1. Dale County Schools Scores Only “A” in Alabama

    The Alabama State Department of Education recently released the state and federal report cards for all 145 Alabama School Districts and all 1,340 schools.  State and Federal Report Cards have not been issued for the last two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Pre-pandemic report cards scored the Dale County School system as the highest-scoring county school system in Alabama.  According to data released by the Alabama State Department of Education last week, Dale County Schools continues to be the highest-scoring county school system in Alabama and the only county school sys

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  2. Blankenship is Awarded Outstanding ACE Mayor 2022

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship was honored at the close of the Municipal Leadership Institute held at Perdido Beach in Orange Beach, AL, November 8-10. Blankenship was recognized as Outstanding Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) Mayor.

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  3. Georgia Family with Ozark Ties to Appear on Great Christmas Light Fight

     By Christina Faulkner

    A Georgia family with ties to Ozark will appear on this season of the Great Christmas Light Fight. Airing December 12 on ABC. The Woodams family of Bainbridge, Georgia, was selected as one of this season's competitors and filmed last year while constructing their Christmas Wonderland.

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  4. Ozark Celebrates 100-Year-Old WWII Veteran, Names Cullifer Grand Marshall of Christmas Parade

    By Christina Faulkner

    World War II veteran and Ozark resident Arthur C. “Ott” Cullifer will lead the Ozark Christmas Parade, Tuesday, December 6, as it makes its way along the downtown route. Cullifer, who will be 100 years old on December 18, is the Grand Marshall. Cullifer is one of the few remaining survivors of WWII.

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  5. Alabama Downs Auburn, 49-27, for Third-Straight Iron Bowl Victory

    (Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com)

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 7/8/7 Alabama football team claimed its third-consecutive Iron Bowl victory by a score 49-27 over instate rival Auburn Saturday inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The contest was the regular-season finale for both squads.

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  6. Flags for Forgotten Soldiers Day Declared in Daleville

    Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton signed a Proclamation declaring November 15, 2022 as Flags for Forgotten Soldiers Day during the Daleville City Council meeting held November 15 at Daleville City Hall. 660 American flags were on display in front of City Hall, the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center complex. The intent of the flags is to bring awareness to the 22 veteran suicides that occur every day throughout a given month. Flags were placed by Boy Scout Troop 88.

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  7. T-Mobile Store Expected Opening Date Nov. 28; Four Other Stores Open Across Alabama

    By Christina Faulkner

    T-Mobile is planning the expected opening of its Ozark location just ahead of the holidays. The new store in Ozark is expected to open Monday, November 28 and will be located on Highway 231 in front of Grocery Outlet. Ozark is among five Alabama communities in which T-Mobile chose to expand its retail footprint. Attalla, Bay Minette, Greenville, and Moulton have recently seen new T-Mobile retail locations open as well.

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  8. Secretary of State-Elect Notifies Eric of Alabama’s Withdrawal

    Secretary of State-Elect Wes Allen (R-Troy) mailed a letter to the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) today informing the corporation of Alabama’s withdrawal from participation in their system.

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  9. Dale County to Have New Coroner, Other Officials After Nov. 8 Elections

    By Christina Faulkner

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  10. Alabama Downs Austin Peay, 34-0

    (Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com)

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The No. 8/8/8 Alabama football team used a balanced offensive attack combined with stout defensive play to overwhelm Austin Peay Saturday, 34-0, inside Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide combined for 527 total yards of offense on the day, accounting for 263 yards in the ground game and 264 through the air.

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  11. County Declares Farm-City Week in Dale County

    By Christina Faulkner

    Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon declared the week of November 18 – 24 as Farm-City Week in Dale County at the Dale County Commission meeting held last week on November 8.

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  12. DAV Hosts Veterans Day Program

    By Casey Sanders

    The city of Ozark and families gathered at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Lodge on Veterans Day to show love and support to our veterans and our fallen soldiers on Friday, November 11. 

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  13. Lisenby B Primary School Principal Becomes Regional Coordinator Alabama Department of Education Mathematics Improvement Department

    By Christopher Mobley

    Teachers and staff at Ozark City Schools have always been known to strive for the opportunity to connect with their students while improving their learning skills. Former Lisenby B Primary educator and principal Dawn Zinn will now be playing a bigger role in the way our children learn with her latest promotion.

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  14. Six Ozark Officials Graduate from Alabama Economic Development Academy 

    By Christopher Mobley

    Six municipal officials from the city of Ozark were among those who recently graduated from the Alabama League of Municipalities Economic Academy. The academy took place at the Alabama League of Municipalities' Municipal Leadership Institute at Orange Beach. 

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  15. Longtime Library Clerk Retires

    By Christina Faulkner

    Darnell Johnson is an institution at the Ozark Dale County Library, having worked there for almost 22 years. On Tuesday, November 8, one month before his 22nd year anniversary, the Ozark community had the opportunity to say goodbye and wish Johnson well in his retirement. The library celebrated with a retirement cake and hors d’oeuvres.

