1. Bats cracked, and balls soared as schools battle to win Dothan Diamond Classic

    By J.D. Devine

    Twenty area girls varsity teams competed in the annual Dothan Diamond Classic softball tournament on April 11-15, 2023. The Dothan Diamond Class has earned the descriptor “ultimate softball competition” since the best of the best travel to Dothan each year to enjoy the sport they love.

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  2. Fort Rucker officially redesignated Fort Novosel

    By Christina Faulkner

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  3. Ansley Godwin named to State Teacher of the Year “Sweet Sixteen”

    By Christina Faulkner

    Carroll High School’s Ansley Godwin was announced as a finalist for Alabama Teacher of the Year on Wednesday, April 5. The State of Alabama Department of Education released the names of the “State’s Sweet 16 educators” last week in a press release. The Alabama Teacher of the Year program is one of the state’s oldest and most esteemed recognition programs. This year’s 16 finalists have emerged from a highly professional group of more than 150 top educators who submitted their official applications for this state honor.

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  4. Three Churches Observe Good Friday

    By Christina Faulkner

    Members of three churches in Ozark came together to observe Good Friday on April 7. Located on what is known as holy hill in Ozark, St. John’s Catholic Church, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and Westview United Methodist Church each hosted four to five stations of the fourteen Stations of the Cross.

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  5. Wiregrass United Way presents $400,000 in grants; Ozark organizations receive $61,250

    The Wiregrass United Way presented $400,000 to 22 local nonprofit agencies around the Wiregrass over the last two weeks. Funding for these grants was received from the Wiregrass Foundation after the Wiregrass United Way completed the challenge of reaching their yearly fundraising goal of $2,777,777.77.

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  6. Eagles varsity girls victorious while boys fall after close region game against Eufaula

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School varsity soccer teams visited Eufaula for a regional game on March 29. The Lady Eagles had arrived ready and swept the Eufaula Tigers, while the boys played a close game throughout but fell late in the final half.

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  7. Vietnam Veterans Memorial officially dedicated during solemn ceremony

    By J.D. Devine

    Local veterans who lost their lives during the Vietnam War have finally received the special recognition they deserved. Veterans of the Vietnam War, local dignitaries, and other community members gathered Wednesday, March 29, at the site of what is now officially the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial. The solemn ceremony and ribbon-cutting event marked the formal commemoration and dedication of the memorial honoring those fallen warriors who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.

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  8. Ozark Officers Commended for Actions

    By Christina Faulkner

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  9. Ozark celebrates largest Crawdad Festival in event’s 17 years

    By J.D. Devine

    It was a fun-filled day of celebration, good eating, and overall joy as large crowds gathered in downtown Ozark for the 17th Annual Crawdad Festival. This year’s festival was the largest in the event’s history, with nearly 100 more vendors than last year.

    Even a little bit of rain could not stop the people from coming out to participate in the yearly tradition. 

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  10. 2023 Dale County Distinguished Young Woman Shares Experience

    By Christina Faulkner

    Kaylle Rosales did not think beyond the potential financial benefits toward her plans for college when it came to participating in the Dale County Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) program, but she soon learned the program offered so much more than a scholarship. Rosales spoke to Ozark Rotary Club members about her experience with the program on Tuesday, March 28.

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  11. Eagles’ track and field teams compete in Troy

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School (CHS) Track and Field team competed in the Charles Henderson High School Invitational Track Meet Friday, March 24. The girls and boys teams each placed fifth overall at the meet.

    In both the girls' long jump and high jump categories, Carroll’s Alana Coleman earned first place. In the long jump, Coleman soared a stunning 16’6. In the high jump, Coleman scored 4’10. Coleman also placed second in the girls' 300m hurdles with a time of 54.14 seconds.

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  12. Home of Army Aviation to be redesignated Fort Novosel

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker will be officially redesignated Fort Novosel in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Novosel, Sr., a Medal of Honor recipient with ties to Army Aviation, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, and the Wiregrass region in southeast Alabama, during a ceremony April 10 at Veterans Park on post. 

