1. Ozark Officers Commended for Compassion and Assistance

    By Christina Faulkner

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  2. Two Cases of Monkeypox in AL

    By Christina Faulkner

    While COVID Cases are largely under control, two cases of monkeypox have been diagnosed in Alabama. The first case, diagnosed last week, was discovered in Southwest Alabama in Mobile County. The second case was identified in Northeast Alabama in Jefferson County. Both cases were reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Bureau of Clinical Laboratories (BCL). BCL is part of the Laboratory Response Network (LBN) that responds to public health emergencies.

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  3. Renovations Coming to ESCC Baseball, Softball Facilities

    The baseball and softball fields at Enterprise State Community College are receiving some upgrades for future players and fans to enjoy.

    The $1.25 million project, which began in July, will include the installation of new bleachers, press boxes, backstops and netting for both sports. A new, code-compliant concession stand with restrooms will also be constructed in the complex, and irrigation and landscaping will be added to the area. The project is expected to be completed by mid-October.

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  4. Local Author, Ministry to Be Featured in National TV Show

    Special to The Southern Star

    Author/editor of the book “My Struggle, His Glory,” Boyd Deal of Ariton will receive statewide and national exposure with a feature on Simply Southern TV. 

    The show will premiere locally on Sunday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. on WTVY-TV 4 in Dothan and will be rebroadcast on national cable network RFD-TV the following Wednesday at 3 p.m. Central time.

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  5. Time to Save with the Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

    By Christina Faulkner

    This weekend is the annual Alabama Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday. With an almost 9% national inflation rate, the 17th annual sales tax holiday is an opportunity every parent should take advantage of.

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  6. Ozark Boys and Girls Club to Send Four Students to PMLA

    Submitted by Haley Hales Ingram, Program Director, Boys & Girls Club

    Four members of the Ozark Boys and Girls Club will attend the Mystic Aquarium’s Peer Mentor Leadership Academy in Mystic, Connecticut in August. Students Evie Ragan-Scott, Ashely Woodham, Dylan Floyd, and Keeton Gardner will represent the B&G Club’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program. Students will leave Ozark August 1 and return August 5.

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  7. Ozark Police and Fire Departments Team Up for Guns & Hoses

    By Christopher Mobley

    The Ozark Police and Fire Departments teamed up to help the community through a noble cause this past Friday, July 8. For the p ast year Alabama has seen what many would call one of the most critical shortages of blood supply in the past decade. This shortage is something that is definitely felt by hospitals in the area. Seeing the chance to use their influence, these two departments came together with LifeSouth to bring in more donations to help during the shortage. 

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  8. Ft. Rucker Meteorologist Gives Weather Lesson to Kids

    By Christopher Mobley

    The children that attend All Of God’s Children Learning Center in Ozark got a nice addition to their summer list of summertime activities with the help of a few special guests. 

    Air Force Meteorologist Alli Barnett Buchanan and her family visited the learning center to teach the children about the weather, the science behind it, signs of inclement weather, and safety tips. All this information was kept fun and fresh with experiments and games that the children truly enjoyed. 

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  9. Ozark’s Longest Practicing Physician Retires

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dr. Taylor Caffey, Ozark’s longest practicing physician retired this past month. A family physician, Caffey has been practicing medicine in Ozark for 58 years and turns 90 years old later this month. A retirement party was held in his honor at the Flowers Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 30. 

    Caffey who has four children, 12 grandchildren and four great grandchildren says his primary motivation for retiring is spending time with his four great grandchildren of whom he has only met one. 

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  10. Holley Honored by Troy University

    MONTGOMERY -- Troy University’s Board of Trustees has honored a pillar and dedicated advocate of the Wiregrass region, State Sen. Jimmy Holley (R-Elba).

    Holley, who retires from the Alabama Senate in November with nearly a half-century of service in the Legislature, has represented Coffee, Dale, Pike and Covington counties in the Senate for six terms and served from 1974 – 1994 in the State House of Representatives.

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  11. A County Divided – Citizens Request Commission to Revisit EMS Funding Distribution

    By Christina Faulkner

    Concerned Citizens of Ozark president, Gene Lynn of Ozark, and former Newton mayor, Bill Pruitt, representing South Dale EMS, plead their cases before the County Commission on Tuesday, June 28. With the resolution for American Rescue Plan Act funding for EMS transport on the agenda, the two men with differing messages asked the commission to take the time to revisit the distribution of ARPA funding for EMS providers in the county.

