1. Dale County Deputy Coroners appointed

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Commission appointed three deputy coroners at the Commission meeting held Tuesday, January 24. Dale County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Adam Bruhn was appointed Chief Deputy Coroner while Daleville Department of Public Safety Assistant Fire Chief David Grubbs was appointed Deputy Coroner for Daleville, Level Plains, and Clayhatchee. Ricky Stokes was appointed Deputy Coroner for Southeast Health and Flowers Hospital.

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  2. Senator Jimmy Holley Retirement Luncheon

    Submitted by Travis Parker

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  3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assumes control of landfill fire in Moody

    By J.D. Devine

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  4. Local Real Estate Professional Brings Home 4th Award; Broker★Agent Advisor Recognizes Achievement

    Travis Parker of Travis Realty received his fourth straight Crystal Award from Broker★Agent Advisor on Thursday, January 26. 

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  5. Eagles soar beyond Tigers’ reach as all three Carroll High basketball teams defeat Red Level

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll Eagles soared beyond the reach of the Red Level Tigers during Friday night’s basketball games. All three teams, the Eagles’ Boys Junior Varsity (JV), Girls Varsity (Lady Eagles), and Boys Varsity, played against their Red Level Tiger counterparts on Friday, January 27. 

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  6. Bynum Realizes Childhood Dream Upon Swearing In as Dale County Sheriff

    By Christina Faulkner

    Newly elected Dale County Sheriff Mason Bynum was sworn into office by 33rd Judicial Circuit Judge William Filmore on Tuesday, January 17. Bynum ran unopposed after former Sheriff Wally Olson decided to retire and not seek re-election to a fifth term.

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  7. Cawley Takes Office As Dale County Coroner

    By Christina Faulkner

    Family, friends, and employees joined John Cawley as he took the oath of office as Dale County’s new Coroner on Tuesday, January 17. Cawley was sworn into office by 33rd Judicial Circuit Judge William E. Filmore.

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  8. Mayor Kicks Off Black History Month with Proclamation

    By Christina Faulkner

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  9. Honoring Excellence and Dedication at Ozark City Schools

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark City Schools held a special board meeting to honor School Board members and Teachers of the Year on Thursday, January 19.

    January is school board appreciation month across the State of Alabama. Each year, administrators take time to recognize and show their appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the school board.

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  10. Carroll High’s Basketball Teams Prevail Against G.W. Long Despite Rebels’ Strong Efforts 

    By J.D. Devine

    It was a strong night overall for the Carroll Eagles as all three of the school’s teams, the Boys Junior Varsity, the Girls Varsity, and the Boys Varsity, each played a game against the G.W. Long Rebels. The Boys JV team kicked the evening off, playing the first game of the night. The team managed to defeat the G.W. Long Rebels, 38-28.

    The strong showing for Carroll continued as the Lady Eagles varsity team took on the Rebels. 

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  11. Ozark EMS Begins Coverage of South Dale County Municipalities

    By Christina Faulkner

    As South Dale EMS closed their doors Saturday evening at 7 p.m., citizens in five southern Dale County municipalities need not be concerned which emergency medical services provider will answer the call when the need arises. Ozark EMS has contracted with the five municipalities in the south end of the county to provide ambulatory services to their citizenry taking the first call at 7:10 p.m. Saturday, January 14.

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  12. Deadly Storms Leave Trail of Destruction Across the South, Claiming at Least 9 Lives

    By J.D. Devine

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  13. Road and Bridge Addition to Include County Engineer's New Office

    By J.D. Devine

    The Dale County Commission held its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan 10, to consider 12 items on its agenda. A notable request was made for the approval of funds to finalize an agreement with an architectural firm to proceed with planning and building a new Road & Bridge Addition that will also include office space for the county engineer.