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  13. Lawmakers call for reform to early, supervised release law

    Attorney General Steve Marshall is calling for additional reform to Alabama’s prison release supervision. After the passing of a law in 2021 that has led to the release of hundreds of Alabama inmates, the state’s ability to secure supervision of those inmates continues to draw criticism from state leaders.

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  14. Local colleges host career fairs

    By J.D. Devine

    If you need a job, then you are in luck! Enterprise State Community College (ESCC) and Alabama Aviation College (AAC) hosted career fairs on Tuesday, March 21. The first career fair was held at the campus of ESCC and lasted from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. The AAC also hosted another career fair from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Ozark aviation campus. Both events were well attended by large numbers of potential applicants and representatives from a wide variety of companies.

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  15. New Bill addressing cell phone usage favorably received

    While Alabama drivers are banned from texting while driving, Alabama legislators are working toward banning any physical use of cell phones while driving in a new bill that was presented to the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Commission earlier this month.

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  16. Bats cracked as Lady Eagles varsity softball sweeps Eufaula

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School (CHS) Lady Eagles varsity softball team soared beyond the reach of the Eufaula Lady Tigers in the March 21 away game. The Eagles arrived prepared to win.

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  17. McCraney trial date set; Judge rules on motions

    By Christina Faulkner

    A Dale County Judge set a pretrial hearing date on April 13 to hear final motions in the McCraney trial that will begin just days later on April 17. Dale County Presiding Circuit Court Judge William Filmore heard several motions from defense attorneys Thursday, March 16. Five additional motions will be heard at the April 13 pretrial hearing.

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  18. Alabama farmers leave lasting impact on Capitol Hill

    by Maggie Edwards

    Agricultural advocacy took center stage on Capitol Hill during the Washington Legislative Conference (WLC) March 7-10, as passion and patriotism sent 140 Alabama Farmers Federation members to Washington, D.C. 

    It was Chambers County farmer Jason McKay’s first WLC. He’s a partner in RL&M Cattle and RL&M Ag Services in Cusseta. 

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  19. Tuberville demands answers after discovering Pentagon paying $47 million annually to store border wall materials

    Pentagon spending $130K a day to block border states from accessing unused border wall panels

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  20. Sunbelt Solomon Announces Plans to Open Rental Facility in Elba

    Staff Reports

    ELBA, Alabama – Sunbelt Solomon Services (“Sunbelt Solomon” or “SSS”), a leading provider of customized and sustainable electrical power solutions and services, today announced plans to open a service center in Elba, Alabama, that will offer electrical transformer repair and recycling, field services and equipment rental operations. Sunbelt Solomon will invest over $5 million to launch the facility, which will generate new employment opportunities, providing an economic boost to the Southeast Alabama community.

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  21. Alabama Defeats Maryland 73-51 in NCAA Tournament to Advance to Ninth Sweet 16 in Program History

    Editor’s note: Reprinted from RollTide.com

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 1 seed and top-ranked Alabama men's basketball team outscored No. 8 seed Maryland by 17 points in the second half to cruise to a 73-51 victory Saturday night in the NCAA Tournament second round. With the win, the Crimson Tide advances to its second Sweet 16 appearance in the last three years and ninth showing in program history.

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  22. Governor Kay Ivey delivers annual State of the State address

    By J.D. Devine

    Montgomery-Governor Kay Ivey delivered her assessment of the current health, successes, and failures of Alabama as a whole. She also discussed her ideas on many areas and topics during her State of the State Address on Tuesday, March 7. She was officially invited to give the address by the Alabama House of Representatives, which is typically a formality. Her address was notable for her enthusiasm, sports metaphors, and the folksy, laidback way she speaks.  

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  23. Commission grants pay increase for deputy coroners; request IAC review to demo old library; table SARCOA appointments again

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Dale County Commission moved forward with a unanimous vote to increase the per-call rate of pay for deputy coroners at the commission meeting held Tuesday, February 28.

