of Tuskegee


This year’s AMEA Vocational School Scholarship recipients include:

Russell Lee Lunsford, Benjamin Russell High School, Alexander City

Bianca Nicole Anderson, Dothan High School, Dothan

Allie Peyton Brushwood, Chambers Academy, LaFayette

Elizabeth Lenoir Thrower, Chambers Academy, LaFayette

Charles Hunter DeVoss, Luverne High School, Luverne

Turner Matthew Adkins, Lee-Scott Academy, Opelika

Jacob Ryan Daniel, Sylacauga High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board

Taivion Sanchez Keith, Childersburg High School, Sylacauga Utilities Board


AMEA, a joint action agency formed in 1981, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve approximately 350,000 customers in the cities of Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley, LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

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