1. United Way Bus Tour Makes Stop at VBAS

    By Christina Faulkner

    The students at Vivian B. Adams School in Ozark were entertained and delighted during the United Way Fall Campaign Bus Tour on Thursday, September 22. Reaching the halfway point in their tour of the six-county service area, the United Way representatives arrived to cheers from the Ariton and G.W. Long High School Cheerleaders and music performed by the Carroll High School Jazz Band.

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  2. Ozark City Schools Partnering with MTSS

    By Christina Faulkner

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  3. Tiny Houses Village Approved Through Economic Development Donation

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark City Council approved moving forward with a project proposal for a Tiny House Village from KALIA Construction, LLC during Tuesday’s council meeting held on September 20. The project will include the donation of property owned by the city and located adjacent to the community pool. Planned construction for five tiny homes at a time; the overall project could include up to 50 homes consisting of 500 square feet each. 

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  4. Local Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Mayor’s Proclamation

    Submitted by Heather Cohen

    Mayor Blankenship was joined Thursday, September 22, 2022, by Pastor Leonard T. Evans and members of First Missionary Baptist Church. Blankenship read and presented a proclamation celebrating the 150th anniversary of their church to members of the church. 

    Read the proclamation below: 

    Proclamation

    First Missionary Baptist Church 150th Anniversary

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  5. Warriors Defeat Rebels

    Lakendrick Jordan led Dale County to a 26 – 22 victory over G. W. Long Friday night, September 23. Jordan had 20 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown and had an interception he returned for a score. Christian Ross had 13 carries for 98 yards and one touchdown. Ross also had two receptions for 52 yards. Dallas Hedstrom went 3-of-6 passing for 83 yards and one touchdown. Junior Smith had one reception for 31 yards and one touchdown.

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  6. Ozark Man Charged with Rape and Child Sexual Abuse After Sting

    Statement from Dale County Sheriff's Office

    Yesterday, Dale County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from Tallahassee PD yesterday in reference to an online undercover operation involving electronic solicitation of children.  TPD informed us that they were communicating with an individual in Ozark who was soliciting sexual contact from children from an undercover officer. Based on this information we executed a search warrant on the suspect's residence in Ozark. As a result of that search warrant and interviewing other individuals additional evidence was uncovered that led us to charge Jeremy Morris with Rape 1st, Sexual Abuse 1st of a Child Under 12 (2counts) and Sodomy 1st (2 counts). Morris is currently in the Dale County Jail awaiting his 1st appearance. We do anticipate additional charges once forensic analysis are completed on the suspect’s electronic devices. We were assisted by Tallahassee Police Department, Ozark Police Department, SBI and the Dale County District Attorney’s Office. 

    Chief Deputy Mason Bynum

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  7. Renovation of Historic AAC Brown Building Begins

    By Christina Faulkner

    Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College celebrated the official beginning of a revitalization project to the AAC campus’ oldest building on Thursday, September 15. Local educators, school officials, industry partners, and city officials joined the daughter of James Douglas Brown, Sr., for whom the building was named, and her family to commemorate the beginning of the $5 million project.  

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  8. Lifetime Show of Tim Richardson Now on Display

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ann Rudd Art Museum in downtown Ozark is hosting a Lifetime Show of local artist Tim Richardson’s work. The Lifetime Show highlights Richardson’s work using a variety of mediums, from the polyurethane Tyrannosaurus Rex skull displayed in the front window of the gallery to the most recent acrylics Richardson has painted in the last three years.

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  9. Daleville Squeaks by Northside Methodist

    By Brandon Faulkner

    Daleville defeated Northside Methodist 16-15 Friday, September 16, to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in Class 3A, Region 2.

    The Knights struck first off a 5-yard touchdown run by Johnathan Steinfeld to go up 6-0. Harrison Hicks connected with Caleb Watkins for the two-point conversion to give Northside Methodist an 8-0 lead. The Warhawks answered on a three-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion by Omarion Pinckney to tie the game 8-8.

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  10. Wallace Baseball Selects Jackson Glover as Coach Oppert Scholarship Recipient

    Special to The Southern Star

    Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) has awarded the 2022 Coach Johnny Oppert Scholarship to Governors baseball player Jackson Glover. The scholarship is named in honor of Coach Johnny Oppert, the first head coach of the Gov’s baseball program, and Wallace basketball coach and athletic director. The scholarship is given to a baseball student who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding character and athletic excellence for which Coach Oppert is known.