    In a letter addressed to the commission, Dale County Coroner John Cawley stated, “The current rate of pay is $75 per call…[it] is just not enough for the amount of time and conditions per call.”

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  24. Southeast Gas invests in improving Dale County Communities

    Press Release – Southeast Gas recently awarded Community Betterment Funds in the amount of $11,000 to Ozark Dale County Economic Development Corporation (ODEC). Ozark Mayor and Southeast Gas Board member Mark Blankenship requested funds to enhance existing industry and recruit new businesses to the City of Ozark on behalf of ODEC. This year Southeast Gas will provide $164,000 to agencies like ODEC for commercial and industrial investments in Southeast Alabama.

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  25. RC&D Partners with local colleges to support veterans

    By Travis Parker

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  26. Lady Eagles’ softball runner-up in KLD tournament

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School (CHS) Lady Eagles’ varsity softball team played their hearts out at the Kirsten L. Dean (KLD) Memorial Softball Tournament held at Straughn, AL, March 3-4. They played Straughn and Highland Home in pool play, and in bracket play, they faced off against Straughn, Zion Chapel, and Highland Home.

    CHS vs. Straughn Tigers

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  27. Sheriff promotes six; four to command staff positions

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dale County Sheriff Mason Bynum announced the promotion of four deputies to command staff positions and two additional promotions within the Dale County Sheriff’s Office this past week. Former Captain Kyle Anderson, former Lieutenant Scott Spurlock, former Investigator Caroline Jackson, and former Deputy Kendall Hatfield were all promoted to command staff positions after Bynum took office in January.

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  28. Michael McCurry to Lead the World's Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Enterprise, AL – The Enterprise Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the Enterprise way at the World’s Smallest St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Half Pint 0.5K on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on E. College St. This annual event will celebrate its 30th Anniversary, honoring its only parade participant – the Grand Marshal!

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  29. City leaders read to students to celebrate Read Across America

    By J.D. Devine

    Local leaders participated in the annual Read Across America event by visiting local schools and reading to the students. Director of Public Safety Charles Ward, Deputy Fire Chief Jason Maertens, and Ozark EMS visited three different Ozark City Schools to read to the students in celebration of the annual Read Across America. This year’s theme is “Bringing Communities Together.”

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  30. CHS JROTC Student Honored for Accomplishments

    By Christina Faulkner

    Carroll High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Cadet Captain Paul Swanson was honored at the Ozark City Council meeting held on February 21 for his selection to the Alabama State Superintendent’s Advisory Board. Swanson was also invited to attend Governor Kay Ivey’s Proclamation signing declaring February as Career Technical Education (CTE) Month in Alabama and serves on the state’s JROTC Leadership Board as the Vice President.

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  31. Carroll’s varsity baseball has a strong night against Pike Co

    By J.D. Devine

    The Carroll High School (CHS) Eagles’ varsity baseball team had a strong night against Pike County Monday, March 6. Pitching for the Eagles was B. Lowery, who threw 61 pitches and had 36 strikes. Carroll took an early lead and played a strong game, giving Pike County no chance to catch up.

    The game against Pike County had two special guests. Dr. Danelle Peterman and Mr. Mike Robinson threw out the first pitches of the night.

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  32. Local businesses and individuals recognized for excellence

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 Excellence in Business Awards on Thursday, February 23, at the Ozark Warehouse. The event highlighted eleven categories in which local businesses and individuals excel in the delivery of their products and services.

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  33. Rep. Barry Moore announces 2nd Amendment bill; Hosts ribbon cutting at new Troy office

    By J.D. Devine

    Troy–United States Representative Barry Moore, who represents Alabama’s second congressional district, announced that he has introduced a bill, H.R. 1095, in the House of Representatives. The bill calls for the AR-15-style rifle to be declared the “National Gun of the United States.” Moore unveiled his proposed legislation at a press conference he held at Family Firearms in Troy, AL, on Tuesday, February 21.

