Celebrating Dale County Farm City Week

Celebrating Dale County Farm City Week
Members of the Daleville High School Future Farmers of America were among the hundreds attending the Dale County Farm-City Week Celebration held Nov. 15 in Ozark. Sponsored by the Dale County Cattlemen’s Association, the Alabama Extension System, Dale County Farmers Federation, the Kiwanis Club of Ozark, First South Farm Credit, the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce and Alabama Ag Credit, the theme of this year’s event was “Celebrating 200 Years of Alabama Agriculture.” DHS FFA members, from left, are Sean Henk, eighth grade; Lauren Perkins, a junior; Aneena Reynolds, a junior; Lauren Dorminey, a senior; Sierra Lindsey, a senior; and Alex Peters, eighth grade.

Daleville JROTC uses wreaths to honor veterans

Daleville JROTC uses wreaths to honor veterans
On Saturday, Dec. 15, members of the Daleville High School JROTC Warhawk Battalion took part in Wreaths Across America, honoring veterans who have passed with a wreath on their grave. The JROTC students joined hundreds of others around the country in showing their appreciation. They placed over 200 wreaths on the graves of veterans at three cemeteries in Daleville. The DHS JROTC Color Guard also provided services for formal Wreaths Across America ceremonies in Enterprise and Elba. Wreaths Across America provide Christmas wreaths to be placed on the graves of more than 1,400 veterans here and abroad. “From the Revolutionary War to present day conflicts, our veterans are devoted sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, sisters and brothers,” the Wreaths Across America website states. “They come from all backgrounds in life to place those lives on the line for our freedoms.” Wreaths are placed on veterans’ graves with a short ceremony, which includes saluting the grave of the veteran. This event typically occurs on National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 15, though the organization’s “mission to remember, honor and teach is carried out throughout the year,” according to its website. “Wreaths Across America’s mission touches the lives of thousands of schools, scout, civic and religious groups across the country through fundraising for wreath sponsorships,” the website said. “These groups help us ensure that we reach our goal to place a wreath on each hero’s grave.” The organization states that “service members sacrifice their time and safety” year-round. “In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,’ the website states. “There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.” Daleville High School JROTC Senior Instructor Col. (Ret) Teresa Townsend said the students enjoyed honoring those who have served their country. “When a young person, especially a JROTC cadet, stands in front of a grave, says the veteran’s name, and lays a wreath there, it honors that person’s sacrifice for our country,” she said. “The cadets were very moved by the experience.”

Daleville celebrates Christmas holiday with parade, tree-lighting ceremony

Daleville celebrates Christmas holiday with parade, tree-lighting ceremony
Christmas was in full swing during the Daleville Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting Ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7. Over 40 parade participants waved to the crowds, following the lead of Grand Marshal Lisa Sacaccio. Then, participants and visitors gathered around the city’s Christmas tree where it was formally lit to usher in the holiday season. Carolers were on hand to sing some holiday favorites and classics before Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Claus, visited the
children.

Chamber receives water board funding

Chamber receives water board funding
The Daleville Water and Sewer Board will once again provide funding to the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce after months of discussion with the board, the city and the chamber.

During its regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 19, the city's water board approved a request from Executive Director Kecia Ham for $15,000 to cover the cost of a salary for her position. Ham holds the position after the resignation of former Executive Director Nancy Garner.

The water board was first approached for funding from the former chamber administration during the board's May 15 meeting.

The chamber held a four-year contract with the water board that included a reduction in funding over the four years. The contract was not intended to be renewed, according to water board members.

During the May 15 meeting, Daleville City Council member and water board member Moore suggested the chamber approach the city about potential funding.

The city council tabled the request for funding during its June 5 meeting. No action was taken regarding the request during any meeting until July 17, where it ultimately denied the chamber's request.

During the Nov. 19 meeting, Ham provided a financial statement for the month of October, which included the final payment from the previous contract with the water board.

She said funding from the water board could help "take a lot of heat off the chamber" while it rebuilds financially over the next year.

"If you take out (the payment), we still, with fundraisers and everything, did remain in the black, but it will not be like that way every month," she said. "We do have fundraisers that we are planning for the future, but it would take a lot of heat off of the chamber while we are trying to rebuild if you all would be willing do that for at least another year."

She told the water board that the chamber believes it can be self-sufficient in a year.

"We honestly believe we could do it this year, but with all the events and things that we do, we kind of need a little bit of seed money to make these things happen," she said.

"I've seen a lot of progress," water board member Scott Moore said, stating that the board could also consider a shorter term for a contract or less money than was requested.

Ultimately, board member Josh Robertson made the motion to enter into a one-year contract with the chamber to provide $15,000 to cover the cost of the executive director's salary. Board member Patrick Sullen seconded the motion; Moore also voted in favor of the motion.

Board member Bob Slagle and board Chair Charles Tongret did not attend the meeting.

The next board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Water employees recognized for training

Water employees recognized for training
Three employees of the Daleville Water Department were recognized for completing operation and maintenance of water and wastewater pumps and panels training on Thursday, Sept. 27, with the Alabama Rural Water Association. Water Department Supervisor Orson Bullard said he wanted to "congratulate them and show that they are continuing in their education and training on water and sewer."
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