1. City of Ozark shows strong financial health in latest audit report

    By Christina Faulkner

    At the recent City Council meeting in May, Mary Leslie from Carr, Riggs, and Ingram presented the audit report for the City of Ozark, revealing a positive financial outlook and sound management practices. The audit, covering the fiscal year ending September 30, 2023, detailed both a comprehensive financial audit and a single audit, which is mandated for cities spending more than $750,000 in federal funds.

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  2. Barry Moore thanks the Wiregrass

    By Travis Parker

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  3. Daleville man jailed for shots fired, threats

    By Christina Faulkner

    A call for service to 9-1-1 operators at the Daleville Communication Center on Thursday afternoon, June 6, ended with one man behind bars. David Eugene Hosmun, 31, of Daleville, was arrested June 6 on charges of Making Terroristic Threats 1st Degree and Disorderly Conduct.

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  4. JNB Services journeys from kitchen table to grand opening in Daleville

    By Travis Parker

    JNB Services recently celebrated its grand opening at new, much larger facilities with a short welcoming ceremony, refreshments, and a Special Award for a valued Team Member. The gathering highlighted the commitment of the rapidly growing company to excellence and teamwork. The event provided a perfect opportunity to recognize and appreciate one of their outstanding team members, James Jones, the Senior Project Manager and Engineer.

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  5. Council gives library a budget boost

    By Caitlyn Cummings

    The Ozark City Council met on June 4 to discuss important topics affecting the city. Led by Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Treasurer Christina Faulkner's detailed presentation on the library budget, the council talked about how to spend money on various city needs. They also made decisions about city projects, grants, and appointing new people to city committees. This meeting also covered leasing a hangar, getting grants for city projects, and deciding where to put a historical tank.

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  6. Four celebrate 133 years of postal service with journey along Retirement Way

    By Christina Faulkner

    Four Ozark Post Office employees retired on May 31, marking the end of a combined 133 years of dedicated service and the beginning of their journey down Retirement Way. Postmaster David Kochanski, Supervisor Joan Ellis, and carriers Rickey Outlaw and John Simpson were honored at a retirement party at El Palacio’s, with over 40 colleagues, family, and friends celebrating their achievements.

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  7. Council revokes motel’s license, resulting in eviction of homeless

    By Caitlyn Cummings

    During a meeting of the Ozark City Council held on May 21, a public hearing took place to determine if the business license for the Days Inn, located on Highway 231, should be revoked. The business has a long history of fire code violations and safety issues. The City of Ozark, represented by city attorney Joe W. Adams, and the owner of the Days Inn, Drew Shah, presented their cases to the City Council.

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  8. Ozark to unveil Safe Haven Baby Box

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark will hold a special ceremony to unveil and bless the newly installed Safe Haven Baby Box at Fire Station No. 3, located at 100 Mixon School Road. The event is scheduled for June 24 at 2:00 p.m., and the community is invited to attend this significant occasion.

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  9. Sex offender nabbed in Notasulga after two-day evasion

    By Christina Faulkner

    A Daleville man charged with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy is being held in the Dale County Jail after being arrested in Macon County on Sunday, May 2. Colt Bryan Lecuyer, 33, eluded law enforcement for two days after Ozark-Dale County E-911 operators received a disturbing call from a Level Plains resident reporting a witnessed sexual assault involving a young child under the age of 10 on Friday, May 31.

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  10. Sunday at the Crossroads highlights Dale County’s musical talents

    By Caitlyn Cummings

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  11. Ft. Novosel honors fallen heroes with Memorial Day remembrance ceremony

    By Travis Parker

    Ft. Novosel got a head start on the Memorial Day weekend by honoring those who lost their lives in the defense of freedom with their version of the Remembrance Ceremony on Thursday, May 23. This annual event, deeply rooted in history and tradition, was a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by countless servicemen and women.

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  12. Wiregrass area commemorates Memorial Day with honors and tributes

    By Travis Parker

    Many events and ceremonies were held in the Wiregrass area to honor Memorial Day. In the City of Daleville the Second Annual Memorial Day Ceremony was held, organized by Southeast Alabama AMVETS Post 7. Daleville City Councilwoman Jo Reese opened the ceremony with a welcome, followed by State AMVETS Chaplain John Logsdon delivering the opening invocation.

