DPD recovers weapons, drugs in search

DPD recovers weapons, drugs in search
The DPD’s Narcotics Division, with assistance from the Daleville SWAT Team, recovered firearms, natural and synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, and a large sum of cash following the execution of a search warrant.

Daleville Farmer’s Market opens

Daleville Farmer’s Market opens
Vendors, queens and city officials celebrated the opening of the Daleville Farmer's Market on Thursday, June 6, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The market opened to the public, offering vegetables and honey. The market, located in the empty lot across from Bojangles, will be open every Thursday until July 25 from 2-6 p.m. A vendor booth is available for $15 per day or $100 for eight weeks, according to Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham. For any interested in being a vendor, contact the chamber at (334) 598-6331.

DBOE approves superintendent contract, CSFO retirement

DBOE approves superintendent contract, CSFO retirement

The Daleville Board of Education approved an employment contract and a supplemental agreement for incoming Superintendent Dr. Lisa Stamps during a special-called meeting on Wednesday, June 19.

The two-year employment contract will begin on Monday, July 1, and end on June 30, 2021, and states that Stamps will receive an annual salary of $106,600.

The contract also states that the superintendent shall be evaluated by the school board, “or such others as the board may direct,” at least once during her tenure as superintendent. This evaluation is required to occur, per the employment contract, by or before Dec. 30, 2020. The evaluation will not occur before July 1, 2020.

Board member Debra Latremore motioned for the board to approve the superintendent contract; Vice Chairman Barbara Davis seconded the motion. Latremore, Davis, board member Angelia Filmore and Chairman Steve Kirkland approved the contract. Board member Ricky McLin was not present.

The supplemental agreement would allow Stamps to come to the system a week early “under the term consultant,” according to board attorney James Tarbox.

“She could not legally act as superintendent because we have a superintendent under contract until June 30,” he said. “This would allow her to get on the ground and start getting her feet wet and figuring out what’s what, sort of a transition period.”

Filmore motioned for the board to approve the supplemental agreement; Davis seconded the motion. The motion was approved by all present board members.

In other business, the board voted to accept the retirement request of current Chief School Finance Officer Lynne McWilliams.

The board received a letter from McWilliams requesting to retire beginning July 31.

“As you may recall, Ms. McWilliams is under an employment contract because of her position,” Tarbox said “That contract would need to be mutually concluded in order to effectuate her retirement.”

McWilliams’ contract was set to end on June 30, 2021. The board had approved a three-year extension to her contract in May 2018.

Davis motioned for the board to mutually conclude McWilliams’ contract, with the exception of the contract’s indemnity clause. The motion was seconded “with a heavy heart” by Latremore. All present board members approved the motion.

The board also approved announcing the impending CSFO vacancy with a pay range of $55,000-$75,000 annually.

Tarbox told the board the position should be posted for at least 14 days “because it’s managerial or supervisory in nature.”

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Members, finances focus of chamber meeting

Members, finances focus of chamber meeting

Members of the Daleville Area Chamber of Commerce learned about other members, what chamber membership offers and other chamber business during the quarterly chamber membership meeting held at Daleville Assembly of God on Monday, June 10.

Four members spoke throughout the meeting about the services they provide to the community and even other businesses. The members were Enterprise Insurance Services, Daleville Assembly of God, A&C Tax Service and Eagles Wings Technology.

The chamber also reviewed its financial report that compared this year’s cash flow to last year’s cash flow statements.

According to Chamber Executive Director Kecia Ham, last year’s financial statements showed the city’s payment to the chamber for the executive director’s pay was given “in cash” as part of the organization’s income.

“(The chamber’s) total income in the first six months of their functioning included allocations from the city,” Ham said. “That’s what, last year, the chamber brought in through events and allocations up until June.

“This year, with the help of a great board (and great members), we have brought in $14,467.”

This income, a 33 percent increase in income from last year, does not include the water board’s financial assistance, according to Ham. She said the city now only covers the payroll for the chamber.

The financial statements for the chamber show the $14,000 includes income from Spartan Fest, the city’s pageant, membership dues, and other miscellaneous areas.

“We had no way to track what spending was done last year, what income was from membership, what income was from sponsors, so on and so forth,” Ham said. “That’s one thing that we have started separating (into categories) to let you know where this money’s coming from. We want you to know not only how much money we have, but where it came from and also where it’s going out.”

The financial statements for the chamber show that expenses for the chamber are down almost 19 percent than at this time last year. Last year at this time, there was around $11,000 in documented expenses, and this year, there have been about $9,000 spent in various categories.

Ham said this decrease in spending has come from looking at more options when purchasing materials, choosing more cost-effective office supplies and more.

“We don’t buy things that are unnecessary, for one,” she said. “We don’t have the expense of payroll that is being covered by (the water board).

“We got a laser printer, and it was more expensive, but you get a lot more copies. We print off a lot of stuff; that’s just one wa

FFA, officers receive honors at state convention

FFA, officers receive honors at state convention

The Daleville FFA Chapter and two of its officers received honors during the organization’s 91st Annual State Convention in Montgomery June 4-7.

The DHS chapter received the State Superior Chapter Award. To qualify for the award, the DHS FFA chapter had to “conduct one activity related to each quality standard (for FFA) in addition to meeting the minimum criteria outlined in the National Quality Chapter Standards,” according to the National FFA Organization website.

The chapter also received the National Chapter Gold Award, one of the awards “designed to recognize FFA chapters that actively implement the mission and strategies of the organization,” according to the organization’s website.

Both awards were presented to the chapter for its activities during the 2018-19 school year.

DHS Chapter President Lauren Dorminey and Secretary Sierra Lindsey also received their State FFA Degrees during the convention.

To be eligible to receive the State FFA Degree, a member must “have received the Chapter FFA Degree; have been an active FFA member for at least two years; have completed the equivalent of at least two years of systematic school instruction in agricultural education at or above the ninth grade level; demonstrate leadership ability by performing 10 procedures of parliamentary law, giving a six-minute speech on a topic relating to agriculture or FFA, serving as an officer or committee chairperson; have a satisfactory scholastic record as certified by the local agricultural education instructor and the principal or superintendent; have participated in the planning and completion of the chapter’s Program of Activities; have participated in at least five different FFA activities above the chapter level and have participated in at least 25 hours of community service.”

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