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The Ultimate Famous Maker Passes

The Out-of-Home industry grieves the loss of one of their own. Frankie Stone, Sales Director of Durden Outdoor Displays, Inc., died Thursday, February 4, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19. Frankie began his career as a FAMOUSMaker in 1988 at the ripe young age of 19. He started out on the panel crew at minimum wage before working himself up the ranks over the years to Production Manager. One day, he approached President, Earl Durden, and expressed his interest in sales. While that didn’t quite work out at first, Mr. Durden allowed him to hustle sales on his off days. After proving himself, he finally moved into the sales department, later becoming Sales Director in the early 2000’s managing over 1000 billboard faces. Frankie was one of the most dedicated and loyal individuals that you will ever meet. He enjoyed visiting with people, learning more about their business and helping them become FAMOUS throughout Durden’s 10 county coverage area in southeast Alabama and northwest Florida. He simply loved people. “He was born with a gift of class and a fighting spirit exemplified every day of his 33 year career with our company,” says Earl Durden, president and founder of Durden Outdoor. Frankie was a foster child growing up but would later learn to foster others. He was a mentor to many people who had the privilege of working with him. He always made time for employees and would drop what he was doing to listen and offer advice. He treated his customers the same way. He never was truly “off the clock.” There were many times when he sat in a treestand on Saturday mornings waiting for the perfect buck to come out all while responding to emails, putting proposals together and handling last minute requests that were time sensitive. Frankie was passionate about his work and always put others before himself. “Posting glue ran thru his veins, pumped from a heart full of grace and sincerity” says Bill Durden, Vice President of Durden Outdoor.  “The chemistry Frankie Stone brought to our work family was irreplaceable and he will be sorely missed by many.” Frankie Stone was a frequent attendee of many IBO conferences since 2017.  He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and daughter Hannah who also works as a graphic artist / digital scheduler at Durden Outdoor. Read the full obituary HERE.

Escape the Ordinary

Looking for a quick getaway this summer? Escape the ordinary and head on up the road to Phenix City, AL. Experience Whitewater Alabama, home of world-class rafting. Raft down the Chattahoochee River, boasting the longest urban whitewater rafting in the world. The course has been described to be as “wild as Colorado and warm as Costa Rica.” Not quite brave enough to jump into a raft just yet? Warm up your adrenaline with the Blue Heron Adventure Zip Line. Take flight crossing the Chattahoochee River and experience the only dual-zip line that connects two states reaching speeds up to 40 mph.

Durden Outdoor is excited about our new partnership with Whitewater Alabama. Utilizing a mix of rotary posters and a premium bulletin, they are able to target locals as well as vacationers traveling through the Wiregrass. Their rotary posters are strategically placed on high traffic routes including Restaurant Row along Ross Clark Circle, Main Street and Hwy 231 North. Their premium bulletin can be seen on Hwy 231 South, Alabama’s most traveled highway to Florida beaches. Check out all of the many adventures that they have to offer at WhitewaterAlabama.com.

If you would like to become FAMOUS, please contact one of our sales representatives today at (334) 792-5056 or sales@durdenoutdoor.com.

Shanna Peoples Missing from Geneva, AL

shannapeoples-missingThe Geneva Police Department, Geneva County Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are conducting an active investigation into the disappearance of Shanna Genelle Peoples. As you will remember Shanna went missing on Thursday, September 8, 2011, around 3:30 pm.  Shanna was last seen in the area of 303 North Morris Street, in Geneva, Alabama.  Although it is unclear of the clothing that Shanna was wearing, it is believed that she was wearing blue denim Capri pants and a green tank top.  Shanna has a limited mental capacity, and investigators are not sure if she was the victim of an accident or if she was harmed by someone. Shanna was known to walk and ride her bicycle in the community.  She loved McDonalds and soft drinks and would often ride or walk to either Magnolia Market located on Magnolia Avenue in Geneva or C & M Grocery located on Maple Avenue in Geneva. Geneva is a cohesive and caring community and we know that everyone wants to bring Shanna home.  She is a beloved member of this community and we are asking the citizens of Geneva and the surrounding communities to join us in the effort to bring Shanna home.  Investigators believe that success in this case will come from a joint effort between the citizens in the community and the law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation.  Investigators would also like to thank the public for the information they have provide thus far, and encourage them to continue providing leads and information.  Investigators in the case believe that they are individuals who have information regarding Shanna’s disappearance, and these individuals are strongly encouraged to report that information no matter how small they believe it is.  Please allow the investigators to determine how important or relevant the information may be. This case has been, is, and will remain a priority for local, county, state, and federal law enforcement.  The investigators remain hopeful for a successful conclusion.

