Banks, AL

High-speed chase through Ozark ends with an arrest

OZARK, Ala. (WDHN) — A man from Ozark has been arrested after a high-speed chase Wednesday afternoon. The Ozark Police say they received a harassment call on Wednesday around 3:43 p.m. That call involved a black Jeep trying to chase another car. After the vehicles circled the Ozark Police...
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Pike County native Te’Keven Thomas chasing FBS dreams

Pike County native Te’Keven Thomas announced this month that he was entering the NCAA Transfer Portal as a graduate transfer and is hoping to land on the roster of an FBS school this coming fall. Thomas played his high school career at Pike Liberal Arts and Pike County High...
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Saying goodbye to Red’s

Debbie Deese was in the kitchen. That’s where she has happily spent many – “most” – of her daylight hours for almost 40 years now. Well, maybe not quite that many. The sunrise hours were spent gathering home-grown vegetables from the garden. “There’s no substitute...

Ozark Dale County Public Library closing July 1 in preparation of move

OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) - The Ozark Dale County Public Library is prepping for their big move to their new building. Because of the move, the Library announced Friday that beginning July 1, the facilities at 416 James Street will be closed. No official opening date has been announced for the new location at 296 North Union Avenue, with the move expected to go through late Summer.
Andalusia Star News

Andalusia 12U All-Stars defeat Troy for Dixie Youth district title

Andalusia’s 12U All-Stars defeated Troy twice Monday to capture the Dixie Youth Baseball District Championship. Andalusia 12U Allstars pitchers allowed Troy Ozone Allstars just two hits in the first game Monday. Cade Taylor was the winning pitcher for the Andalusia 12U Allstars. He allowed two hits and one run...

Second annual arts and crafts wine festival held at South Ridge Wine

The second annual Summer Kickoff Arts and Crafts Fair Wine Fest was held on June 11 at South Ridge Winery on Live Oak Road just outside of the Luverne City limits. South Ridge Winery is a family-owned vineyard and winery that produces a variety of handmade wines from hand harvested fruit produced in their vineyard where a variety of grapes and berries are grown. The event was held amongst four acres of grape vines utilized by South Ridge Wine.

Pet of the Week-Waylon

“Waylon is my name, taking naps is my game. I love to snuggle, and I always sleep in the bed with my mom, Brianna Taylor of Luverne. My Pepaw and Winnie, Stevie and Windy Taylor, live next door and I love visiting them. I have two sisters, Molly and Marley. We love to play and run around outside.”
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Austin excited to continue family legacy at Pike Lib

Will Austin is the new head baseball coach at Pike Liberal Arts School but he is no stranger to the school or the area. Austin spent time as an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity baseball coach at PLAS from 2017 until 2019 but that also wasn’t his introduction to the school. Austin’s grandfather, Butch Austin, coached at both Charles Henderson High School and PLAS for decades. He was an assistant coach at CHHS from 1978 until 1990 and then, in 1993, was hired by Pike to head the baseball program and turned it into a championship program. The elder Austin’s Pike teams won 422 games during his 21-year career, including the 2012 AISA State Championship.

Union Springs mayor cleared of misconduct claims

UNION SPRINGS, Ala. (WSFA) - The mayor of Union Springs is feeling relieved after months of being embroiled in controversy. “Joy that we can put these things behind us,” said Mayor Roderick Clark. Back in February, the City Council asked the state to investigate the mayor for “misconduct,” alleging...
Wetumpka Herald

Former Wetumpka baseball star Seth Johnson transfers to Harding University

A former Wetumpka baseball star is changing college baseball teams. Seth Johnson, a former Wetumpka standout and the 2019 Elmore County Baseball Player of the Year, is transferring from Troy University to play baseball at Harding University in Arkansas. Johnson signed with Troy out of high school when he graduated...
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Troy University hosts UCA Cheer Camp

Troy University played host to the Universal Cheerleaders Association’s (UCA) AISA Cheer Camp this week. UCA and Troy were host to 43 schools – all in the AISA – at the cheer camp, which saw the squad work on their cheerleading skills all week leading up to a big competition on Thursday. UCA Staffer Jalen Jones was one of the coaches during the camp and he’s also a former Troy University cheerleader.
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Rush Hixon makes the leap to college baseball

Rush Hixon has been the head baseball coach at Pike Liberal Arts School for the past two years and with that he’s brought two state championships to the Patriots, but on June 23 he made the tough decision to step away to pursue goals he’s set for himself.