1. Dale County deputy receives national recognition for excellence

    By Christina Faulkner

    Heidi De Ridder, Jail Supervisor and Sex Offender Registry Notification Act officer for the Dale County Sheriff's Office, received national recognition recently for her role in overseeing the county’s 173 active registered sex and violent offenders. OffenderWatch recognized De Ridder for excellence in meeting the sex offender registry (SOR) objectives and being dedicated and passionate about protecting her community.

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  2. City employees satisfied overall reveals survey

    By Christina Faulkner

    The results of an employee survey were revealed at the Ozark City Council meeting held Tuesday, June 6. According to Mayor Mark Blankenship, 145 full-time employees responded to the voluntary survey in nine departments indicating an overall level of satisfaction and some areas where improvement can be made.

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  3. Annual ACAP scores released

    By. J.D. Devine

    Alabama schools participated in a statewide test of their second and third-graders’ reading abilities. According to the results, Alabama’s second and third-graders are reading at a slightly lower level of proficiency than last year.

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  4. Ivey signs bills funding state budget, expanding education choice

    By. J.D. Devine

    Montgomery–Alabama Governor Kay Ivey held a number of signing ceremonies last week as she signed a series of bills into law. The flurry of bills includes the general and education budget as well as legislation that expands education choice in the state and eliminates the state income tax on all overtime pay for hourly workers.

    The bill-signing marathon comes as Alabama lawmakers head home after the end of the year’s legislative session.

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  5. American Legion holds Election and Workday

    By Travis Parker

    Last Saturday, June 3, The Ozark American Legion Post 82 had their monthly meeting and a work day afterwards. Various new projects were discussed to include the Women Veterans Day, the upcoming pancake breakfast, and the work day planned for after the meeting.

    The new officers elected were: Commander J. Elaine McLeod, Vice Commander Travis Parker, Adjutant Robert May, and Sgt. at arms, Max Corbin. Appointed were Membership Chair Bruce Williamson and Chaplain Sam Williams. Membership is now up to 61 members with a few new ones coming soon.

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  6. USDA disaster relief for mid-March freeze available in designated counties

    By J.D. Devine

    Farmers in a number of Alabama counties whose crops were negatively impacted by the freezing temperatures experienced March 18-20 may be eligible for special disaster relief granted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

    Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Commissioner Rick Pate of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) both announced that a request for a disaster declaration has been approved by USDA Sec. Vilsack. 

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  7. All In Credit Union to acquire SunSouth Bank

    Staff Reports

    Daleville, AL – May 31, 2023 – All In Credit Union (“All In”), headquartered in Daleville, AL, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Dothan, AL-based SunSouth Bank, the banking subsidiary of SunSouth Bancshares, Inc. The transaction will be structured as a purchase and assumption transaction, and the consideration will be all-cash. Other financial terms were not disclosed.

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  8. First Juneteenth Community Celebration Day to be held in Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark Mayor, Mark Blankenship signed a proclamation Wednesday, May 31 declaring June 19 as Ozark Juneteenth Community Celebration Day. Blankenship read and presented the proclamation to Winnie Frazier, coordinator of the Ozark Juneteenth Celebration in front of City Hall where they were joined by members of the community and Miss Bronze pageant queens.

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  9. Dale County 4-H Recognizes Winners

    Submitted by County Extension Coordinator Melissa Voynich

    Ozark, AL – June 1, 2023 – The Dale County Extension office celebrated local 4-H Regional Award winners after the competition for Alabama 4-H took place at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia.

    The following students from Dale County schools placed in the competition.

    Emma Dykes placed first in Informative Public Speaking, and Lydia Darley placed Second in the same category. Elise Waltz placed first in Persuasive Public Speaking, as well.

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  10. Melissa Voynich joins Dale County Extension Office

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Extension office introduced the new County Extension Coordinator, Melissa Voynich at the Dale County Commission meeting held on Tuesday, May 23. Voynich was also introduced to the Ozark City Council on June 6.

