1. National Association of RC&D Councils Opens New Office in Ozark

    Special to The Southern Star

    The National Association of Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils held the ribbon cutting ceremony for their new office located within the Wiregrass RC&D Council office in Ozark on Friday, May 13. The office officially opened on April 22 in its new location. 

    The Wiregrass RC&D Council office has been in its current location for 30 years and dedicates itself to the development and funding of projects for many different organizations and nonprofits in the community. 

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  2. Vehicle Blaze in Walmart Parking Lot

    By Christopher Mobley

    Onlookers were shocked as a cloud of black smoke from a burning vehicle surrounded the local Walmart parking lot on Wednesday, May 11. 

    “The fire seemed to start at the back of the vehicle,” said Shayne Glenn, auto enthusiast and experienced mechanic. “It could’ve been a fuel leak, or something electrical. It’s hard to tell when it happens so suddenly.”

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  3. New Equipment Installation Complete at Oben Everett Park

    By Christopher Mobley

    A long-standing landmark of Ozark has received the final additions to its recent makeover, as the installation of new playground equipment and other additions were completed at Oben Everett Park. 

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  4. Ozark Animal Shelter Looking for Good Homes for Pets in Need

    By Christopher Mobley

    Having too many stray animals roaming the community can not only be a bit of a burden on neighbors, but also a potentially dangerous one, for both humans and stray pets. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), approximately 6.3 million companion pets enter animal shelters nationwide every year. A lot of these animals are unfortunately abandoned. 

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  5. DiFilippo’s Pizza Hosts Dine & Donate

    By Christopher Mobley

    It is always a good thing when a community can come together to help students and student athletes. This was the exact thought behind the Dine & Donate at DiFilippo’s Pizza on Wednesday, May 4. 

    The local pizzeria is often the host of many similar events which allow the chance for students to come into the business and lend a helping hand while interacting with locals. Owners, Jason and Megan DiFilippo, are more than willing to give student athletes that chance. 

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  6. Severe Weather Predicted Today May 16

    Severe thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into the late-night hours, Monday, May 16. According to Dale County EMA Director, Willie Worsham, the primary threats are damaging wind gusts, hail, frequent lightning, and heavy rainfall. 

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  7. DCHS And Mixon Intermediate Selected As 2021 CLAS Schools of Distinction; Mixon District 2 2021 CLAS Banner School

    Special to The Southern Star

    Montgomery, Ala – May 9, 2022:  CLAS recognized thirty Schools of Distinction across the eight State School Board Districts and announced the 2021 CLAS Banner Schools on Monday, May 9, 2022, during an awards luncheon in Prattville, Alabama. Selected as District 2 CLAS Schools of Distinction were Dale County High School, Dale County Schools System and Harry N. Mixon Intermediate School, Ozark City School System. Harry N. Mixon Intermediate School was also named as the 2021 CLAS Banner School for District 2. 

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  8. Ozark Hosts Aware Fair on the Square

    By Christopher Mobley

    “It’s amazing, there are so many people here, there’s so many things that you can do, so many wonderful things you can eat, it is just a fantastic day.”

    There’s no better way than that quote to describe the way everybody in attendance felt at this year’s Aware Fair on The Square here in Ozark. Food vendors, great entertainment, and organizations of the area on a wonderful day kept the large crowd happy, full and ready to enjoy the festivities all afternoon!

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  9. DCSO Shows Appreciation for New Aircraft Maintenance Platforms

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit presented a plaque to Riley Wicker expressing their appreciation of his contribution to the DCSO Aviation Support Program.  DCSO aviation unit volunteer pilot, Tim McDonald presented the plaque to Wicker who was accompanied by his son, Hayden Wicker.

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  10. OCS Superintendent Gives Update at Coffee & Conversation

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark City Schools Superintendent Reeivice Girtman met with community members at the Holman House during the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee & Conversation Wednesday, May 4. Girtman provided a year-in-review and the system’s future plans. 

    Girtman briefly spoke about the decisions he and the school board made in regards to COVID over the past year saying, “I think we made the right decisions based on the information we had available at that time.”