ALABAMA Votes, Candidates Use Durden Billboards

March 13, 2012 is the congressional primary election. Who are you voting for? Eleven running candidates voted for Durden when they decided how to promote their campaign. We had the privilege of doing Eight Rotary Poster designs throughout the area, a bulletin in Dale County, & two digital billboards on our Durden Digital Network, which has 16 locations! Let’s meet the candidates who voted for us… Stuart K. Smith is an Ozark Attorney and Republican Candidate for the office of Circuit Judge, Place 1, within the 33rd Judicial Circuit, which serves Dale and Geneva Counties. Mr. Smith helped his campaign by using Durden’s Rotary posters. For past 6 years, Bill Filmore has been Chief Assistant District Attorney for Dale/Geneva Counties. Filmore handles the prosecution of major felony jury trials (usually sexual assaults and murder). Attorney Filmore also chose to promote his campaign with Durden’s Rotary Posters in Dale & Geneva counties. Ron Snell believes his qualifications and experiences, especially having taught in every Geneva County school cluster, make him the best candidate to advance all Geneva County schools as the Geneva County Superintendent. Mr. Snell chose to use rotary posters along with his other campaign elements. Fred Hamic seeks re-election to Geneva County Commission chairman/probate judge. Hamic says that in his first term he helped to get Geneva County on firm financial footing, and that the county currently owes nothing against its $10 million debt limit. He came to Durden for his outdoor advertising of his re-election campaign. Rotary Posters in Geneva County display his artwork created by our Art Department. Starla Mathews has served the citizens of Houston County as Revenue Commissioner for the past twelve years. It is this experience that leads her to seek the office of probate judge in Houston County, Alabama. Starla chose to promote her campaign on Durden’s Digital Network. Durden has a total of 17 locations when it comes to advertising digitally. Patrick Davenport believes it is important to have an attorney as Probate Judge. He graduated from UAB with a bachelor’s degree in history and received his law degree from Cumberland School of law at Samford University. Davenport said his opportunity to serve as special probate judge in the absence of Houston County Probate Judge Luke Cooley has given him a unique qualification to hold the office. Mike Stell’s mission is  to bring Barbour Counties Probate Judge’s office into the 21 Century. Snell wants to stop the long lines and make the office more “Customer Service Friendly.” Mr. Stell is promoting his campaign with Durden’s Rotary Poster in Barbour County. Steve Blair has operated a law firm for 25 years and served as Coffee County district judge for eight years. He was a 12th Judicial Circuit judge for two years and Enterprise’s municipal judge for the past six years. Mr. Blair is using Durden’s Digital Network in Enterprise to help promote his campaign to be Coffee County Probate Judge. Sharon Ard Michalic has 26 years working with Dale County. Her work experience began with the Tax Assessor and Tax Collector Offices before transferring to the Probate Office in 1994. She has had the privilege of working for two past probate judges. Now she is running for Probate Judge herself, and utilized Durden’s Rotary Poster to help her attain that spot. Woodrow (Woody) Hilboldt said his long work history in community-based business and his degree in business administration would be invaluable resources in carrying out the probate judge’s duties, which include maintaining vital public records, protecting public resources, and additional administrative duties associated with the “business” side of the office. He chose Durden to help promote his campaign with our Print Rotary Posters. Gerald Harden has served the citizens of Dale County politically for over 30 years and wishes to continue to do so. Harden believes he has the experience and the leadership capability in order to continue to make Dale County a better place today and for future generations. He is utilizing Durden’s Print Posters to campaign for his election into the Dale County Commission Chairperson Office. New Leadership and New Ideas for the Future of Barbour County is Jason Tyre’s 2012 Campaign Slogan. Over the last sixteen years, Jason has worked diligently through the Court System to provide alternative programs for substance abuse offenders to make them more productive citizens. He chose the Eufaula Digital Light House to further his campaign through outdoor media and advertising. Area businessman and community leader, Mark Blankenship announced his candidacy for Chairman of the Dale County Commission. Blankenship said he wants to put his experience, work ethic, and aggressive leadership to work for Dale County. Blankenship, a licensed residential contractor and developer, currently serves as President pro-tem of the Ozark City Council, serves as a member of the Ozark Technology board, and serves on the CB&T bank board of directors.  Mr. Blankenship chose to promote his campaign with a Durden Bulletin In Dale County. We thank all of our candidates for supporting us and allowing us to help promote you campaign this election.  With a marketing network of 1000 plus billboard, poster, and full color digital displays — your message was effectively promoted with Durden Outdoor. election_0 Commission Chairman Gerald Harden – Dale County Mark Blankenship – Dale County Circuit Judge Bill Filmore – Dale & Geneva County Stuart K Smith – Dale & Geneva County Probate Judge Fred Hamic – Geneva County Mike Stell – Barbour County Steve Blair – Coffee County Sharon Ard Michalic – Dale County Woody Hilboldt – Dale County Starla Mathews – Houston County Patrick Davenport  – Houston County Superintendent Ron Snell – Geneva County Circuit Clerk Jason Tyre – Barbour County

