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Editorial - The End of an Era

I have not known when or if I would sell the Southern Star. But nearly a year after having had a disabling stroke it became time for me to consider selling the Southern Star.  The Southern Star owned by Joe H Adams to Pierre Little of Calais, Maine came about on October 29th. 

Looking back on my tenure I became editor on the last issue of August 1957 and publisher in 1969 to settle a tax debt against The Southern Star. 

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Maine Publisher Acquires Alabama’s Oldest Family Newspaper

Pierre Little, publisher of the Machias Valley News Observer and The Calais Advertiser this week announced he has purchased a newspaper located in Ozark, Alabama, The Southern Star, the state’s oldest family newspaper.

The Southern Star has been in the Adams family for 154 years, initially begun by Joe Adams’s great grandfather in 1867, when the county seat was located in the town of Newton. When the county seat moved 10 miles away to Ozark, The Southern Star moved, too.

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Carroll High Eagles Lose to Tallassee, 45-35

Carroll and Tallasee exchanged touchdowns in a wild contest in the regular season. Tallassee scored to escape with a 45-35 win.

Keyshawn Cole ran for a touchdown and passed for 4 more to lead Carroll.

Cole threw touchdown passes of 12

yards to Jason Macintosh, 27 yards to Takoda Mcloud, 61 yards to Payton Plott, and 66 yards to Jordan Killings. The Killings touchdown cut the Tallassee lead to 6 with 1:43 left in the game. Carroll finished the regular season 4-6 and will travel for a playoff game this week at Central Clay County.

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No. 18 Auburn Beats No. 10 Ole Miss 31-20 in Key SEC West Win

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AUBURN, Ala. – Bo Nix accounted for three touchdowns, Tank Bigsby rushed for 140 yards and No. 18 Auburn kept No. 10 Ole Miss out of the end zone in the second half in the No. 18 Tigers' 31-20 win Saturday at sold-out Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Inside the State House: Jim Preuitt

Jim Preuitt, a legendary House member, State Senator, and Probate Judge of Talladega County passed away in September at age 86. Jim was one of my best legislative buddies. We came to the legislature together in 1982 and became fast friends. We became seat mates in the House, and we were inseparable during our entire first four-year term (1982 -1986).

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CHS Graduate Inducted into AL Road Builders Hall of Fame

MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Donald Ray Jordan, a graduate of Carroll High School, was inducted into the 2021 Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame class on October 27. Jordan was one of four individual members inducted into the Road Builders Hall of Fame, which was created to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals and companies that have brought significant recognition to the State of Alabama in the field of transportation construction.

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Area Schools See Effects of Distance Learning in Proficiency Scores

Ozark City and Dale County Schools are seeing the effects of distance learning after a release from Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama last month indicated low proficiency scores during the 2020-2021 school year for some schools in the two school districts. The schools with the lowest proficiency scores were D.A. Smith Middle School in Ozark at 7.08% of students reaching proficiency in math and only 10.39% of students at Mixon obtaining proficiency.

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No. 2/3/3 Alabama Football Beats LSU, 20-14, Saturday Night

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2/3/3 University of Alabama football team beat the LSU Tigers, 20-14, at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night. The Crimson Tide goes to 8-1-0 overall and 5-1-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Tigers drop to 4-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in SEC play.

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Ozark City Schools Holiday Bazaar Returns

Ozark City Schools is planning to share holiday fun and festivities during its 7th Annual Ozark City Schools Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 3. The annual event will last all day in the Carroll High School practice gym with vendor and raffle proceeds supporting the school system’s At-Risk students and their educational and personal needs. 

After adhering to the 2020 CDC guidelines, the school system was unable to host the event last year; however, this year they are excited by the opportunity to support their students through this event. 

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Chase Ends in Officer-Involved Shooting

By Christina Faulkner

Dylan Gentry, a 26-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was charged with attempt to elude and fugitive from justice after he led law enforcement on a pursuit that ended in an officer-involved shooting. 

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Citizens Complete Training, Take Oath as Reserve Officers

By Christina Faulkner

The Ozark City Police Department swore in two new reserve officers Friday, November 5. Reserve Officers Travis E. Ogburn and James Andrew Lemons were sworn in Friday morning after completing their training under Sergeant Jerome Nile. 

