Newton Elementary Makes History: Named 2022 Blue Ribbon School

By Christina Faulkner

 

Newton Elementary School was one of only five schools in Alabama recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School this past week. The excitement and pride within the Newton School gymnasium were palpable as the announcement was made by Superintendent Ben Baker Friday morning, September 16, with cheers and applause from the staff and student body.

“This national recognition is given to elite schools across the United States based on a school’s overall academic performance,” Baker said.

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Wallace Baseball Selects Jackson Glover as Coach Oppert Scholarship Recipient

Special to The Southern Star

Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) has awarded the 2022 Coach Johnny Oppert Scholarship to Governors baseball player Jackson Glover. The scholarship is named in honor of Coach Johnny Oppert, the first head coach of the Gov’s baseball program, and Wallace basketball coach and athletic director. The scholarship is given to a baseball student who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding character and athletic excellence for which Coach Oppert is known.

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Daleville Squeaks by Northside Methodist

By Brandon Faulkner

Daleville defeated Northside Methodist 16-15 Friday, September 16, to improve to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in Class 3A, Region 2.

The Knights struck first off a 5-yard touchdown run by Johnathan Steinfeld to go up 6-0. Harrison Hicks connected with Caleb Watkins for the two-point conversion to give Northside Methodist an 8-0 lead. The Warhawks answered on a three-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion by Omarion Pinckney to tie the game 8-8.

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Lifetime Show of Tim Richardson Now on Display

By Christina Faulkner

The Ann Rudd Art Museum in downtown Ozark is hosting a Lifetime Show of local artist Tim Richardson’s work. The Lifetime Show highlights Richardson’s work using a variety of mediums, from the polyurethane Tyrannosaurus Rex skull displayed in the front window of the gallery to the most recent acrylics Richardson has painted in the last three years.

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Renovation of Historic AAC Brown Building Begins

By Christina Faulkner

Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation College celebrated the official beginning of a revitalization project to the AAC campus’ oldest building on Thursday, September 15. Local educators, school officials, industry partners, and city officials joined the daughter of James Douglas Brown, Sr., for whom the building was named, and her family to commemorate the beginning of the $5 million project.  

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Ozark Man Charged with Rape and Child Sexual Abuse After Sting

Statement from Dale County Sheriff's Office

Yesterday, Dale County Sheriff’s Office received a call for assistance from Tallahassee PD yesterday in reference to an online undercover operation involving electronic solicitation of children.  TPD informed us that they were communicating with an individual in Ozark who was soliciting sexual contact from children from an undercover officer. Based on this information we executed a search warrant on the suspect's residence in Ozark. As a result of that search warrant and interviewing other individuals additional evidence was uncovered that led us to charge Jeremy Morris with Rape 1st, Sexual Abuse 1st of a Child Under 12 (2counts) and Sodomy 1st (2 counts). Morris is currently in the Dale County Jail awaiting his 1st appearance. We do anticipate additional charges once forensic analysis are completed on the suspect’s electronic devices. We were assisted by Tallahassee Police Department, Ozark Police Department, SBI and the Dale County District Attorney’s Office. 

Chief Deputy Mason Bynum

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Warriors Defeat Rebels

Lakendrick Jordan led Dale County to a 26 – 22 victory over G. W. Long Friday night, September 23. Jordan had 20 carries for 131 yards and one touchdown and had an interception he returned for a score. Christian Ross had 13 carries for 98 yards and one touchdown. Ross also had two receptions for 52 yards. Dallas Hedstrom went 3-of-6 passing for 83 yards and one touchdown. Junior Smith had one reception for 31 yards and one touchdown.

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Local Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Mayor’s Proclamation

Submitted by Heather Cohen

Mayor Blankenship was joined Thursday, September 22, 2022, by Pastor Leonard T. Evans and members of First Missionary Baptist Church. Blankenship read and presented a proclamation celebrating the 150th anniversary of their church to members of the church. 

Read the proclamation below: 

Proclamation

First Missionary Baptist Church 150th Anniversary

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Tiny Houses Village Approved Through Economic Development Donation

By Christina Faulkner

Ozark City Council approved moving forward with a project proposal for a Tiny House Village from KALIA Construction, LLC during Tuesday’s council meeting held on September 20. The project will include the donation of property owned by the city and located adjacent to the community pool. Planned construction for five tiny homes at a time; the overall project could include up to 50 homes consisting of 500 square feet each. 

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Ozark City Schools Partnering with MTSS

By Christina Faulkner

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