1. Two Wiregrass communities voted among seven of the most welcoming towns in Alabama

    Staff Reports

    Ozark and Enterprise were two of the seven small towns in Alabama voted as the most welcoming small towns in Alabama according to an article by Marc Beckstead and published on WorldAtlas.com. Below is a reprint of Beckstead’s article.

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  2. Planning a big Extension year in 2024

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Ozark, Al. – December 18, 2023 – Dale County Extension staff completed their planning for the 2024 calendar year after several months of surveying and discussion with community members and regional agents.

    A diverse and lengthy list of offerings is always available on http://aces.edu through the calendar function, as well as through their local Facebook page and newsletter.

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  3. Annual Ozark Parade boasts over 100 entries; delights spectators

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Kiwanis Club and the City of Ozark hosted the annual Ozark Christmas Parade and tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, December 5. With over 100 entries this year’s parade was the largest Christmas parade Ozark has ever seen. Spectators, most especially the young, were delighted with the floats, characters, candy, and joy of Christmas shared through the evening!

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  4. Daleville's Christmas Parade shines through rainy setback for a festive night of joy and community spirit

    By Travis Parker

    Daleville, AL - Mother Nature may have brought rain to the Wiregrass, causing a delay, but it didn't dampen the holiday spirit in Daleville. On Friday, December 8, the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce successfully hosted a vibrant Christmas Parade along with a heartwarming Tree Lighting Ceremony that brought the community together in the true spirit of the season.

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  5. Recognizing excellence in Alabama's EMS system: Ozark's Elaine Culp receives prestigious Lifetime Service Award

    By Christina Faulkner

    In the heart of Alabama's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, individuals go above and beyond, making invaluable contributions that often go unnoticed. However, a recent event highlighted and celebrated these unsung heroes, with Ozark's Deputy Director of EMS, Elaine Culp, receiving the esteemed Lifetime Service Award.

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  6. Local Business benefits from state incentives policy, receives final payout at city council meeting

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a testament to the symbiotic relationship between local businesses and economic development initiatives, Loose Brick Coffee Co. recently marked a significant milestone by receiving its final payout of a tax rebate. The payout was part of a strategic plan formulated under the state's Incentives Policy, aimed at fostering economic growth in Alabama municipalities and counties.

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  7. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame honors Randy Kennedy with the 2024 Mel Allen Media Award

    Staff Reports

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that Randy Kennedy will be recognized as the 2024 Mel Allen Media Award recipient at the 56th Annual Induction Banquet and Ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

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  8. Daleville High School counselor earns prestigious national award

    By Travis Parker

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  9. Daleville Police Department spreads holiday cheer with Inaugural Angel Tree program

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Daleville Police Department is bringing warmth and joy to the community this holiday season with its inaugural Angel Tree program. Inspired by a deep commitment to serve and protect, the DPD has initiated this heartwarming endeavor to make a difference in the lives of families facing financial challenges during the festive season.

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  10. Ozark City Schools announces Phase I of improvements to historic Matthews Stadium

    By Christina Faulkner

    At a regularly scheduled Ozark City Schools Board of Education meeting, the OCS Board approved a project bid to begin renovations at Matthews Stadium. The renovations include new LED lighting, an improved sound system, and larger and more advanced scoreboard and video board. 

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  11. Enterprise Annual Tree Lighting transforms into festive spectacle

    By Travis Parker

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  12. Alabama upsets Georgia, 27-24, to capture 30th SEC Championship

    ATLANTA - The No. 8/8/8 Alabama football team secured a 27-24 upset win over No. 1/1/1 Georgia Saturday afternoon inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium. With the win, the Crimson Tide (12-1) secured the program's 30th Southeastern Conference Championship and the ninth under head coach Nick Saban.

    Quarterback Jalen Milroe was named the game's Most Valuable Player after leading the team to its 11th consecutive victory. Milroe finished the contest with 221 total yards including 192 through the air on 13-of-23 passing and a pair of touchdowns.

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  13. Ozark Community unites for heartwarming Thanksgiving Feast

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a heartwarming display of community spirit, Ozark residents came together for a massive Thanksgiving feast organized by the Ozark Baptist Church at the Ozark Civic Center and various distribution points across the city on Thursday, November 23. Dr. Phil Sims, the founder of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner, led a team of over 150 volunteers and coordinated efforts with 18 churches and organizations to ensure a memorable Thanksgiving for those in need.

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  14. A Thanksgiving Tradition on Ft. Novosel

    By Travis Parker

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  15. Chopper’s and The Craft provide Thanksgiving meals for the public

    By Travis Parker

    Two restaurants in the Wiregrass shared the spirit of Thanksgiving by “feeding the masses – Wiregrass style.” Choppers Ol’ School BBQ in Daleville and The Craft Bar & Grill in Enterprise each hosted complimentary Thanksgiving Day meals for the public. Between the two restaurants over 2,000 individuals were fed.

