Pine Belt News
Pine Belt Acquires Butler and Grove Hill Cable Systems
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PINE BELT COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES WEST ALABAMA CABLE TV FRANCHISES
ARLINGTON, AL (July 30, 2012) – Pine Belt Communications is pleased to announce the purchase of the Media 3 cable TV systems in Grove Hill, Butler and Lisman. At closing a Management Services agreement was also executed. Under this agreement, Cable South will continue to manage billing and technical services during an interim period while operations transition fully to Pine Belt Communications which is expected to take 30 to 60 days.
Pine Belt is a cornerstone in the world of telecommunications in West Central Alabama having provided local telephone services to the areas of Arlington, Dixons Mills, Sweet Water and Nanafalia since 1958 and mobile telephone services to Choctaw, Marengo Wilcox, Dallas and Perry Counties since the 1990’s. Additionally, Pine Belt has long been a leader in providing wired, wireless and mobile broadband internet access services to these areas. The Grove Hill system represents a new service area for Pine Belt, one that everyone in the company looks forward to serving.
Pine Belt will service the customers in Butler and Lisman from its current office at 117 West Pushmataha St. in Butler. This should provide a refreshing change for the cable TV customers there in that there has been no local business office in the area for years. In Grove Hill, Pine Belt will maintain the current Media 3 office at 118 Jackson St. “This expansion into new services and new areas is exciting for everyone at Pine Belt,” said John Nettles, President of Pine Belt. “We look forward to offering our new Cable and Internet customers some exciting improvements in the product line-up and the best local service in the area. They will quickly learn why Pine Belt is known as “The Neighbors You Can Call On,” added Nettles. A direct piece of evidence supporting this claim is found in the fact that Pine Belt management has indicated they will immediately incorporate the current cable customers in Butler into its existing School Rebate and Volunteer Fire Department programs and will simultaneously add the schools and VFD’s in the Grove Hill area as beneficiaries. This means an immediate increase in the already generous monetary contributions Pine Belt has been making in Choctaw County the past year and a half and a new source of support for the schools and departments in and around Grove Hill.
One immediate change for the Butler and Lisman customers is the option to pay their bills and inquire about services in person at the Pine Belt store in Butler. “This meets a long time need of our Choctaw County customers,” said Lisa Ray, Pine Belt’s Sales/Customer Service Manager in Grove Hill. “I know the people in Butler will be very excited about this new service. I am also excited to know that we will be adding a local telephone number in the Grove Hill office to complement the current number Pine Belt already has in Butler. This will allow cable customers to easily talk to someone locally, someone that understands and appreciates what’s going on in the area at the time” added Ray.
Pine Belt Communications (which includes Pine Belt Telephone and Pine Belt Wireless) is a family owned and operated rural communications company in West Alabama that serves 6 counties with a population of over 140,000. Pine Belt operates six office stores, one each in Selma, Camden, Marion, Linden, Butler and Grove Hill. The Pine Belt Companies are headquartered in Arlington, Alabama, at 3984 County Road 32.
To learn more about Pine Belt services, call Pine Belt headquarters at 334-385-2106 or visit a Pine Belt store. For more information on Pine Belt visit www.pinebeltTALK.com.
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New 4 Way Stop in Pine Hill
New 4 Way Stop in Pine Hill --
The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to convert the intersection of AL-5 and AL-10 in Pine Hill to an All-Way STOP on or about Tuesday, July 24th. We encourage everyone to use extreme caution while motorists adjust to this change.
Please do not be fooled by this scam
The BBB has issued a nationwide warning about a new scam claiming that President Obama will pay your utility bills through a new federal program.
How the scam works:
Consumers have been contacted through telephone calls, fliers, social media and text messages with claims that President Obama is providing credits or applying payments to utility bills.
To receive the money, scammers claim they need the consumer's social security and bank routing numbers.
In return, customers are given a fraudulent bank routing number to pay their utility bills through the automated telephone payment service.
The payment service initially ‘accepts’ the payment but then declines it within a few days when the bank account number is discovered to be fake.
The BBB has these tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
Never provide your social security number, credit card number or banking information to anyone requesting to anyone who calls you, regardless of whom they claim to be representing.
If you receive a call claiming to be your utility company and feel pressured for immediate payment or personal information, hang up the phone and call the customer service number on your utility bill.
Never allow anyone into your home to check electrical wiring, natural gas pipes or appliances unless you have scheduled an appointment or have reported a utility problem. Also, ask utility employees for proper identification.
Always think safety first. Do not give in to high pressure tactics over the phone for information or in person to get into your home.
For more information about identity theft scams, please visit BBB.
NO Texting While DRIVING
NO MORE TEXTING WHILE DRIVING IN ALABAMA!
Drivers in Alabama will no longer be allowed to text will they are behind the wheel.
Gov. Robert Bentley signed into law a bill banning the practice of texting while driving. The new law prohibits using wireless devices to write, send, or read a text message, instant message, or email while operating a motor vehicle on Alabama roadways.
Those who are cited for violating the new law can be fined $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $75 for the third or subsequent offenses. The driver's record will also show a two-point violation for each offense.
The law goes into effect August 1, 2012
Morgan Academy's Ice Cream Party
Pine Belt is helping our schools through the Pine Belt Rebate Program and we need to let parents know how they can participate.
Local students were asked to take a flyer explaining our school rebate program to their parents where the parents can sign with their child’s name, grade and teacher. The reasoning behind this is so that the parents can acknowledge the flyer and return the signed
portion of the flyer to the school with their child. Once these are returned, Pine Belt and the staff will give an ice cream party to the class that has the greatest percentage of students to return the signed portion of the letter.
Featured this week is Ms. Youngblood's 4th Grade class at Morgan Academy.
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