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  11. Fort Novosel honors the nation’s fallen

    By Christina Faulkner

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  12. Community partnership builds new track

     By Christina Faulkner

    A partnership between South Dale Middle School and the City of Pinckard blossomed into being with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Wednesday, May 24, at the new running track behind the Dale County school. School and town officials gathered with pageant queens and soldiers from Fort Novosel’s Lyster Army Medical Clinic for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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  13. Ozark remembers the fallen

    By Travis Parker

    On a bright, beautiful Memorial Day morning, the Ozark DAV chapter had another in their series of Memorial Day ceremonies at 11:00 in the veterans lodge. The ceremony was held outside, where the grounds were decorated with flags of all sizes and of the various branches of the military and the POW/MIA flag.

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  14. Dale County gears up for the 2023 hurricane season

    By Willie Worsham, Dale County EMA Director, and Christina Faulkner

    The Atlantic hurricane season begins today, June 1, and ends on November 30, with its peak around September 10. Based upon the current 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook, there will be 11-15 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes, and 1-3 major hurricanes, with 2-4 making a direct impact on the U.S. As this time of year comes around, it is important for those along and near coastal areas to be prepared, as it only takes one storm to greatly affect a region.

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  15. Eagles track and field have strong showing at State Championship in Gulf Shores

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School Track And Field team’s season finished with six athletes competing in the Boys And Girls 5A State Championship Meet. The Eagles recently traveled to Gulf Shores, Alabama for the State Championship.

    QuaDarious Lightner placed 5th in the Boys Long Jump, with a mark of 20-3.25.

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  16. Dale County municipalities among 128 labeled incompliant by Department of Revenue

    By Christina Faulkner

    According to a press release received from the Alabama Department of Revenue, 128 municipalities are noncompliant and no longer allowed to levy taxes in their police jurisdiction. This includes several municipalities in Dale County.

    The Alabama Department of Revenue posted a notice on May 15, 2023, informing taxpayers that the 128 municipalities referenced above failed to file an annual report required by Al Code State Statute 11-51-91 (2020).

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  17.  Mary Berry Brown Memorial Library receives national grant

    Midland City, AL — Mary Berry Brown Memorial Library in Midland City has been selected to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Accessible Small and Rural Communities, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that provides community engagement and accessibility resources to small and rural libraries to help them better serve people with disabilities.

    The competitive award comes with a $20,000 grant that will help the library create a sensory space for those in the community who cope with neurodiversity.

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  18. Alabama sets records in unemployment lows

    Staff Reports

    The State of Alabama is seeing record lows in unemployment rates with April at 2.2%, a decrease of .3% from April 2022.

    In a written statement, Governor Kay Ivey said, “Yet again, we see the resiliency of our state’s workforce. When Alabama works, Alabama families thrive, and records are broken time and time again.”

    The number of unemployed people in the state in April set a new low as well at just 51,462, down almost 4,700 from last year.

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  19. Ariton Purple Cats clinch State Championship

    By J.D. Devine

    Ariton has taken home the trophy. The Ariton Varsity Purple Cats clinched the championship title after a long season. The Purple Cats faced off against the Vincent Yellowjackets in a two-game faceoff on Monday-Tuesday, May 15 and 16.

    In the first game, Ariton took the lead in the seventh inning to defeat the Vincent Yellow Jackets Varsity baseball team.

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  20. 21 years of competition no match for a 35-year-old bond; Friends compete at Special Olympics

    By Christina Faulkner

    It’s not often you find a friendship that lasts for 35 years. It’s even rarer to find one that has lasted since birth. Even more special is the bond created between these two friends with special needs as they compete side by side, against one another in Special Olympics Rhythmic Gymnastics and other events. Beth Olive and Erica Watts, both 35 years old, of north Shelby County, have been friends practically since birth and have been competing since they were seven years old.

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  21. D.A. Smith to experience changing of the guard

    By Christina Faulkner

    The girl who was always at school, who loved school will finally be leaving school this summer as Dr. Danelle Peterman, who has been principal at D.A. Smith Middle since 2011, wraps up her 30-year career in education. As she retires from Ozark City Schools, Jermaine Shakespeare, a native of Andalusia, will step up to take her place.

    “I know I can just pass everything over to him,” says Peterman of Shakespeare. She says he has been observing her and is prepared to take over.

