1. MHFSC’s Workforce Development Program empowers families and breaks barriers

    By Christina Faulkner

    Paige Heffner, the Workforce Development Coordinator at Mary Hill Family Service Center (MHFSC), addressed the Ozark Rotary Club during their meeting at Hoppergrass on October 10. Heffner shared insights into her role in strengthening families' self-sufficiency through MHFSC's Workforce Development program.

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  2. Baker and Teague top predictors in Week 7 of Southern Star Football Contest

    By Christina Faulkner

    In characteristic fashion, Jerry Baker clinched the highly sought-after first place in this week's football contest with just six incorrect guesses, distinguishing himself from the rest of the competition.

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  3. Claybank Jamboree's Farmer for a Day celebrates agriculture and community engagement

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Ozark – October 7, 2023 – It was a crisp October morning setting up Claybank Jamboree’s Farmer for a Day (FFAD) experience along the street in front of the new Ozark Farmers’ Market facility this past Saturday.

    Sponsored by First South Farm Credit, the FFAD undertaking was coordinated by the Dale County Farmers Federation and many volunteer groups who share the same Farm-City mission: helping others discover the impact of agriculture within the community.

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  4. GW Long FFA Forestry Team gears up for Nationals

    By Christina Faulkner

    Approximately 60,000 Future Farmers of America members will converge on Indianapolis, Indiana at the end of this month for the 96th National FFA Convention and among them will be four exceptionally talented members of the G.W. Long Future Farmers of American Forestry Team. Jess Barron, Riley Hunter, Emma Claire Olson, and Carley Pritchett will have the distinct privilege to represent the state of Alabama in the upcoming forestry competition following their victory at the state level competition this past June.

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  5. City of Ozark recognizes Kiwanis Club’s 100th Anniversary with proclamation

    Proclamation

    Whereas the Kiwanis International is one of the largest service organizations in the world with more than 600,000 members of all ages and abilities in more than 80 nations dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time; and

    Whereas, Kiwanis Club of Ozark was formed on September 15, 1923, and the members of the Kiwanis Club of Ozark are devoted to improving the lives of children in the community and around the world by remaining focused on their motto "Children are Priority One;" and

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  6. Ozark boosts local agriculture and community spirit with Farmers’ Market grand opening

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ozark hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on the 2400 square foot covered farmers’ market Tuesday, October 3. Chamber of Commerce Director Rosmarie Williamson and city officials were joined by county and state officials and business leaders behind the official red ribbon as the 2023 Ozark pageant queens used the oversized scissors to cut the ribbon and officially open the facility.

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  7. Eagles fall to Eufaula Tigers in last minute loss

    By David Speck

    The Mighty Eagles endured a heart-wrenching loss on Friday night. The Eufaula Tigers surprised Carroll with a very short kickoff, catching them off guard and ultimately recovering the ball. After seven plays, the Tigers successfully concluded the drive with a field goal.

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  8. Local Daleville student wins national small business scholarship for college studies

    Staff Report                                              

    As students head to college, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-business community, announced that Nona Strand, of Daleville, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship as part of the organization’s NASE Dependent Scholarship program.

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  9. Ozark pays tribute to 131st Armor and Ft. Novosel with unveiling of striking mural

    By Travis Parker

    With a special designation of “Southern Leaders” and a motto of “Taught to Lead,” the 131st Armor Regiment was a fixture in Ozark for many years and was honored as part of an unveiling ceremony for the mural welcoming people to Ozark last Tuesday morning. The Ceremony started with music performed by the D.A. Smith Middle School band and an excellent version of the National Anthem performed by SSG Luchese, with Keith Reynolds providing the opening invocation. 

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  10. Experience the Charm of Farm Life at Claybank Jamboree's 'Farmer for A Day'

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Ozark, Al. – October 3, 2023 – Do you want to climb on a tractor? Hug a cow? Take a picture with a soil mascot?

    The weather will be cool and bright for a beautiful Claybank Jamboree this Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and our local farmers, Future Farmers of America groups, Farmers Federation, and Dale County Extension agents are busy bees, literally, preparing for the inaugural “Farmer for A Day” street at Claybank.

