Nestled among the trees overlooking the Conecuh River in South Alabama, there is a lovely, peaceful city full of friendly, hospitable people. Welcome to Andalusia! The name means “to walk easy,” and Andalusia is indeed a city where the living is comfortable and easy. It’s a place where the charm of the Old South and the opportunities of a modern community come together to create a truly inviting way of life.
Andalusia Health (formerly known as Andalusia Regional Hospital) is an 88 bed Joint Commission-accredited Acute Care Facility that has served the heart of South Alabama since 1966. Offering a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic, emergency and surgical services, the hospital was pleased to take part in the grand opening of the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Andalusia. With the addition of both 21st Century Oncology for Radiation Oncology and Sacred Heart Medical Oncology, our patients will not have to travel long distances for oncological care and treatment. As a compliment to this new service, Andalusia Health added a valuable diagnostic tool with PET Scan service.
Andalusia Health was also awarded a $10,000 grant through the Alabama Department of Public Health in March, 2012. The program links Andalusia Health staff with stroke specialists using two-way video. This grant also provides a one-year sponsorship of the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke quality improvement program – with the goal of increasing access to stroke care and improving long-term patient outcomes.
Andalusia is the county seat and the largest city in Covington County. Located just 32 miles off Interstate 65, Andalusia is easily accessible, whether you fly into one of the Regional Airports or drive in on Alabama Highway 55, U.S. 29 or U.S. 84. The community’s state and regionally accredited school system has an elementary school, middle school and high school. The city school system consistently performs well above the state and national averages on standardized tests and other assessments. Lurleen B. Wallace Community College (LBWCC) provides an excellent two-year program for advanced education on a beautiful 152-acre campus. The Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center, located near Andalusia in the heart of Alabama’s timber country, provides unique opportunities for forestry and wildlife research. The city is also the proud home of the famous World Championship Domino Tournament, the Kiwanis Covington County Fair, and the Solon and Martha Dixon Center for the Performing Arts.
Springdale, situated in the heart of Andalusia, on East Three Notch Street, is a large home on approximately four acres that was constructed by John G. Scherf in the early 1930’s. Now owned by the City of Andalusia, Springdale is available for event use by the citizens of Andalusia.
South Alabama offers a multitude of recreational opportunities. Just southwest of Andalusia is the beautiful 83,000-acre Conecuh National Forest that attracts visitors who want to swim, hike, camp, picnic and fish. Blue Lake and Open Pond are both located in the National Forest, which is known for its tall trees, crystal clear spring-fed lakes and clean fresh air. North of Andalusia, the 2,700-acre Gantt Lake and the 700-acre Point A Lake, offer fishing, boating and water sports. Nearby Point A Park has camping and picnicking facilities. For hunters, several nearby wildlife management areas feature an abundance of dove, quail, turkey, duck and deer.
Currently the Department of Leisure Services maintains seven parks (Johnson Park, the Sports Complex, Coleman Pool & Park, Cooper Pool & Park, Robinson Park, Dream Park, and Kirkpatrick Park). There are six tennis courts at LBWCC and 13 ball fields at the Sports Complex and Johnson Park.
The newest addition to Parks and Recreation is the development of The Miracle League Field at the newly renovated Johnson Park. The Miracle League program provides an opportunity for children with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball. With a specially designed rubber turf field, The Miracle League makes dreams come true for children with special needs.
Andalusia has a variety of service organizations such as Andalusia Junior Women’s Club (AJWC), Coterie Club, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Service League, Kiwanis Club, Lion’s Club, and Rotary Club. Many fundraisers and events with community participation are held each year from Rotary’s World Championship Domino Tournament, AJWC’s Three Notch Market, and Red Garter Revue, to Coterie’s Run for Kids. Monies raised by these events are given back to the community.