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  22. Belinda Thomas Calls for apology after racial slurs on State House floor

    As State Representative Kenneth Paschal (R-AL73) was presenting a bill in the State House, he was verbally attacked by another representative, Juandalynn Givan (D-AL60) on Tuesday, May 2 resulting in demands for an apology from some members of the republican party. One such member is Newton’s City Councilwoman, Belinda Thomas. Since, Alabama Democrat vice chair Tabitha Isner has made statements referencing the confrontation between the two State Representatives.

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  23. Daleville High School JROTC Awards

    By Travis Parker

    On May 2nd, the Daleville High School Junior ROTC held their annual awards ceremony in the cafeteria. CW4 (Ret) Nate Barley acted as Master of Ceremonies and spoke highly of his cadets. The Color Guard’s Presentation of Colors was followed by an invocation. A short demonstration by the drill team preceded the awards. They recently placed second and fourth in state competition.

    Some of the Awards presented:

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  24. Enterprise JROTC Awards

    By Travis Parker

    The Enterprise JROTC held their annual Awards Ceremony at the high School Performing Arts Center at 10:00 on May10th. There was a bevy of Awards given to the Cadets before the announcement that COL (ret) Dennis Griffin would be retiring from the ROTC Program as Senior Army Instructor at the end of the school year. Col. Griffin will remain in the area and live in New Brockton.

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  25. Lady Eagles’ varsity softball falls short after intense area tournament game against Eufaula

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School (CHS) Lady Eagles’ varsity softball team played their hearts out at the 5A Area 3 Tournament hosted at Rehobeth High School on Tuesday, May 2. The Lady Eagles faced off against the Eufaula Tigers in an intense matchup.

    The Eagles led in the first inning with two runs. However, the Eufaula Tigers tied the game up during the second inning and then kicked things into high gear, scoring eight additional runs in the third.

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  26. Ft. Novosel Change of Responsibility

    By Travis Parker

    As Command Sergeant Major James Wilson retires after 31 years of service, a “Change of Responsibility” saw his duties and responsibilities taken over by Command Sergeant Major Kirk Coley on Friday, May 5. The ceremony was held on a slightly overcast, windy morning at Howze Parade Field with friends and families of the two gentlemen honored, some of who had traveled over 1,000 miles to see the event. 

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  27. Ozark EMS prepares for the future

    By Christina Faulkner

    With volunteerism dwindling in today’s society, Ozark Emergency Medical Services is preparing for the future. Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship and EMS Deputy Director, Kristy Clark spoke to Rotarians at last Tuesday’s meeting on April 25.

    “We made some major changes to our EMS program a while back,” Blankenship said in his introduction of Clark. “We went back to a public safety director and named Charles Ward to that position.”

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  28. Presiding Circuit Judge Bill Filmore withdraws from Court of Criminal Appeals race

    Staff Reports

    Judge William Filmore withdrew from the Court of Criminal Appeals race on Tuesday, May 9. In a news release, Filmore stated that he will run for re-election as Circuit Judge in Dale and Geneva Counties, his current position, in the 2024 election. 

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  29. National Day of Prayer observed at FUMC in Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

    First Ozark United Methodist Church was host to the National Day of Prayer Breakfast held on Thursday, May 4. This year’s speaker was Henry County Probate Judge David Money, who spoke on how God has worked in his life.

    Signed into law in 1952, the National Day of Prayer is a day when people of all faiths are asked to pray for the leaders of our nation.  Title 36, Section 119 of US law states:

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  30. Colby signs with Wallace Community College

    Article Courtesy of Alison Holley, CHS Media Specialist

    Carroll High School senior Zoey Colby signed a full music scholarship with Wallace Community College while her family and band members looked on.  While at Wallace, Colby plans to pursue a certification in welding.  Her CHS band director, Brenda Simechak, put Zoey in touch with Dr. Paul Morelli at Wallace Community College.  Through this connection, Colby auditioned for and earned a spot in the jazz band at Wallace Community College. 

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  31. Jury sentences McCraney to life after guilty verdict

    By Christina Faulkner and J.D. Devine

    The verdict is in. Sentencing has been passed down. Coley McCraney was found guilty on all charges against him in the 1999 murders of JB Beasley and Tracie Hawlett on Wednesday, April 26. After just 13 minutes of deliberation McCraney was sentenced to serve life in prison without parole on Thursday, April 27.

