1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Level Plains Police Continue Search for Potentially Armed and Dangerous Suspect

    By: Christopher Mobley

    A Level Plains man, who is considered possibly armed and dangerous, is still on the run from the Level Plains police. The fleeing suspect, Dylan Lamar Pritchard, is currently wanted on suspicion of theft, drug possession, and other charges. 

    Pritchard is described as a white male with long black hair, approximately 5’ 8”. He also has tattoos on both arms,  and was last reported to be wearing tan pants and shirtless with a handcuff on his right wrist. 

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  4. Wallace Community College Renames Writing Center to Honor Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson

    By Christopher Mobley

    On Wednesday, December 8, Wallace Community College in Dothan, AL held a ceremony honoring Dr. Imogene Mathison Mixson, and celebrating the renaming of their writing center after the educator. 

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  5. Ozark Man Arrested in Child Exploitation Investigation

    By: Christina Faulkner

    The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation’s (SBI) Special Victims Unit with the help of the Ozark Police Department and the Dale County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on an Ozark residence near Campground Road in the early morning hours of Friday, December 10. The search warrant pertained to a child exploitation investigation being conducted by SBI’s SVU. 

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  6. Ozark Police Officer on Administrative Leave Pending Further Investigation

    By Christopher Mobley

    An officer of the Ozark Police Department has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation. Officer Roscoe Eudon Tidwell, 38, was arrested on December 9, following a domestic disturbance call to an Andrews Avenue address at 4:45AM. 

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  7. Ozark Dale County Library Hires New Children’s Librarian

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark Dale County Library introduced their new Children’s Librarian at the Annual Employee Christmas Party held Monday, December 6. Debbie Self, a South Florida native, was announced at the new Children’s Librarian by Library Director, Karen Speck. 

    Self and her husband have resided in Dale County for over 20 years, raising their two children in the area.  Both children graduated from Dale County High School.

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  8. WCCD’s Steger Wins Adult Education Champion Award

    Wallace Community College-Dothan’s (WCCD) Director of Adult Education and The Next Step Youth Program Barbara Steger was recently awarded the Champion Award from the Alabama Adult Education Director’s Association (AEDA). The AEDA Champion Award recognizes the adult education director selected by his/her peers for speaking or acting on behalf of the Adult Education program.

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  9. Ft. Rucker Kicks Off Holiday Season with Winter Fest

    By Christina Faulkner

    Fort Rucker’s First Annual Winter Fest was nothing less than spectacular, from the beautiful sunset that started off the evening to the polka music played by the Sonnenschein Express Band that set the mood for the German style winter festival. The festival was coupled with the post’s traditional tree lighting ceremony held at the festival fields on Friday, December 3 and included the season’s Trees for Troops event.

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  10. Dale County Schools Participate in Divisional Career Development Event

    By Christina Faulkner

    Four Dale County schools participated in the Alabama South District Land Judging Career Development Event at 4C Farms in Ariton this November. Ariton, Dale County High School, G.W. Long High School, and South Dale Middle School each participated in the November event with hopes of reaching the state elimination event. The district pre-elimination event was an opportunity for students to apply in practice what they have learned in the classroom.

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  11. Fear, Fraud and Fauci

    BY JONATHAN REISMAN

     

    Tony Fauci is America’s senior public health bureaucrat. He is the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where he oversees and greenlights millions of dollars of taxpayer funded research, and Senior Medical Advisor to President Brandon. He is also an egomaniacal serial liar and a power hungry enemy of freedom. If Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was a transgender octogenarian, Tony Fauci is what you would have. 

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  12. Rusty Greeer Named to the 2022 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

    Fort Rucker native and baseball player, Rusty Greer, will be inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2022 on May 7. The Class was selected by ballot through a statewide selection committee; votes were tabulated by the accounting firm of Pricewaterhouse Coopers. 

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  13. Alabama Wins its 29th SEC Championship, in a 41-24 Win Over GA

    (Editors Note: Story reprinted from www.RollTide.com)

    ATLANTA – In the 30th Southeastern Conference Championship Game, the No. 3/4/2 Alabama football team beat No. 1/1/1 Georgia, 41-24 in Mercedes Benz Stadium Saturday. With the win, the Crimson Tide has now won 29 SEC Championships, including 10 coming via the SEC Championship Game.

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  14. M1 Support Services Receives Material Readiness Award Two Years Running

    M1 Support Services (M1) is a quiet presence in the Wiregrass community, but the efforts of its workforce to support Ft. Rucker were publicly recognized by the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA). 

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  15. Ozark Counselor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    By Christina Faulkner

    An Ozark counselor has been arrested on charges of Possession with Intent to Disseminate Child Pornography, Attempted Electronic Solicitation of a Child, and Receiving Stolen Property in the 2nd degree. James C. Abshire, Jr., 59, of Newton, was arrested Wednesday, November 24 following an investigation that began in October of this year. 

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  16. Ozark Dairy Queen Hosts Alabama Auto Enthusiasts Cruise In

    By Christopher Mobley

    Loud pipes, hot rods, and a whole lot of chrome brought out the community this past Saturday for the Alabama Auto Enthusiasts’ “Dairy Queen Cruise in Fundraiser.”

