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This Memorial Day weekend, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is kicking off 101 days of safety throughout the summer months, beginning with the busy holiday weekend on Friday, May 27, and ending on Labor Day, Sept. 5, which, for many, is the last major holiday weekend of the summer season.

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What engineers are calling a “sneak peek” of Coffee County’s first roundabout is available for those interested on Thursday, June 9.

That is the day a public involvement meeting will be held at the Enterprise Farmers Market on Main Street to display a proposed aerial, animated 3D rendition of the roundabout to be built at the intersection of Highway 27 North and Shell Field Road.

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The 72-member Daleville High School Class of 2022 threw their red mortarboard caps in the air in unison as thunderous applause from families and friends filling Warkawk Stadium erupted at the end of graduation ceremonies May 20.

“Collectively the graduates earned more than $1.9 million in scholarship offers,” said DHS Principal Josh Robertson. “Achievements of this class are because of the dedicated effort of the students, faculty and parents.”

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Using American Rescue Plan Act funds to help emergency rescue service providers in Dale County moved a step closer to reality at the Dale County Commission meeting May 10.

At the meeting the commission passed a resolution authorizing the expenditure of ARPA funds to be paid quarterly for the rescue service providers who opted to participate in the disbursement of the federal funding received as part of a $1.9 trillion federal COVID-19 relieve package that was signed into law in March 2021.

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“A tremendous amount of hard work over the past four years with a ton of people who have been involved in the process,” is the way Scott Davison summed up the team effort that resulted in the official grand opening of the 432,000 square foot Ben E. Keith Southeast Regional Distribution Center in New Brockton May 17.

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Lessons learned from three “powerful speakers” at the 45th Annual Alabama League of Municipalities Convention were shared by Daleville City Councilwoman Jo Reese at the council meeting May 17.

“Thank you as a city for allowing me to go,” said Reese, the sole city municipal official to attend the convention from Daleville. “I think the convention gets better every year.

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A livestock judging workshop is schedule for Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Coffee County Farm Center. This workshop is hosted by the Alabama Cooperative Extension Service. 

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Graciana Doster, a senior at Enterprise High School, has been selected as a Gates Scholar and member of The Gates Scholarship Class of 2022. 

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The Coffee County Board of Education met on Tuesday, May 10 in a special called meeting. The following personnel list was approved by the board:

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Please be aware District 7 voters will NOT vote at the Enterprise Recreation Center on Tuesday, May 24 in the primary election. District 7 vot…

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Congratulations to the young people who will soon receive their diplomas! It may seem for the moment that you’ve completed your education; however, there’s something you need to know.

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The next Aglow International meeting is scheduled on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. at The Gathering Room in Enterprise. Guest speaker will be Jacqueline Battle from Montgomery.. For more information, call (334) 406-9683.

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Daleville High School graduation will be Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Warhawk Stadium. In case of inclement weather, graduation will be Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 a.m.

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Daleville High School graduation will be Friday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Warhawk Stadium. 

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Mr. Heavrin wants to increase the number of Supreme Court Justices to 13 because the liberals may not get their way on abortion. The partisanship flips back and forth between ideologies just as the Senate and House sway with the majority.

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An updated zoning map was approved at the Daleville City Council meeting May 3.

The council approved the updated map which was presented by the Daleville Code Enforcement Officer Wayne Stripling, who serves as the city’s Planning Commission Chairman.

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An Enterprise man charged with murder following the death of his passenger in a single-vehicle crash remains in Coffee County Jail.

Alex Rivera-Hernandez, 37, is in jail on $75,000 bond set by Coffee County District Judge Josh Wilson after a hearing May 13.

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A Level Plains man received the maximum sentence in Dale County Court May 12 for the 2019 murder of his mother.

Chad Dewayne Brogden, 38, was sentenced to life in prison by Thirty-Third Judicial Circuit Judge Bill Filmore after a half-hour sentencing hearing at the Ozark Courthouse May 12.