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  14. Fake Facebook Page Causing City Officials Concern

    By Christina Faulkner

    Facebook users should beware. Someone has created an Ozark, Alabama, Facebook page. However, the page is neither sanctioned by nor administered by the City of Ozark despite displaying the City’s emblem and using its website. Over 1,000 people are followers of the page, including several city officials who are attempting to monitor the page’s posts.

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  15. Alabama Routs LSU 106-66 to Earn Largest Victory Over LSU in Program History

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 4/4 Alabama men's basketball team continued its winning ways in dominant fashion Saturday afternoon, routing LSU by 40 points, 106-66, in front of a sold-out crowd inside Coleman Coliseum. It was the largest victory in program history for the Tide over LSU and the most over an SEC-opponent since Alabama's 94-53 win over Auburn on March 2, 2005.

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  16. Fort Rucker Soldier Dies in Altercation

    The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker announced Wednesday the death of an Advanced Individual Training Soldier. Pvt. Abdul N. Latifu, of the Bronx, New York City, died Tuesday, January 10 from injuries sustained during an incident with another soldier David Agan, Jr. with Fort Rucker Public Affairs Office stated in a press release on Wednesday January 11.

    Additional reports revealed his attacker, whose identity has not yet been released, was arrested Tuesday after brutally attacking Latifu with an entrenching tool, a small steel folding shovel.

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  17. Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission to Review 94 Applications to Operate Within State’s Developing Industry

    By J.D. Devine

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  18. A Step Above, Beyond, and Even More

    by Travis Parker

    A Daleville Fort Rucker Fire Fighter was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for his heroic actions in 2021 while working as a volunteer for Daleville EMS on Thursday, January 5. The medal was presented by Major General Michael McCurry, Commanding General, United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker.

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  19. Daleville Adopts Ordinance Restricting Hours Businesses May Sell Alcohol

    By J.D. Devine

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  20. Dale Co. Pregnancy Center Expands to Offer More Services to the Community

    By J.D. Devine

    The Dale County Pregnancy Center (DCPC), a nonprofit pregnancy mentoring and advocacy center, has undergone a number of renovations and organizational expansions so that it may become a pregnancy medical clinic. These improvements will allow the center to begin offering medical services to the women and families of Dale County. The center provides all of its services free of charge so that no woman will face obstacles receiving the mentoring and support they may need during what can be the most challenging time of their life.

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  21. Alabama Defense, Second Half Shooting Overwhelms Kentucky, 78-52

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 7/7 Alabama men's basketball team limited No. 26/25 Kentucky to its lowest point total of the season in a dominant 78-52 victory in front of a sold-out crowd in Coleman Coliseum Saturday afternoon. The Crimson Tide limited the Wildcats to a season-low point total and under 30 percent shooting in route to UA's largest win in the modern era and the second-biggest road loss under UK head coach John Calipari.

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  22. Dale County Residents Celebrate the Arrival of the New Year and Bid Farewell to 2022 

    By J.D. Devine

    The excitement was electric as many from the Dale County community gathered in Downtown Ozark on Saturday to participate in the New Year’s Eve festivities. They enjoyed live music, ice-cold drinks, and good company as they happily bade farewell to the previous year and embraced the optimism and promise that a new year brings. For many in attendance, this was the first time since 2020 that they gathered in person to usher in the new year, as the threat of the pandemic previously kept many folks at home.

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  23. City’s Administration Sees Changes Taking Place for Start of 2023

    By Christina Faulkner

    Citizens of Ozark will see several changes within the city’s administration in the upcoming year. Chief Phillip Prince retired at the end of 2022, and City Clerk Denise Strickland is planning her retirement this coming April. The City Council approved a motion to reorganize administrative positions during a November 2022 City Council meeting. Additionally, the council unanimously voted to appoint Charles Ward (Chief of Ozark Police Department) as Director of Public Safety. Ward’s position became effective January 1.