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  16. Brightening futures: Ozark City Schools' 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar benefits at-risk students

    Staff Report

    Ozark City Schools is gearing up for a day of festive cheer with its 9th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 8. The event, held at the Carroll High School Practice Gym, promises a day filled with holiday fun and shopping, and it is open to the public.

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  17. Late-game heroics lead Alabama to 27-24 victory at Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. - Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Bond with 32 seconds left to lift the No. 8/8/8 Crimson Tide football team to a 27-24 victory over Auburn Saturday afternoon in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    With the Tide (11-1, 8-0 SEC) trailing 24-20 and facing 4th-and-31, Milroe found Bond for a game-winning 31-yard score to snatch the victory away from the Tigers (6-6, 3-5 SEC).

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  18. Collaborative celebrations mark Farm-City Week in Dale County and Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner 

    Dale County and the City of Ozark recently united in a collaborative celebration of Farm-City Week, highlighting the crucial partnership between rural and urban communities. The festivities commenced with a joint proclamation signed by Dale County Commissioner Steve McKinnon and Ozark City Mayor Mark Blankenship during the City Council Meeting on November 7. The proclamation declared November 17-23 as Farm-City Week in Ozark and Dale County.

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  19. Crosby Boy Scout Memorial Pathway unveiled at Vivian B. Adams School

    By Christina Faulkner

    The first brick in the Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Crosby Boy Scout Memorial Pathway at Vivian B. Adams School was laid on Friday, November 17. The ongoing project incorporates an existing Eagle Scout Project completed by VBAS Eagle Scout, Tony Walker, and is designed to enhance the appearance of the school campus by paving the front garden area with bricks personalized with the names of friends and supporters.

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  20. G.W. Long High School Achieves Top Rankings in Alabama Education

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a recent report by U.S. News and World Report, G.W. Long High School, encompassing grades 7-12, has secured an impressive position among Alabama's educational institutions. The school ranks 6th on the list of the state's top ten middle schools and holds the 15th spot on Niche's annual compilation of the top 25 public high schools in Alabama.

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  21. Vivian B. Adams Christmas Bazaar makes triumphant return after three-year hiatus

    By Christina Faulkner

    The beloved tradition of the Vivian B. Adams Christmas Bazaar, spanning 48 years, came back to life this year after a three-year hiatus due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Christmas Bazaar, an integral fundraising event for the school, resurfaced with enthusiasm, offering a wide array of handmade items and goodies.

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  22. Ozark Library Shares History of the Iron Bowl

    By Adam Kamerer

    Alabama and Auburn football fans filled Ozark Dale County Library Thursday night for a History of the Iron Bowl presentation and Tailgating Dinner.

    Thursday night’s speaker was Mark Everett Kelly. Growing up 40 miles east of New York City, Kelly learned the value of paying attention to the smallest details in order to impress very dedicated sports fans.

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  23. Ozark City Council approves $250,000 grant for AATC apartment project

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Council has given the green light for a $250,000 grant towards the construction of a 28-unit apartment complex for the Alabama Aviation Technical College (AATC). The decision, which was made on November 7, also includes a 99-year lease for the portion of city-owned property situated in front of the Friends of Army Aviation on Campus Drive. The project includes property located at 308 Campus Drive, formerly the home of Homer Andrews, as well as 189 Heritage Road.

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  24. Sweat4Vets fundraiser is huge success for Honor Flight

    By Travis Parker

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  25. Ozark Unites: Inaugural Veterans Golf Tournament celebrates local heroes and community spirit

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a display of community unity, local businesses in Ozark joined forces with the Ozark Military Affairs Committee to host the 1st Annual Veterans Golf Tournament, a memorable event dedicated to honoring our local heroes, including active and retired military personnel, as well as first responders. The tournament brought together businesses, military personnel, and first responders for a day of camaraderie on the golf course.

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  26. Three Dothan ALEA Highway Patrol officers receive recognition at awards ceremony

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  27. Carroll Eagles finish a “Season of No Quit” with resilience, determination, and teamwork

    By Les Perault

    Following is my take on what I call “A Season of No Quit"

    The Carroll High School Eagles concluded their football season with a hard-fought first round playoff battle last night in Demopolis, ultimately falling short with a close loss of a 31-28 score. However, what defined this season was not the final score, but the determination and resilience displayed by the Eagles in the face of numerous adversities, including key injuries on both sides of the ball.

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  28. Honoring Veterans: D.A. Smith Middle School receives special flag from General McCurry

    By Christina Faulkner

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  29. Pinckard and Newton Collaborate on State Highway 123 Expansion Feasibility Study

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a significant step towards improving regional transportation and disaster preparedness, the towns of Pinckard and Newton have joined forces to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study for the expansion of State Highway 123. This collaborative effort, supported by the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation, the Dale County Commission, and the city of Dothan, aims to address traffic congestion issues and explore potential economic benefits.

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  30. U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville Honors Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Bob Ammons as November's Veteran of the Month

    By Christina Faulkner

    U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today released a video honoring U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Bob Ammons of Ozark as the November “Veteran of the Month.”

    “I’m proud to recognize Bob Ammons as November’s ‘Veteran of the Month’,” said Tuberville in the video.

