Daleville City Council recognizes Human Trafficking Awareness month

By Travis Parker

The City of Daleville officially recognized Human Trafficking Awareness Month with a proclamation signed by Mayor Stayton at their last City Council Meeting. This observance was established in 2011 to proclaim the freedom and equality of all people. It is also meant to educate the public and leaders about the various forms of human trafficking.

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Ozark receives 2023 Tree City USA® designation

Staff Reports

Ozark was named a 2023 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Ozark achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

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Dale County Sheriff's Office boosts patrol capacity with new deputies

By Christina Faulkner

In a unanimous decision, the Dale County Commission recently greenlit a pivotal request from Dale County Sheriff Mason Bynum, unanimously approving the addition of four new patrol deputies to the Dale County Sheriff's Office. The commission's decision, announced at the meeting held on Tuesday, January 23, underscores a commitment to enhancing law enforcement capabilities and addressing the growing needs of the community.

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Tennis coach convicted of transporting minor across state lines and engaging in sex acts

By Christina Faulkner

A former Dale County tennis coach was convicted by a federal jury of unlawfully transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in sexual activity last week.

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Ozark Dale County Library and Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless unite for successful PIT Count

By Christina Faulkner

In a significant collaborative effort, the Ozark Dale County Library joined forces with the Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless to conduct a Point-in-Time (PIT) Count and Homeless Connect event on Saturday, January 27. The outreach initiative aimed to identify and assist homeless individuals and families in the community. The success of this event, marked by the participation of over 25 individuals seeking support, showcases the dedication of volunteers to extend warmth and compassion to those often marginalized on the streets.

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One person killed by Police after stand-off in Ozark comes to an end

47-year-old Boyd Phillips met a tragic end during a confrontation with law enforcement officers at his residence on Hub Street earlier today.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was notified of a subject threatening individuals with a knife at the All In Credit Union on Andrews Avenue in Ozark at approximately 10:30 Monday morning. An ALEA Trooper assigned to the Highway Patrol Division attempted to stop the subject, later identified as Boyd Douglas Phillips, of Ozark.

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UPDATE: Stand-off in Ozark comes to an end

By Christina Faulkner 

47-year-old Boyd Phillips met a tragic end during a confrontation with law enforcement officers at his residence on Hub Street earlier today.

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) was notified of a subject threatening individuals with a knife at the All In Credit Union on Andrews Avenue in Ozark at approximately 10:30 Monday morning. An ALEA Trooper assigned to the Highway Patrol Division attempted to stop the subject, later identified as Boyd Douglas Phillips, of Ozark.

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Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship highlights city's progress and future endeavors

By Christina Faulkner

In a recent Rotary Club meeting, Mayor Mark Blankenship delivered an in-depth overview of Ozark's current status, ongoing projects, and ambitious initiatives. With an extensive background of 27 years in construction, spanning both residential and commercial properties, Blankenship has been a stalwart public servant for 18 years. His contributions include seven years on the Planning Commission, four years on the Ozark City Council, eight years as Dale County Commission Chairman, and currently serving his fourth year as Mayor.

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Ozark pageant shines at Civic Center: A night of beauty and talent

By Christina Faulkner

The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce played host to the Ozark Pageant at the Ozark Civic Center, Saturday, January 27. The event showcased the beauty and talent of its contestants, leaving a lasting impression on both participants and attendees alike.

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Dollar General located on East Avenue in Ozark will remain closed until further notice

The Dollar General located on East Avenue in Ozark will remain closed until further notice after a pick up truck crashed into the front windows earlier today. 

According the Ozark Department of Public Safety Director and Police Chief Charles Ward, the driver of the pick up was parking in front of the store when his foot slipped off the break, causing the vehicle to propel forward through the stone facade column and into the front windows. However, the vehicle did not proceed into the store. 

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Mary Hill Family Service Center among recipients of over $6.4 million in grants aimed at child abuse prevention

Staff Reports

One local Ozark agency will be among the 63 organization and 97 programs to receive a portion of the almost $6.5 million being presented by the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention to local organizations in Alabama’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Congressional Districts today. Joined by state leaders at the Alabama State House in Montgomery, Mary Hill Family Service Center of Ozark was among the local organizations that joined state leaders for the presentation of $6,439,500 in grants, receiving a total of $71,000.

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Congressman Jerry Carl headlines Dale County Republican meeting

Staff Reports

Dale County Republicans will have the opportunity to hear Congressman Jerry Carl as the keynote speaker at their upcoming meeting on Monday, February 19, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Hoppergrass in Ozark, offering attendees the chance to hear directly from the representative of Alabama's First Congressional District.

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Art Dodge and Ecore: Pioneering towards a rubber waste-free planet through innovative upcycling

By Christina Faulkner

Have you ever heard the story of Arthur “Art” Dodge, III, the Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board of Ecore? Yes, Ecore, the company that came to Ozark just over a year ago to recycle tires. But there’s more to the story than just recycling tires. Dodge was in Ozark visiting the plant recently. This will be Dodge’s fourth visit to Ozark, but his first since the plant has been fully operational.

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Deciphering the stakes: A comprehensive guide to the 2024 primary election

By Christina Faulkner

As the 2024 Primary Election approaches in Alabama, Dale County residents are gearing up to cast their votes on March 5, weighing the choices for presidential candidates, judicial positions, and a significant constitutional amendment.

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