    Located at the local Dairy Queen, spectators and fellow enthusiasts of all ages came together to enjoy cool cars on a cool night. From classic cars, to fresh off the lot; from American muscle, to smart cars; there was something for everyone to enjoy. A great opportunity for locals to not only enjoy the cars, but also come together and interact with their fellow neighbors. 

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  17. NORAD is Ready to Track Santa’s Flight for the 66th Year

    PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. — The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 66th Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey around the globe! The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, launching Decemeber, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, movie theater, holiday music, webstore, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. 

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  18. Auburn falls 24-22 to No. 3 Alabama in quadruple OT Iron Bowl

    (Editors Note: Story reprinted from www.AuburnTigers.com)

    AUBURN, Ala. – With a ferocious pass rush and precision coverage, Auburn kept No. 3 Alabama out of the end zone until the final minute before falling 24-22 in quadruple overtime Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Iron Bowl.

    Bryce Young's two-point pass to John Metchie accounted for the winning points after Auburn went first and threw an incompletion in the fourth overtime. 

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  19. Ozark City Council Approves Culvert Repair

    By Christopher Mobley

    During the Ozark City Council Agenda held on Tuesday, November 2, City Council approved culvert repair on Morgan Lane and Sheldon Court. The repairs, which will come in the form of a trenchless system from Vortex. The new system will cost $279,256.25, which will be paid from ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act). 

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  20. Ozark City Schools Lift Mask Mandate

    By Christina Faulkner

    Ozark City Schools will remove the mask mandate put into effect at the beginning of this school year. Students may return to school after the Thanksgiving holiday without the requirement of masks in the classroom on Monday, November 29. School officials say the decision came after careful consideration and discussions with local physicians as well as other health officials.

    While the mandate has been lifted, school officials are still encouraging the use of masks by students and staff. 

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  21. Councilmember Winston Jackson Earns Prestigious CMO Emeritus Designation

    MONTGOMERY - Councilmember Winston Jackson, of Ozark has earned the prestigious professional designation of Certified Municipal Official (CMO) Emeritus, a highly regarded honor awarded to officials who have excelled beyond the requirements of the Basic and Advanced CMO Programs.

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  22. Mixon Students Graduate Liberty Learning Program

    By Christina Faulkner

    More than 150 students gathered in the Harry N. Mixon School gymnasium to celebrate their accomplishments and honor local heroes on Wednesday, November 10. Students in the 3rd grade at Mixon completed a 10-week civics, character, financial literacy, and social studies program that began with a visit from Libby Liberty in August. 

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  23. No. 2/2/2 Alabama Football Tops Arkansas, 42-35, on Senior Day

    (Editors Note: Story reprinted from www.RollTide.com)

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2/2/2 University of Alabama football team racked up 671 yards of total offense to outlast the No. 21/21/22 Arkansas Razorbacks, 42-35, on Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Bryce Young accounted for 559 passing yards, setting the single-game school record while becoming the first player in Crimson Tide history to reach the 500-yard passing milestone.

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  24. Ozark Dale County Library Announces Moving Plans

    The Ozark Dale County Library Board of Trustees and Staff were excited to announce the opening of their new location for March 2022. In preparation for the move, the library will close for an extended period beginning December 30 through their tentative opening date of March 1, 2022. During that time the library will not be offering any services. The planned closing is in addition to the library’s regularly scheduled holiday closings which are outlined below. 

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  25. U.S Mayors Preparing MayorCommand Solution for Potential Society Crises Ahead

    OZARK, Ala., Nov. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- U. S. municipal government leaders are quickly preparing for more uncertainty ahead. Elections and polls have shown Americans have mixed emotions about the government’s pandemic response. People are also facing more uncertainty due to current economic problems and potential social disruptions. Supply shortages, natural disasters, international hackings, and a general fear of what’s ahead are creating a new demand for remote outreach technologies that connect leaders with their constituents.

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  26. Dale County’s Second Oldest Business Sold

    Submitted by Bill Sullivan

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  27. Ozark Native Recalls Reflections on The Southern Star and Joe Adams

    By Linda Yglesias

    When I was three years old in 1952 in Ozark, Alabama, I sat down at the family piano and began to play by ear. My right hand produced the melodies of songs I heard in Sunday School. My left hand found the harmonizing chords. The story ran in the Southern Star, the hometown newspaper founded by Joseph A. Adams 154 years ago, in 1867. 