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  24. Dale County Resident Celebrates 98th Birthday with Five Generations Coming Together

    Submitted by Trisha Huckaba

    The Snell family matriarch, Anna Myrl Snell, celebrated her 98th birthday on December 23rd with her family and lunch at L.A. Seafood Restaurant in Ozark. This picture commemorates 17 years of five generations. 

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  25. Council Hears Proposal to Update City Flag

    By Christina Faulkner

    Young people in the City of Ozark are encouraged to get involved with their city government, and two young men recently did just that. Looking to improve upon the current city flag, Trey Buchannan and Justin Moseley addressed the Ozark City Council on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. The pair presented several ideas for an updated city flag, each modeled after the current city coin.

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  26. Pickleball Lessons Begin at New Indoor Pickleball Courts

    By Christina Faulkner

    A group of over twenty students were the first to learn pickleball at the new indoor pickleball courts located in Union Central in Ozark on Monday, January 2. Elizabeth Wyse, Co-owner of Ozark Community Tennis and Pickleball, and beginner pickleball volunteer Karen McCleary have been helping beginners fall in love with the game for nearly three years. With the new indoor pickleball courts, the two joined up to teach beginner pickleball courts to those who want to learn to play the popular game.

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  27. Demolition Resolutions Come in Time for Christmas

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark was granted a reprieve this Christmas season as Dale Medical Center agreed to cover 50% of asbestos abatement costs at the former Ozark Dale County Library building in exchange for a deed to the city-owned property on which the building sits. In response, the Ozark City Council voted unanimously to donate the property to DMC at the City Council meeting held December 20. 

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  28. Daleville Celebrates 3rd Annual Wreaths Across America

    Submitted by Travis Parker

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  29. WWII Veteran Celebrates 100 Years

    By Christina Faulkner

    Surrounded by friends and family, Arthur “Ott” Cullifer celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday, December 18, at the Claybank Masonic Lodge in Ozark.

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  30. Ozark Lions Club Holds Fundraising Raffle

    By J.D. Devine

    The Ozark Lions Club held its fundraising raffle inside Ozark City Council Chambers. Lions Club President, Edna Bean, asked Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship to draw the winning tickets Wednesday, December 21.

    The lucky winners, along with their prizes, are as follows: Jennifer Gatlin, $300.00 Visa gift card; David Hollis, 50” Smart TV; and Teresa Baker, a $50.00 Visa gift card. The raffle was an important part of the fundraising efforts of the Lions Club.

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  31. Alabama Closes Non-Conference Play with 84-64 Win Over Jackson State

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 9/10 Alabama men's basketball team closed out non-conference with a 20-point victory over Mo Williams' Jackson State Tigers, Tuesday night inside Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide scored 51 second-half points and outrebounded the Tigers 46-38 to improve to 10-2 heading into Southeastern Conference play.

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  32. City of Newton Presents $10,000 to Newton Elementary to Renovate School Stage

    By Jeff D. Devine

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  33. Commission Denies City’s Request for Assistance, Mayor Says Relationship is Fractured

    By Christina Faulkner

    Is there a disconnect between the leaders of Ozark and the Dale County Commission? According to Ozark City Mayor, Mark Blankenship, this is exactly what he believes has happened since the new Commission Chair took office after Blankenship left the position to become Mayor of Ozark. However, Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon says this is not true, and the county is treating Ozark no differently than any other municipality in the county.

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  34. 14th Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference Focuses on Peer Support Program, Social Media, Case Law

    By Christina Faulkner

    A Law Enforcement Peer Support program was one of the focuses of the 14th Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference held at the Ozark Civic Center Friday, December 9. Over 140 law enforcement officers from 44 agencies across the Wiregrass attended the conference.

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  35. Rucker Lab Celebrates 60 Years of Life-Saving Research

    By Christina Faulkner

    The United States Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory (USAARL), housed in the Neel Aeromedical Science Center on Fort Rucker, celebrated its 60th Anniversary Friday, December 9, in a ceremony held on the grounds in front of the Center. USAARL has a long and distinguished history of research dedicated to preventing injury, saving lives, and improving the readiness of the United States soldier.