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  11. PeoplesSouth Bank Wins Ozark Business of The Month

    By Christopher Mobley

    In a world where setting up a bank account is as easy as downloading an app from an online bank and setting up your direct deposit, some people still appreciate having good homegrown customer service. This is where PeoplesSouth Bank of Ozark shines, and definitely what earns the business honors of the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of The Month. 

    “It’s awesome,” said Rachel Barefield, Branch Manager at People’s Bank in Ozark. “I was definitely surprised, but at the same time very appreciative.”

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  12. High Speed Chase Ends in Death of Ozark Man

    By Christina Faulkner

    Special Agents with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) are investigating an officer-involved shooting after a high-speed chase had a deadly end for one Ozark man on Monday, May 2. According to press releases from the Dale County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and ALEA, Samuel Ed Farnam, 44, of Ozark was fatally injured after officers discharged their weapons in order to apprehend the armed suspect. 

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  13. Ozark City Schools Celebrate Teacher of the Year Recipients

    By Christopher Mobley

    Learning and the education of our children was once again celebrated in Ozark as Ozark City Schools honored two teachers whose hard work and dedication earned them Alabama District 2 Teacher of The Year Awards. 

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  14. Wiregrass Blues Fest Rocks AgPlex During First Visit to Ozark

    By Christopher Mobley

    “It's gonna be a good feeling because I'm gonna deliver like throwing a touchdown! All of them are gonna stand up and cheer! That's what's gonna happen!”

    That quote by blues singer, Johnny Rawls of the Mississippi Soul Blues Band, sums up the electric feeling the scene of this year’s Wiregrass Blues Fest brought. Ozark’s Ag Plex was the perfect venue for the crowd that was eager for a show, and the artists who were even more eager to put on a crowd-pleasing show.

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  15. Dale County Relay for Life Hosts Celebration of Hope

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Relay for Life hosted Celebration of Hope, Saturday, April 23, at the Ozark Amphitheater between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. The event offered live music, line dancing, games for adults and children, and a Kids’ Corner complete with free popcorn, candy, face painting, and a bouncy house. At the opening of the event, 300 butterflies were released. 

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  16. Spring Break Taekwondo Tournament Held Saturday, April 23

    Submitted by Caitlyn Cummings

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  17. Severe Weather Expected Friday

    The Wiregrass area will once again experience the threat of severe weather. Willie Worsham, Dale County EMA Director, released a statement advising of the possibility of a more organized threat of strong to severe storms on Friday, May 6. 

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  18. High Speed Chase on Highway 231 ends in deadly shooting

    A high speed chase came to a deadly end for one suspect in Ozark on Highway 231 this evening, May 2. 

    While Sheriff Wally Olson was unable to release any details of the incident, it is known that officer involved shooting occurred as the chase came to a close shortly after 5 p.m. this evening in the vicinity of the intersection of Deese Rd. and Highway 231. 

    The Dale County Coroner was on scene to retrieve the body of the unidentified suspect. Olson advised the Sheriif's Office has handed the case over to the Alabama Law Enforcement State Bureau of Investigations.

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  19. USDA Invests More Than $400,000 in Alabama to Support Critical Infrastructure to Combat Climate Change

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  20. Boys and Girls Club Holds Successful Steak and Burger Dinner and Auction

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Boys and Girls Club of Ozark -Southeast Alabama hosted the 25th Steak and Burger Dinner and Auction at the Ozark Civic Center on Thursday, April 14. While this is the nonprofit organization’s 27th year in operation in Ozark, the annual event celebrated its 25th year after the pandemic kept donors from gathering to support the B&GC in 2020 and 2021. 

    Jessica Moore told the gathered audience the world has learned lessons through the global pandemic that paused most fundraising efforts for nonprofits. 

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  21. Sahara Moreno to Represent Alabama in Regional Gymnastics

    By Christina Faulkner

    Sahara Moreno of Ozark is one of 32 gymnasts representing Alabama in the upcoming Region 8, Level 8 Gymnastics competition in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The competition will begin tomorrow, April 29 and continue through Sunday, May 1. Moreno qualified for regionals as a member of United Gymstars out of Dothan during a competition last March in Foley, Alabama. 