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  28. Fast Start Not Enough for No. 16 Auburn in Loss to Mississippi State

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

    AUBURN, Ala. – No. 16 Auburn scored touchdowns on its first four drives to build a 25-point lead but Mississippi State answered with six consecutive touchdown drives to beat the Tigers 43-34 Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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  29. Blankenship Receives Designation as Advanced Certified Municipal Official

    Mayor Blankenship of the City of Ozark has earned the professional designation of Advanced Municipal Official.  In order to achieve this high honor, a municipal official must first complete 40 credit hours of training conducted or endorsed by the Alabama League of Municipalities to receive the designation of Certified Municipal Official.  The individual must then complete an additional 40 hours of training to receive an advance certification.  Mayor Blankenship is a member of the 23rd graduating class of Advanced Certified Municipal Officials and was recognized for his accomplishments durin

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  30. Citizens Complete Training, Take Oath as Reserve Officers

    By Christina Faulkner

    The Ozark City Police Department swore in two new reserve officers Friday, November 5. Reserve Officers Travis E. Ogburn and James Andrew Lemons were sworn in Friday morning after completing their training under Sergeant Jerome Nile. 

    Mayor Mark Blankenship extended his thanks to Ogburn and Lemons, telling them he looked forward to working with them. 

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  31. Chase Ends in Officer-Involved Shooting

    By Christina Faulkner

    Dylan Gentry, a 26-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was charged with attempt to elude and fugitive from justice after he led law enforcement on a pursuit that ended in an officer-involved shooting. 

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  32. Ozark City Schools Holiday Bazaar Returns

    Ozark City Schools is planning to share holiday fun and festivities during its 7th Annual Ozark City Schools Winter Wonderland Holiday Bazaar on Friday, December 3. The annual event will last all day in the Carroll High School practice gym with vendor and raffle proceeds supporting the school system’s At-Risk students and their educational and personal needs. 

    After adhering to the 2020 CDC guidelines, the school system was unable to host the event last year; however, this year they are excited by the opportunity to support their students through this event. 

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  33. No. 2/3/3 Alabama Football Beats LSU, 20-14, Saturday Night

    (Editors Note: Story reprinted from www.RollTide.com)

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2/3/3 University of Alabama football team beat the LSU Tigers, 20-14, at Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night. The Crimson Tide goes to 8-1-0 overall and 5-1-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Tigers drop to 4-5-0 overall and 2-4-0 in SEC play.

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  34. Area Schools See Effects of Distance Learning in Proficiency Scores

    Ozark City and Dale County Schools are seeing the effects of distance learning after a release from Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama last month indicated low proficiency scores during the 2020-2021 school year for some schools in the two school districts. The schools with the lowest proficiency scores were D.A. Smith Middle School in Ozark at 7.08% of students reaching proficiency in math and only 10.39% of students at Mixon obtaining proficiency.

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  35. CHS Graduate Inducted into AL Road Builders Hall of Fame

    MONTGOMERY, ALA. – Donald Ray Jordan, a graduate of Carroll High School, was inducted into the 2021 Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame class on October 27. Jordan was one of four individual members inducted into the Road Builders Hall of Fame, which was created to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of individuals and companies that have brought significant recognition to the State of Alabama in the field of transportation construction.

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  36. Inside the State House: Jim Preuitt

    Jim Preuitt, a legendary House member, State Senator, and Probate Judge of Talladega County passed away in September at age 86. Jim was one of my best legislative buddies. We came to the legislature together in 1982 and became fast friends. We became seat mates in the House, and we were inseparable during our entire first four-year term (1982 -1986).

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  37. No. 18 Auburn Beats No. 10 Ole Miss 31-20 in Key SEC West Win

    (Editors Note: Story reprinted from www. AuburnTigers.com)

    AUBURN, Ala. – Bo Nix accounted for three touchdowns, Tank Bigsby rushed for 140 yards and No. 18 Auburn kept No. 10 Ole Miss out of the end zone in the second half in the No. 18 Tigers' 31-20 win Saturday at sold-out Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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  38. Carroll High Eagles Lose to Tallassee, 45-35

    Carroll and Tallasee exchanged touchdowns in a wild contest in the regular season. Tallassee scored to escape with a 45-35 win.

    Keyshawn Cole ran for a touchdown and passed for 4 more to lead Carroll.

    Cole threw touchdown passes of 12

    yards to Jason Macintosh, 27 yards to Takoda Mcloud, 61 yards to Payton Plott, and 66 yards to Jordan Killings. The Killings touchdown cut the Tallassee lead to 6 with 1:43 left in the game. Carroll finished the regular season 4-6 and will travel for a playoff game this week at Central Clay County.

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  39. Maine Publisher Acquires Alabama’s Oldest Family Newspaper

    Pierre Little, publisher of the Machias Valley News Observer and The Calais Advertiser this week announced he has purchased a newspaper located in Ozark, Alabama, The Southern Star, the state’s oldest family newspaper.

    The Southern Star has been in the Adams family for 154 years, initially begun by Joe Adams’s great grandfather in 1867, when the county seat was located in the town of Newton. When the county seat moved 10 miles away to Ozark, The Southern Star moved, too.

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  40. Editorial - The End of an Era

    I have not known when or if I would sell the Southern Star. But nearly a year after having had a disabling stroke it became time for me to consider selling the Southern Star.  The Southern Star owned by Joe H Adams to Pierre Little of Calais, Maine came about on October 29th. 

    Looking back on my tenure I became editor on the last issue of August 1957 and publisher in 1969 to settle a tax debt against The Southern Star. 

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