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  11. Farm-City Week gears up for celebrations honoring rural-urban unity

    By Christina Faulkner

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  12. Supreme Court denies Alabama's redistricting appeal, Orders additional majority-Black district

    By Christina Faulkner

    The U.S. Supreme Court made a significant ruling September 26, denying Alabama's appeal in a Congressional redistricting case. This decision follows a lower court's earlier verdict that found Alabama's new map violated the Voting Rights Act. The lower court had instructed a court-appointed special master to design three proposals, each aimed at creating a second majority- or near-majority-Black district in Alabama, where the Black population stands at 27%.

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  13. Ariton defeats Straughn in homecoming game

    By Christina Faulkner

    It was a big night for the Ariton Purple Cats as they handed the Straughn Tigers their first loss of the season in addition to celebrating homecoming.

    During the first quarter Ariton was able to hold Straughn to a scoreless quarter while scoring a touchdown themselves. However, during the second quarter, Straughn seemed to come back with some vigor, scoring two touchdowns. Still, they were no match for the Purple Cats who managed to leave the field at halftime leading 27-14.

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  14. Ozark Library increases parental supervision requirements but doesn’t remove books

    By Jemma Stephenson, Alabama Reflector

    The Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Wednesday approved new policies that will require more parental supervision of children in libraries but did not explicitly remove or ban any books. 

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  15. Daleville hosts 7th Annual Highland Games

    By Travis Parker

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  16. Dale County Commission greenlights modernization of fuel system for cost-efficiency

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Commission has taken a significant step toward enhancing efficiency and reducing costs by approving the installation of a new Road and Bridge Fuel System. The decision, made during a recent meeting on September 12, will revolutionize how the county manages its fuel resources.

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  17. Alabama Implements Innovative Voter Verification System to Enhance Election Security

    Staff Report

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  18. Carroll Eagles Show Resilience Despite Loss to Navarre Raiders

    By David Speck

    Friday night our Carroll Eagles hosted the Raiders of Navarre, Florida.  It took the Raiders only three plays and 1 minute and 26 seconds to score the opening touchdown.  The point after touchdown (PAT) was good. On the ensuing kickoff, Carroll returned the favor by scoring their own touchdown in just five plays.  The PAT was good, tying the game at 7-7.  That is what ended up being the only great highlight of the game in the first half.

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  19. Exciting rodeo action at Dale County AgPlex draws enthusiastic crowds

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County AgPlex transformed into a thrilling arena of rodeo action as it hosted the South Alabama Pro Rodeo Classic on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16, drawing impressive crowds of 1,000 to 1,500 attendees over the course of the two electrifying nights.

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  20. Fuqua Bankston honors first responders with 5th Annual Patriots Day luncheon

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a heartfelt tribute to the community's unsung heroes, Fuqua Bankston hosted its 5th annual Patriots' Day luncheon to honor and celebrate First Responders in Dale County. This event not only recognizes their unwavering dedication but also pays homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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  21. Ozark City Schools appoints Marci Williams as Carroll High School's new principal

    By Christina Faulkner

    During the latest Ozark City Schools Board of Education meeting in September, a significant appointment was made as Marci Williams was chosen as the new principal for Carroll High School. Dr. Alan Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Ozark City Schools, was present to extend his congratulations to Williams on her well-deserved promotion.

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  22. Ozark City Council Redirects Funds for Eastgate Gym Floor, Delays Other Projects

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Council recently approved the reallocation of funds initially designated for various projects within the leisure services department to focus on acquiring a new gym floor for Eastgate gym. The Council heard from Ozzie Maianeto, Director of Leisure Services, who proposed the reallocation of funds intended for new fencing, basketball goals, and court resurfacing at Oben Everett Park.

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  23. Carroll takes out Charles Henderson

    By David Speck

    The Carroll Eagles hosted the number 3 team in the state for Division 5A, the Charles Henderson Trojans. The game didn’t start out the way the Eagles would have liked it to, but their never give up attitude wasn’t going to be denied.

    The Trojans received the opening kickoff and scored a touchdown in the first minute of the game. Just seven minutes later they scored again, putting the Eagles at a 14-0 disadvantage.

