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Council recognizes 13-year-old All-Stars

Members of the Greenville City Council honored yet another of the city's baseball teams on Monday night - the Dixie Boys 13-year-old All-Star team that won district and made it to the state tournament in Montgomery.

&#8220We have had a Dixie Boys team play in state before but that was when we hosted the state tournament,” remarked Mayor Dexter McLendon. &#8220It's a little different when you have to win your way to state.”

The 13-year-old team fell in a pair of games in Montgomery, losing 9-2 to Daphne and 8-2 to Opelika.

&#8220I'm proud of the boys,” head coach Bruce Branum said following the two losses. &#8220I thought we had a chance to play to the end, but I am extremely proud of this close-knit team.”

The council approved an expenditure of $9300 for the purchase of a trained narcotics canine, equipment and training. Police Chief Lonzo Ingram said the dog would be used for the department's drug enforcement efforts. The 2nd Judicial Task Force will provide $6500 toward the dog's purchase and related costs, but the dog will belong to the city.

Ingram said Lt. Kenneth Parker would attend the four-week dog handler course in West Virginia.

Other expenditures authorized by the council: $2989.25 to Air Supply, Inc. for 535-pound ice machine for city barn; $1169.10 to Grainger for a five horsepower air compressor for the Horticulture Department; $1660.89 to Middleton Oil Company for diesel fuel for Landfill Expansion Project; $1190 to Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Academy for academy tuition for Officer Thomas Strickland; $1400 to Fleet Pride for complete brake job for bucket truck.

Members of the Dixie Boys 13-year-old All-Star Team honored on Monday night were: Tim Hawkins, Stewart Moody, Daniel Frazier, Todd Burkett, Nathan Branum, Jared Edge, Hunter Harrell, Dillon Frazier, Caleb Parsons, Rush Nimmer, Jonathan Scott, and coaches, Bruce Branum, Kenny Burkett, and John McGough.

McLendon said Monday's garbage route for the Labor Day Holiday on Sept. 4 has been moved to Tuesday.

The next regular council meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m.