1. Wes Hardin works on WRC&D mural

    Progress continues on the new Wiregrass RC&D mural. "We're going for a coloring book look on this one. Bright colors," says muralist Wes Hardin. "The theme of this mural is all about 'Community'."

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  2. Ozark Approves New EMS Building

    By Adam Kamerer

    Ozark’s city council voted on February 1 to approve $54,781 to transform a city-owned building on Parker Road into a new station for the city’s emergency medical services.

    Ozark’s EMS workers and ambulances have been housed at the city’s firehouses up until now, but the new station will allow them to move into their own space. “There’s policies and procedures that the fire department has to follow that doesn’t really apply to EMS,” says Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship.

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  3. Old Ozark Armory Makes Way for New Dale County Schools Career Center

    By Adam Kamerer

    The old National Guard Armory on U.S. Highway 231 in Ozark is being torn down and a new career center for Dale County Schools is being built in its place.

    “We originally planned on using the old armory building,” says Dale County Schools Superintendent Ben Baker. That plan didn’t work out -- storm damage condemned the building a few years ago. It was more cost-effective to demolish the building and build a new structure than to try to repair the damage to the aging building, according to Baker.

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  4. Local Food Assistance Programs Need Donations, Volunteers

    By Adam Kamerer

    Ongoing supply chain shortages and rising grocery prices are putting a strain on local food assistance programs.

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  5. Doors Officially Open at Ozark Free After School Program

    By Christopher Mobley

    More after school activities and learning opportunities are here for the children of Ozark with the opening of a new free after school program in the city. 

    The All of God’s Children after-school program was founded by Shanika Reeves, officially opening its doors to the public on January 5, 2022. Reeves has over 15 years of experience working with children and families in different programs, including being the Youth Director at Saint Paul AME church in Ozark. 

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  6. New Ozark Mural Highlights Wiregrass RC&D Mission

    By Adam Kamerer

    A little building along North Union Avenue in Ozark is getting a new paint job. The building, which houses the Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development Council (WRC&D), is the latest mural project in Ozark.

    “We are a state funded 501(c)(3) that was created to help local people meet local needs,” says Anna Cornelius, Program Manager for WRC&D. “Our organization serves as an equitable way for state funds to be invested back into the local community.”

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  7. Arizona Couple Finds A Piece of Wiregrass History

    By Adam Kamerer

    When Bill and Rita Eggers moved to Ozark from Mesa, Arizona, they purchased the contents of their new home along with the house itself, but they didn’t realize the treasure trove the previous owner had left behind. “We’ve still got buildings to go through,” says Bill Eggers. “We found all sorts of things. Old books, tools, maps, train sets. If there was one of something, we found more.”

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  8. Man Charged in Dale County Murder Extradited to Dale County Jail

    By Christopher Mobley

    John Sutton, who was arrested and charged in June 2021 for the murder of a Dale County woman, has been extradited to the Dale County Jail from the Shelby County Jail. 

    The victim, Jenita Rose Maldonado, was found near Woodham bridge in Newton, Alabama on June 3, 2021 at around 1:30 PM. Although officers originally ruled the death of the mother of six as suicide, the investigation revealed inconsistencies that eventually lead  to the arrest of Sutton and his accomplice. 

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  9. Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested

    By Christopher Mobley

    The suspect in an Ozark shooting that left one man critically wounded has been arrested in southeast Barbour County, and is currently being held in the Dale County Jail. 

    Isaiah McGuire is a suspect in a shooting that occurred on Chancey Drive in Ozark on December 17 that left one victim in critical condition. McGuire was apprehended in Barbour County after being stopped for a traffic infraction. 

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  10. Ozark Small Business Incubator Seeks New Startups

    By Adam Kamerer

    The Ozark Technology Center for Developing Industry is looking to fill some office spaces.

    Founded in 1996, the Technology Center, also known as “the small business incubator” was the first of its kind in the region, says Holle Smith, President of the Ozark-Dale County Economic Development Corporation. The incubator was a product conducted in cooperation with USDA Rural Development.

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  11. No. 1 Auburn Wins 17th Straight With 86-68 Rout of Oklahoma

    (Editor’s Note: Story reprinted from www.AuburnTigers.com)

    AUBURN, Ala. – No. 1 Auburn unfurled a banner for its legendary former coach, agreed to a new contract with its legendary current coach and extended the nation's longest active win streak to 17, defeating Oklahoma 86-68 Saturday at Auburn Arena in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

    "Great atmosphere in Auburn Arena," Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. "This Challenge matters. We got better tonight."

