WES Leaders of the Month recognized

WES Leaders of the Month recognized
Pictured, back row, from left, are Pre-K through second grade leaders Tyson Kynard, Kamill Walton, Tyreece Kelsey, Jayden Gomez Blanco, Carlos Ruiz Yax Cal and Sophi Fluellen. Pictured, front row, from left, are Alexis Willet, Malachi Walstrum, Janessa Ibarra, Eros Marcy, Dakota Stevens, Caitlin Sikes, Xerman Casarez and Graysen Burgess. Not pictured is Erica Lopez.

Seniors, students feel love on Valentine’s Day

Seniors, students feel love on Valentine’s Day
Love was in the air at the Daleville Senior Center and
Windham Elementary School on Valentine’s Day as
both seniors and students held parties on the day
of love.Each grade at WES set time aside to snack on sweets, sing
happy songs, share gifts and spend some time together with
friends and family.
The senior center offered fellowship for friends, and
on Valentine’s Day, seniors were also treated to sweet and
savory snacks to celebrate the holiday. Jay Skeen was on hand to provide some musical entertainment, including playing requests from senior center members. One request came from Owen Lovely. He requested the song “I Overlooked an Orchid,” a phrase
he uses to describe his love, Katie Snellgrove. As the song played,
Lovely proposed to Snellgrove while their friends cheered around

Council talks festival, chamber events

Council talks festival, chamber events
A festival, lights and paving projects were on the agenda during the Daleville City Council’s Feb. 5 meeting.

The council approved entering into an agreement with the carnival group, Family Fun Fest, for the second time to bring the Daleville Family Fun Fest back to the city. The Daleville Family Fun Fest arrived in Daleville for the first time in March 2018.

The council approved the dates for the Daleville Family Fun Fest during its Jan. 15 meeting, which are March 12-16.

During that meeting, Mayor Jayme Stayton also presented a three-year contract to the council, which he said is the same as last year’s contract. He said the only change is the three-year time frame of the contract.

During the Feb. 5 work session, Stayton said City Attorney Henry Steagall reviewed the contract.

He also told the council on Jan. 15 that the fair will feature new rides and concerts this year.

“It was well received,” Council member Jo Reese said during the Jan. 15 meeting. “They were nice people. I remember meeting a lot of the people. It was pretty well run.”

The council also approved installing a 100 HPS light, to be installed by Alabama Power, on Old Newton Road for $103 annually.

It tabled the initial request from Stayton to place additional lighting on Old Newton Road during its Jan. 15 meeting until a price could be presented.

Stayton told the council during its Feb. 4 work session that Alabama Power offered two prices.

For a 100 HPS light, the annual cost would be $103. It would cost $62.85 annually for a 70 HPS light.

Stayton told the council the light would only have to be installed on the pole already placed at the location.

The council approved the 100 HPS light for $103 annually.

During the Feb. 5 meeting, Council member Katheryne Horace, who made the motion, said the area would “benefit” from a light.

“I hear discussions that it’s really dark down there, and they would benefit from that,” she said.

In other business, the council approved allowing the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce to use Culpepper Park to hold two events in the coming months: the Butterfly Princess 5K and Spartan Fest.

During the Feb. 4 work session, Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham told the council volunteers would clean up the area after the chamber-sponsored event, which was being held in Daleville because of its nearness to Fort Rucker and the city’s support for the military.

She said the route would be located around Culpepper Park, away from major roads, though a specific route had not been mapped out at the time of the Feb. 4 work session.

“All the proceeds of the race go to the foundation,” Ham said. “The vendors (fees)… will go to the chamber.”

She said vendor spots are $50 for non-chamber members and $25 for chamber members.

When asked, Ham said the focus of the run is to bring awareness to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, though the race is named after the child of the creator of the race.

Ham said she contacted the SUDC Foundation, who confirmed this race would be associated with the foundation and stated a table would be onsite on the day of the run to provide information on SUDC to visitors.

The Butterfly Princess 5K will be held on April 27 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Spartan Fest, an annual softball game between the City of Daleville and the 1st of the 223rd, will be held on Saturday, May 18, at Culpepper Park.

According to the request letter from the chamber, the event will also feature free bouncy hou

Daleville readying for new queens

Daleville readying for new queens
Daleville girls can now register to take part in the 2019 Miss Daleville pageants, hosted by the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s theme is “The Year of New Beginnings,” celebrating a return to basics for the pageants, according to Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham. The pageant will be held on Saturday, March 9.