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  11. Newton Elementary Makes History: Named 2022 Blue Ribbon School

    By Christina Faulkner

     

    Newton Elementary School was one of only five schools in Alabama recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School this past week. The excitement and pride within the Newton School gymnasium were palpable as the announcement was made by Superintendent Ben Baker Friday morning, September 16, with cheers and applause from the staff and student body.

    “This national recognition is given to elite schools across the United States based on a school’s overall academic performance,” Baker said.

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  12. Fuqua Bankston Hosts First Responders for 9-11 Remembrance Celebration

    By Christina Faulkner

    Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home hosted its 5th Annual 9-11 First Responders Appreciation Day on Friday, September 9. Over 300 first responders, municipal workers, and veterans attended the annual event where fallen first responders from Dale County were recognized during a brief program, and lunch was shared.

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  13. Fort Rucker Remembers 9-11 First Responders with Memorial Walk

    By Christina Faulkner

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  14. Ozark Promoting Downtown with Billboards on Andrews Avenue

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark is on a mission to promote its downtown and the events held there. Pursuing this effort, the City Council, the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation came together to apply for grants and other funding to pay for two back-to-back billboards promoting Ozark. The billboards are situated on Andrews Avenue, coming from Fort Rucker. 

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  15. Dale County Commission Chair Elected To Statewide Association Legislative Committee

    Montgomery— Dale County Commission Chair Steve McKinnon has been elected to serve as a member of the 2022-2023 Legislative Committee of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA), the statewide association representing Alabama’s 67 county governments.

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  16. Wallace Community College-Dothan Holds Phillip J. Hamm Library Grand Reopening Ceremony

    Special to The Southern Star

    Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) held a grand reopening ceremony for the newly remodeled Phillip J. Hamm Library on the Wallace Campus in Dothan on Thursday, September 8, 2022. Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Chancellor Jimmy Baker was in attendance for the event, which celebrated the $1.8 million renovation project and demonstrated WCCD’s commitment to excellence by meeting the educational resources needs of today’s students, faculty, and community.

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  17. Guffeys Make Ozark New Hometown

    By Christina Faulkner

    When Ricky and Kimberly Guffey first came to the Wiregrass, they did not expect to discover a new hometown and open a business.

    The Guffeys were the 40% owner of Timberline Homes in Dothan. However, after coming to the area, they discovered Ozark was the community in which they wanted to continue raising their three younger children, ages 15, 13, and 8. The Guffeys have three adult children who live in North Alabama.

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  18. Ariton Downs Long in Top 5 Class 2A Matchup

    By Brandon Faulkner

    Jordan Smith led the number five ranked Purple Cats to a 34-18 win over number three, G.W. Long, in a Class 2A, Region 2 showdown Friday night. Ariton improved to 2-0 in Class 2A, Region 2, and 3-1 overall, while the Rebels fell to 1-1 in Class 2A, Region 2, and 3-1 overall. The Purple Cats are 5-1 against the Rebels in their last six meetings.

    Ariton jumped to a 6-0 lead with just over six minutes remaining in the first quarter off a 59-yard touchdown run by Ian Senn. Long blocked the PAT kick.

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  19. Ozark Resident Raising Awareness for Humanitarian Need in Ukraine

    By Christina Faulkner

    Atlanta native and Ozark resident Stephen Rollins is working to raise awareness of the need for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Rollins says meeting the people of Ukraine, knowing their faith in God, and witnessing the horrors that have befallen them at the hands of Russian soldiers have led him on this mission. Rollins says four key organizations are making a difference in Ukraine and is asking those who are capable to help them continue their work.

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  20. Overnight Blaze Results in Total Loss

    By Christina Faulkner

    Newton Volunteer Fire Department responded to a house fire on Brackin Mill Road in Newton early Tuesday morning around 3 a.m. Unfortunately for the property owner, the structure was a complete loss; however, no occupants were in the building at the time of the fire, resulting in no loss of life or injury.

    Volunteer Newton firefighter, Charles Zeigler, speaking on behalf of Fire Chief Edward Snow, said the call came in at 2:52 a.m. after a passerby saw the blaze. Upon arrival, the structure was completely engulfed in flames.

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  21. Chopper’s Ol’ School BBQ Recognized

    Special to The Southern Star

    The Southeast Alabama AMVETS Post 7 presented Chris Wood of Chopper's Ol' School BBQ with a certificate of appreciation for their contributions to area Veterans, the community, and to the Southeast Alabama AMVETS.