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  12. County Health Departments Do Not Have Free Face Masks

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Alabama Department of Public Health released a statement today, February 2, advising the public that county health departments do not have free face masks to distribute to the public. 

    However, pharmacies that are part of the federal COVID-19 vaccine program and community health centers nationwide will be sent free, non-surgical N95 masks for distribution to the public at no charge, according to the Federal Government. 

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  13. Sheriff Wally Olson Announces Intent to Retire

    By Christina Faulkner

    Longtime Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson announced his intentions to retire at the end of his current term on Wednesday, January 19 just days before the deadline to qualify for the Republican primaries. Olson, who has served as Sheriff for 15 years, says the decision came after having a conversation with his 16-year-old daughter and months of prayer and contemplation. 

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  14. Dale County Voters Elect to Renew Property Taxes Supporting Education

    Dale County voters chose to renew a tax that has supported schools in the county for more than 100 years in a special election held January 11. 

    Votes were officially tallied by the Dale County Probate Judge, Sheriff Wally Olson, and the Dale County Clerk of Circuit Court on January 21 at the Dale County Courthouse. 

    With just 1,300 voters going to the polls for the special election, just a small fraction of Dale County’s registered voters participated in approving the tax. However, voters approved each of the school taxes. Below are the results.

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  15. Ozark Teen Arrested for Assault and Theft

    By Christopher Mobley

    Last week, Ozark Police Department arrested a 17-year-old suspect for assault and theft at a local business. 

    On Tuesday, January 18, Ozark police officers responded to a vehicle theft in progress at the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts located on Andrews Avenue. Officers received the initial call around 9 p.m. As police officers approached the scene, the teen suspect allegedly struck the owner of the vehicle before driving away. According to the Ozark Police Department, the owner sustained moderate injuries from the attack. 

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  16. Game-Ending Run Lifts the Alabama’s Men’s Basketball Team to an 86-76 Victory Over Missouri

    (Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from rolltide.com.) TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball team outscored Missouri 30-9 over the final 10-plus minutes to take down Tigers, 86-76, in Coleman Coliseum Saturday night. It was the Crimson Tide’s second consecutive victory as it improved to 13-6 overall and 4-3 in Southeastern Conference play.

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  17. No. 2 Auburn Beats No. 12 Kentucky 80-71, Takes Control in SEC Race

    (Editor’s Note: The following article is reprinted from auburntigers.com) AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn University students who camped outside Auburn Arena on a frigid Friday night chanted “No. 1” Saturday as the second-ranked Tigers defeated No. 12 Kentucky 80-71, Auburn’s 15th straight win.

    “That game and that environment lived up to anybody’s expectations,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “It’s the sum of our parts. We got really great contributions from everybody.”

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  18. $6 Million Lawsuit by Wrongfully Accused Man Dismissed

    By Christopher Mobley

    A $6 million lawsuit against the City of Ozark by a man who was wrongfully accused of murdering his wife has been dismissed. 

    U.S. Chief District Judge Emily Marks has ruled that Harris’ constitutional rights had not been violated and also dismissed claims that he is a victim of malicious prosecution.

    Harris filed the suit against the City of Ozark, its Chief of Police, and a former Ozark police investigator, claiming his arrest was due to their negligence.

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  19. Ozark Veterinary Charged with Animal Cruelty No Longer Associated with Practice

    By Christopher Mobley

    A letter was posted on the door of the office of Andrews Avenue Animal Hospital, stating that Dr. Richard Timothy Logan would no longer be associated with the veterinary clinic as of January 10, 2022. If no replacement veterinarian is found by January 31, 2022, the veterinary office will be closed. 

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  20. Dale County Judge Decides Ruling on Testimony for Controversial Murder Trial

    By Christopher Mobley

    Dale County Circuit Judge William Filmore has decided to consider on a situation-by-situation basis what testimony will be allowed during the controversial trial of Cole Lewis McCraney, a truck driver and preacher, who is charged with murdering two Dothan teens in 1999. 

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  21. Extra! Extra! Newsies Makes Headlines at Flowers Center for the Performing Arts

    Fifty-six high school students from Dale County and Ozark City schools will present Newsies at Flowers Center for the Performing Arts.  The curtain goes up at 7 p.m. Feb. 8, 10, 11 and 12. 

    “It’s really a community effort that showcases the talent of the Wiregrass,” Margie Benson, director said. “They’ve been working after school and on weekends since late September, and they’re truly committed.”