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  24. Ozark Library increases parental supervision requirements but doesn’t remove books

    By Jemma Stephenson, Alabama Reflector

    The Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees Wednesday approved new policies that will require more parental supervision of children in libraries but did not explicitly remove or ban any books. 

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  25. Family looking for information following the murder of Randy Thorne

    By Felicia Farnsworth

    Randy Thorne, 62, fell victim to a heinous murder somewhere in the late hours of Sunday, September 10 or the early hours of Monday, September 11, 2023, when he reportedly succumbed to a shotgun wound while sleeping in his bed in Banks, Alabama. 

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  26. Alabama Officials seek U.S. Supreme Court intervention in congressional district map dispute

    By Christina Faulkner

    Alabama officials have taken their fight over a recently invalidated congressional district map to the U.S. Supreme Court, following the rejection of the map by a federal three-judge panel on September 5. This dispute holds significant implications for both Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming 2024 congressional elections.

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  27. Tragedy strikes Ozark as boating accident claims the life of local, leaves another critical

    By Christina Faulkner

    Franklin County, Florida - A boating excursion on the Apalachicola River turned into a devastating tragedy Saturday, September 9, resulting in the loss of one life and critical injuries to another. The incident occurred along the East River Cut-off of the Apalachicola River, when two Ozark residents, William Hardwick, 61, and Gary Tibbetts, 64, were enjoying a leisurely day on the water.

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  28. “Dancing for Scholarships” rolling out the red carpet

    Staff Report

    The Enterprise State Community College Foundation is rolling out the red carpet for this year’s “Dancing for Scholarships” event happening Tuesday, October 24.

    “Dancing for Scholarships” is the Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraising event. Last year, the dancing competition raised over $76,000 that were used to fund ESCC Foundation scholarships covering a variety of career and degree programs. Currently, scholarships offered through the ESCC Foundation total around $100,000.

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  29. TROY achieves historic milestone with ACHE instructional role change

    Press Release - The Alabama Commission on Higher Education today approved an instructional role change for Troy University that will allow the University to offer additional doctoral degrees, a move that paves the way for TROY’s continued maturation as a research institution.

    TROY applied in June for a change in instructional role, and following a recommendation of approval by ACHE staff, commissioners voted unanimously to grant the change.

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  30. Eagles soar past Rehobeth securing 100th win for Head Coach

    By David Speck

    The Carroll Eagles hosted the Rehobeth Rebels for their home opener on Friday, September 8. Rehobeth, a run-heavy team, found little success in the first half, running the ball on 21 of 24 plays. It seemed as though the formidable Carroll defense drew a line in the sand and challenged Rehobeth to cross it, resulting in two turnovers in the first half alone.

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  31. WOCS and BOSS build wall and bring community together

    By Leslie Herlick, Fort Novosel Public Affairs

    Walls usually separate people, but in this case, it was a wall that brought Fort Novosel Soldier volunteers and the local community together. The US Army Warrant Officer Career College (USAWOCC) Warrant Officer Candidate School (WOCS), Class 23-23 and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) came together on a hot Ozark morning to help the city of Ozark, Alabama build a retaining wall at the historic Holman House on August 26th to help with accessibility and modernization of the grounds.

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  32. EMS billing company experiences data breach

    By Christina Faulkner

    EMS Management and Consultants (EMS|MC), the billing service provider for Ozark Emergency Medical Services, experienced a data breach on May 30, 2023. EMS|MC notified its clients and individuals who may have been directly impacted by this breach through letters. 

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  33. Dale County's Silent Killer: Fentanyl Wreaks Havoc as Coroner Issues Stark Warning

    By Christina Faulkner

    John Cawley, the Dale County Coroner, recently addressed the Ozark Kiwanis Club and shared a stark and concerning assessment of the county's growing drug problem, specifically highlighting the dangerous prevalence of Fentanyl.

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  34. Farm Bill has Multifaceted Effects on Alabamians

    Provided by Alabama Cooperative Extension System

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 is set to expire Sept. 30. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System economist said the act, generally known as the farm bill, has more than just an agricultural impact on Alabamians.

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  35. Carroll High School Eagles Dominate Dale County Warriors in Intercounty Clash

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Carroll High School Eagles soared to victory in a thrilling intercounty showdown against the Dale County Warriors on Friday night, securing a decisive 62-30 win. This 5A school took on the 4A Warriors and showcased their dominance on the field.

