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.

25th Daleville Peace Parade a success

25th Daleville Peace Parade a success
“A man sent from heaven blessed by the Best,” was honored during the 25th Annual Peace Parade held Saturday, Jan. 26, in Daleville.

People of all ages participated in the three-mile walk that began near the Fort Rucker gate and ended at the Daleville Christian Fellowship Worship Center.

“We are here to honor a man who fought for economic and social justice,” said Master of Ceremonies Robert Bender at the program held in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Daleville Christian Fellowship Worship Center following the parade. “We are here because of his struggles but I assure you the struggle is not over,” Bender said.

The Daleville Christian Fellowship Worship Center Mass Choir, the Chapter 7 singers from Elba and a solo/liturgical dance by Jessica Smith and Sharon McDole were among the performances during the program.

Elder Cedric Smith delivered the invocation, Deaconess Carolyn Logan delivered the welcome, Zakiyyah McKinney explained the purpose of the event, Jakerion Ware did an inspirational reading and Archbishop Carl McComb gave the closing remarks and benediction.

Retired NASA executive James Jennings was keynote speaker at the program. “Look where he brought us from: From darkness to light,” was the theme of the program honoring the legacy of the slain civil rights leader.

“The theme this year is ‘Just look where he brought us from,’” Daleville Mayor Jayme Stayton told those attending the program at the church on Martin Luther King Circle. “That means not just Dr. King, but the Lord.

“It’s our responsibility to make sure that we move forward, not backward,” Stayton said. “This country is not fully where Dr. King wanted it and I don’t know if it will ever be because you are always going to have hate and there is always going to be racism in this country no matter how hard we try to change that.”

Tolerance and social justice begin with each individual, Stayton stressed. “But we can continue to teach and help the future generations to understand where this country was and we are at today,” Stayton said. “It is okay to turn your head and look back to the past in order to know what not to do again but never turn around and walk toward the past, always move forward.

“If we can do that then Dr. King’s legacy will never be ‘in the dark.’ It will always be ‘in the light,’” Stayton said. “Right now his legacy is shining with us but if we don’t pass it on, it may dim.

“But if it’s not shining then the devil can get in because the devil doesn’t like the light,” he added. “So it must shine like a bright beacon because if it’s not, then everything Dr. King worked for was for nothing. “What he taught us wasn’t just for the ‘then.’ It’s for the ‘now’ and for the ‘forever,’’ Stayton said. “And I’m not going to let it go out on my watch.”

Daleville High School honor society inducts 19

Daleville High School honor society inducts 19
The Daleville High School Chapter of the Senior National Honor Society Officers conducted the new member indication ceremony held Friday, Jan. 18, at the DHS library. Participating in the ceremony are, from left, DLS NHS Officers Danielle Jackson, Lauren Dorminey, Paige Henderson, Phaybein Green Christopher Roblez and DHS NHS Sponsor Roni Gilley.
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