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Top News Links: Tuesday, Sept. 5

Mspark buys Preferred Mail of West Virginia

A founder of a direct-mail advertiser that started in a West Virginia garage two decades ago says the firm has been bought by an Alabama-based company. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Huntington residents Ed and Sherri Crouse sold Preferred Mail Advertising last week to Mspark of Birmingham. Preferred Mail served 18 markets in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. According to its website, Mspark serves 531 markets in more than two dozen states. – NewsTribune

United Mine Workers host celebration at Tannehill

The United Mine Workers of America hosted a Labor Day celebration at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park Monday. “We think we owe it to the people. It’s an opportunity for the kids to play and have some good music and good food and just enjoy each other,” said Larry Spencer, spokesman for the UMWA. The event featured games and face painting for children, live music, and free food and drink. – WIAT

Golden Flake releases Alabama, Auburn potato chips

Can't get enough merchandise for your favorite football program? Golden Flake has introduced officially licensed Alabama and Auburn chips to celebrate 125 years of the two programs. The two football programs began in 1892. Golden Flake has been a sponsor of both programs for more than 50 years. The Crimson-clad Alabama chips are 8-ounce Thin & Crispy potato chips, while the blue-and-orange bags are the 8-ounce Dip Style Potato Chip. – AL.com

Premier Medical Group opens remodeled clinic space

The newest location of Premier Medical Group has recently opened in a newly remodeled facility. The building houses 12,600 square feet of clinic space that more than doubles its current Daphne space and offers expanded services for Baldwin County residents. – AL.com/News release

Gas prices inching up across state after Harvey

The average price of a gallon of regular gas hit $2.46 this weekend in Alabama, a bump from Friday's $2.42 as the combination of Hurricane Harvey and a big Labor Day weekend of holiday and college football travel kept demand strong. While prices were reported up across Alabama by monitoring websites like fueleconomy.gov, there were pockets of lower cost. Regular unleaded gas was selling for $2.15 a gallon Saturday to members at the Costco warehouse in Huntsville. – AL.com

Moe’s Bar B Que gets into sign war with Chick-fil-A

In July, a Chick-fil-A in Mobile, Alabama made an announcement on its marquee. "Try our new Smokehouse BBQ Sandwich! LTO," it read. Beneath was the standard reminder that Chick-fil-A is "Closed Sundays." This, as AL.com reports, was particularly upsetting to the nearby Moe's Original Bar B Que. Fortunately, it has its own marquee. So its co-owner Ashleigh Valluzzo created this public response: "I thought we were friends. Open Sundays." – Inc.

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