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  22. Hounds Hunting with Heart Holds Dog Show and Fundraiser

    By Christopher Mobley

    The people of Ozark spent this past sunny Saturday enjoying outdoor activities and all for a good cause! The Hounds Hunting with Heart fundraiser was sponsored and presented by the Heart of Dixie Coon Hunters Association, with all of the proceeds from the event donated to Vivian B. Adams School. 

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  23. Dale County Basketball All-stars, Coaches/Players of the Year Announced

    By: Brandon Faulkner

    The 2021-2022 Dale County Basketball All-stars and Coaches/Players of the Year were selected April 20, 2022. The Boys’ and Girls’ All-Star team selection consist of two players from each the Boys’ and Girls’ teams from high school in Dale County. One player and one coach were selected for Coach/Player of the Year in the Boys and Girls Division.

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  24. Biden to Visit Troy Weapons Plant

    According to a press release from the White House, President Joe Biden is expected to visit Lockheed Martin’s Pike County plant Tuesday, May 3. 

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  25. G. W. Long FFA Wins State Envirothon Competition

    By Christina Faulkner

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  26. Civilian Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Training

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  27. Blues in Schools Preludes Wiregrass Blues Festival

    By Christina Faulkner

    In their desire to educate and share the history of Blues in the South, the Wiregrass Blues Society hosted Blues in Schools at Harry N. Mixon Intermediate School in Ozark on Tuesday, April 19. 

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  28. OHA Recognizes John Runkle and Others at 9th Anniversary Dinner

    Special to The Southern Star

    The Ozark Heritage Association honored OHA Board member, John Runkle for his years of dedicated service to the restoration and maintenance of the Holman House. OHA hosted a dinner marking the 9th year since the Association was organized and to recognized key individuals in the accomplishment of its goals on Tuesday, April 12. 

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  29. Carroll Soccer Scores Big Wins

    The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Carroll continue to get wins. The boys defeated Andalusia 5-1 Tuesday night to move one step closer to an area title. Devin Weaver scored three times while Brayden Gilbert scored twice to lead the boys.

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  30. OFD Battles Fire In Downtown Tight Spot

    By Adam Kamerer

    Ozark Fire and Rescue responded to an unusual and tricky fire on Monday, April 11.

    A little after 3 p.m., bystanders reported smoke rising from buildings off of West Reynolds Street. Arriving quickly on the scene, firefighters weren’t quite sure what they were dealing with. Initial concerns were that a fire had broken out in either Live at Harlow’s! or at Fannie’s Restaurant, but firefighters checked out both buildings top to bottom and confirmed there was no active fire in either location.

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  31. Dale County EMA Director Speaks at Coffee & Conversations

    By Adam Kamerer

    Willie T. Worsham has been Dale County’s EMA director since February 2021, but he’s no stranger to emergency management. With 24 years’ experience as a meteorologist, Worsham served as Fort Rucker’s EMA director for 16 years.

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  32. L. A. Hicks Is Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Ozark's Youth of the Year

    By Adam Kamerer

    The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Ozark-Southeast Alabama has selected Lanorion “L. A.” Hicks as their 2022 Youth of the Year honoree. 

    Hicks started working with the Boys’ and Girls’ Club about a year ago, because one of his siblings attends the program. “I really love working with kids. I want to be a person for them that I didn’t have growing up,” says Hicks.

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  33. Carroll Girls Beat Long, Boys Win Region Games

    The Lady Eagles defeated GW Long 10-1 on Senior Day. Senior Shelby Weeks got the scoring started with the first of her two goals of the day.  Emmy Ganey then scored the first of her two goals of the day to give Carroll the 2-0 lead.  The Rebels cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal by Carley Pritchett assisted by Bea Anderson.  

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  34. Adam Enfinger Running for Dale County Commission

    By Adam Kamerer

    Supporters packed into the Pinckard Lunch Box for a meet and greet with Adam Enfinger on Saturday, April 9. Enfinger is launching a campaign to run for Dale County Commissioner, District Three.

    Enfinger’s campaign provided free hot dogs and cookies to attendees. Enfinger was joined by his wife and children. The Pinckard Pageant Queens made an appearance, and the event opened with the national anthem sung by Junior Miss Newton Corrine Wallace.