    The game kicked off with intense energy as the Eagles' Keyshawn Cole set the tone with a 32-yard touchdown, igniting the scoreboard. The Warriors swiftly responded when Dallas Hedstrom connected with Junior Smith for a 28-yard touchdown pass.

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  36. Ozark mayor calls for defunding library if LGBT books remain in the under the legal age of majority or YA section

    By Jacob Holmes

    The mayor of Ozark, Alabama on Saturday suggested defunding the Ozark Dale County Public Library if LGBTQ books remain in the young adult section.

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  37. Ozzie Maianeto Appointed as Director of Leisure Services by Ozark City Council

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a recent decision that marks a significant organizational change, the Ozark City Council appointed Ozzie Maianeto as the Director of Leisure Services. This decision, made at the end of the August 15 City Council meeting, aims to streamline the leadership of the department under a single lead individual.

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  38. Ariton student wins state poster contest

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Congratulations are in order for former Ariton 4-H student Isabella Hardwick, who won top prize in the annual Conservation Poster contest for Southeast Alabama (Area V) Association of Soil and Water (SEAACD).

    Dale County Extension representatives were on hand as Hardwick’s name was announced at the SEAACD Annual Meeting, held at the Rodney J. Evans Memorial Civic Center in Florala on August 24.

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  39. AgPlex Welcomes South Alabama Pro Rodeo Classic 2023

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Ozark, Al. – August 10, 2023 – Prepare to be entertained as the South Alabama Pro Rodeo Classic 2023 will arrive to Ozark on September 8 and 9.

    Presenting sponsors are Hagler Heating and Cooling, Ozark Collision Center, and State Farm - Jenna Mack.

    Gates open at 5 P.M. each night, where activities for the whole family to enjoy will start with Mutton Bustin at 6:30 P.M. Rodeo events begin at 7:30 P.M. both nights.

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  40. 5A Eagles face tough defeat against dominant 7A Dothan Wolves in season opener

    Staff Reports

    Thursday night marked the commencement of the high school football season with a clash between the 5A Eagles and the 7A Dothan Wolves. The Wolves proved to be an indomitable force on the field, securing an overwhelming victory with a final score of 59-14.

    The opening minutes of the game saw the Eagles grappling to keep up with the Wolves' pace. The Wolves racked up a 23-point lead within the initial nine minutes of the game.

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  41. Thirium ventures into Ozark with unmanned aviation industry

    By Christina Faulkner

    A new era of innovation and promise has dawned upon Ozark as the city welcomes Thirium, an emerging powerhouse in the unmanned aviation sector. Thirium's commitment to pioneering unmanned aerial systems (UAS) has garnered the attention and support of local officials, paving the way for an exciting chapter in Ozark's economic landscape.

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  42. Dale Medical Center CEO Pledges $5,000 and Commitment to Ozark City Schools' Career Exploration Center

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale Medical Center's CEO, Vernon Johnson, took a resolute step in fostering community growth and educational advancement as he presented a generous $5,000 check to Ozark City Schools during the recent board meeting held on August 17. The donation signifies the first installment of a three-part commitment from Dale Medical Center (DMC) to bolster the development of the new Career Exploration Center, slated for DA Smith Middle School.

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  43. Ozark City Council approves public hearing for rezoning; Approve incentive; Sets future plans in motion

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Council took significant steps in their recent session as they greenlit a public hearing for a rezoning proposal and approved incentives for a proposed project, while also addressing various municipal matters and plans for the future.

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  44. Ozark Employees Honored for Excellence in Summer Food Program

    By Christina Faulkner

    Three dedicated employees were bestowed with Certificates of Excellence for their commendable efforts in managing the summer food program at Autrey Recreation Center during the Ozark City Council meeting held Tuesday, August 15. Victoria Shaw, Clara Fryer, and Mechelle Phillips were hailed for their exceptional record-keeping prowess, ensuring the success of the Break for a Plate Summer initiative.

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  45. Community Advancement Foundation plans Sickle Cell Awareness Weekend

    By Christina Faulkner

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