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  36. No. 23 Troy Downs No. 22 UTSA in Cure Bowl for Fifth Straight Bowl Win

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from TroyTrojans.com

    ORLANDO – When Troy needed its defense the most, one of the best units in the country stepped up as it had done all season and stuffed UTSA four times from the 5-yard line as No. 23 Troy defeated No. 22 UTSA, 18-12, in the Duluth Trading Cure Bowl on Saturday at Experia Stadium. 

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  37. Winterfest 2022

    By Travis Parker

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  38. Wiregrass Students Come Together at Youth Leadership Forum

    By Christina Faulkner

    Students from across the Wiregrass participated in the Power of Youth Leadership Forum held at the Ozark Civic Center on Wednesday, December 7. Students from Covington, Coffee, Henry, Houston, and Geneva Counties joined students with the Dale County Youth Leadership program at the annual forum sponsored by Alabama Power Company. Co-sponsors for the forum included the Dothan Chamber of Commerce, Wiregrass Electric Cooperative, Pea River Electric Cooperative, and the Wiregrass RC&D.

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  39. Candlelight Vigil Shines a Light on Family’s Heartbreak

    By Christina Faulkner

    A Dale County family is still seeking answers in the murder of their daughter, Melanie Amber Dorrill. A candlelight vigil held at the Ozark Amphitheater on December 3 rang with pleas for any who might know something about Dorrill’s killer to come forward as well as the sorrow and loss the family is feeling.

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  40. Ozark’s Longest Serving Mayor Turns 90

    By Christina Faulkner

    Former Ozark Mayor, Billy Blackmon reached a milestone Sunday, December 4, celebrating his 90th birthday at the Holman House in Ozark. The milestone celebration was coordinated and hosted by his three children, Leslie, Jennifer, and Bill, Jr., as a tribute to the successful life of their father and a man held dear by many of those in the Ozark community.

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  41. No. 8 Alabama Comes Back from 15-Point Second Half Deficit to Stun No. 1 Houston, 71-65

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com

    HOUSTON – For the second time in two weeks, the No. 8/10 Alabama men's basketball team has defeated the nation's No. 1-ranked team, as the Crimson Tide knocked off No. 1/1 Houston, 71-65, in front of a record crowd at the Fretitta Center Saturday afternoon.

    The Tide (8-1) trailed by as many as 15 points early in the second half but outscored the Cougars (9-1) 42-21 over the final 17 minutes of play to earn the team's third top-15 win of the season.

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  42. Ozark City Schools Names New Lisenby Principal

    Ozark City Schools has announced Matt Barton will be the new principal of Lisenby Primary School. Barton will replace Dawn (Tice) Zinn, who recently accepted a position with the Alabama State Department of Education as Mathematics Improvement Regional Coordinator.

    Barton comes to Ozark from the Coffee County School District, where he served as Student Services Supervisor. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Troy University and has over fourteen years of educational experience.

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  43. Fort Rucker Exchange Celebrates $13.5 Million Renovation

    FORT RUCKER – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is debuting a new look at Fort Rucker—just in time for the holidays. The Exchange shopping center’s $13.5 million renovation brings modern convenience to more than 39,000 military shoppers.

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  44. Troy Blasts Coastal Carolina, Wins Record Seventh Sun Belt Title  

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from TroyTrojans.com

    TROY, Ala. – Troy dominated Coastal Carolina Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium and claimed a record seventh Sun Belt Conference championship with a 45-26 victory in the Hercules Tire Sun Belt Championship Game. 

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  45. Smith named Director of Adult Education at ESCC

    Jonathan Smith has been named the new Director of Adult Education at Enterprise State Community College.

    In this position, Smith is responsible for the overall administration, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Adult Education program.

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