Top Headlines: Ag secretary tours Sally-damaged region, Haynes Ambulance buys competitor

Church of the Highlands buys Shelby County land
Church of the Highlands bought two parcels of land along Alabama 119 in Shelby County for $2.25 million. The church, Alabama’s largest, is based in Irondale and has 20 branches across the state and in Columbus, Georgia. – 

Ag secretary tours Sally-damaged region
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue visited several South Alabama farms damaged by Hurricane Sally. The storm hit pecan, peanut, soybean and cotton farmers hard. – WTVM-9

Haynes Ambulance buys competitor
Haynes Ambulance of Alabama has agreed to buy Falck/Care Ambulance of Alabama. Haynes operates in Elmore, Montgomery and Pike counties. Falck operates across the country, but the sale only is for its Alabama operations. – WTVY-4

Growing Alabama Credit lapses
A shortened Alabama legislative session means the Growing Alabama Credit for economic development organizations will expire Wednesday, although legislators have said they’ll renew it during the spring session. The credit leverages state funds to help build industrial parks and other sites. – WBRC-6

Merrill named chair of China committee
Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has been named chair of the United States Heartland China Association’s Economic Development Committee. USHCA is dedicated to building stronger ties between China and the American heartland region.  – Alabama Political Reporter

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Montgomery orgs among those receiving matching funds
Fearless, a digital services firm based in Baltimore, Maryland, has chosen six nonprofit organizations, including three in Montgomery, to receive matching funds from a pool of $50,000. The Montgomery groups, chosen for their fights against racial injustice, are Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Alabama Institute of Social Justice, and Tie and Doll. –

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