    “It’s time. It’s just time,” Johnson said of his decision to retire.

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  16. Ozark Displays Old Glory in Honor of Veterans

    By Christina Faulkner

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  17. Ariton Native Returns to Home County as County Engineer

    By Christina Faulkner

    When the County Engineer position was posted for Dale County, Ariton native Matthew Murphy did not need a second thought before submitting his resume for consideration. Murphy, a lifelong resident of Dale County, received his Civil Engineering Degree from Auburn University in 2000. Four years later, he was licensed as a professional engineer.

    Murphy began working with Barbour County as the Assistant County Engineer in 2000, accepting the position as Barbour County’s County Engineer in 2016.

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  18. FUMC Breaks Ground on Kingsley CLC

    By Christina Faulkner

    As the church bells rang, a hush came over the crowd gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the First Ozark United Methodist Church’s Kingsley Christian Learning Center on Sunday, October 30. City leaders, church members, and construction team leaders gathered under cloudy skies to heft the first symbolic shovels of dirt with CLC Director Britney Johnson at a site located behind FUMC at the corner of N. East Street and St. James Place.

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  19. Wayne Davis to be Posthumously Awarded Farm Service Award

    Wayne Davis of Skipperville will be awarded the Farm Service Award at the Farm-City Banquet posthumously this next week on Tuesday, November 15. Davis is being recognized for his leadership and dedication to the agricultural, forestry, and wildlife fields throughout his life. Unfortunately, Davis passed away in March 2019. His family will receive the award in his stead.

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  20. Long Holds Off St. Lukes

    The G.W. Long Rebels held off St. Lukes 19-16 in the first round of the 2022 AHSAA Class 2A Football Playoffs Friday, November 4. With the win, the Rebels advance to the second round of the playoffs and will travel to Notasulga, Alabama, to take on the Class 2A number 3 ranked Reeltown Rebels Friday, November 11.

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  21. Sheriff Honored for Years of Service

    By Christina Faulkner

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  22. Gardner Highlights Army’s Challenges for Future

    By Christina Faulkner

    Colonel Whitney B. Gardner was the keynote speaker at the quarterly Association of the United States Army meeting held at the Daleville Cultural and Convention Center Thursday, October 27. Highlighting Fort Rucker Command General Major General Michael McCurry’s priority of developing strong relationships with the communities surrounding Fort Rucker, Gardner began by recognizing the powerful force of the local AUSA Chapter.

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  23. Ozark Dale County Library Host Long Awaited Grand Opening

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Dale County Library held its long-awaited grand opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new location at 296 North Union Avenue in Ozark on Tuesday, October 25. Celebrating with grilled hot dogs, roasted corn, and ice cream, the library opened its doors at 10 a.m., welcoming patrons to browse the approximately 30,000 books and other materials the library has available for checkout.

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  24. Star’s Sister Papers, The Calais Advertiser, and Machias Valley News Observer, Earn 42 Awards from Maine Press Association

    The Southern Star’s sister papers, The Calais Advertiser and Machias Valley News Observer, were recognized this past weekend at the Maine Press Association Annual State Conference held at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Event Center in Bar Harbor, Maine, on October 22. The Calais Advertiser was presented with 24 awards for its exceptional journalism work, and Machias Valley News Observer received 18 awards, for a total of 42 awards combined between the two Washington County publications.  

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  25. Play Learn Live Therapy Inc. of Ozark Celebrates Official Ribbon Cutting

    By Christopher Mobley 

    We can all agree that our children are our future, and parents all want to make sure their children are prepared for the world. Therefore, when children are in need of specialized care, parents want to make sure that their children are receiving the best care and attention. This is what Play Learn Live Therapy, Inc. hopes to bring to the city of Ozark as they celebrate their official ribbon cutting. 

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  26. Eagles Drop Close Game Against St. James

    By Brandon Faulkner

    The Class 3A No. 7 ranked St. James Trojans defeated the Carroll Eagles 31-28 in a close game Friday, October 28.

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  27. City Moving Forward with Energy Conservation

    By Christina Faulkner

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  28. Pea River Electric Cooperative Kicks-off Broadband Initiative

    PRESS RELEASE

    Pea River Electric Cooperative held a press conference at the Henry County Courthouse in downtown Abbeville on Monday, October 17 to announce the roll-out of the utility’s new high speed, fiber-based broadband project, which will bring the highest available broadband speeds across previously unserved areas of Barbour, Dale, and Henry counties.

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  29. Indoor Pickleball Courts Coming to the Wiregrass

    By Casey Brooke Sanders

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  30. County Administrator Renewed for Three-Year Contract

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Commission approved the early renewal of County Administrator Cheryl Ganey’s contract at the County Commission meeting held Tuesday, October 12. Ganey’s previous contract, approved in December 2020, does not expire until 2023; however, the Commission, Ganey, and county attorney Matthew Simechak saw an opportunity to ‘clean up’ some elements of the administrator’s contract. The new three-year contract cancels out Ganey’s previous contract and becomes effective November 1, 2022.

