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Yesterday, 10 Pillars of West Alabama were honored during the Community Foundation of West Alabama’s meeting at Indian Hills Country Club. Honorees include the following:

- Willie J. “Dino” Fort, assistant executive director of the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority.

- The late Carolyn B. Fritz, a longtime community volunteer in organizations that included Children’s Hands-On Museum, Kentuck, Rise and Tuscaloosa County Medical Alliance.

- Dr. Everett Hale, a founding member of the Tuscaloosa Urology Center and physician who retired in 2011 after serving patients in Tuscaloosa for 50 years.

- The late Mal M. Moore, the University of Alabama athletic director who earlier in his career was an assistant football coach at UA with the legendary Paul W. “Bear” Bryant.

- Beverly Phifer, president and chief executive officer of the family-owned Phifer Inc., one of Tuscaloosa’s largest manufacturers.

- The late Caroline Chappell Powell, an educator, Tuscaloosa school board member and community volunteer.

- William “Sonny” Ryan, a retired Hale County district judge.

- Gene Stallings, retired UA head football coach who led the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992.

- Herb and Mildred Warner, both deceased, longtime business and community leaders.

This is the 10th year the foundation has recognized those who have made significant contributions to improving the lives of people in West Alabama.

In state news, DAS North America, the U.S. subsidiary of a South Korean company has broken ground for a plant in Montgomery that will employ about 400 people.

Two brothers who worked as Border Patrol and have been convicted of smuggling hundreds of Mexican and Brazilian immigrants into the United States, will be sentenced in federal court today. Raul and Fidel Villarreal  face a maximum of 50 years in prison and at least $1.25 million in penalties.

Miami Heat fans are celebrating their team’s victory in this year’s NBA Finals, the team’s second straight championship.

Monday, June 24th, Campus Life presents Crud Wars for high schools students from 7:00pm – 8:30p.m. at Snow Hinton Park. Teens will enjoy a night of fun, messy games and are encouraged to wear clothing they don’t mind getting stained. “No stain, no gain.”

Tomorrow morning from 7-10a.m., a breakfast fundraiser will be held at Applebee’s in Northport to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tickets are $5.

The Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center in Dothan has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $142,000 to assist people affected by the Midland City school bus shooting.

The six juroros who will decide George Zimmerman’s fate have been chosen, and they are all women, 5 are white and one is black or Hispanic.  The four alternate jurors are two women and two men. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday morning at 9 Eastern.

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