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  • SAG eyes deal for added revenue

    Mike Qualls, Special to the Ledger|Jul 4, 2019

    While the details can’t be announced at this time, South Alabama Gas District’s (SAG’s) board agreed Monday to allow the district’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Burgess to pursue a deal that could produce additional revenue for the district. During the board’s July meeting in Evergreen, Burgess said the project, if it happens, would be very beneficial to all the concerned parties. He said additional information would be available at a later date. On another matter, Burgess said the state’s project to four-lane U.S. Highway 84 from Interstate...

  • Temple ceases operation

    Mike Qualls, Special to the Ledger|Jun 6, 2019

    On Tuesday, Georgia-Pacific officials told employees at Temple, a particle board plant in Monroeville, that the company’s composite panels segment will cease production operations in 60 to 90 days. Temple currently has 95 employees. GP also announced it will shut down the Hope Particle Board Plant in Hope, Arkansas in 60 to 90 days, and the company has decided not to rebuild its particle board plant in Thomson, Ga., which was severely damaged by fire recently. According to GP spokesman Rick Kimble, “Demand for particleboard remains flat and...

  • New gas district gets approved

    Mike Qualls, Special to the Ledger|Mar 14, 2019

    After a brief executive session during the South Alabama Gas (SAG) District’s March board meeting Tuesday night in Evergreen, the board voted to form Gulf States Gas District (GSGD) along with the cities of Evergreen and Brewton. Mark Burgess, SAG’s chief executive officer, said the new entity will solely be used to purchase large amounts of natural gas through a prepay program. He said the City of Monroeville, which is a founding member of SAG, gave him permission for SAG to participate in the formation of the new entity. “We’ve been working o...

  • Gas company to distribute funds

    Mike Qualls, Special to the Ledger|Feb 21, 2019

    South Alabama Gas (SAG) District’s board of directors unanimously agreed to allow the company to distribute $450,000 of the surplus revenue it has retained from previous years to its member cities and towns. During Monday’s board meeting in Monroeville, the board was told that, according to state-mandated calculations, the district didn’t have enough revenue in fiscal year 2018 (FY18) to make any distributions to its member cities and towns. However, Neal Covington, a partner with the accounting firm of Andreoli, Robertson and Covington in Bay...

  • SAG sells its propane division

    Mike Qualls, Special to the Ledger|Sep 27, 2018

    Thompson Gas of Boonsboro, MD purchased most of South Alabama Gas District’s (SAG’s) propane division’s assets last week for $17.6 million. Officials of Thompson and SAG met at SAG’s corporate office last Thursday morning to sign the contracts, according to SAG’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Burgess. “We retained six pieces of property with an estimated value of approximately $1.1 million with approximately $180,000 in inventory,” said Burgess. Burgess said the Evergreen, Brewton and Monroeville offices were retained by SAG and there are...

  • Little River Park to re-open this Saturday

    Mike Qualls, Special to the Ledger|Mar 15, 2018

    Claude D. Kelley State Recreational Park, formerly Little River State Park, will re-open Saturday morning and continue to be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to sunset until further notice. Rick Oates, state forester for the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), which manages the park, said a brief ceremony will be held with local and state officials present at 11 and the public is encouraged to attend. During the Monroe County Commission meeting Tuesday in Monroeville, Oates asked the commissioners if the county could possibly provide...