1. Brightening futures: Ozark City Schools' 9th Annual Holiday Bazaar benefits at-risk students

    Staff Report

    Ozark City Schools is gearing up for a day of festive cheer with its 9th Annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 8. The event, held at the Carroll High School Practice Gym, promises a day filled with holiday fun and shopping, and it is open to the public.

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  2. Late-game heroics lead Alabama to 27-24 victory at Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. - Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Bond with 32 seconds left to lift the No. 8/8/8 Crimson Tide football team to a 27-24 victory over Auburn Saturday afternoon in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    With the Tide (11-1, 8-0 SEC) trailing 24-20 and facing 4th-and-31, Milroe found Bond for a game-winning 31-yard score to snatch the victory away from the Tigers (6-6, 3-5 SEC).

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  3. Collaborative celebrations mark Farm-City Week in Dale County and Ozark

    By Christina Faulkner 

    Dale County and the City of Ozark recently united in a collaborative celebration of Farm-City Week, highlighting the crucial partnership between rural and urban communities. The festivities commenced with a joint proclamation signed by Dale County Commissioner Steve McKinnon and Ozark City Mayor Mark Blankenship during the City Council Meeting on November 7. The proclamation declared November 17-23 as Farm-City Week in Ozark and Dale County.

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  4. Crosby Boy Scout Memorial Pathway unveiled at Vivian B. Adams School

    By Christina Faulkner

    The first brick in the Dr. G. Robert “Bob” Crosby Boy Scout Memorial Pathway at Vivian B. Adams School was laid on Friday, November 17. The ongoing project incorporates an existing Eagle Scout Project completed by VBAS Eagle Scout, Tony Walker, and is designed to enhance the appearance of the school campus by paving the front garden area with bricks personalized with the names of friends and supporters.

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  5. G.W. Long High School Achieves Top Rankings in Alabama Education

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a recent report by U.S. News and World Report, G.W. Long High School, encompassing grades 7-12, has secured an impressive position among Alabama's educational institutions. The school ranks 6th on the list of the state's top ten middle schools and holds the 15th spot on Niche's annual compilation of the top 25 public high schools in Alabama.

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  6. Vivian B. Adams Christmas Bazaar makes triumphant return after three-year hiatus

    By Christina Faulkner

    The beloved tradition of the Vivian B. Adams Christmas Bazaar, spanning 48 years, came back to life this year after a three-year hiatus due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Christmas Bazaar, an integral fundraising event for the school, resurfaced with enthusiasm, offering a wide array of handmade items and goodies.

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  7. Ozark Library Shares History of the Iron Bowl

    By Adam Kamerer

    Alabama and Auburn football fans filled Ozark Dale County Library Thursday night for a History of the Iron Bowl presentation and Tailgating Dinner.

    Thursday night’s speaker was Mark Everett Kelly. Growing up 40 miles east of New York City, Kelly learned the value of paying attention to the smallest details in order to impress very dedicated sports fans.

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  8. Ozark City Council approves $250,000 grant for AATC apartment project

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Council has given the green light for a $250,000 grant towards the construction of a 28-unit apartment complex for the Alabama Aviation Technical College (AATC). The decision, which was made on November 7, also includes a 99-year lease for the portion of city-owned property situated in front of the Friends of Army Aviation on Campus Drive. The project includes property located at 308 Campus Drive, formerly the home of Homer Andrews, as well as 189 Heritage Road.

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  9. Sweat4Vets fundraiser is huge success for Honor Flight

    By Travis Parker

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  10. Ozark Unites: Inaugural Veterans Golf Tournament celebrates local heroes and community spirit

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a display of community unity, local businesses in Ozark joined forces with the Ozark Military Affairs Committee to host the 1st Annual Veterans Golf Tournament, a memorable event dedicated to honoring our local heroes, including active and retired military personnel, as well as first responders. The tournament brought together businesses, military personnel, and first responders for a day of camaraderie on the golf course.

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  11. Three Dothan ALEA Highway Patrol officers receive recognition at awards ceremony

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  12. Carroll Eagles finish a “Season of No Quit” with resilience, determination, and teamwork

    By Les Perault

    Following is my take on what I call “A Season of No Quit"

    The Carroll High School Eagles concluded their football season with a hard-fought first round playoff battle last night in Demopolis, ultimately falling short with a close loss of a 31-28 score. However, what defined this season was not the final score, but the determination and resilience displayed by the Eagles in the face of numerous adversities, including key injuries on both sides of the ball.

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  13. Honoring Veterans: D.A. Smith Middle School receives special flag from General McCurry

    By Christina Faulkner

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  14. Pinckard and Newton Collaborate on State Highway 123 Expansion Feasibility Study

    By Christina Faulkner

    In a significant step towards improving regional transportation and disaster preparedness, the towns of Pinckard and Newton have joined forces to undertake a comprehensive feasibility study for the expansion of State Highway 123. This collaborative effort, supported by the Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation, the Dale County Commission, and the city of Dothan, aims to address traffic congestion issues and explore potential economic benefits.

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  15. U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville Honors Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Bob Ammons as November's Veteran of the Month

    By Christina Faulkner

    U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) today released a video honoring U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Bob Ammons of Ozark as the November “Veteran of the Month.”

    “I’m proud to recognize Bob Ammons as November’s ‘Veteran of the Month’,” said Tuberville in the video.