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  13. Academic success forged by cousin valedictorians

    By Christina Faulkner

    It’s a rare and extraordinary feat when cousins from different schools achieve the coveted title of valedictorian in the same year. Jesse D. Dyson from Northside Methodist Academy and Andrew Fletcher Dyson, Jr. from Long High School have accomplished just that, making waves in their respective communities with their outstanding academic achievements.

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  14. From Top Ten Graduate to History Scholar

    By Christina Faulkner

    Alyssa Kaitlyn Allen, a graduate of G.W. Long High School's Class of 2018 Top Ten, embodies the spirit of excellence fostered in Dale County. With an unwavering passion for history that ignited during her elementary years, Allen's academic trajectory has been characterized by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and a commitment to scholarly inquiry.

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  15. Daleville graduate makes school history

    By Christina Faulkner

    LaShundra Latrese Straw made history at Daleville High School by graduating with her college degree before even walking the stage to receive her high school diploma. Straw graduated from Enterprise State Community College on May 9 and received her high school diploma on May 17. Her remarkable achievements are a testament to her dedication and hard work, culminating in her being named valedictorian of her senior class.

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  16. Carroll High School graduates 150 seniors

    By Christina Faulkner

    Carroll High School celebrated the graduation of 150 seniors at the Ozark Civic Center on Friday, May 17. The ceremony was marked by inspiring speeches and recognition of achievements.

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  17. G.W. Long FFA Banquet celebrates achievements

    By Christina Faulkner

    The G.W. Long FFA held its annual banquet earlier this month, celebrating a year of remarkable achievements and recognizing the contributions of its members. With a history of success at both the district and state levels, the chapter continued its tradition of excellence, earning several top awards this year.

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  18. Fatal crash claims life of young mother, leaves child critically injured

    By Christina Faulkner

    A tragic accident on Thursday night claimed the life of 23-year-old Kimberly Nicole Ingram from Ozark and left her three-year-old daughter critically injured. The fatal crash occurred at approximately 11:50 p.m. on May 16, near the 40-mile marker close to the Fort Novosel privately owned weapons range.

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  19. Alabama Senate fails to pass gambling bills in last-minute upset

    By Christina Faulkner

    Montgomery - Alabama's legislative session ended on May 10 with a surprising twist as heavily debated gaming bills failed to make it through the state Senate.

    The drama unfolded after the House voted in favor of the Conference Committee Report on the ongoing gaming bills on April 30. House Bill 151 and House Bill 152 garnered significant support, passing with votes of 72-29 and 70-29 respectively. Representatives Steve Clouse and Marcus Paramore were among those who supported the bills.

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  20. “Sunday at the Crossroads” highlights Army Aviation’s role in the Wiregrass

    By Caitlyn Cummings

    “Sunday at the Crossroads” continued for its third installment on May 19. The Rudd Art Center welcomed retired CW3 Patty Meek and retired Army officer and former Ozark mayor, Colonel Bob Bunting to speak on the role of Fort Novosel (formerly Fort Rucker) and Army Aviation in the Wiregrass.

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  21. Phase 2 improvements at Carroll High School underway

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Schools Board of Education is excited to announce the commencement of Phase 2 improvements at Carroll High School after receiving bids and approving them. With Phase 1 enhancements already underway, which encompass lights, sound, and a new scoreboard, additional improvements targeting the concession area, press box, football field resurfacing, and track renovation are set to begin in the near future.

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  22. Grand Jury indicts Newton woman for murder following fatal hit-and-run incident

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a recent development regarding the fatal hit-and-run incident that took place on June 15, 2023, Kelsey Tanner, a 22-year-old resident of Newton, was indicted for murder this past week. Tanner, who was 21 at the time of the incident, initially faced charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident involving Serious Injury or Death.

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  23. Level Plains Police Department supports neighboring departments with vehicle donation

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Level Plains City Council, alongside Mayor Ronnie Thompson, recently demonstrated their unwavering support for the Level Plains Police Department (LPPD) as the police department vetted their fleet of vehicles and made a significant gesture to aid neighboring police departments.

