By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
DODGE CITY —
Dodge City recently celebrated it’s 20th year as a town in Cullman County on March 13.
Mayor Tawana Canada said it’s a great milestone to reach and she’s very thankful for those who have been there since the town was incorporated.
“We had a ceremony here in the community center, set up a buffet table and invited anyone in the town that wanted to come,” Canada said. “One thing that is great about Dodge City is our people, you will find nothing but southern hospitality here, neighbors willing to help neighbors.”
The town was incorporated in 1993 and is currently home to 565 people.
Among those who attended the celebration were council member Anthony Todd, town clerk Vicki Ogletree, and the town attorney Hugh Harris.
“Attorney Hugh Harris drew up our incorporation papers and has remained the towns attorney through the years,” Canada said. “Councilman Anthony Todd was elected to Dodge City’s first council and that first council hired Vicki Ogletree as clerk. We presented those three that have been here since we started with a watch and a plaque saying ‘thank you for 20 years of your dedicated service.’”
“To be a small town, we have everything that you need,” Canada said. “We have your general store, service station, pharmacy, dentist office, doctors office, gas stations; Dodge City can offer you just about anything you want or need,” Canada said.
Canada said former Mayor Perry Ray, who passed away in August of 2009, was also a visionary behind the founding of Dodge City. The town park has since been renamed Ray Park in honor of the late mayor’s contributions.
“The town would not be where it is without Mayor Ray,” Canada said. “He was instrumental with getting the sewage for Dodge City. It took five grants to get it accomplished-the people we worked with said they never saw a town get as many grants as we did. It was also his vision that saw the need to build our town hall.”
Lauren Estes can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext 270, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.