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  16. ALDI grand opening in Enterprise a huge success

    By Travis Parker

    After months of rumors, then months of anticipation after the rumors were confirmed, the Enterprise location of ALDI had their Grand Opening on Friday, November 3. Located in the Enterprise Shopping Center where the old Walmart/Big Lots used to be, the down-to-the-studs remodeled building was pristine for the people lined up almost to the far end of the shopping center. Some people arrived in line as early as 5:30 a.m. on the chilly morning to claim their place in the lengthy line and get chances on a variety of prizes. 

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  17. Alabama Victorious in Season Opener Defeating Morehead State 105-73

    Staff Reports

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 24/24 Alabama men's basketball team defeated Morehead State 105-73 Monday night in Coleman Coliseum in the season opener for both teams.

    The Crimson Tide had four players finish with double digits, led by Grant Nelson with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds. He was joined in double figures with Aaron Estrada (16 points, Mark Sears (13) and Jarin Stevenson adding 12 points in his collegiate debut.

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  18. State-of-the-Art Agri-Science building opens new era of education and opportunities for students at Long High School

    By Christina Faulkner

    Daniel Barrentine, Principal of G.W. Long High School, commenced the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Agri-Science Building at Long High School in Skipperville on Monday, October 23. He emphasized the significance of this event as preparations to move equipment into the state-of-the-art Agri-Science Building, commonly known as the “Ag Shop,” were already underway.

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  19. Childcare crisis in Dale County: A struggle for working parents and care providers

    By Christina Faulkner

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  20. Congressman Barry Moore announces candidacy for home district, AL-01

    Staff Reports

    Enterprise, AL - Barry Moore released the following statement after filing to run for Congress to represent his hometown and the people of Alabama’s First District on Monday, October 30.

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  21. Veteran suicide issue visual reminders

    By Travis Parker

    In the ongoing effort to constantly remind the public of the issue of Veterans suicides, the State of Alabama created the “Operation We Remember” program to place flag displays in various public places. Two local institutions recently had displays of the 143 flags, Laurel Oaks in Dothan and ESCC in Enterprise.

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  22. Eagles come up short against Valley

    With a guaranteed seed into the high school 5A playoffs, Carroll hosted the Rams from Valley, Alabama Friday night October 27. The fans knew that without the Eagles starting quarterback, things were going to be tough! Keyshawn Cole is out for the rest of the season due to last week’s injury to his leg. So, at the helm for the offense, Peyton Plott had some big shoes to fill. Up to the challenge, Plott came out in the first quarter and did what he does best, ran with the ball. However, it was Lakeith Person who drew first blood on a 2-yard touchdown run.

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  23. Ozark proclaims October 28 as 'Make a Difference Day' for community service and volunteering

    By Christina Faulkner

    During the Ozark City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 17, the city declared October 28 as "Make a Difference Day." Mayor Mark Blankenship and the city council officially recognized this day by signing a proclamation.

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  24. Dale County declares Alabama Extension Week

    By Christina Faulkner

    The following proclamation was signed by the Dale County Commission declaring October 23-28 Alabama Extension Week in Dale County and read by Commission Chairman, Steve McKinnon during the Commission meeting held Tuesday, October 24.  

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  25. Annual Boll Weevil Fall Festival - A resounding success

    By Travis Parker

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  26. Daleville Police investigate series of vehicle break-ins

    By Christina Faulkner

    Daleville, AL – The Daleville Police Department, under the leadership of Director of Public Safety and Police Chief John Crawford, is actively addressing a series of vehicle break-ins in the area. While the investigation has produced leads on potential suspects, Chief Crawford emphasizes that no concrete conclusions have been reached at this time.

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  27. Ariton High School Presents "The Golden Gala" – A Night of Elegance and Inclusivity

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ariton, AL – The Ariton High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter, in collaboration with the Special Education Department, is proud to announce, "The Golden Gala," set to take place on Friday, December 8. This enchanting evening is designed for individuals aged 16 and above, who face cognitive and/or physical challenges, promising a memorable experience for all attendees.

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  28. Lt. Gov. Ainsworth tours Novosel by air

    By Travis Parker

    Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth received an air tour when he visited Ft. Novosel on Monday, October 16. General Michael McCurry gave him a special helicopter tour of the Wiregrass area surrounding the post as well as a close-up of some of the areas that are possible trouble spots because of the encroachment of residential subdivisions. 

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  29. Honoring Dr. Imogene Mixson: 32 years of dedication to the library and community

    By Christina Faulkner

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  30. Rare Ceremony Honors Revolutionary Soldier Jacob Beverett in Mt. Enon Cemetery

    By Travis Parker and Christina Faulkner

    On a brisk October afternoon in the vicinity of Midland City, history came alive in a unique and poignant ceremony held at Mt. Enon Cemetery. Gathered by the gravesite of Jacob Beverett, one of only thirteen known Revolutionary soldiers from the original Dale County, members of the Wiregrass Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution who organized the tribute, traveled from as far as Huntsville and Tuscaloosa to pay their respects in a solemn Grave Marking ceremony.

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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. Farm-City Week gears up for celebrations honoring rural-urban unity

    By Christina Faulkner

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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. Daleville hosts 7th Annual Highland Games

    By Travis Parker

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