    Chopper’s Ol School BBQ is currently planning its 10th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving meal, whereas they provide free thanksgiving meals to military personnel on and around Fort Rucker, to public safety personnel on duty on Thanksgiving, and to citizens.

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  22. Green McCarthyism

    By Jonathan Reisman

     

    Gina McCarthy is the first White House National Climate Advisor under President Biden. Before that, she was the EPA administrator under President Obama, where she trail blazed the practice of using an e-mail alias to avoid transparency and pesky freedom of information requests from deplorable non-believers and “deniers”

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  23. Eagles Down Rebels in Class 5A, Region 2 Contest

    By Christina Faulkner and Brandon Faulkner

    Carroll High once again mastered the matchup between the Eagles and the Rehobeth Rebels with a resounding 21-7 victory in Friday night’s Class 5A, Region 2 game in Rehobeth. Both teams came off a big win the week prior, with the Eagles defeating Dale County 39-9.

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  24. Area Students from Five Dale County High Schools Attend Leadership Program Orientation

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Youth Leadership Program (DCYLP) held orientation for 17 area students at Hoppergrass Restaurant in Ozark last week on Thursday, August 18. Students from Ariton, Carroll, Dale County, Daleville, and G.W. Long were among the seventeen who participated.

    The DCYLP is made possible through generous donations from local businesses and organizations.  The program has local board members from the schools and from the business sector that help organize and facilitate monthly meetings.

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  25. Local American Veterans Post Has Opened

    Daleville, Alabama —- The Southeast Alabama American Veterans Post 7 has officially opened in Daleville, Alabama. American Veterans, or AMVETS for short, finds its beginnings in 1944 as many veterans were helping returning war veterans to obtain their earned benefits from the federal government.  As the number of veterans swelled to millions, it was realized there was a need for a national organization to provide this assistance. Then on December 10, 1944, eighteen representatives from nine veterans’ organizations worked together to form what is now AMVETS.

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  26. McCraney Makes Another Bid For Bond Release

    By Christopher Mobley

    The suspect in the controversial Ozark, AL murder trial has once again requested to be released on bond.

    Coley McCraney, who has been charged and is currently on trial for the 1999 murders of  J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett, has recently requested to be released on bond. According to his legal team, McCraney does not pose a danger to the community, nor a flight risk, as he has no criminal history, and his family has resided in the Ozark and Dothan areas for most of his life. McCraney’s previous request for bond was denied in 2019. 

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  27. Designing Your Garden for Better Mental Health

    From StatePoint Media

    Gardening is not only a means for beautifying outdoor spaces and growing delicious foods. According to those who spend significant time in the yard, getting outside can also support your well-being.

    “Gardening is good for the mind, it’s good for the soul, and it’s good for the body,” said legendary football coach Vince Dooley. “I enjoy coming out to garden, and when I finish, I feel like I’ve done something, and I feel good.”

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  28. Saul Harrell Elected to Alabama Powerlifting Hall of Fame, Class of 2023

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark resident Saul Harrell was elected into the Alabama Powerlifting Hall of Fame Class of 2023 last month. Harrell will receive his plaque and be inducted in July 2023. Harrell specializes in the bench press. He has set multiple records and won numerous titles.

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  29. AUSA Members Meet for General Membership Breakfast

    By Christina Faulkner

    Businesses, organizations, individuals, and Wiregrass municipal officials gathered at First Ozark United Methodist Church in Ozark on Thursday, August 11, for the Association of the United States Army General Membership Breakfast. The gathering met to hear Retired Major General Clyde “Lou” Hennies speak about the greatest challenge facing today’s Army.

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  30. Ozark Dale County Library Begins Move to New Location

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Dale County Library began the arduous process of moving into its new location on N. Union Avenue last month, with over 20,000 books and other materials to sort and reshelve, as well as finding new homes for the wide variety of historical displays that the library has kept safe for the citizens of Ozark and Dale County. Employees and a handful of volunteers certainly have their work ahead of them.

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  31. ACCS and ESCC Team Up to Provide Active Shooter Training

    By Christina Faulkner

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  32. Dr. Bryan Deloney, D.M.D. and Staff Win Business of the Month

    By Christopher Mobley

    Dental healthcare is an essential need that requires a lot of trust between professionals and their customers to make sure that their needs are met. It is something that is able to keep the medical professionals connected to the people of Ozark, building understanding and trust. It is this level of trust, and dedication of his staff that has allowed Dr. Bryan Deloney and his incredible staff to win the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of The Month. 

