|Welcome to The City of Dora
The City of Dora is an old city with new ideas. The town has a lot to offer business, industry and residents. Dora has access to Corridor X which is the main Interstate between Birmingham, Alabama and Memphis, Tennessee making it ideal for light industry, trucking, and retail. Low taxes, a friendly government and room to expand makes ideal for business. Residents will love Horse Creek Golf, which is a first-class golf course owned and managed by the City of Dora. The first Horse Creek Jubilee Festival is planned for the spring of 2014, and will offer arts, crafts, music, and fun for the entire family. The history of Dora is interesting.
The coal that was mined from the hills and hollows around Dora, helped build America during the 1800 and 1900s.
Dora Lady Dawgs Softball Team Rockin' and Rollin' This Year
Coach Justin Blevins has been teaching and coaching for six years, but this is his first year at Dora. The Dora Lady Dawg softball team only won two games last season but things have turned around this year.
Blevins said he came into his job and showed the girls that he cared. They've had three different coaches in the last three years which made it difficult for the team to make any headway.
"I told them from the start that if we were going to get our program in the right direction, it has to start from the top," he said.
Blevins attended Dora High and he loves the school. "I spent four great years here. While at Dora, I made it a goal to come back one day to coach and teach," he explained.
He has worked hard on the facilities so the team could take pride in what they have. "I have assembled a supportive and knowledgeable staff as well." Kimber Sanford, has worked well with the Dora junior varsity team and Jeremy Willingham is the head assistant under Coach Blevins. He is a 2000 graduate of Dora High School.
Volunteer coaches such as Tony Headrick and Rick Willingham, who are both Dora graduates, have helped tremendously, according to Blevins. "I have a great athletic director in Coach Wright," he said. "
He wants to see us do well so he gives outstanding support to the team.
Blevins points to the support from the principal Dr. Cathy James, and assistant principal Joe Harrison as key assets in the program as well.
When asked about the turnaround, Blevins says it’s easy to get accustomed to losing, but "we have a lot of talent and are getting better every day." The team has seven wins and it's not even mid season yet. "Our best softball playing is yet to come," he said.
The team goal this year is to make it to the regionals. To do that they: have to finish in the top two in the area. The area consists of Oak Grove, Corner, and Carbon Hill. "Our girls have bought in to what we’re doing," he said. The lady Dawgs beat Oak Grove in a tournament which was a confidence builder.
The teams strength lies in a balance between performance in the field and at bat.
After some games I would say we are stronger in the field. Other games we are stronger at bat. That balance is one of the keys to success.
Softball season lasts four months, which gives the team a lot of time together. The girls get along great with each other according to Blevins. "In practice, we do a lot of drills where the entire team gets together to push each other. I feel like we have great team chemistry."
Two games stand out the most in the coach's mind - The first being the coach's first win which was the first game of the season against Minor. "I could tell by the look on the girls’ faces that they knew it was going to be a special season," he remembered. The next was a win against Walker in the Lynn Tournament. "Our seniors had never played Walker and to get the win against them was a great victory for them."
The team gets into Area play after spring break. This will be a big stretch according to Coach Blevins. "We need to do well so we can get a good seed in the area tournament," he explained. "We will continue to get better every day, and I plan on being here for a long time. I hope to build up this program and make it one of the best in the state."
City buying new laptops, printers for police department
By RACHEL DAVIS
Daily Mountain Eagle
— The Dora City Council agreed to purchase six new laptops and printers for the city’s police department to replace the older computers that were acquired through government surplus or officers who are using their personal computers.
The new computers and printers will cost just under $5,000.
The council also voted to cancel an agreement with a company to input ticket information into the system. In return, the company received $20 for each ticket. Over the last three years, the city has paid more than $22,000 for this service. It will be replaced with software that will allow officers to input the information direction.
The new software will cost $6,000.
The council also approved the purchase of a new computer for the city’s magistrate for approximately $800.
The funds for the purchases will come from the corrections fund, which can only be spent on court or police purchases.
The council also voted to send Police Chief John Duchock to classes to become certified to teach driving school. The cost for the training and to set up a driving school program will be approximately $700.
This will give drivers in the city who get a traffic ticket and have not been habitual offenders to take the classes for a fee instead of having the ticket go on their record and impact their health insurance.
The city would also be able to offer the program to other cities for the same fee.
Mayor Randy Stephens said he thought this would be a great asset to the city, especially for young drivers who could be taught better habits and prevent an increase in the parents’ insurance rates. Council member Hezikiah Walker abstained from the vote.
In other business, the council:
•agreed to cut grass in the median and alongside old Highway 78 inside the city limits. This is an annual resolution with the Alabama Department of Transportation.
•agreed to take bids for repairs to the roof of the Armory currently used by the city’s street department.
