Daleville High School JROTC undergoes program inspection

Daleville High School JROTC undergoes program inspection
Operations Specialist for Alabama Army JROTC Programs Jerome Gate, standing right, speaks to the DHS JROTC about ways to improve the group’s overall look. Other officials provided words of encouragement to the students following the inspection.

Daleville Chamber gives thanks to community for fundraiser support

Daleville Chamber gives thanks to community for fundraiser support
DPD Investigator Thomas Mason, left, Mayor Jayme Stayton, center, and Police Chief William “Willy” Powell landed in jail as part of the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce’s fundraiser during the Daleville Family Fun Fest. The group was later joined by Jeff Ham
of Hambone’s Lawn Care, who attempted to break the group out of jail with the help of tools provided by A&C Tax Service.

Chamber welcomes new Daleville restaurant

Chamber welcomes new Daleville restaurant
The Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest members with a ribbon
cutting ceremony on Friday, March 1. D&B Homestyle Cooking is located at 210 N. Daleville
Ave. Pictured, back row, from left, are Council member and Aero Real Estate agent Scott
Moore, Police Chief William “Willy” Powell, Chamber Board President Michelle Powell,
Bobbie Hall, Steve Caldwell and Jeff Ham of Hambone’s Lawn Care. Pictured, middle row,
from left, are Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham, Miss Daleville Kirsten Boise, Mayor
Jayme Stayton, owner Dajia Brunson, Pamela Vickers and Anthony Fleming. Pictured, in
front, are Young Miss Daleville Skylar Thomas, left, and Little Miss Daleville Amariah Key.
(Photo by Cassie Gibbs)

DHS FFA Week historic, ‘special’

DHS FFA Week historic, ‘special’
National FFA Week was
Feb. 16-24, and the Daleville
High School FFA celebrated
with activities, dress up days
and recognition from the
City of Daleville.
“We’ve definitely been
trying to get everybody
involved,” President Lauren
Dorminey said, stating the
organization held several
dress up days and activities
throughout the week. “We’ve
had a lot of participation.”
Activities throughout
the week included speaking to elementary students
about FFA and hosting trivia
“Tuesday, we went to
the elementary school,”
Dorminey said. “We got to
talk to the kids about what
we do in FFA and what FFA
really is because a lot of people (think) FFA stands for
Future Farmers of America
and (we) want to focus on
the farming part, but we are
a leadership organization;
we’re the largest youth-led
leadership organization.
“That’s really what I tried
to express to the elementary
school kids,” she said. “We’re
the ones running the organization. We have advisors that
give us guidance, that give
us assistance, keep us on the
right track, but we still plan
Students were also
encouraged to dress up during the week as a way to have
fun and bring attention to
the DHS FFA.
Tuesday was cowboy
or farmer dress up day.
Students were also encouraged to wear different hats,
which Dorminey said was a
favorite of the DHS students.
Wednesday was America
dress-up day, Thursday was
college sports dress-up day
and Friday was FFA day.
On Friday, members were
encouraged to wear FFA
shirts or accessories, and
students were encouraged
to wear something blue or
The City of Daleville
also joined in on the recognition of FFA Week, with
Mayor Jayme Stayton signing a proclamation officially
recognizing FFA Week in the
city on Wednesday, Feb 20.
FFA officers were also
recognized at the proclamation. Officers are Dorminey; Anenna Reynolds, vice
president; Sierra Lindsey,
secretary; Sean Henk, representative; Alex Peters, sentinel; and, Lauren Perkins,
The National FFA Organization, first called Future
Farmers of America, was
officially founded in 1928.
According to the organization’s website, it “is a dynamic youth organization that
changes lives and prepares
members for premier leadership, personal growth and
career success through agricultural education.”
An FFA chapter was
established in Dale County
at Dale County High School
in 1929. This first organization was highlighted in a
book collected by the grandmother of current DHS FFA
advisor Franky Jackson.
The DHS chapter of FFA
was formed in 1980, according to Jackson. Alan Waters
was the first advisor of the
In the years since its formation, the organization has
boasted several state awards,
including a third place win
in 1994 and first place win in
1995 in turf and landscape
management by Randall
Adam Sconyers was also
named the Alabama Future
Farmer of the Year in 1997,
and Beckie DeBruler served
as sentinel for the National

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.
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