TROY achieves historic milestone with ACHE instructional role change

Press Release - The Alabama Commission on Higher Education today approved an instructional role change for Troy University that will allow the University to offer additional doctoral degrees, a move that paves the way for TROY’s continued maturation as a research institution.

TROY applied in June for a change in instructional role, and following a recommendation of approval by ACHE staff, commissioners voted unanimously to grant the change.

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“Dancing for Scholarships” rolling out the red carpet

Staff Report

The Enterprise State Community College Foundation is rolling out the red carpet for this year’s “Dancing for Scholarships” event happening Tuesday, October 24.

“Dancing for Scholarships” is the Foundation’s annual scholarship fundraising event. Last year, the dancing competition raised over $76,000 that were used to fund ESCC Foundation scholarships covering a variety of career and degree programs. Currently, scholarships offered through the ESCC Foundation total around $100,000.

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Tragedy strikes Ozark as boating accident claims the life of local, leaves another critical

By Christina Faulkner

Franklin County, Florida - A boating excursion on the Apalachicola River turned into a devastating tragedy Saturday, September 9, resulting in the loss of one life and critical injuries to another. The incident occurred along the East River Cut-off of the Apalachicola River, when two Ozark residents, William Hardwick, 61, and Gary Tibbetts, 64, were enjoying a leisurely day on the water.

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Alabama Officials seek U.S. Supreme Court intervention in congressional district map dispute

By Christina Faulkner

Alabama officials have taken their fight over a recently invalidated congressional district map to the U.S. Supreme Court, following the rejection of the map by a federal three-judge panel on September 5. This dispute holds significant implications for both Democrats and Republicans in the upcoming 2024 congressional elections.

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Family looking for information following the murder of Randy Thorne

By Felicia Farnsworth

Randy Thorne, 62, fell victim to a heinous murder somewhere in the late hours of Sunday, September 10 or the early hours of Monday, September 11, 2023, when he reportedly succumbed to a shotgun wound while sleeping in his bed in Banks, Alabama. 

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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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Carroll takes out Charles Henderson

By David Speck

The Carroll Eagles hosted the number 3 team in the state for Division 5A, the Charles Henderson Trojans. The game didn’t start out the way the Eagles would have liked it to, but their never give up attitude wasn’t going to be denied.

The Trojans received the opening kickoff and scored a touchdown in the first minute of the game. Just seven minutes later they scored again, putting the Eagles at a 14-0 disadvantage.

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Ozark City Council Redirects Funds for Eastgate Gym Floor, Delays Other Projects

By Christina Faulkner

The Ozark City Council recently approved the reallocation of funds initially designated for various projects within the leisure services department to focus on acquiring a new gym floor for Eastgate gym. The Council heard from Ozzie Maianeto, Director of Leisure Services, who proposed the reallocation of funds intended for new fencing, basketball goals, and court resurfacing at Oben Everett Park.

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Ozark City Schools appoints Marci Williams as Carroll High School's new principal

By Christina Faulkner

During the latest Ozark City Schools Board of Education meeting in September, a significant appointment was made as Marci Williams was chosen as the new principal for Carroll High School. Dr. Alan Miller, Assistant Superintendent of Ozark City Schools, was present to extend his congratulations to Williams on her well-deserved promotion.

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Fuqua Bankston honors first responders with 5th Annual Patriots Day luncheon

By Christina Faulkner

In a heartfelt tribute to the community's unsung heroes, Fuqua Bankston hosted its 5th annual Patriots' Day luncheon to honor and celebrate First Responders in Dale County. This event not only recognizes their unwavering dedication but also pays homage to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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