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The City of Andalusia will celebrate the Andalusia High School state championship baseball team with a parade on Tuesday, Mayor Earl Johnson said.

The parade will begin at First Baptist Church and continue to the Square, where there will be a number of presentations, including a proclamation declaring Tuesday AHS Bulldog Championship Baseball Team Day.

Members of the team also will sign baseballs on the square.

All AHS fans are encouraged to line the parade route.

“Andalusia High School has played baseball for a long time, and we’ve never had a championship team,” Mayor Earl Johnson said. “This is great for our community, and we need people to turn out and show these kids our support and admiration.”

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For those that have been craving local honey, fresh fruits and vegetables and other home goods, don’t worry.

The 2018 Andalusia Farmers Market will kick off its season on Sat., May 19. from 7 a.m. until noon at the Powerplant Market Place on Central Street.

From then, the market will be open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon.

“The farmers’ market usually starts in May and ends by the end of August,” Allison Vuyovich, the market manager, said. Vuyovich also works with the city’s horticulture department.

“There’s going to be a little bit of everything, which is great. There will be vegetables, fruit, baked goods, jams, jellies, fresh cut flowers and craft goods,” she said.

The market will be an outside market, with the building open for bathroom facilities.

Vuyovich said that the annual sellers’ meeting was held Tuesday night.

“At the initial meeting there were about 10 sellers there,” she said. “But people can join any time.”

Vuyovich’s goal for the farmer’s market is to have a family feel.

“I want this to be a thing where families come out and do their shopping,” she said.

This is Vuyovich’s first year as the market manager but she’s hoping to get more social media interaction.

“I’m trying to up the social media use and I’m looking to do seller’s bios so that people can know who they’re buying from,” she said. “I’m thrilled to be the market manager.”

For more information on the market call 334-222-3312.

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The Andalusia City Council on Tuesday set salaries for the next administration, effective when members of that group take office in 2020.

Mayor Earl Johnson said the salaries of elected officials have not changed since 2008, and the new rates represent a five percent increase in pay.

State law does not allow members of an administration to raise current salaries, but they can make changes for the administration that will follow.

Beginning in November of 2020:

  • The mayor’s salary will be $2,596 biweekly, or $67,500.
  • Council salaries will be $375 per biweekly pay period, or $9,750.
  • Council members who earn the designation of “basic certified municipal official” shall earn an additional $225 for month, for a total of $2,700 annually.
  • Council members may participate in municipal group life and health policies, but must reimburse the city or have the premiums deducted from their pay.

The council unanimously approved the changes on a motion from Councilman Terry Powell and a second from Councilwoman Hazel Griffin.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved a retail beer and wine license for Piggly Wiggly, which is set to open in the former location of Winn Dixie. Manager Chance Robertson told the council “everything Winn Dixie had, we will have.”
  • Approve the purchase of two Dodge Grand Caravan mini vans from the state bid list for the Adult Activity Center.

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Area law enforcement officers and their supporters gathered Wednesday morning for a solemn remembrance of fellow fallen officers held as part of Law Enforcement Memorial week.

Nine officers have fallen in the line of duty in Covington County.

“An officer can never predict or expect not to come home, not to iron their uniform one more time, not to kiss their wives or child again, or even say goodbye one last time,” Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson said. “What they did do, as expected of each of us, they answered the call to keep our community safe. They protected and served and made the ultimate sacrifice. What they are doing now is celebrating with their heavenly father.

“Continue to answer that call,” Hudson said. “Know that every moment with your family, every kiss or every hug could be your last and you should appreciate it. Honor the lives of the fallen by giving as much of yourself to your loved ones as you do to your community. Honor your brothers and sisters in law enforcement by continuing the job they began.”

Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald shared some chilling statistics.

“I knew five of the nine names on that monument,” McDonald said. “They were all good folks and they were all good cops and then something went wrong for them and they are no longer with us. When that moment comes, if it comes, it will come when you are least expecting it, it will come rapidly and if you’re not ready for it, then you will die.”

McDonald said that in 2017, there were 135 officers that died, 58 of those being criminal homicides. He said in 2018, there have been 58 officers that have died, with three of those being criminal homicides.Read More>

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Comedian Leanne Morgan is no stranger to Andalusia, and will be back next weekend for the 2018 Little Black Dress Event, set for Sat., May 19, at the Andalusia Country Club.

A native of Eastern Tennessee, Morgan is described as “Scarlet O’Hara turned soccer mom.”

“Everybody wanted her back,” organizer Curtis Simpson said. “From the very next day, they were asking me to get her again.”

Morgan entertained at the 2017 LBD event, and also was featured by the Covington Arts Council.

The social hour, dinner, show and silent auction that’s just for women will benefit the Covington County Imagination Library, a literacy program that provides free books to children aged birth to age 5 years residing in Covington County, building each a library of 60 books by the time he or she enters kindergarten. At present, the program serves 975 children.

The program is affiliated with Dolly Parton Imagination Library, which helps provide the books at reduced costs. Simpson said every child’s first book is “The Little Engine That Could,” and the last one is, “Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come.”

“This is our only fundraiser for this organization,” Simpson said.

The silent auction and social hour featuring live music begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. In the past, the event has included a fashion show, but this year, the fashions will be displayed on mannequins throughout the evening. Clothing from Town and Country Boutique and LulaRoe will be featured.

Individual tickets are $100, a table of six is $500, and a corporate sponsorship is $1,000. Tickets are available at Harold’s.

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