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Two weeks after pickleball enthusiasts filled the city hall council chambers to ask the Enterprise City Council for expanded playing space for “the fastest growing sport in America,” City Administrator Jonathan Tullos gave an update to the council on his findings.

At the Enterprise City Council meeting May 3, Tullos told the council that Enterprise Parks and Rec Director Billy Powell will meet with a company that constructs synthetic courts for tennis and pickleball who will come to Enterprise to assess some potential pickleball court sites and outline some cost estimates.

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A new executive director is named, committee chairmen selected and now Main Street Enterprise is seeking citizens interested in “making a difference” in the downtown area.

“To make downtown Enterprise a target destination for arts, history, entertainment, dining and shopping for all ages in the Wiregrass area through creative marketing, a cohesive community of merchants and a fresh take on discovering downtown,” is the mission of the three-year-old program in Enterprise, designed to provide arts, entertainment and exposure to local history, while creating a fun and unique shopping experience for all ages.

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“We don’t need to allow licensed slum lords in Enterprise,” is how Enterprise City Councilman Greg Padgett put it.

“I think we need to do whatever it is to the utmost of what our ordinances and our codes will allow us to do,” said Councilwoman Sonya Rich. “I knew it was bad but after watching that I don’t think there is any question of what we must do expeditiously.”

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A new executive director is named, committee chairmen selected and now Main Street Enterprise is seeking citizens interested in “making a difference” in the downtown area.

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Graduation schedule listed for local schools

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Are you ready to travel and see the world? How about Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, all in one trip? 

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Academic and student life programs at Huntingdon College presented awards for scholarship and service during the annual Awards Convocation held Friday, April 22.

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Johns Chapel AME Church will celebrate its 133rd Church Anniversary on Sunday, May 15, at 10:45 a.m. Johns Chapel has been an integral component of the close-knit city of Enterprise since it was established in 1889.

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The 2022 Daleville Queens were welcomed to the May 3 Daleville City Council meeting by Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton.

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The city of Enterprise recognized Small Business Week May 2-5 with a proclamation signing April 29 at Enterprise City Hall. Enterprise Mayor William Cooper said small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs for all workers, employ more than one-half of the American work force and are responsible for half the private gross domestic product. 

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“Outstanding JROTC Cadets of the Year” from Daleville and Enterprise High Schools and Carroll High School in Ozark were honored at the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Quarterly Breakfast at the John Wiley Brock Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6683 building April 27.

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In Alabama, it is illegal for any individual to return or mail another individual’s absentee ballot application or their absentee ballot. This practice, known as ballot trafficking or ballot harvesting, is a dangerous practice that often leads to ballot traffickers stealing the votes of well-meaning and unsuspecting voters.

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A resurfacing project will begin on Monday, May 16, or Tuesday, May 17, on County Road 147. There will be delays so motorists are advised to find alternate routes if possible.

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Several board appointments were unanimously approved at the Enterprise City Council meeting May 3.

Marie Harrison was approved as the Enterprise City Council’s recommendation to the Enterprise City School Board for the EBOE Seat 2. Enterprise City Councilman Eugene Goolsby nominated Harrison for the five-year term which begins at the next regular meeting of the board in June.

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How funding from the American Rescue Plan Act can help emergency medical service providers in Dale County was the focus of a special called Dale County Commission meeting held May 5 at the government building in Ozark.

Elected officials and EMS providers from Dale, Geneva and Henry Counties attended the meeting to discuss how the $9,551,085 ARPA funds allocated for Dale County can best benefit the county.

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A $6 million boost for the soon-to-be-built veterans home in Enterprise was announced at a press conference held at Enterprise City Hall May 9.

State, county and city elected officials were on hand for the announcement that the Alabama Legislature had passed a $6 million appropriation to help offset the increased construction costs of the state’s fifth veterans home to be built between Highway 51 and Highway 167 North near Yancey Parker Industrial Park in Enterprise.