Mayor Mark Blankenship extended his thanks to Ogburn and Lemons, telling them he looked forward to working with them. 

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Blankenship Receives Designation as Advanced Certified Municipal Official

Mayor Blankenship of the City of Ozark has earned the professional designation of Advanced Municipal Official.  In order to achieve this high honor, a municipal official must first complete 40 credit hours of training conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities to receive the designation of Certified Municipal Official.  The individual must then complete an additional 40 hours of training to receive an advance certification.  Mayor Blankenship is a member of the 23rd graduating class of Advanced Certified Municipal Officials and was recognized for his accomplishments durin

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Fast Start Not Enough for No. 16 Auburn in Loss to Mississippi State

(Editor’s Note: Story reprinted from

AUBURN, Ala. – No. 16 Auburn scored touchdowns on its first four drives to build a 25-point lead but Mississippi State answered with six consecutive touchdown drives to beat the Tigers 43-34 Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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Ozark Native Recalls Reflections on The Southern Star and Joe Adams

By Linda Yglesias

When I was three years old in 1952 in Ozark, Alabama, I sat down at the family piano and began to play by ear. My right hand produced the melodies of songs I heard in Sunday School. My left hand found the harmonizing chords. The story ran in the Southern Star, the hometown newspaper founded by Joseph A. Adams 154 years ago, in 1867. 

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U.S Mayors Preparing MayorCommand Solution for Potential Society Crises Ahead

OZARK, Ala., Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- U. S. municipal government leaders are quickly preparing for more uncertainty ahead. Elections and polls have shown Americans have mixed emotions about the government’s pandemic response. People are also facing more uncertainty due to current economic problems and potential social disruptions. Supply shortages, natural disasters, international hackings, and a general fear of what’s ahead are creating a new demand for remote outreach technologies that connect leaders with their constituents.

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Ozark Dale County Library Announces Moving Plans

The Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees and Staff were excited to announce the opening of their new location for March 2022. In preparation for the move, the library will close for an extended period beginning December 30 through their tentative opening date of March 1, 2022. During that time the library will not be offering any services. The planned closing is in addition to the library’s regularly scheduled holiday closings which are outlined below. 

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No. 2/2/2 Alabama Football Tops Arkansas, 42-35, on Senior Day

(Editors Note: Story reprinted from

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2/2/2 University of Alabama football team racked up 671 yards of total offense to outlast the No. 21/21/22 Arkansas Razorbacks, 42-35, on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bryce Young accounted for 559 passing yards, setting the single-game school record while becoming the first player in Crimson Tide history to reach the 500-yard passing milestone.

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Mixon Students Graduate Liberty Learning Program

By Christina Faulkner

More than 150 students gathered in the Harry N. Mixon School gymnasium to celebrate their accomplishments and honor local heroes on Wednesday, November 10. Students in the 3rd grade at Mixon completed a 10-week civics, character, financial literacy, and social studies program that began with a visit from Libby Liberty in August. 

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Councilmember Winston Jackson Earns Prestigious CMO Emeritus Designation

MONTGOMERY - Councilmember Winston Jackson, of Ozark has earned the prestigious professional designation of Certified Municipal Official (CMO) Emeritus, a highly regarded honor awarded to officials who have excelled beyond the requirements of the Basic and Advanced CMO Programs.

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Ozark City Schools Lift Mask Mandate

By Christina Faulkner

Ozark City Schools will remove the mask mandate put into effect at the beginning of this school year. Students may return to school after the Thanksgiving holiday without the requirement of masks in the classroom on Monday, November 29. School officials say the decision came after careful consideration and discussions with local physicians as well as other health officials.

While the mandate has been lifted, school officials are still encouraging the use of masks by students and staff. 

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Ozark City Council Approves Culvert Repair

By Christopher Mobley

During the Ozark City Council Agenda held on Tuesday, November 2, City Council approved culvert repair on Morgan Lane and Sheldon Court. The repairs, which will come in the form of a trenchless system from Vortex. The new system will cost $279,256.25, which will be paid from ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act). 

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