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Building Ozark Together

We have so much to offer here in Ozark and I have vowed to work hard in support of our community’s high priority issues.

My commitment to you is to focus on:

  • economic development

  • building our community

  • developing resources for our young people

Mayor Mark Blankenship

City of Ozark Inauguration Ceremony - Monday, Nov. 2, 2020

Ozark Amphitheater

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- December 2020 - 

Downtown gets new banners! 

These beautiful additions to the square were designed by

CHS Art Teacher, Kami Bolton, and depict all of the interesting attributes of Ozark.

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In the News

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City Deeds Over Property! 

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Groundbreaking

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2021 Arbor Day Celebration 

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Ozark, Alabama Wins 2021 Fittest Cities

Ozark is a great City comprised of many very successful and memorable people.  One such person is football legend, Wilbur Jackson.  Mr. Jackson grew up in Ozark and started his athletic career playing football for Carroll High School.  He went on to be the first African American player offered a football scholarship at the University of Alabama.  After playing for several years under Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant, he was a first round NFL draft pick by the San Francisco 49ers.  Mr. Jackson went on to play five seasons with San Francisco and three with Washington where he helped the team win Super Bowl XVII.  After a successful football career, he retired and returned to his hometown of Ozark where he started and ran a successful cleaning business for many years.

 

For some time we have been working on a project to honor Ozark legends like Mr. Jackson.  Below you will find an artist rendering of a 26’ x 86’ mural that will be painted on the side of a building in downtown Ozark.  Such a beautiful piece of artwork comes at a large price and this is where we need your help!  With your generous donation to the Ozark Community Mural Program, the Wilbur Jackson mural will be the first in a series of murals to be prominently displayed on downtown businesses.  These epic murals will celebrate the people, places, and stories of Ozark while aiding in downtown revitalization.  We anticipate families, tourists, and groups will come to see these beautiful murals and enjoy shopping, dining, and visiting our city while they are here.  All this,  thanks to the goodwill and support of generous people like yourself.  

 

There are two ways you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Ozark mural program:

 

  • Mail your check made out to the City of Ozark and indicate in the memo/description “Ozark Mural Program” to:

City of Ozark / Mural Program

PO Box 1987

Ozark, AL 36361

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  • Click the image below to make a donation 

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Ozark Mural Program

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Dale County Republican Party
makes $500 donation to the
Wilbur Jackson Mural 

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2021 Ozark Youth Ambassadors

visit the Mayor and City Hall

January 11, 2021:  Mayor Mark Blankenship signed a proclamation declaring January 2021 as
Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
 
For those in need of more information or for help, they can contact
Dare to Hope, Inc. PO Box 6581, Dothan, AL  36302,
615-746-7341.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daretohopeinc or
call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center
HOTLINE at  1-888-373-7888.

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In an effort to raise awareness about the families whose lives have been affected by the NICU to share their story, to honor dedicated health professionals and to meet others and know they are not alone, Mayor Mark Blankenship proclaims September 30, 2021 as NICU Awareness Day.  Mayor Blankenship is joined by Mandy Booth, the founder of the Preemie Project of Dothan.  This nonprofit organization helps moms and preemies in the NICU with much needed preemie clothes and preemie items.

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March 31, 2021:  Mayor Mark Blankenship signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Featured in the photo is Megan Marchman, Mayor Mark Blankenship, and Lindsey Wagner from the Southeast Alabama Child Advocacy Center. 

April 1, 2021:  Mayor Blankenship signed a proclamation today
declaring April as
Autism Awareness Month.

Shelby DiPilla and her staff from
Beacon of Hope came to the signing.

Beacon of Hope is hosting several events for
Autism Awareness.

There will be a walk on April 17 at
Steagall Park and a Gala on April 30.
For more information, contact
Beacon of Hope at beaconofhopeaba@gmail.com 

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Mayor Blankenship declares October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. He was joined by Angela Underwood, Executive Director of The House of Ruth; Police Chief Charles Ward; Lieutenant Cody Evans, Ozark Police Department, and Municipal Court Clerk Danna Merritt. Not pictured: Karen Boyd, Prevention Educator for The House of Ruth. Also, Ms. Underwood presented them with a purple ribbon which is associated with domestic violence awareness. The color purple is a symbol of peace, courage, survival, honor, and dedication to ending violence. It is a salute to survivors and those we have lost to domestic violence.
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Mayor Blankenship signed a proclamation declaring October 23 as “Make a Difference Day” in the City of Ozark.  Once this day, volunteers will gather together to make a difference in the lives of others and in their community.  Several projects are planned for the day, and volunteers are needed.  Volunteers will meet at Ozark Baptist church at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, for a light breakfast and to sign up for projects. 