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  12. Carroll High Alumni Becomes Band Director at Stillman College

    By Christopher Mobley

    Throughout the years, Carroll High School’s marching band has always been a program that exemplifies hard work, talent, and dedication to their craft whenever they play. Now, a former student and band member will get to pass along the same principles he learned while at Carroll High school while leading a college-level band. 

    Robert Baxter III, who grew up in Ozark, has become the new Band Director at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL. 

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  13. Gonzalez Earns Roster Spot on USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

    (Editor’s note: The following article was reprinted from www.auburntigers.com)

    CARY, N.C. – After receiving an invitation to training camp last week, sophomore pitcher Joseph Gonzalez earned a roster spot on the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

    Gonzalez is one of 26 of the premier non-draft eligible college players to make the final roster and will represent the United States at Honkbalweek Haarlem in the Netherlands from July 9–15.

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  14. ADVA Breaks Ground on Bennie G. Adkins Veterans Home

    By Christina Faulkner

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  15. Roe V. Wade Overturned, At Will Abortions Now Illegal in Alabama

    By Christina Faulkner

    The United States Supreme Court overturned the almost 50-year-old controversial Roe Vs. Wade decision in a conservative majority decision on Thursday, June 23. The 5-4 vote sends oversight of abortion law back to the individual states.

    Attorney General Steve Marshall released a statement Friday afternoon announcing that the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama had lifted the injunction against Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act.  

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  16. Carroll High School Announces New Principal

    By Christopher Mobley 

    The Ozark City Board of Education has named Carroll High School’s new principal. 

    Carroll High School’s new Principal will be Dr. Charles Corbitt Jr., who is coming to Ozark after serving as Pike County High School’s Principal in Brundidge, AL since June 1, 2020. 

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  17. Ozark City Schools Announces New Career Tech Director

    By Christopher Mobley

    The Ozark City Board of Education has named their new Career Technical Director for Carroll High School. 

    Carroll High School’s new Career Technical Director will be Mrs. Casey Campbell Moore. Moore will be replacing Dr. Warren Weeks, who served as the  Career Technical Center’s director since August 2020.

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  18. Local State Farm Branch Celebrates 12 Years in Ozark

    By Christopher Mobley

    Longevity in the world of business is often considered a luxury only afforded to companies that are truly connected to their employees and customers. This is what has helped keep State Farm around as a trusted company for a century, with the company celebrating its 100th year anniversary earlier in June. While the company was celebrating its 100th year anniversary, a local Ozark branch also celebrated their own longevity.

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  19. Dispute Over ARPA EMS Funding Distribution Continues

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County mayors are not pleased with the county’s distribution of American Rescue Plan Act funds directed at assisting Emergency Medical Service providers throughout the county. Electing Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship to represent them at the Dale County Commission meeting held on Tuesday, June 14, the Dale County Mayor’s Association attempted to make their voice heard once again.

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  20. Local Hospital CEO Elected as Regional Leader

    MONTGOMERY, AL – Vernon Johnson, CEO of Dale Medical Center, Ozark, was recently elected to the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA) Board of Trustees as the Southeast Regional Hospital Council representative.

    “Vernon has been a terrific leader for our Association,” said Donald E. Williamson, MD, president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “He is committed to ensuring access to good, quality health care in all areas of the state, particularly for citizens of rural Alabama.”

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  21. WASP Receives Addition to Fleet

    Special to The Southern Star

    The Wiregrass Aviation Support Program was the recipient of a refurbished OH-58 helicopter, courtesy of Arista Aviation Services on June 2. Arista Chief Operating Officer, Rob Dodson joined Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson and Dothan Police Chief Will Benny as the newest addition to the program was unveiled and Dodson relinquished ownership to WASP law enforcement officers.

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  22. ADAI is Accepting Century & Heritage Farm and Bicentennial Farm Applications

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is now accepting applications for their annual Century & Heritage (C & H) Farm and Bicentennial Farm programs. ADAI created these programs to help recognize and celebrate family farms that have significantly impacted Alabama history and agriculture.

    A Century Farm is one that has been in the same family continuously for at least 100 years and currently has agricultural activities on the farm. The farm must include at least 40 acres of land and be owned by the applicant or nominee.