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  34. Bridge Academy holds ribbon-cutting ceremony

    Bridge Academy held its grand opening on Thursday, February 23. The events started with a flag-raising ceremony conducted by members of the 131st National Guard Armory Alumni Association. Bridge Academy then held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the career tech campus.

    Young ladies who have participated in local beauty pageants, including Miss Pinckard Laney Deloney and Junior Miss Ariton Addie Davis, and others, assisted in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

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  35. Ozark EMS expansion running smoothly

    By J.D. Devine

    Ozark EMS has undergone a large expansion of operations in order to provide proper emergency medical services (EMS) to the municipalities located in Southern Dale County following the closure of South Dale EMS due to major budgetary deficits, leaving the southern portion of Dale County vulnerable. 

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  36. Carroll Eagles soccer teams tie in games against Pike Road

    By J.D. Devine. 

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  37. Concerned Citizens bring Oben Everett Park complaints to Council

    By Christina Faulkner

    Oben Everett Park was the focus of Gene Lynn’s concerns during the February 7 Ozark City Council meeting. Lynn, a member of the Concerned Citizens of Ozark, was selected by members of the community to be their voice after several approached him with complaints. Armed with pictures of Oben Everett and a comparison photo of Steagall Park, Lynn listed concerns from the need to resurface the basketball courts to the layout of new playground equipment.

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  38. MHFSC, lifting those who need a lift

    By Christina Faulkner

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  39. A night for the children at Ozark City Council meeting

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Council heard from concerned citizens during the regularly held meeting on Tuesday, February 7. The primary topic of discussion was focused on Ozark’s children. Ulysses Kincey, Jr., pastor at St. Paul AME, and Bob Harry, owner of Aabon Health, each spoke on different concerns for the welfare of Ozark’s children.

    Eastgate Gymnasium

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  40. Boone News Media founder and chairman dies

    TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — James B. “Jim” Boone Jr., founder and chairman of the board of Boone Newsmedia, Inc. [BNI], died Monday, Feb. 13, at UAB Hospital-Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, after a brief illness. He was 87.

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  41. Carroll Girls win Lakeshore Shootout; Ranked #2 in State

    Staff Reports 

    The Carroll High School Lady Eagles took home the Lakeshore Shootout title in Alabaster over the weekend.  After finishing second the past two years, Carroll had unfinished business. 

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  42. Night to Shine transforms church into ultimate prom experience

    By Christina Faulkner

    Over 100 volunteers came together to transform The Family Life Center (FLC) at First Ozark United Methodist Church (FUMC) into a magical prom setting for the Tim Tebow Night to Shine held Friday, February 10. Dressed to the nines, approximately 75 special needs guests attended the event, joining family, friends, and buddies for an unforgettable prom experience.

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  43. Ozark American Legion Post 82 receives State Recognition

    Submitted by Travis Parker

    Ozark Post 82 of the American Legion met last Saturday, February 4th, at the DAV Lodge (previously the American Legion Hall). District Commander Al Lott presented the Post Commander at the meeting with a 100% Renewal Certificate from the State of Alabama American Legion. It was originally presented to Post Commander Elaine McLeod at the State Convention in Mobile last month. The Post 82 Officers are Commander J. Elaine McLeod, Adjutant Robert May, Chaplain Sam Williams, and Bruce Williamson for Membership.

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  44. D.A. Smith holds science fair; recognizes former student whose success was inspired by participation in school science fairs

    By J.D. Devine

    The students of D.A. Smith Middle School recently participated in a science fair. The science fair gave the students the opportunity to experiment and explore various areas of science that interest them. The school’s science fair was sponsored by Amanda Melby and Tristan Wherly.

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  45. Cleaning, brightening, and improving Ozark moving forward

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Council is making headway in its efforts to clean up, brighten, and improve the City of Ozark. At last Tuesday night’s regularly held City Council meeting on February 7, Council members unanimously voted on three motions that would move those efforts forward.

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