Afterward, lunch will be served at First Ozark UMC at 12:00 p.m.

(Photo left to right) Rev. Jason Thrower, First Ozark UMC Senior Pastor; Rev. Tim Bates, Southside Baptist Church; Mayor Mark Blankenship; Frank Phillips, Make a Difference Day Chairman; Dr. Eric Fuller, Ozark Baptist Church; Bill Sims, Ozark Baptist Church; Make a Difference Day founder, Chuck Auman.

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Mayor Blankenship and Dale County Chairman Steve McKinnon signed a proclamation naming November 19-25, 2021 as National Farm-City Week.  Calling upon the citizens of the City of Ozark and Dale County to join in recognizing the accomplishments of our productive farmers and our urban residents, who cooperate to create the abundance , wealth, and strength of this great city, county, state and nation.  Joining Mayor Mark Blankenship and Chairman Steve McKinnon include Dale County Commissioner Frankie Wilson, Ozark City Clerk Denise Strickland, Dale County Administrator Cheryl Ganey, City of Ozark Financial Officer Chris Peters, City of Ozark Facilities and Events Director Ozzie Maianeto , Faye Williams, Monica Carroll, and Debbie Baker with the Farm City Federation, Ozark Fire Department Chief Jason Maertens, Ozark Police Department Chief Charles Ward, Kiwanis Club member and Managing Funeral Director of Fuqua Bankston Funeral Home John Cawley, Dale Medical Center CEO/Administrator Vernon Johnson, and with the Dale County Extension Zandi Foss.

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On Monday, we as a nation will honor and celebrate the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and remember his great legacy.  To mark this occasion,  Mayor Mark Blankenship has proclaimed January 17, 2022, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the City of Ozark, and urges all citizens of Ozark to “Remember, Celebrate, and Act” to show our appreciation and gratitude for the ideals of Dr. King.  Mayor Blankenship was joined by Rev. Dr. Freddie Flowers and members of his congregation from St. Paul AME Church.
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Ozark Mayor Mark Blankenship was joined by Shelby DiPilla and representatives from Beacon of Hope to declare April as Autism Awareness Month. For more information on Autism, please contact Beacon of Hope at beaconofhopeaba@gmail.com

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Mayor Blankenship met with Dr. Linda Young, president of Wallace Community College, today and proclaimed April as Community College Month.  Wallace Community College fulfils a vital function within this region and is an essential part of our economic growth and development.

Mayor Mark Blankenship issues a proclamation declaring April 2022 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in partnership with Terri DuBose and the Southeast Child Advocacy Center. Each year the Southeast Child Advocacy Center coordinates a community-wide Blue Ribbon Campaign with the intent on raising awareness about the impact that child abuse has on our communities and the role we can all play in every child having a safe, healthy, and happy childhood. To learn more about the Southeast Child Advocacy Center and ways they can help, visit their website at www.southeastcac.org 

or call 334-671-1779.

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Mayor Mark Blankenship was joined by Katy Lewis the Outreach Coordinator for the Wiregrass Angel House in proclaiming April 24-30, 2022 as Crime Victim’s Rights Week in the City of Ozark.  Wiregrass Angel House is based in Dothan and services nine Alabama counties including Dale.  They advocate for and assist victims of violent crime and their families.

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Mayor Mark Blankenship was joined by Melani Everett and her son, Maverick, and Jordan Davis and two of her sons, Noah and Knox, to raise awareness about children in the foster care system.  Mrs. Everett is a foster care alumni who is advocates for former foster children and youth.  Mrs. Davis is a foster parent and daughter of Mayor Blankenship.  Today, Mayor Blankenship signed a proclamation naming May as Foster Care Awareness Month to raise awareness of the needs of youth in and out of foster care and to celebrate the many supporters who are making a powerful and positive difference in their lives, let us honor the children and youth in foster care, the former foster alumni, their families, and advocates working to improve the lives of the impacted communities.

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In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of mental health, Mayor Blankenship was joined by Sky Stricklin, Ebony Crews, and Kristin Johns from SpectraCare Health System as he announced May 2022 as Mental Health Awareness Month in Ozark. 

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