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  33. PicScience Visits Ozark Boys and Girls Club

    PicScience, a K-12 math and science education company, visited the Boys and Girls Club in Ozark, AL, for four weeks in July to help students get a head start on the upcoming school year.

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  34. Love’s Reaches $2.2 Million in Gas Tax Rebate

    By Christina Faulkner

    Mayor Mark Blankenship announced the final payout of the $2.2 million gas tax rebate to Love’s Truck Stop at the Ozark City Council meeting held August 2. The final payout of $98,453.43 was presented to Love’s Manager, John Senn, at last Tuesday’s council meeting. The check represented the last three-quarters of gas taxes received from Love’s.

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  35. County Employees to Benefit from 15% COLA

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County employees and retirees will see some relief from increasing inflation in September. On Tuesday, during its regularly held meeting, the Dale County Commission, in two separate actions, approved a 15% Cost of Living increase (COLA) for all county employees and a one-time lump sum payment to retirees as a longevity bonus.

    The 15% COLA is a $700,000 annual budget adjustment for the county and includes the county’s portion of employee benefit packages. The longevity bonus resulted in a $38,456 budget adjustment.

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  36. Dale County School Recognized as One of State’s Top 12

    By Christopher Mobley

    A northwest Dale County school has been recognized for its reading program as being one of the best statewide by the Alabama Reading Initiative. 

    Ariton School recently received recognition for being one of the top 12 reading spotlight schools in the state of Alabama. Currently, Ariton School is the only school in the Wiregrass area to hold the distinction. 

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  37. New Apprenticeship Program to Produce Aviation Mechanics and Technicians for Ft. Rucker Area

    Alabama’s need for aviation mechanics and technicians is soaring, and a new registered apprenticeship program will begin filling that need with trained and qualified individuals.  The Alabama Office of Apprenticeship has partnered with M1 Support Services and the Alabama Aviation College to develop an apprenticeship program that combines paid work experience and classroom instruction, all while earning a portable, nationally recognized credential. 

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  38. From Blackhawks to White House, Eagle Alum Soars in Army Aviation

    (Aug. 4, 2022) JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Before Katie (Morris) Slingerland flew Blackhawk helicopters, before she worked at the White House, and long before she became battalion commander for 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment at Fort Rucker — she was a Carson-Newman University freshman who called Charleston, South Carolina, home.

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  39. Fort Rucker and AACE Changes Command

    By Christina Faulkner

    Fort Rucker and the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence’s Commanding General, Major General David J. Francis, relinquished his command to incoming Brigadier General Michael C. McCurry during a change of command ceremony held on Howze Field on Thursday, July 21.

    During the change of command, Lieutenant General Theodore D. Martin, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth commander, passed the unit colors from the outgoing to the incoming leader.

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  40. Humble Beginnings at Ozark Community Pool

    July 22-23 Alabama Parks and Recreation State Swim Meet in Opelika, AL

     

    Submitted by Geri Weisler, Aquatics Director, Ozark Leisure Services

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  41. Hyundai Subsidiary Found to Have Used Child Labor at Alabama Factory

    By Christopher Mobley

    A subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co has used child labor, in some cases workers as young as 12,  at a plant that supplies parts for the carmaker's assembly line in nearby Montgomery, Alabama. The news was first reported by the news agency, Reuters. 

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  42. Ozark City Schools Announces New Staff at Meet & Greet

    By Christopher Mobley

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  43. Improvements Ongoing at Holman House

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Heritage Association, the organization in charge of operating and maintaining the Holman House located on Broad Street, has been hard at work these past weeks completing projects to improve the exterior appearance of the historic home and preparing for additional workspace in the basement located below the 1912 house.

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  44. Dale County Engineer Retires; Assistant Resigns

    By Christina Faulkner

    After informing Dale County Engineer Derek Brewer of their intent not to renew his contract in a majority vote on April 12, the Dale County Commission voted to place Brewer on administrative leave and set a due process hearing for Tuesday, June 19. However, that hearing did not occur after Brewer chose to retire from his position instead. 

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  45. Renovations for Dale County Jail, Continued Road Improvements Approved by Commission

    By Christina Faulkner

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