ODED welcomes new Executive Director

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Veronica Crock was a Dean at Enterprise State Community College and the Alabama Aviation Center and was employed for over 12 years. In this role, Mrs. Crock worked with economic development organizations, local governments, and educational entities to establish a solid background in workforce development and a proven history of connecting education and industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Troy University, and is completing dissertation requirements for a doctorate from Alabama State University. Mrs. Crock is active within the community and currently serves on the Healthy Woman Council, the advisory board of the Ozark Dale County Technology Center, and the Rotary Club. She is a 2015 Paul Harris Fellow and 2011 Jerry B. Brunson Fellow in recognition of her contributions to the community. She is also a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, Council for Resource Development, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, Alabama Association for Institutional Research, the regional Workforce Development Council of Alabama, Experimental Aircraft Association, and the Aviation Council of Alabama.


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The Ozark City School system recently received two accreditations. The first was the regular AdvancEd accreditation that is received by school systems that meet all of the required standards identified by AdvancEd. It verifies that the standards are being met and identifies the system as a quality educational institution.

The second accreditation is new to AdvancED. It is for STEM (Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics). The new certification is currently being piloted by AdvancEd and Carroll High School is the first school in Alabama to receive the recognition and only the 9th school in the country to be so recognized. It is a tremendous honor for the high school and speaks well for the staff and the students.

When asked what this recognition means to CHS, “ I likened it to possibly a booster rocket on a spaceship. We knew we had some good things going on at the high school, but this should result in simply propelling the school and the programs into high gear. We are very proud of what the high school has accomplished and what this recognition will mean to our students, our programs, and our recruiting capabilities”, said Rick Mcinturf Superintendent.

Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers Announces New Location

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Leeds, Alabama, November 7, 2014

Marvin's Building Materials and Home Centers today announced plans to open a new store in Ozark, Alabama. The store is currently under construction on the corner of Deese Road and Highway 231. “We have been looking for a site in Ozark for several years and we are very fortunate to build in one of the most convenient intersections for shoppers in the area,” said Darrin Gilliam, CEO. The store will feature a 30,000 square foot home center in addition to an attached lawn and garden center and drive through lumberyard. Marvin’s is known for its friendly, neighborhood stores that make home improvement projects easy and affordable and will offer a complete line of building materials, appliances, electrical, plumbing, paint, millwork, hardware, tools, and lawn and garden products. The store is expected to open in spring of 2015 according to Marvin’s owner, Michael Cohn, who commented, “We like to be members of the local community where we open a store and we look forward to introducing our Marvin’s team to the citizens of Ozark, Dale County, and the surrounding areas.”

“Just as we’ve found in many of our new stores, feedback from our meetings with the city indicates that we will capture a great deal of sales that are currently being served outside of the city and county. We would like to thank the Economic Development office, the City Council, Mayor Blackwell, and the entire city administration for their support.” said Gilliam.

Marvin's will hire approximately 25 associates to work in the new store. "We like to hire friendly people from the community as all of our stores have a 'hometown' feel," said Gilliam. The Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce is collecting employment applications for all open positions beginning December 1, 2014. People who are interested may pick up and turn in their application Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce located at 294 Painter Avenue, Ozark, AL 36360 or at surrounding Marvin’s stores in Eufaula or Andalusia. Available positions range from management to part-time associates. Job descriptions and more information about Marvin’s can be found on our website at

The company was founded in 1945 by Marvin Cohn in Gadsden, Alabama and expanded into a multi-chain home center by his son, Alfred. It is currently operated by third generation owners Michael and Daniel Cohn. Marvin's has 27 additional stores in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Marvin’s was named the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Lumber and Building Material Journal and was awarded the 2010 Retailer of the Year by the Home Channel News.

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Ongoing improvement projects will bring Ozark Airport-Blackwell Field to a level well above cities of Ozark's size

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"Ongoing improvement projects will bring Ozark Airport-Blackwell Field to a level well above cities of Ozark's size," Mayor Billy Blackwell said.

Stephanie Blankenship, director of Aviation Services said, "The airport's mission statement is to provide a world class general aviation airport that enhances economic growth and quality of life in Ozark and Dale County as well as the region. To accomplish these missions the City of Ozark, with safety as its highest priority, will create an environment with exceptional facilities and outstanding service including runways, taxiways, air navigation equipment, infrastructure, aircraft storage, aircraft maintenance and G A terminal facility."

Love's Travel Stop opens in Ozark

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Ozark residents now have a new place to fuel up, purchase meals and snacks and find unique gift items. Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s) in Ozark, at 3771 South U.S. Highway 231, opened for business Thursday, October 2.

Inside the 10,000 square foot facility, customers will have 24-hour access to gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, travel items and more. The new travel stop also has an Arby’s restaurant. Seven showers, 68 truck parking spaces and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center are available for professional drivers.

“Ozark is a good location for us to expand our footprint in Alabama,” said Tom Love, founder and executive chairman of Love’s Travel Stops. “It has a strong community base and U.S. Highway 231 is a well-traveled route for professional drivers and travelers. We look forward to providing the ‘Clean Places, Friendly Faces’ Love’s is known for to a new part of the state.”

The Ozark Love’s Travel Shops store General Manager is Chris Adams. This is the 9th Love’s Travel Stops Store to locate in Alabama and the first on U.S. 231.

Love’s invited members of the community to celebrate the opening of the ninth Love’s Travel Stop in the state at a ribbon cutting ceremony

at the location on Wednesday, October 8. As part of the festivities, Love’s presented $1,000 donations to the Dale County Board of Education and the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Alabama.
Founded in 1964 by Tom Love, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and remains entirely family-owned and operated. With more than 330 locations and 200 Love’s Truck Tire Care centers in 39 states, Love’s approximate growth rate is 20 stores per year. Love’s is currently ranked No. 9 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s Largest Private Companies. To learn more, go to, Facebook (, or follow @LovesTravelStop on Twitter.