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  23. Enterprise YMCA TKD School Takes Home 12 Gold Medals from State Games

    By Tom Dreilinger

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  24. Election Run-Off to be Held Tuesday, Jun. 21

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County will join with other Alabama voters for primary run-off on June 24. Both Republicans and Democrats will go to the polls once again to select candidates for key political races. 

    In Dale County Democrats need only make the decision for which candidate they want to run against the ever-popular incumbent governor, Kay Ivey. The primary resulted Yolanda Rochelle Flowers and Malika Sanders Fortier unable to secure 51% of the state’s democratic vote. 

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  25. New Name Recommended for Fort Rucker

    By Christina Faulkner

    After evaluating over 34,000 nominations the Department of Defense Commission’s recommendation for the renaming of nine military installations named after confederate leaders was released last month on May 24. Fort Rucker was among the nine military installations to be renamed. 

    Fort Rucker was named for Colonel Edmund Rucker, a brigade commander in the Confederate army and later given the honorary title of general. 

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  26. South & Grace Boutique Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

    By Christopher Mobley

    Ozark is a city that continues to grow more and more every day. More small businesses, and more areas to shop in the city. This is something that is important to the owner of South & Grace Boutique, who celebrated their ribbon cutting this past week. 

    “Me being young and energetic, I just felt like we needed this,” said Errin Bivins, owner of South & Grace Boutique. “I know that we have more small businesses around in Ozark, and that’s what we need, to keep people shopping in Ozark.”

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  27. Holman Funeral Home Celebrated as Business of the Month

    By Christopher Mobley

    “Where families have come for comfort and closure since 1929.” That tagline perfectly explains the longevity and connection to the community that Holman Funeral Home has always built their business on. When current owners, Ted Smith, Bill Sullivan and Ann Sullivan, purchased Holman Funeral Home in October of 2021, they aimed to keep the same principles and community bond. It is this dedication that has led to Holman Funeral Home winning the Ozark Chamber of Commerce’s June Business of the Month award.

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  28. Finish Line Tires Celebrates Anniversary Ribbon Cutting

    By Christopher Mobley

    In the city of Ozark, one thing that keeps businesses around and successful is the strong sense of community in the area. Businesses and business owners who aim to serve the people who support them. This is the type of community bond that has brought Finish Line Tires to its sixth year in business. 

    “It’s our sixth year and we love it,” said Cinny Clarke, wife of owner Zak Clarke. “It feels good, especially to be productive in the community and help so many people. It feels great.”

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  29. Rucker Helicopter Crashes Near Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark-Dale County E-911 responded to reports of a helicopter crash in the vicinity of the 4000 block of County Road 108 early Monday afternoon, June 6. According to a press release from Fort Rucker officials, an AH-64 Apache helicopter experienced an aviation incident shortly before 2 p.m. 

    The Apache crashed into the trees along the side of County Road 108 sustaining visible damage to the exterior of the craft.

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  30. Ozark Hosts Street Festival

    By Christopher Mobley

    This past Saturday, the people of Ozark had the chance to enjoy their afternoon with food, hot rods, live music, and other fun activities during this year’s Street Festival! With plenty of food vendors, the Cornhole tournament at West Court Square, the Patriotic Kids Parade, and ending the evening with live performances from local bands, the crowd had plenty of entertainment to keep them in the square all day.

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  31. Daughter of Fort Rucker Soldier Earns Miss Ozark Title

    By Jim Hughes, Fort Rucker Public Affairs

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- The daughter of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence chief of staff earned the honor of representing a nearby community when she became Miss Ozark at the city’s pageant April 30.

    Greta “GiGi” Gardner, daughter of Col. Whitney B. and Melissa Gardner, said she is thrilled and proud to represent the city in which she’s lived for the past year.

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  32. Historic Church Host to Nuptials

    By Christina Faulkner

    A wedding was held at the historic Claybank Church and Cemetery this past weekend. Howard Williamson of Pennsylvania and Marcia Lutz of Ozark said their vows at the historic site at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5. The nuptials were officiated by Scott Gordon. The couple will make their home in Pennsylvania.

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  33. Carroll High Girls’ Soccer Coach Honored as Coach of The Year

    By Christopher Mobley

    Carroll High School Girls’ Soccer Coach Kirke Adams was awarded with Dothan Eagle’s Super 12 Coach of the Year recently. 