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  31. ALDI grand opening in Enterprise a huge success

    By Travis Parker

    After months of rumors, then months of anticipation after the rumors were confirmed, the Enterprise location of ALDI had their Grand Opening on Friday, November 3. Located in the Enterprise Shopping Center where the old Walmart/Big Lots used to be, the down-to-the-studs remodeled building was pristine for the people lined up almost to the far end of the shopping center. Some people arrived in line as early as 5:30 a.m. on the chilly morning to claim their place in the lengthy line and get chances on a variety of prizes. 

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  32. Alabama Victorious in Season Opener Defeating Morehead State 105-73

    Staff Reports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 24/24 Alabama men's basketball team defeated Morehead State 105-73 Monday night in Coleman Coliseum in the season opener for both teams.

    The Crimson Tide had four players finish with double digits, led by Grant Nelson with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures with Aaron Estrada (16 points, Mark Sears (13) and Jarin Stevenson adding 12 points in his collegiate debut.

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  33. State-of-the-Art Agri-Science building opens new era of education and opportunities for students at Long High School

    By Christina Faulkner

    Daniel Barrentine, Principal of G.W. Long High School, commenced the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Agri-Science Building at Long High School in Skipperville on Monday, October 23. He emphasized the significance of this event as preparations to move equipment into the state-of-the-art Agri-Science Building, commonly known as the “Ag Shop,” were already underway.

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  34. Childcare crisis in Dale County: A struggle for working parents and care providers

    By Christina Faulkner

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  35. Congressman Barry Moore announces candidacy for home district, AL-01

    Staff Reports

    Enterprise, AL - Barry Moore released the following statement after filing to run for Congress to represent his hometown and the people of Alabama’s First District on Monday, October 30.

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  36. Veteran suicide issue visual reminders

    By Travis Parker

    In the ongoing effort to constantly remind the public of the issue of Veterans suicides, the State of Alabama created the “Operation We Remember” program to place flag displays in various public places. Two local institutions recently had displays of the 143 flags, Laurel Oaks in Dothan and ESCC in Enterprise.

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  37. Eagles come up short against Valley

    With a guaranteed seed into the high school 5A playoffs, Carroll hosted the Rams from Valley, Alabama Friday night October 27. The fans knew that without the Eagles starting quarterback, things were going to be tough! Keyshawn Cole is out for the rest of the season due to last week’s injury to his leg. So, at the helm for the offense, Peyton Plott had some big shoes to fill. Up to the challenge, Plott came out in the first quarter and did what he does best, ran with the ball. However, it was Lakeith Person who drew first blood on a 2-yard touchdown run.

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  38. Ozark proclaims October 28 as 'Make a Difference Day' for community service and volunteering

    By Christina Faulkner

    During the Ozark City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 17, the city declared October 28 as "Make a Difference Day." Mayor Mark Blankenship and the city council officially recognized this day by signing a proclamation.

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  39. Dale County declares Alabama Extension Week

    By Christina Faulkner

    The following proclamation was signed by the Dale County Commission declaring October 23-28 Alabama Extension Week in Dale County and read by Commission Chairman, Steve McKinnon during the Commission meeting held Tuesday, October 24.  

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  40. Annual Boll Weevil Fall Festival - A resounding success

    By Travis Parker

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  41. Daleville Police investigate series of vehicle break-ins

    By Christina Faulkner

    Daleville, AL – The Daleville Police Department, under the leadership of Director of Public Safety and Police Chief John Crawford, is actively addressing a series of vehicle break-ins in the area. While the investigation has produced leads on potential suspects, Chief Crawford emphasizes that no concrete conclusions have been reached at this time.

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  42. Ariton High School Presents "The Golden Gala" – A Night of Elegance and Inclusivity

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ariton, AL – The Ariton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, in collaboration with the Special Education Department, is proud to announce, "The Golden Gala," set to take place on Friday, December 8. This enchanting evening is designed for individuals aged 16 and above, who face cognitive and/or physical challenges, promising a memorable experience for all attendees.

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  43. Lt. Gov. Ainsworth tours Novosel by air

    By Travis Parker

    Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth received an air tour when he visited Ft. Novosel on Monday, October 16. General Michael McCurry gave him a special helicopter tour of the Wiregrass area surrounding the post as well as a close-up of some of the areas that are possible trouble spots because of the encroachment of residential subdivisions. 

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  44. Honoring Dr. Imogene Mixson: 32 years of dedication to the library and community

    By Christina Faulkner

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  45. Rare Ceremony Honors Revolutionary Soldier Jacob Beverett in Mt. Enon Cemetery

    By Travis Parker and Christina Faulkner

    On a brisk October afternoon in the vicinity of Midland City, history came alive in a unique and poignant ceremony held at Mt. Enon Cemetery. Gathered by the gravesite of Jacob Beverett, one of only thirteen known Revolutionary soldiers from the original Dale County, members of the Wiregrass Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who organized the tribute, traveled from as far as Huntsville and Tuscaloosa to pay their respects in a solemn Grave Marking ceremony.

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