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Congratulations to the students who received scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year from the Dale County Bama Club, a division of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association

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A little over a year after his swearing in, Level Plains Police Chief Keith Gray discussed the state of the department.

The five officers, one chief department covers a “very active” police jurisdiction, which extend past the city limits.

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The Dale County Emergency Management Agency Director will now report to the Dale County Commission Chairman—again.

In a June 23 Dale County Commission vote modifying their 2018 decision, the commissioners unanimously agreed that “under the circumstances, it has been determined that it would be more appropriate for the appointing authority of the EMA Director to be the chairman of the commission.”

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Thirty-two Alabama counties are not yet using electronic poll books and Dale County is in that number.

That may change after the Dale County Commission gave Dale County Probate Judge Sharon Michalic the go-ahead at the meeting June 23 to pursue an electronic update.

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The 38th Annual Alabama State Games is getting set to take place this summer in the Wiregrass as Dale County, Houston County and Coffee County…

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Joycelyn Tinker, right, and Bailey Robertson were crowned Miss and Little Miss Daleville, respectively, during a pageant sponsored by the Dale…

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The 1,213 Dale County voters set to vote on Fort Rucker in the July 14 runoff election will be voting in Daleville instead.

In an emergency resolution passed June 23, the Dale County Commission voted to change the Bowden Terrace Community Center polling place on Fort Rucker for Beat 7, Box 2, Rocky Head to the Daleville government buildings.

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A Geneva County woman is charged with murder in connection with a shooting death that occurred in Bellwood Monday, June 29.

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A Dale County man has been indicted by a Dale County grand jury on 60 counts of child sex crimes.

Jason Park, 40, of Newton was served notice of the grand jury indictments at the Dale County Jail where he has been incarcerated since Feb. 28 after being arrested on many of the same charges.

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A Houston County man was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident in the early morning hours June 26.

Scott Sterling Coon, 47, was killed when the 2018 Harley Davidson motorcycle he was operating left the roadway causing him to be thrown from the motorcycle, according to Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Sgt. Michael Simmons.

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A grant application to improve the water main in parts of Daleville moved closer to reality at the Daleville City Council meeting June 16.

The city council unanimously authorized Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton to contract with David Hicks and Associates Consulting Engineers to proceed with an application by the July 10 deadline for the Community Development Block Grant from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs which would be 90 percent funded, if awarded.

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Closed for a decade, the Daleville Middle School is well on its way to reopening its doors for the upcoming school year.

At the Daleville Board of Education meeting June 17, School System Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps gave a progress report on the school that will house the city’s fifth through eighth graders for the 2020-2021 school year.

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The Daleville City Schools summer feeding program began on June 1 for all children 18 and younger. Curbside pickup will take place in front Daleville High School at 11 a.m. until June 30 and July 1-29.

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The framed formal portrait of James William Adkins is displayed in a place of honor in the front hall at the Daleville Recreation Center named in his honor.

Most people called him Billy.

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Tina Cannon strives to make a difference in the lives of the Daleville children and making the community center the best it can be is her way of doing that.

Cannon is the director and administrator of the Daleville Recreation Center. She, Assistant Director and Sports Coordinator Richard Jones and the center staff used the state mandated, COVID-19 created facilities shutdown to give the building on Warhawk Drive in Daleville a facelift.

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Updated computers and a building security system are among the items that would enhance services at the Mary Hill Family Services Center, the Dale County Commissioners were told at the commission meeting June 9.

The county’s family resource center, located on Katherine Avenue in Ozark, has a new leadership team that came on board about five weeks ago. Paige Knight is the MHFSC Program Director and Laura Bruce is the center’s resource development director.

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The mandates have been loosened but with a cautionary note.

“Make no mistake, COVID-19 remains a deadly and highly contagious virus and we are dead serious about making sure that we defeat this thing,” said Maj. Gen. David Francis. “It is imperative that we all do the right thing—both on and off post—and that we exercise diligence and discretion.”