    Kirke Adams has been with the Carroll High Girls’ Soccer team since their first game together in 2003. This past season makes over 20 seasons during which Coach Adams has been with them every step of the way. Even after a successful winning season, Adams says that the award comes as a pleasant surprise. 

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  34. Municipalities Upset Over Inequitable Disbursement of ARPA Funds to Area EMS

    By Christina Faulkner

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  35. Are Charges for Failure to Pay Trash Bill Equal to Debtor’s Prison

    By Christina Faulkner

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  36. Primaries End with Multiple Run-offs

    By Christina Faulkner

    In the primary election held last week on Tuesday, May 24, Adam Enfinger defeated incumbent Dale County Commissioner, Charles “Chic” Gary for the District 3 seat with 53.64% of the total vote. Governor Kay Ivey withstood an eight-candidate race without a resulting run-off. Ivey secured 54.5% of the vote. Only two other Republican primary races ended cleanly with no run-off, Steve Marshall for Attorney General and Greg Cook for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Place 5. 

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  37. Bivins Realty Group Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

    By Christopher Mobley

    Ozark is a city that has seen a lot of development and growth in the past couple of years. This means more business, more opportunity, and more real estate. This growth and opportunity are the main things that brings businesses like Bivins Realty Group back home, ready to satisfy the housing needs of those looking to move or upgrade their homes.

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  38. Wiregrass Blues Society Presents Check to CHS Band at BOE Meeting

    By Christopher Mobley

    During the Ozark City Schools Board of Education meeting held Thursday, May 19, it wasn’t just a time for business, but a time for recognition and applause. The Wiregrass Blues Society came to present a check for $2500 to the CHS Band at the monthly meeting. 

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  39. Long Wins Record 17th State Title

    By Brandon Faulkner

    The G.W. Long Rebels won their 17th State Championship on May 19. Long’s 17th title is the most state championship titles by any high school in Alabama. UMS-Wright and Sweet Water are tied for the second most State Championship titles in Alabama with ten each.

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  40. OPD Has a New Tool to Fight Drugs

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Police Department announced the induction of their newest member to the force with a press conference held outside the Ozark Municipal Building on Thursday, May 12. Kala, a Belgian Malinois, recently joined the force as a narcotics detection canine also trained on tracking. She is partnered with handler, Corporal Dustin Folks. 

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  41. Ozark Dale County Library Holds Touch a Truck and Story Time

    By Christopher Mobley

    On Thursday morning, the children of Ozark were in for a treat as they got story time and the chance to see the ins and outs of how emergency vehicles work. This was a recipe for an exciting time during Ozark-Dale County Library’s Touch a Truck event. 

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  42. ALEA Announces Lifesaving Awards, Certificates of Recognition

    MONTGOMERY -- The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Secretary Hal Taylor is pleased to announce the recipients of the Agency’s Lifesaving Award and Certificate of Recognition for outstanding professionalism and skills displayed through heroic acts that saved the life of another as well as preserving public safety, while simultaneously upholding ALEA’s proud tradition of selfless service.

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  43. Dual Enrollment Opportunities Increase Number of High School Students Attending Alabama’s Community Colleges

    An additional $5 million awarded by the Alabama Legislature for dual enrollment opportunities at Alabama’s community colleges will continue to increase the number of students who benefit from college classes while still in high school. In many cases, high school students are graduating with their associate degree either before or shortly after earning their high school diploma.

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  44. Massage Therapy of Ozark Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

    By Christopher Mobley

    In a world where the stress of day-to-day life can get to some, especially with everything going on today, one thing that everyone needs is simple relaxation and relief. This is where Massage Therapy of Ozark hopes to come in, bringing relaxation and joy to the people of Ozark. 

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  45. Letter to the Editor - Mike Durant for Alabama US Senate - Night Stalkers Don't Quit

    Mike Durant for Alabama US Senate Website

    Over the past few months, I’ve been writing about Special Operation Forces (SOF) entrepreneurs. It has been an awesome journey. I’ve been met with new ideas that challenge the way I think, and the impossibility of staying on a publishing timeline, all the while attempting to grow my brand in a crowded space. Helping others and promoting their businesses is the least that I can do, I owe my community for letting me stay as long as I have.    

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