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  22. Dale DYW Heads to State

    By Michelle Mann

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    (Editor’s Note: Reprinted from the Southeast Sun with permission.)

    The Dale County Distinguished Young Woman will join high school seniors from across Alabama to participate in the DYW of Alabama program to be held in Montgomery Jan. 21 and 22.

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  23. Alabama Drops a Narrow 78-76 Decision at Mississippi State

    (Editor’s Note: Story has been reprinted from www.RollTide.com)

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a game that went down to the final shot, the No. 24/25 Alabama men's basketball team dropped a narrow 78-76 decision to Mississippi State (12-4, 3-1) Saturday night inside Humphrey Coliseum. It was the Crimson Tide's third consecutive loss, matching the longest losing streak under head coach Nate Oats, as Alabama drops to 11-6 overall and 2-3 in SEC play.

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  24. Ozark City Schools Require Masks On Campus

    By Christopher Mobley

    Ozark City Schools has announced that masks are now required on their campuses.

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  25. COVID-19 Boosters Now Authorized for Ages 12-15, Dosing Interval Lowered, Additional Primary Dose Recommended for Certain Immunocompromised Children

    The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has sent a health alert network message to Alabama healthcare providers notifying them that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have endorsed new recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinations.

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  26. TROY Names Greg Knedler as Associate Vice Chancellor for Development

    Troy University has named Greg Knedler the new Associate Vice Chancellor for Development.

    Knedler, who comes to TROY with more than 20 years’ experience in development and higher education advancement, will start on Feb. 1. He currently serves as the Vice President for Class and Constituent Development at the Air Force Academy Foundation.

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  27. Alleged Counterfeit Ring Found in Daleville Raid

    By Christopher Mobley

    On Thursday, January 6, authorities raided a Daleville, AL residence. It is now being reported that the raid was to bust a possible counterfeit ring operating out of said residence. 

    According to details given to WDHN, the raid was a federal operation, and took place at a home on Forest Hill Drive. Local authorities, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Daleville Department of Public Safety also assisted at the scene of the raid. 

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  28. DHR Worker Surprised by Co-Workers on 80th Birthday

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County Department of Human Resources (DHR) celebrated the birthday of their oldest and longest employed staff member, Barbara Pennington. Pennington, who has worked with DHR for 35 years, turned 80 years of age Thursday, January 6.

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  29. Alabama Falls to Georgia in the National Championship Game

    (Editor’s Note: Story reprinted from www.RollTide.com)

    INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 1/1/1 University of Alabama football team battled throughout its ninth national championship game appearance since 2009, but fell to No. 3/3/3 Georgia in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game Monday night in Indianapolis, Ind. The Crimson Tide finished the season at 13-2 and as the Southeastern Conference and Cotton Bowl champions.

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  30. 13th Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference a Success

    Local District Attorneys Kirke Adams (Dale/Geneva), Patrick Jones (Houston/Henry), Tom Anderson (Coffee/Pike) and the City of Ozark co-sponsored the 13th Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference held at the Ozark Civic Center Friday, December 17.  

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  31. Stopped Train Raises Concerns

    By Christina Faulkner

    A stopped train at the railroad crossing on Broad Street in Ozark raised some concerns among those stopped waiting for the train to resume its forward motion. A video posted on social media Sunday afternoon simply showed a stopped train on the tracks that traverse between Ewell and Ariton, crossing through Ozark. 

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  32. Fifth Free Cat Friday Planned to Ease Overcrowding at Ozark Animal Shelter

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark Animal Control and the Ozark Animal Shelter are planning their Fifth Free Cat Friday for January 14 between 9 am and 5 pm at the Ozark Animal Shelter on Parker Road in Ozark. Shelter Manager, Miranda Daniels, says adoptions are essential to controlling overcrowding at the no-kill, nonprofit shelter. 

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  33. Shooting Incident Results in Arrest

    By Christina Faulkner

    Officers with the Ozark Police Department made an arrest in a shooting incident that occurred in the 800th Block of Martin Street on Sunday, January 2. Ozark resident, Da’Mier McDaniel, 19, was arrested and booked into the Dale County Jail early Monday morning. 

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  34. Christmas Day Burglar Caught

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark Police recovered several guns stolen from a home on Porter Andrews Road on Christmas Day. Jonathon Bundy, 28 of Ozark, was arrested after a police pursuit ended in a crash in Troy. 