Registration for the pageant is $75, and participants are required to also purchase a T-shirt and number button for $25. Both items may be kept after the pageant.

A new director will take the lead for this year’s pageant. Gwendolyn Attaway, according to Ham, has over 20 years of experience with pageants.

“She has stepped up and taken the reins,” Ham said of Attaway. “She has brought new ideas to help make the pageant even better.”

Girls can compete in six pageants: Miss, Teen Miss, Junior Miss, Petite Miss, Little Miss and Future Little Miss Daleville.

For the Miss Daleville pageant, girls must be a junior or senior on or before Dec. 15 and must be 17 years of age by Oct. 1.

Teen Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the eighth, ninth or 10th grades, and Junior Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the fifth, sixth or seventh grades.

Petite Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the second, third and fourth grades, and Little Miss Daleville pageant participants must be in the first grade.

Future Little Miss Daleville pageant participants must be four, five or six years old and not registered in the first grade.

Each contestant must never have held the title of the pageant they are participating in, must attend an approved Daleville public or private school or home school program and must live within five miles of the Daleville City Limits.

Ham stated a professional photographer of Adaway Photography will take headshots of the participants on Feb. 15, as well as photos the night of the pageant. Pictures will be available for purchase.

The night of the pageant, March 9, programs will be available for purchase for $15, which will contain well-wishes from businesses, individuals and others. Contact the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.

For interested girls, the application is available for pickup at the Chamber office next to City Hall, or it is available for download on the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce website. The application can be found under the community new tab.

The deadline to turn in applications is close of business on Friday, Feb. 22.

“I’m excited,” Ham said about the pageant.

2019 a year for growth, mayor says

2019 a year for growth, mayor says
In 2019, Mayor Jayme Stayton used the words “bigger” and “growth” to describe his goals for the city, particularly for events and other items of business that began in 2018.

“The first year of me being mayor was learning, trying to figure out what was the best way to approach things and how to get things here, how to reach out to people and speak with them and get them to understand and see the vision that I see,” he said. “A lot of the citizens of Daleville have the same vision.”

He said that, though he continued learning in 2018, he was able to see some of his “vision” come to life.

“In 2018, once I learned (the systems in place), we started having these events,” he said. “Of course, the first one is always the hardest. So, in 2019, this is just going to come naturally. Every event that we have is going to run smoothly and be more relaxing than worrying.

“In 2019, it will be good to see some growth.”

The Daleville Family Fun Fest, which was a first-time event last year, is expected to be even bigger this year, according to Stayton.

“This Daleville Family Fun Fest is going to be bigger because we’re going to have concerts,” Stayton said. “In January, we’re going to start kicking it off and really advertise for Daleville.”

He said the event will also offer event-goers bigger rides and more to do for a range of ages, including younger children.

Another first-time event, the Fall Festival, brought businesses, churches and other organizations together to provide games and treats for families.

Stayton said planners for the fall festival are already planning to make this event bigger as well.

“It was great,” he said. “We had a good turnout there, so they’ve already decided that they’re going to have more stuff, so that will make that event bigger.”

The Inter-Tribal Native American Pow Wow returned to Daleville after a several-year absence. Stayton said this event will also come back bigger and better.

“It’s going to be bigger than it was,” he said, stating the event offers visitors a unique experience. “What’s good about the Pow Wow and what people need to understand is, there are no Native American restaurants. When are you going to get to try actual, handmade Native American food, unless you go to a reservation somewhere? This is your chance to come out and try it.

“It’s a chance for (people) to come out and try some different culture.”

Though it was held in April 2018, it will return to the City of Daleville in November for National Native American Heritage Month.

Two annual city events already saw growth in 2018: Spartan Fest and the city’s annual Christmas Parade.

“It’s always good,” Stayton said of Spartan Fest. “(Last year), we did a tournament. It’s going to be a little bit different this year; it’s going to be bigger. Not too much bigger, but it’s going to be great.”

He also predicts this Christmas parade will grow even more in 2019.

In addition to growth for events and entertainment opportunities for citizens, Stayton said he hopes to see growth in economic development for the city.

“There are businesses that have their eye on Daleville that I feel that (they could come) in 2019,” he said. “You never want to say something is going to happen and it doesn’t happen, but they are looking our way.”

He also said he is continuing to work on bringing an industry to the city.

“I’m still working hard on industry,” he said. “I want jobs here. I want something like the old Tri-Glass to come back.”

He said other, larger cities do affect h

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