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  31. Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce Recognized for its Contribution to Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

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  32. Buyer Beware: Extended Warranty Scams Finding New Ways to Influence Targets

    By Christina Faulkner

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  33. Spanish Heritage Festival a Sensación in Downtown Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Carroll High School Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society came together to host the Spanish Heritage Festival in downtown Ozark at the Ozark Amphitheater on Saturday, October 15. This event marks the end of Spanish Heritage Month, celebrated between September 15 and October 15.

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  34. Ariton Honoring Town’s Notables

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Town of Ariton is honoring its notable citizens by naming streets for them. Blues legend Big Mama Thornton and long-time math teacher Mary Vic Paramore are two of the names that will grace the streets of Ariton.

    Mary Vic Paramore Way already graces what was once known as Church Street. A street sign located near the Ariton Universalist Center was the scene of an unveiling ceremony during the 2022 Ariton School Homecoming Parade held last month.

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  35. Skipperville United Methodist Church Celebrating 140 Years

    By Christina Faulkner

    Skipperville United Methodist Church (SUMC), founded in 1882, will celebrate 140 years with a Homecoming Celebration on Sunday, November 6, at 11:00 a.m. The celebration will include a special worship service with former pastor, Reverend Michael Ramsey as the guest speaker, followed by fellowship and a luncheon.

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  36. Ariton Clinches Class 2A, Region 2 Title

    The Class 2A third-ranked Purple Cats clinched the Class 2A, Region 2 title, defeating Wicksburg 49-35 Friday, October 14. Ariton’s head coach Steven Kilcrease earned his 100th career win as well. Kilcrease is now 100-39 in his 12-year head coaching career and 58-23 in his seven years as Ariton’s head coach.

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  37. Ozark Making a Difference October 22

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark will celebrate Make A Difference Day Saturday, October 22. With its annual list of projects to complete, the First Ozark United Methodist Church is hosting the annual event, but not without help. The Ozark Baptist Church also joins in each year, with each church hosting volunteers for a meal. 

    This year’s Make A Difference Day will begin with breakfast at Ozark Baptist Church, where volunteers will receive their t-shirts and assignments for the day. 

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  38. Fort Rucker’s New Name Receives Final Approval

    By Christopher Mobley

    It was announced on October 6 that name changes for Fort Rucker, among other military posts across the southern states, have been reviewed and approved.

    The approval comes from an Implementation of the Naming Commission’s Recommendations, issued by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III.

    “The installations and facilities that our Department operates are more than vital national

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  39. Cawley Joining Recruitment Team at ESCC/AAC in Ozark

    Submitted by ESCC

    Caitlin Cawley has been named the new recruiter for the Alabama Aviation College, a unit of Enterprise State Community College.

    Cawley began serving as a recruiter on Oct. 3, 2022. She joins ESCC’s Director of Recruiting, Emily Baker, and Katie Sawyer, a recruiter for the Enterprise campus.

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  40. Post Oak Pumpkin Patch Returns

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Pumpkin Patch at the corner of Highway 231 and Andrews Avenue in Ozark has returned. Post Oak Baptist Church youth group received their annual delivery of pumpkins Thursday, October 6.

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  41. Joycelyn Tinker Crowned 2022-23 Miss ESCC

    Ms. Joycelyn Tinker will serve Enterprise State Community College as its 2022-23 Miss ESCC.

    Tinker was chosen to wear the crown out of eight contestants and was also named Most Photogenic during the Miss ESCC pageant held Thursday, October 6. She was crowned by the 2021-22 Miss ESCC Ruby Garcia.

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  42. Late Score Gives Long Victory

    By Brandon Faulkner

    The Class 2A Number 9 ranked G. W. Long Rebels defeated Cottonwood 35-28 Friday, October 7, in a Class 2A, Region 2 matchup. Long scored with less than a minute left in the game off a 10-yard touchdown run by Brayden Whitehead for a go-ahead score and the win.

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  43. Ozark Dale County Library Will Celebrate Grand Opening October 25

    By Christina Faulkner

    After months of hard work planning, packing, shelving, and organizing, the Ozark Dale County Library will have a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, October 25, at 10 a.m. at their new location at 296 North Union Avenue in Ozark. An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. that afternoon with the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce and significant dignitaries officiating. The library’s Board of Trustees and staff invite everyone to come out and enjoy a day filled with special activities.

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  44. Ozark Breaks Ground on New Farmers’ Market

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark and the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Ozark Farmers’ Market on Tuesday, September 27. The market will be a 2400-square-foot, covered structure complete with public restrooms. 

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  45. Farm-City Week is November 18-24; Planning Underway

    By Christina Faulkner

    Planning for the events preceding Farm-City week is well underway, with the Farm-City Committee meeting at the Hoppergrass on Wednesday, September 28, to work on finalizing dates and plans as they move into the final month of preparations. The annual celebration recognized Thanksgiving week is preceded by several events designed to bring together rural and urban residents in an effort to broaden the understanding of how the collaboration of farmers and city workers provide to meet the needs of all. 

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