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  35. Auburn Wins Over LSU Wednesday, 70-55

    (Editor’s Note: Story reprinted from www.AuburnTigers.com)

    AUBURN, Ala. – Walker Kessler blocked a career-high 11 shots and recorded a triple-double to lead No. 11 Auburn to a 70-55 victory over No. 16 LSU Wednesday in the SEC opener at Auburn Arena.

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  36. 2021: The Year in Review

    January 7, 2021 - The Entertainment District in downtown Ozark was alive with people of all ages celebrating New Year’s Eve on Thursday, December 31, 2020. Lillimaggs Butts & Beverages, [email protected]’s, Ozark Cigars, Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce, and Ozark Economic Development Corporation came together to sponsor the event which included live music, food trucks, beer garden, s’mores at the amphitheater, and even cornhole games.

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  37. Arrest Leads to Additional Charges after Assault on Police Officer

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ta’mario Greenwood, 31 of Ozark, was arrested on two charges of 2nd Degree Assault by Ozark Police on Thursday, December 23. The arrest came after 29-year-old male victim presented in the emergency room at Dale Medical Center with a laceration across the face. The victim reported that the assault had occurred at Andrew Park Apartments located at 1906 Andrews Ave. 

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  38. Ozark Community Tennis Wins Business of The Month for December

    By: Christopher Mobley

    When business partners, Heidi Faulk and Elizabeth Wyse decided to start Ozark Community Tennis in 2019, they had one goal in mind: bringing the sport to those in the community who wish to learn. Not only have they accomplished that goal but have lasted through the pandemic while building their customer base and connecting with their community. This is the work ethic and dedication that led to Ozark Community Tennis being voted Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Month for the month of December. 

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  39. 13th Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference Held in Ozark is a Success

    Local District Attorneys Kirke Adams (Dale/Geneva), Patrick Jones (Houston/Henry), Tom Anderson (Coffee/Pike) and the City of Ozark co-sponsored the 13th Annual Wiregrass Law Enforcement Conference held at the Ozark Civic Center Friday, December 17.  

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  40. 8 Straight; No. 12 Auburn beats Murray State 71-58, extends streak

    (Editor’s Note: Story reprinted from www.AuburnTigers.com)

    AUBURN, Ala. – With the shot clock expiring, Wendell Green Jr. tracked down a loose ball at Auburn's end of the court, dribbled thrice and fired a rainbow 50-footer.

    Nothing but net. 

    "I just lined myself up," said Green, noticing only three seconds remained when he glanced at the shot clock from well beyond half court. "When it went in, I was shocked just like everyone else. It was crazy."

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  41. OPD Requests Public Assistance in Search for Attempted Murder Suspect

    By Christina Faulkner

    The search for attempted murder suspect, Isaiah McGuire, 28 of Ozark, is ongoing, says Ozark Chief of Police Charles Ward. McGuire is a suspect in the December 17 shooting that left one man in critical condition.

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  42. Alabama Heartbeat Act Could Restrict Abortions in the State

    By Christina Faulkner

    Alabama legislators have introduced a new bill, the Alabama Heartbeat Act, that will prohibit medical providers from performing abortions once cardiac activity is detected and allowing private citizens to file civil lawsuits against anyone who aids and abets an abortion. Those filing lawsuits will also be eligible to collect at least $10,000 in damages for performed abortions. 

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  43. Local Farmers Federation Member Receives Statewide Recognition During Annual Meeting

    Contributors include Marlee Moore, Debra Davis and Mary Wilson

    The Alabama Farmers Federation celebrated its 100th anniversary during the group’s annual meeting Dec. 5 and 6 in Montgomery with awards presentations and a salute to a century of serving farmers. Over 1,200 farmers gathered in the Capitol City at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center. The event also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Alfa Insurance, founded by the Federation in 1946.

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  44. Ozark Couple Turned Over to Federal Custody for Multiple Sex Crimes

    By Christopher Mobley

    An Ozark couple, previously arrested for human trafficking and other sex crimes, have now been turned over to federal custody following their indictment by a federal grand jury. 

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  45. Southeast Alabama Business Leaders Mentor Students at Power of Youth Leadership Forum

    By Michelle Tims

    High school students from Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties gathered in Ozark last week for the 2021 Power of Youth Leadership Forum, an event designed to enhance their leadership and networking skills through mentoring by local business leaders.

    Alabama Power Community Relations Manager David Norwood kicked off the event by telling the 150 students about their value for helping shape the future success of the region.

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