26th Annual Peace Parade held
Jan. 29 (Picture 1)
The Daleville Christian Fellowship held its 26th Annual Peace Parade on Jan. 25 celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Don’t let the sins of this world discourage you because you’ve got to stay focused,” keynote speaker Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Department of Public Safety Director Col. Charles Ward told the crowd.
Vietnam War Memorial Wall constructed in Dale County
“An effort to preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam” is the purpose of the black granite monument installed at the Dale County Agricultural Complex in Ozark. Inscribed with the names of 50 Vietnam veterans killed in action whose military home of record was in Coffee, Dale, Geneva or Houston Counties, the wall project was spearheaded by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 373.
Daleville BOE approves lawsuit settlement
The Daleville Board of Education approved a settlement of a 2017 lawsuit that had been filed by the DBOE, the Dale County Board of Education and the Ozark City Board of Education in an effort to counter a state superintendent’s direction to include Enterprise City Schools and Dothan City Schools in the distribution of Dale County school taxes for students attending those two school systems who live in Dale County.
South Dale EMS opens for business
March 4 (Picture 2)
South Dale Emergency Medical Service officers held a press conference to announce that the organization has been operating since January to provide emergency medical service in the south end of Dale County. Nearly one year after Dale County voters approved a tag tax to benefit EMS providers in the county, the elected officials in the south end of the county could not come to a consensus on which agency should receive the tag tax funds.
DCS close in response to Ivey’s delcaration
March 18 (Picture 3)
Daleville City Schools complied with Gov. Kay Ivey’s March 13 mandate that all public schools be closed starting March 18 in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The school system immediately initiated a program to provide breakfasts and lunches for children during the shutdown. The free meals were distributed from Daleville High School, Providence Baptist Church in Clayhatchee and First Baptist Church of Level Plains.
Daleville schools team with ESCC for medical assistant program
Daleville City Schools teamed with Enterprise State Community College to offer a medical assistant program as a new dual enrollment opportunity for Daleville High School students.
New Rucker school named for Parker
Aug. 5 (Picture 4)
Fort Rucker and Department of Defense Education Activity officials announced July 30 that the new elementary school built on Fort Rucker will be named in honor of the retired Lt. Gen. Ellis D. Parker, known to many as the “godfather of Army Aviation.” There really is no one who comes to mind that has had more of an impact on the development, growth and health of the Army Aviation Branch, said Col. Whitney B. Gardner, Fort Rucker garrison commander.
IAM hosts first political forum
Aug. 26 (Picture 5)
Thousands viewed the first “Stakes at the Gate: The Race for Mayor” political forum for mayoral candidates in Coffee and Dale County municipalities held Aug. 22 at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 2003 building in Daleville. Hundreds attended the event in person. Organizers report that thousands viewed the forum which was broadcast live via Troy Cable Channel 2 and the IAM Facebook page.
Daleville Boys & Girls Club nears reality
Sept. 2 (Picture 6)
The Boys & Girls Club of Daleville announced plans to officially open Nov. 2. “Words cannot express how absolutely grateful and honored we are to see this community come together to get us to this point,” said Joel T. Adams, chairman of the club’s steering committee and the driving force behind the project. The club is in the former Boy Scout Hut on Donnell Boulevard and Adams credits a partnership of the city government, local businesses and community members for making his dream of an after school program for Daleville children a reality.
Amazon facility comes to Daleville
Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton and Wiregrass Economic Development Executive Director Jonathan Tullos announced that one of Amazon’s newest last-mile facilities would move into the former Fred’s Building on US-84. “I believe they chose Daleville because of our proximity to Fort Rucker, Dothan and Enterprise,” Stayton said. “Additionally, this is a great testimonial to the quality labor pool we have in our area.”
County commission appoints Filmore to VBAS board
Longtime Daleville civic leader and city clerk Angelia Filmore has been appointment to the Vivian B. Adams School Board of Directors. Filmore was appointed by the Dale County Commission to fill the unexpired term of Dr. George Robert “Bob” Crosby of Ozark who died Sept. 30 at the age of 81. VBAS provides educational opportunities for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities who are from Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston and Pike Counties.
Barry Moore elected to Congress
Nov. 11 (Picture 7)
Barry Moore of Enterprise garnered some 64.5 percent of the votes cast in the Second Congressional District to win the United States House of Representatives seat for the Second Congressional District. Moore is a former state representative and self-described “garbage man from Battens Crossroads,” who ran as conservative and as the “first elected official in Alabama to publically endorse Donald Trump” for United States President.