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Daleville High School opened up voluntary summer workouts for male and female fall sports athletes on June 8 with a new set of rules and safet…

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More than 1,000 financial grants will be given by the Department of Justice to help defray some of the costs incurred by governing bodies in “preventing, preparing for and responding to the coronavirus.

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What projects in the city of Daleville could be eligible for a Community Development Block Grant designed for populations deemed “low to moderate income” were discussed at the Daleville City Council meeting June 2.

Joe Harmon, a project engineer with David Hicks and Associates Consulting Engineers, outlined a CDBG grant for projects in “low to moderate income” areas that would be 90 percent funded, with the city’s obligation being the remaining 10 percent of the cost.

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The man who has served as Dale County Emergency Management Agency Director since 2015 was terminated by a unanimous vote of the Dale County Commission at the meeting June 9.

Jonathan “Kurt” McDaniel was terminated on the recommendation of Dale County Attorney Henry B. Steagall III and Dale County Administrator Cheryl Ganey.

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A move to add flexibility to loans designed to assist small business during the COVID-19 pandemic is in the works.

It is called the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act and the bi-partisan H.R. 7010 was passed by the United States House of Representatives May 28.

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An opportunity to learn about the role of first responders from first responders is available in Daleville for the fourth consecutive year.

The Daleville Police Department is hosting the Fourth Annual Junior Police Academy for youth between the ages of 13 to 18 July 6 through July 17.

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The last garbage pickup rate increase in Dale County was nearly two decades ago.

The year 2011 was when the county garbage pickup rate changed from $12 per can each month to $14 per can each month.

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An Ozark man was killed when a civilian helicopter he was piloting crashed in a residential area in Ozark Saturday, May 30.

Brian J. Little, 45, was killed in the crash that occurred at about 11:35 a.m. in the area of Buena Vista Drive, off of Deese Road, in Ozark.

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Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency investigated 375 traffic crashes with five fatalities, 10 boat crashes and four drowning fatalities during this year’s official Memorial Day holiday travel period from 12:01 a.m. Friday, May 22, to midnight Monday, May 25.

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A decision on a school board appointment has been delayed until the August Daleville City Council meeting.

At the Daleville City Council meeting May 19, the council agreed by majority to delay a decision until the Aug. 18 meeting.

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“The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It's an opportunity to shape your community's future.”

That is why it is so important for people to take time to answer the nine-question form, explains Scott Farmer.

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The Enterprise Municipal Court will resume June 1 at the Enterprise Civic Center, with proper health and safety guidelines in place.

Municipal Court Judge Paul Sherling said in order to protect the people who enter the courtroom, the court will be following guidelines and restrictions as set forth by the State Department of Public Health and the Presiding Circuit Judge for the State of Alabama Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

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“We are a strong class,” Daleville High School Senior Class President Melvin Mathews told those attending the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 Friday, May 22.

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Dr. Lynn Irwin has been named principal at Windham Elementary School in Daleville.

Irwin was named principal after unanimous approval by the Daleville Board of Education at the meeting May 20.

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“We remember the fallen, we pray for lasting peace among nations and we honor those guardians of our inalienable rights.”

With those words Veterans of Foreign Wars John Wiley Brock Post 6683 Commander Otis Smith opened the flag replacement ceremony hosted by the local VFW post and the Patriot Guard Riders at Meadowlawn Memorial Park on Geneva Highway Monday, May 25.

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An after school program for elementary school children in Daleville is what Joel Adams is striving to make a reality.

He is among those working with the Eufaula Boys and Girls Club to bring a Boys and Girls Club to Daleville. Others on the steering committee are April Spencer, Misty Wofford, Daleville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps and Daleville City Clerk Angelia Filmore.

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“A great committee that worked hard,” is what Monica Carroll credits for the state level award won by the Dale County Farm City Week Committee.

Carroll, representing the Farmers Federation Women’s Committee, chaired the 2019 Dale County Farm City Week Committee which was named the winner of the Division 1 Target Award.

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A Daleville woman is dead after a Friday night house fire in Daleville.

Linda Moody, 64, was killed in the house fire, Dale County Cororner Woody Hilboldt confirmed Monday, May 18.