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Bill Adair to delivers training on small business fraud

Walker County DA Bill Adair
Walker County District Attorney, Bill Adair presented an East Walker County Chamber quarterly training session. Businessmen and women from East Walker and West Jefferson listened as the DA presented information on the types of fraud faced by businesses every day.

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that a typical small business owner loses 5% of its revenues to fraud each year. In 2011, this translated into a loss of more than $3.5 trillion dollars worldwide. Fraud involves counterfeit bills, worthless checks, employee pilfering and embezzlement.

Adair covered ways in which businesses can spot fraud, and protect themselves against unethical employees, and criminals who make a living ripping off hard working businessmen and women.

Bevill State Community College provided a room with a computer and overhead projector. Lee’s Family Restaurant provided lunch for the DA’s staff and those attending the class. If you have an idea of a training session for next quarter, please send the suggestion to rick@rickwatsonmedia.com


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East Walker Chamber 5k Run a success


East Walker Chamber board member Kristie Tuggle was the driving force behind the East Walker Chamber 5K run.

This year was the most successful yet in the five-year history of the 3.1-mile run.

A total of 87 runners gathered at Dora Park before sunrise on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Both Corner Jr. High Cross Country team and the Dora High School track team got behind the event, each supplying over 25 runners to compete.

Logan Justice, a 14 year-old runner turned in the best time at 20 minutes and 18 seconds. The last walker finished a little behind but still held a good pace, according to Melissa Justice, one of the Run organizers.

“We appreciated both our runners and walkers and those that did a little of both. Remember no matter how they got there they still completed 3.1 miles,” said Justice. “That is a great start to any day.”

Not only did this event raise the largest amount of money for any run to day, it also brought local businesses together in support.

“We appreciate the great sponsors and supporters who supplied door prizes, and goodies for the bags,” she said.

From our great sponsors that go on the back of the shirts, to our door prizes, and our goodies for the bags, all of these came together greatly and shows that we have great business support for the community.

Kristie Tuggle was excited how the success of the 5K run. She’s already challenging chamber board members to become more involved next year to take the run to the next level.

This is a worthy project because Walker County is one of the unhealthiest counties in the nation.

Remember that to complete a 5 k all one has to do is to start. I hope we can encouragement more of our members to take the challenge. Walker County is one of the unhealthiest counties in the nation, lets help change that by encouraging people. Being able to run a 5K in 20:18 is not a requirement, being determined to finish is.

New Businesses in East Walker County

Carlos Pedraza, the owner of Los Rayes Mexican 2 Grill is Sumiton across the road from Walmart, says that Los Reyes Mexican 2 Grill is now open for business. It’s located in the building previously occupied by Habaneros.

Los ReyesPedraza, who also owns a flourishing restaurant in Jasper near the courthouse by the same name, said he was excited about the new location.’’ Los Reyes opened for business in the new location in October. “When the location became available, we jumped at the chance to expand to Sumiton,” he said.

“And we’re here for the long term.” Pedraza said all the cooks at Sumiton trained at the Jasper location so the food and menu are the same as in Jasper. “If you love the food in the Jasper location, you’ll love it here too.”

The restaurant has an upscale feel to it, but the prices are very reasonable. The restaurant is open



Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Friday 10:30 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Saturday 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Customers will be able to enjoy beer, wine, margaritas, and a few types of mixed drinks.


East Walker County Chamber Of Commerce

East Walker Cities


The East Walker County Chamber of Commerce was chartered in 1975 for the purpose of promoting the advancement of civic, commercial, industrial and agricultural interests of East Walker County and the surrounding communities in West Jefferson County, as well as the general welfare and prosperity of our area. 

In short, we are an organization of business, professional and other concerned citizens, working together for the common good of the community. 

Membership is extended to any business, professional, or individual person desiring to assist in promoting our mission.  The cities served by East Walker Chamber are Cordova, Dora, Sipsey and Sumiton.



2510 Highway 78, Sumiton, Al 35148
Phone - 205-255-0202

East Walker Chamber of Commerce meets the second Tuesday of east month at noon at Lees Family Restaurant on Highway 78 in Sumiton.
Visitors Welcome.

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