1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Dr. Jack Hawkins inspires vision at FOL annual meeting

    By Christina Faulkner

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  6. 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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  7. Dale County gears up for 2024 primary elections: Key races, candidates, and a proposed amendment on the horizon: Voter’s List in this Issue

    By Christina Faulkner

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Lady Eagles open the season with win over #4 Houston Academy

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. Honoring excellence: Ozark City Schools announces Teachers and Support Staff of the Year awards

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark City Schools recently celebrated the dedication and outstanding contributions of its educators and support staff at the Board of Education meeting held on Thursday, January 11. The awards ceremony recognized individuals who have gone above and beyond in their roles, demonstrating a commitment to their students and the school community.

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  19. Ozark City Council votes to support local businesses with revised accounting policy

    By Christina Faulkner

    During the administrative meeting of the Ozark City Council on Tuesday, January 16, Mayor Mark Blankenship urged City Council members to reconsider an accounting policy introduced at the January 2 meeting, which did not progress due to a lack of motion.

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  20. Ozark celebrates Black History Month with events throughout February

    By Christina Faulkner

    During the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 16, Mayor Mark Blankenship officially declared February as Black History Month in the City of Ozark. Joined by community members, the proclamation marked the beginning of a month-long celebration honoring the contributions of African Americans locally, in the Wiregrass region, and across the nation. Mayor Blankenship encouraged citizens to actively participate in various activities recognizing African Americans, both past and present.

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  21. Attempted murder suspect apprehended: Daleville Police investigate shooting incident

    Staff Reports

    An investigation into an incident that occurred Thursday in Daleville is underway by the Daleville Department of Public Safety. The event left a male subject recovering from multiple gunshot wounds and led to the arrest of another on attempted murder charges, says Daleville DPS Director and Chief of Police John Crawford.

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  22. Dale County and Ozark City Schools collaborate to bring "Singin' in the Rain" to the stage

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County and Ozark City Schools have united to present the classic musical, "Singin' in the Rain," at the Flowers Center for the Performing Arts. Spearheaded by the talented Margie Benson of Wish Upon a Star, this collaboration ensures a captivating experience for the communities involved.

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  23. Inspirational community celebration commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday in Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark recently came together at Matthews-Scippio Academy to honor the enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 15. The event, organized by the Ozark-Dale County Ministerial Alliance, saw prominent community leaders, City Council members, and school board representatives gathering to celebrate Dr. King's profound message of hope and equality.

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  24. Fort Novosel MWR Director retires after fulfilling 45-year career

    By Brittany Trumbull, Fort Novosel Public Affairs

    Fort Novosel – A stalwart of Fort Novosel, Program Director for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, Evy Bludsworth of Ozark hangs up her many hats after serving families over 45 years.

    The year was 1978, nearly all active-duty soldiers on Fort Novosel were yet to be born, and Bludsworth applied for her first position on what was then Fort Rucker.

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  25. Ozark City School Board Members Honored During Annual Recognition Month

    By Christina Faulkner

    January marks the 31st Annual School Board Member Recognition Month in Alabama, a time when public education supporters statewide come together to applaud the commendable service of over 800 school board members dedicated to enhancing education in their communities. Recently, both Ozark City Schools and Dale County Board of Education took a moment to honor their respective school board members.

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  26. Standoff ends without incident

    By Christina Faulkner

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  27. Nick Saban Announces Retirement after 17 Seasons at Alabama

    Editor’s Note: Reprinted from Rolltide.com.

    TUSCALOOSA – Alabama's Nick Saban, who has won more college football national championships than any coach in the modern era, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

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  28. Ozark City Schools 2023 report card: A comprehensive overview and vision for the future

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Schools district received a B for the third consecutive year, with a score of 83 aligned with the state average. Superintendent Reeivice Girtman, while pleased with the overall performance, expressed a continual commitment to growth and improvement.

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  29. Wiregrass United Way celebrates exceeding fundraising goals

    By Christina Faulkner

    On Thursday, January 4, an atmosphere of excitement filled the WUW offices in Dothan as Wiregrass United Way Chief Executive Officer Walter Hill, Trae Avant, and Dean Mitchell gathered to make a significant announcement.

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  30. City of Ozark pledges vigilance and collaboration against exploitation in declaring Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    By Christina Faulkner

    The City of Ozark has taken a proactive stance in the fight against human trafficking, officially designating January 2024 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This critical declaration underscores the municipality's dedication to combating human trafficking and fostering a community that is well-informed and secure.

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  31. Dale County Extension Eggs-cels in 2024: Flocking Together for Success

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    With well wishes for the start of the new year, the Dale County Extension team returned to the office post-holiday with exciting plans for a successful 2024.

    Their motivation for this year is to be, “one resource with many solutions for life’s everyday challenges.”

    As they strive to tackle challenges, the team finds ample success in the region that deserves acknowledgment.

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  32. Local martial arts school celebrates fifth anniversary

    By Caitlyn Cummings

    Refuge Martial Arts in Ozark celebrated its fifth anniversary this week. Run by Chad Hamm, a 4th-degree Black Belt in taekwondo, and his wife, PJ Hamm, the martial arts studio offers a diverse range of classes, including Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and self-defense for people of all ages in abilities in a positive, encouraging environment.