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  24. Millions witness rare Northern Lights display, geomagnetic storm causes disruption

    By Christina Faulkner

    Over the weekend, millions of people worldwide had the extraordinary opportunity to witness a breathtaking display of the Northern Lights, including individuals here in Alabama. The night sky was illuminated with vibrant hues of green, pink, purple, and red, as the Northern Lights danced across the horizon in a mesmerizing spectacle.

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  25. Little Miss Newton 2024 unveils Love of Literacy Little Free Library

    By Christina Faulkner

    Newton - Little Miss Newton 2024, Sydney Grace Dixon, alongside the City of Newton and the 2024 Newton queens, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Love of Literacy Little Free Library (Charter #182320) on Thursday, May 9. This initiative marks a significant step in promoting literacy and fostering community engagement within Newton.

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  26. Ozark PD nabs thieves, recovers gear

    By Christina Faulkner

    Through the dedication of Ozark Police Department investigators stolen equipment from the Ozark Parks and Recreation Department equipment shed on Ed Lisenby Lake was recovered and the suspects apprehended.

    Thomas Ray Hearn, 41, of Louisville and Ar’Sean Ross, 20, of Phenix City, were arrested and each charged with Theft of Property 1st (over $2,500) and Burglary – Non-Residence – No Force.  

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  27. Dale County celebrates 4-H Regional competitors

    Submission by Dale County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Dale County Extension and 4-H want to congratulate our youth on a great school year. As we wrap up an enjoyable time together, our team had the privilege to select a small group of students for the 4-H Regional Round-Up competition held at Luverne High School on Saturday, April 27.

    Dale County had a successful day in Luverne, and we are pleased to announce the following placements:

    1st Place Junior Persuasive Speak Up Alabama – Ariel Cosme

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  28. Homeless Connect: Bridging gaps, changing lives

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Dale County Library recently hosted its second Homeless Connect event on Saturday, April 27, offering vital support to individuals facing homelessness in the community. With the generous contributions of both individuals and organizations, Homeless Connect provided essential services to approximately 55 homeless individuals, including a hot meal, clothing, personal hygiene items, and a sack lunch. Nearly 30 community members volunteered their time and effort to ensure the event's success.

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  29. Ft. Novosel's April: Groundbreakings, milestones, and drills

    By Travis Parker

    April witnessed a flurry of activity at Ft. Novosel, with several notable events leaving a mark on the military base. From joint cooperation efforts to significant construction projects and emergency preparedness drills, the month was abuzz with activity.

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  30. Dale County Bicentennial - Hidden histories highlighted at the Crossroads

    By Caitlyn Cummings

    “Sunday at the Crossroads” continued on May 5 at the Rudd Art Center with “Echoes of Dale County: A Celebration of Rural Culture.” Featured presenters included Ozark-Dale County Library reference and genealogy librarian Joni Wood, Salem Baptist Church pastor Rev. Harold Peters, and local author and artist Helen Taylor Andrews. This series of programs, running alongside the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” delves into life in Dale County.

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  31. Troy University Trojan Tour set to visit Ozark for the first time

    By Christina Faulkner

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  32. Ozark faces $3 million lawsuit over alleged civil rights violations

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark finds itself at the center of controversy as Bryant Fontenot, a resident of the city, initiated legal action against the municipality, seeking damages totaling $3 million. Fontenot alleges a litany of grievances, including false imprisonment, negligence, false arrest, malicious prosecution, humiliation, and violations of his civil rights.

    Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship declined to comment when asked about the legal action.

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  33. Ozark hosts Smithsonian’s “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” exhibit

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark proudly joins the ranks as the fifth and final city in Alabama to host the esteemed Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, Crossroads: Change in Rural America. The city marked this significant occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, followed by an engaging opening reception held at the Rudd Art Center on Saturday, April 27.

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  34. Commission honors Jerry Byrd

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  35. Montgomery man arrested in connection with serious charges

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark Police have jailed a man who traveled two hours to violate a minor early Wednesday morning, April 24. The Montgomery man is now charged with multiple sex crimes.