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  35. Local High School Seniors Win Resume Contest

    Colson Collier (Ariton High School), Riley Jordan (Carroll High School), Jaci Denny (Dale County High School), Ma’Kiyah Galloway (Daleville High School), and Elizabeth Harrell (GW Long High School) were recently named the school winners of the PowerSouth Energy Cooperative/Southeast AlabamaWorks Resume Contest.  Local sponsors of the contest were Quality Fab, Inc., Carroll High School, Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home, All In Credit Union, and P5 Renovations. Each winner was awarded $100 from sponsors. 

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  36. Ozark Hosts 16th Annual Crawdad Festival

    By Adam Kamerer

    Thousands of people gathered in downtown Ozark for the 16th Annual Crawdad and Music Festival on April 2.

    Although the weather threatened to rain at times, clouds and the occasional stray sprinkle didn’t keep the crowds away. “I think we had the largest crowd ever at an event on the square,” says Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship. “I think we have a few things to tweak, but we were really pleased.”

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  37. Beasley Makes Largest Donation in Dale County Schools’ History

    By Christina Faulkner

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  38. Stanley Smith Selected for Alabama Folk Heritage Award

    By Adam Kamerer

    Stanley Smith, a Sacred Harp songster from Ozark, has been selected as an honoree of the Celebration of Alabama Arts, to be held in Montgomery at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival on May 18. Smith will be awarded the Alabama Folk Heritage Award for his contributions to Sacred Harp singing.

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  39. First Ozark UMC Receives $500,000 Donation, Renames Learning Center in Honor of Donor

    By Gail Berry

    First Ozark United Methodist Church (FUMC) recently announced a major fund drive to enlarge its childcare facility, a move that will be a boon to the entire community. The church is that much closer to reaching its $1.8 million goal after an accounting meeting held March 6 saw the donation of $500,000 from longtime church member and Ozark native, Dr. Oliver Kingsley. Senior Pastor Jason Thrower announced $1.5 million has been raised through donations and pledges.

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  40. Ozark Leisure Services Athletics Sees Huge Post-Covid Growth

    By Adam Kamerer

    The Covid-19 pandemic has stifled leisure activity for the past two years, but as the pandemic wanes, leisure sports in Ozark are making a strong comeback. More than 600 children are registered for leisure sports this year, up from 290 registered players in 2021 -- more than double last year’s numbers.

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  41. The Mission To Bring Blues Legend Big Mama Thornton Home To Dale County

    By Adam Kamerer

     

    The Wiregrass Blues Society held Fields to Fame: The Path to Influence, an educational event honoring Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton, at the Carver Museum in Dothan on the evening of Saturday, April 2 and again at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ariton on Sunday afternoon. The event was made possible by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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  42. Wiregrass U.S. Senate Candidate Katie Britt Visits Ozark

    By Adam Kamerer

    Supporters packed into LilliMaggs last Friday to welcome Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Katie Britt to Ozark. Britt, who has served as Senator Richard Shelby’s Chief of Staff since 2016, is one of several Republican contenders vying for Shelby’s Senate seat when he retires at the end of this term.

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  43. Electric Scooter Business Launching in Downtown Ozark

    By Adam Kamerer

    A new electric scooter rental business is opening in Ozark this week. Bird, which calls itself “a micro mobility company with a focus on shared electric vehicles” is based in Los Angeles, but now operates scooter rentals in over 300 cities, including Andalusia and Brewton.

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  44. “Stormin’” Norman Horton Running for Alabama State Senate

    By Adam Kamerer

    “Stormin’” Norman Horton, best known for the towing and recovery business he operated in the Wiregrass for many years, is running for Jimmy Holley’s District 31 seat in the Alabama State Senate. Holley has held the seat for 24 years but has decided not to seek re-election.

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  45. Ozark Woman Turns 101 Years Old

    By Adam Kamerer

    An Ozark woman is celebrating her 101st birthday on Thursday, March 31. Sarah “Sally” Nelson was born in 1921 in Taylor, Pennsylvania. “My name is Sarah, but I’ve been ‘Sally’ ever since my husband and I started dating. That’s what he used to call me,” says Nelson.

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