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  33. Ozark Department of Public Safety reflects on 2023 achievements and looks ahead to 2024

    By Christina Faulkner

    As 2023 drew to a close, Charles Ward, Director of the Ozark Department of Public Safety and Chief of Police, took a moment to review the accomplishments of the department and share insights into the plans for the coming year.

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  34. Ozark Military Affairs Committee plans for 2024

    By Travis Parker

    The Military Affairs Committee of the Ozark Chamber of Commerce convened for its fourth meeting on December 15, reflecting on accomplished initiatives and setting sights on upcoming projects. Led by Committee Head Will Haddon, the committee's overarching mission is to determine effective ways to honor active duty and retired military members, veterans, and their families.

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  35. Dedicated banker Ann Dora Garner retires after 44 years with Commercial Bank of Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a poignant moment of transition, Ann Dora Garner, an esteemed figure at Commercial Bank of Ozark, steps into a well-deserved retirement, leaving behind a legacy that spans 44 years. Garner's association with the bank began in 1967 when she assumed the role of a bookkeeper under the ownership of the bank's founder, Douglas Brown. Over the years, her journey evolved, and her impact became synonymous with the bank's enduring success.

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  36. All In Credit Union to acquire certain branches of 22nd State Bank

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  37. No. 4 Alabama falls to No. 1 Michigan in overtime, 27-20, in CFP Semifinal

    Pasadena, CA. - The No. 1 Michigan Wolverines defeated No. 4 Alabama in overtime, 27-20, in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

    The contest was evenly matched in most every category, with the Crimson Tide racking up 288 total yards of offense and possessing the ball for 32:19 while the Wolverines finished with 351 total yards and 27:41 possession.

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  38. Ozark Airport Blackwell Field manager honored with prestigious FAA award

    By Christina Faulkner

    Each year, the Federal Aviation Administration Southern Region Airports Division recognizes outstanding achievements in airports and their managers, highlighting their commitment to enhancing airport safety and overall excellence in aviation. This year, Ozark Airport Blackwell Field Manager Denise Ellis received the esteemed title of General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year for the Southeast Regional Airports Division.

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  39. Chalkerhaus Adventure Co: Daleville's newest outdoor haven and family legacy

    By Travis Parker

    As Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton prefaced his welcome to the attendees at the Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting for the new Chalkerhaus Adventure Company, the Chalker family has been a part of the history of Daleville for a long time. Stayton discussed the exclusive availability of numerous items in the store that cannot be found anywhere else in the Wiregrass area. During the Facebook Live Stream, he urged viewers to visit and experience it firsthand.

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  40. The promise of a tribute: Ariton's bus terminal advances toward transformation

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Commission took a significant step forward in preserving local history by approving an IAC (Investing in Alabama Counties) review for the renovation and restoration of the old Greyhound bus terminal in Ariton. The potential funding source for this project could come from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, as suggested by County Commission Chairman Steve McKinnon. However, he recommended a thorough review by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s IAC Program for verification.

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  41. Community mourns tragic loss: Ozark Police Captain’s parents perish in house fire

    Staff Reports

    In a devastating turn of events, Captain Glenn Peters, the Bureau Chief of Police Services at the Ozark Department of Public Safety Police Department, is grappling with the heartbreaking loss of both his parents, Junior Glenn Peters and Mary Peters, in an early Thursday morning house fire. The tragedy unfolded at 171 Dale County Road 229, prompting an urgent response from multiple fire departments and first responders dispatched by Ozark-Dale County 911 at 3:07 a.m.

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  42. Shining a light on homelessness in Ozark and Dale County

    By Christina Faulkner

    As the Christmas season filled many homes with warmth and joy, approximately half a million individuals across the U.S. confronted the holidays without shelter. This diverse face of homelessness includes families with children, veterans, the elderly, and those battling mental health disorders and addictions.

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  43. Ozark City Schools Board of Education celebrates achievements and addresses safety concerns

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Schools Board of Education convened for their final meeting of the year at Carroll High School's cafeteria on Thursday, December 14, for an evening filled with recognition and updates on various achievements within the school system.

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  44. Sounds of the Season: Dale County's Annual Christmas Concert unites community in musical celebration

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Christmas spirit resounded through Dale County and the City of Ozark as the community gathered for the much-anticipated annual event, Sounds of the Season at the Ozark Civic Center on Tuesday, December 12. This collaborative Christmas concert, a culmination of musical and dance talents, showcased the creativity and dedication of Dale County students and choirs from six schools and two organizations.

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  45. RC&D grant for power stretchers boosts Ozark EMS emergency services

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a significant step towards enhancing emergency medical services in Ozark, the city recently secured a Resource Conservation and Development grant from Wiregrass RC&D amounting to $74,040. The grant will be instrumental in replacing outdated manual stretcher systems with cutting-edge power stretchers, providing a safer and more efficient transportation system for both patients and emergency personnel.

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