•approved the purchase of red rock for the park’s baseball fields, as well as the purchase of various miscellaneous supplies for the baseball program.
•heard from Fire Chief Chris Edwards about the fire department’s fundraiser for Toys for Tots. The department is selling solar house number signs to raise money for the program.
Council approves police requests
By RACHEL DAVIS
Daily Mountain Eagle, January 16, 2014
DORA – The Dora City Council approved several requests from the city’s police department at its meeting Tuesday night.
Police Chief John Duchock asked for materials to build a dog kennel into the back seat of one of the police cars to house the city’s narcotics detection dog. Bevill State Community College agreed to fabricate the kennel if the city purchased the materials.
The council also agreed to purchase two police cameras that would record anything the officer sees, rather than a camera in the car that would only record from a fixed position.
“Looking at the headset cameras, wherever you’re looking is where they record,” Duchock explained. “You can turn it on prior to stopping the car, to see if they are driving erratically or whatever, and then when you get out, you’ll also be able to see inside the car. Also if it’s a domestic call, you’d be able to go inside the house with it where a car wouldn’t be able to, so it’s multi-function.”
Duchock had asked for four cameras, but council members suggested purchasing two cameras as a test and if they work out, purchasing two more.
The council also approved sending James Luna, a reserve officer for the city, to go to auxiliary police officer school in Jefferson County. Luna will be paying for the classes himself but needed a city to sponsor him.
All police purchases come from the court fund.
In other business:
- The council had a first reading of a proposed ordinance to set the speed limit on Reid Road at 25 miles per hour. The council is expected to vote on the ordinance at the next meeting.
- The council approved the city clerk to go to professional development classes in February.
- The council approved getting the city’s street department’s large tractor repaired. The tractor has two hydraulic cylinders that lift the large arm to cut brush that need to be repaired or replaced.
- The council also agreed to allow Walker Diagnostics to break their existing lease with the city-owned clinic building. The current occupant is beginning a new business and would like to pick up the lease.
- The council was presented with the 2012 audit for the first time. No action was taken. Mayor Randy Stephens said the auditor was very complimentary of the city’s finances included in the audit.
- The city council agreed to surplus the old garbage truck. The city purchased a new garbage truck last year.
- The council approved a new pest control bond with Blanton Exterminating.
|The Old Dora Jail
by Rick Watson
Here is a photo of the old jail house. This structure has been saved and someone is living in it today. I stopped by on my recent trip through town and shot this photo. I also have a old photo from back in the 50's. I had a funny story about this old building. Back when I was about six or seven years old, I used to sit in my daddy's lap and drive. I loved to drive...even today driving is a pleasure. My daddy was friends with the Policeman in Dora at that time. His name was Officer Robinson. It was Joel Robinson's daddy and I think his name was Joel too. Anyhow, daddy had told Officer Robinson that I would be driving later that afternoon down the old Sloss road.
As I was driving,
I heard a siren and looked behind me and I was being "chased"
by the police. It was a big black 1956 Ford Fairlane with a red bubble
gum machine on top. We pulled over and he asked me for my license. My
eyes must have been as big as saucers. I told him I didn't have a drivers
license. He said I had to go to jail. I was scared stiff. Daddy followed
Officer Robinson to the old jail and it was then that I completely lost
it and daddy and Officer Robinson called off the prank. I had forgotten
that story for a while until I drove by the jail.
I think it would be really good if we all wrote a collective book called
"The Things I Remember." We could collect them all and publish
them with old photographs and sell the gift books at local businesses
to help raise money for the Old Dora Restoration Fund.
If you have stories and/or photographs you'd like to share, please send
them to me and we'll publish them while we're collecting for the book.
Just another one of those crazy ideas.
DHS receives $8K grant to increase college awareness
DORA — Dora High School received a grant for $8,000 to be used to further the students’ exposure to post-secondary education options. The grant, from Alabama Access for Higher Education, will enable students from Dora to visit colleges, have access to mentoring programs and learn about networking opportunities.
by Rachel Davis
The students will also have the opportunity to tour manufacturing plants such as Mercedes Benz, Bud’s Best Cookies and Golden Flake. “We’re going to use it to give our students post-secondary awareness opportunities,”
Principal Cathy James said. “This money will be spent on the students.” James and the students and faculty at the school held a special program Friday afternoon to announce the grant award to the students.
The faculty and staff donned shirts that read “Get on the Bulldog Bus.” The program also featured the bulldog mascot dressed in a Santa costume, and the cheerleaders, students and student groups entertained the crowd.
According to James, research shows that only 25 percent of high school students from rural schools like Dora go to college and complete a degree. This grant is aimed at increasing that number by giving the students more options and alerting them to all the college programs and campuses that are available to them. Story appeared in The Daily Mountain Eagle -
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