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  32. Lawsuit filed against Midland City by Pinckard and Napier Field

    By Christina Faulkner 

    The town of Pinckard and Napier Field filed a lawsuit Monday, May 1, against the City of Midland City to retrieve power stretchers the two towns purchased using CARES Act funding.

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  33. Dale County Government offices to be equipped with cameras

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Commission approved a capital expense for a video camera system for the Dale County Government building in a 3-1 vote during the Commission meeting held Tuesday, April 25. The system is expected to cost $12,226 and consists of four video cameras to be placed on the rear of the building, in the solid waste lobby, and two in the commission meeting room.

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  34. Annual Circle of Prayer draws large crowd; Bible reading marathon kicks off

    By J.D. Devine

    Downtown Ozark was filled with songs of worship and prayer on Sunday, April 30, as people from over 20 churches of different denominations gathered on the Dale County Courthouse lawn to sing old-fashioned spiritual hymns and form a large prayer circle to pray for local, state, and federal officials; residents of the Wiregrass; law enforcement officers; and other groups. This is the second year members of Chalkhead Baptist Church (CBC) have organized the prayer circle event. 

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  35. Carroll High School boys and girls soccer win region titles and will host first round of playoffs

    By J.D. Devine

    The CHS boys and girls soccer teams faced off against Eufaula on Wednesday, April 26, in the game that determined whether they would make it to the playoffs. Both teams clinched region titles with wins over rival Eufaula.

    In the girls' game, the Lady Eagles celebrated a shutout victory as they allowed Eufaula no opportunities to score a goal. They wasted no time as they beat the Lady Tigers 10-0. 

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  36. ESTATE SALE 279 Pine Avenue Ozark

     

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    Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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    Curio cabinets, oak table, chairs and bedroom pieces.

    Decorative accessories and household items.  

    Corning Ware: Blue Cornflower, Spice o’ Life,  Shadow Iris, French White and Country Festival patterns - several pieces in each.

     

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  37. McCraney trial begins; jurors hear testimony from prosecution, defense

    By J.D. Devine

    The long-awaited capital murder trial of Coley McCraney is underway. McCraney has been held without bond in the Dale County Jail since his March 2019 arrest. He is accused of the 1999 double murders of 17-year-olds J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett. He is also charged with the rape of J.B. Beasley. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is prosecuting the case at the request of Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams. 

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  38. Month of the Military Child celebrated in Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner

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  39. Survival Flight HEMS give lessons to Bridge Academy EMS students

    By Christina Faulkner

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) students at Bridge Academy, Dale County Schools, were treated to a visit from Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) provider Survival Flight of Dothan on Friday, April 14. Survival Flight critical care registered flight nurse, Mark Reynolds, and critical care nurse and paramedic Jason Trammell spent time training and going through basic exercises with students.

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  40. Boys & Girls Club Flight Day

    By Travis Parker

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  41. Carroll’s boys and girls soccer teams celebrate series of victories

    By J.D. Devine

    Carroll High School’s (CHS) boys and girls soccer teams had a winning streak this past week as they faced off against Greenville, Charles Henderson, and G.W. Long as region play comes to a close. 

    On Monday, April 17, the Eagles’ boys team faced off against region opponent Greenville in a shutout victory for CHS. The Eagles swept Greenville, 10-0.

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  42. City of Ozark adding tipping fee to waste collection

    By Christina Faulkner

    Citizens in the City of Ozark with a second garbage can will soon see an additional $10 tipping fee added to their monthly bill. The Ozark City Council passed a motion Tuesday, April 4 setting the new fee in motion.

    “It is simply due to the price of everything going up,” said Campbell. “

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  43. EMA to revitalize CERT program; Seeking volunteers

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is seeking volunteers to become members of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) within the county. Rather than wait for the government to respond, which can take three days or longer, citizens can rely on their local CERT teams in the event of a natural disaster or other emergencies.

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  44. MG McCurry Addresses AUSA at Spring Membership Meeting

    By Travis Parker

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  45. Dadeville community in shock, mourning after mass shooting claims 4 lives, injuring 32

    By J.D. Devine

    The small community of Dadeville, AL, which has a population of only 3,200 and is located approximately 57 miles northeast of Montgomery, is in shock after a gunman interrupted a “sweet 16” birthday party at Mahogany Masterpiece Dance Studio and opened fire on Saturday night, April 16. 

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