    Ozvaldo Jiminez’Hernandez, 24, of Montgomery, faces five counts each for Sodomy 2nd and Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sex Acts, four counts for Rape 2nd, three counts for Enticing a Child into a Vehicle, and one count each for Production of Child Porn and Electronic Solicitation of a Child.

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  36. Alabama House of Representatives passes HB385

    By Caitlyn Cummings

    Alabama House Bill 385, also known as the “Supplying Minors” bill, has passed in the House of Representatives. 

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  37. Steve McKinnon takes runoff by storm

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a runoff election that saw Dale County Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon emerge victorious over challenger Adam Enfinger, McKinnon expressed his pride in the hard-fought win.

    "I'm proud of the outcome and grateful for the support," said McKinnon in an interview after announcing his victory. Enfinger conceded the election early in the evening, paving the way for McKinnon's official announcement of victory as 19 of 20 ballot boxes were counted at the Dale County Courthouse on Tuesday, April 16.

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  38. Government-Funded EMS personnel eligible for hazardous duty time

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a significant development for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, a House Bill introduced by Representative Steve Clouse has passed the Senate, granting EMS workers enrolled in the State’s Tier I retirement system eligibility for hazardous duty time. This amendment to Section 36-27-59 of the Code of Alabama 1975, commonly known as the Stretch Bill, marks a milestone in recognizing the critical role played by EMS personnel in public safety.

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  39. Ozark Boys and Girls Club soars raising $62,000

    By Christina Faulkner

    While other Boys and Girls Clubs in Alabama face challenges to keep their doors open, the Ozark Boys and Girls Club stands resilient, buoyed by unwavering community support. Jessica Moore, the Executive Director, spearheads inventive fundraising efforts, ensuring the club remains a vibrant hub for local youth.

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  40. Fatal shooting incident under investigation in Daleville

    By Christina Faulkner

    Daleville - Authorities in Daleville are investigating a fatal shooting incident that occurred in the early hours of April 23.

    At approximately 12:49 a.m., Daleville Communication Dispatch received a call for service from the 100 Block of Woodland Drive. Upon arrival, Daleville Police Department officers found a 17-year-old white male with a fatal single gunshot wound to the neck.

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  41. Parks & Rec seeks donations for ADA equipment at Steagall Park

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a letter to community members, Ozzie Maianeto, Director of Ozark Parks and Recreation appealed to community members and businesses for donations to fund American with Disabilities Act (ADA) equipment for Steagall Park. Maianeto introduced the idea of acquiring ADA equipment to the Ozark City Council at a regularly scheduled meeting in February.

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  42. Dale County Farm-City brings home awards

    Alabama award winners honored during Farm-City Awards

     

    By Tanner Hood

    Agritourism was on display during the annual Farm-City Awards Program April 11 in Auburn. 

    Detailed activity reports, bright posters, well-worded essays and vibrant videos showcased hours of hard work and dedication by students and Farm-City committees across the state. 

    Alabama Farm-City Committee Chair Jeff Helms said student contestants and county committees captured the idea of Farm-City in 2023. 

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  43. Outstanding JROTC cadets honored at annual awards breakfast

    By Travis Parker and Christina Faulkner

    The Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, celebrated the achievements of six exceptional Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) cadets from three local high schools: Enterprise High School, Carroll High School, and Daleville High School.

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  44. Extension and Vivian B. Adams engage in new partnership

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    It started out with an Ozark Rotary Club meeting. Vivian B. Adams (VBA) School Resource Coordinator Susan Owens connected with Extension Agent Abigail Shehee, and they jumped into action with a plan to help VBA students and staff learn more about Extension offerings.

    Now, the offices are working together to plan learning events within the school, in addition to an interactive and free activity at the “Hounds Hunting with Heart” 2024 fundraiser at the Dale County AgPlex on Saturday.

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  45. South Dale Middle School designated a Purple Star School

    Staff Reports

    Montgomery, Ala. – Approximately 75 schools from Alabama were recognized at the Alabama State Board of Education Meeting and received Purple Star School designations on Thursday, April 11. Among those recognized was South Dale Middle School in Pinckard.

    The Purple Star Schools Program is a collaborative initiative developed to recognize the efforts of K-12 schools in the state that are committed and supportive of military students, and their families, as they transition to their new homes and schools.

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