Client Testimonials & Feed Back for Durden Outdoor Displays

We would like to share some of our more recent praises from a few of our clients: We were given creative control by Bud Ford for the New WDHN Spec “You, Got Josh’d.” Mr. Ford knew he wanted it to look athletic, sports like, and sharp. Our Durden Creative Team designed the logo & banner you see below. WDHN’s Sports Director Josh Rultenberg takes his talents to the field, court, or where ever the playing ground may be for each episode of “You Got Josh’d” to see if he can out play his challenger.
“Thanks for your hard work and you are very good at what you do…I never saw the banner that way in my mind…excellent work” –Bud Ford, Meteorologist/Radio Personality
— Laura Wildzunas, a Rucker Blvd. Elementary Teacher, and Lori Snell, a Enterprise High School Teacher, have done a great job this year teaching the young minds of Enterprise, Alabama. Enterprise City Schools wanted to congratulate its excellent school system by having their 2012 Elementary and Secondary Teachers of the Year on the Durden Enterpirse Digital Network.
“You nailed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Rick Rainer, Director of Operations at Enterprise City Schools
— Billy Lawrence Chevrolet-Buick, Inc.  is having a NASCAR give away contest. You can test drive your way to a 2012 NASCAR Weekend! The contest is from January 23, 2012 – February 12, 2012. The NASCAR Weekend includes 3 days & 2 Nights in a hotel and tickets to the NASCAR Weekend Event of your choosing. Once they notified us of their event, the design department quickly got to work on the artwork for the Eufuala Lighthouse Digital (Seen Below).
“The ad looks fantastic! You all did a great job!” Brooke Givens, Billy Lawrence General Manager
— Codwell Bankers Lisa & Kathy wanted to change their digtial message on our Enterprise Digital Network. The art department and creative team went to work to get their new vision up and running asap. Any time you see a “Home for Sale” sign you can call your Realtors, Lissa Fenner & Kathy Kinspell, and they will help you purchase it even if it is a different realty company handling the home.
Thank you for getting those up and running so quickly! We are already getting comments on how great they are and the typical “why didn’t I think  of that?” Lisa Fenner, Realtor, ABR, Military Market Specialist, Coldwell Banker Prestige Homes & Real Estate, Inc
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