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November 20, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

WWII vet who saw D-Day action buried

Honor guards from Eglin Air Force Base steps briskly as they carry Calvin McDonald’s casket to the grave site at Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Grove Hill Monday. McDonald, 90, died Nov. 12. More...

Split deer season opens Saturday

Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Nov. 22. The season is split in most of south Alabama, called Zone B by the Alabama Conservation Department, where hunters will be able to hunt from Nov. 22 until Nov. 30. More...

Special Sections

Community

Clarke County’s Day and Bean featured in Wall Street Journal

‘Small towns go to bat for Wall Street banks’ says newspaper

Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day and Al Bean, one of the managers of Clarke-Mobile Gas, were featured in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday. More...

Hurd Street home burns

A house on Hurd Street in Grove Hill was destroyed by fire during the early morning of Nov. 14. Tracy Williams and her family escaped the fire, which began at approximately 3:30 a.m. More...

Agricultural books given to local schools

In an effort to promote Agricultural Literacy, the Alabama Farmers Agricultural Foundation and Alabama Ag in the Classroom has shared books, “Who Grew My Soup” and “The Story of Calvin Cotton” with the Grove Hill Elementary School and Clarke Prep lib More...

Sports

Football ends for GH schools

CPS Gators fall to Marengo in semi-finals

The Clarke Prep School Gators lost 42-8 to the Longhorns of Marengo Academy in the Class AA AISA state semi-finals this past Friday night. It was the Gators fifth straight trip to the semi-finals. More...

CCHS Bulldogs see season end at Leeds

The Clarke County High School Bulldogs saw their football season come to an end last Friday as they lost 31-0 to the second-ranked Leeds Green Wave on the road in the second round of the state playoffs. More...

Jackson powers past Tallassee 34-12

The Jackson High School got the plays they needed – mostly in the clutch – to cruise past Tallassee 34-12 and setup a third-round home matchup against Greenville. More...

Lifestyle

Make Your Meal A Holiday Hit

A memorable holiday meal always comes down to the mouthwatering meals served by the host. This season, impress family and friends with three traditional courses many come to expect at such a gathering: a juicy bird, a hearty side and a sweet ending. More...

Dixon-Cassity tell plans to wed Jan. 10 in Odenville church

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dixon of Jackson announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Elaine, to Michael Hunter Cassity. Mr. Cassity is the son of Laura Baker of Acworth, Ga., and Mike Cassity of Bowling Green, Ky. More...

Assistance available for signing up for health insurance

The Dannon Project, a nonprofit organization, will be providing supportive services to Clarke County to support the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period Nov. 15 – Feb. 15. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of Nov. 10-18 include: Michael Cheiron Coston, 29, distribution of a controlled substance, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. More...

Police Incident Reports

Jackson The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department: A lewd act in public was reported on Nov. 10 in the 2000 block of College Ave. An arrest was made on Nov. More...

Records

Marriage license applications Andrew James Jackson, to Alliyah Monae Franks. Jeff Stewart Garrick, to Krista Dawn Merrifield. Marriage license applications are just that—applications for licenses, not necessarily actual marriages. More...

Grove Hill must select new mayor by Jan. 14

With the death of Grove Hill Mayor Levon Hicks on Nov. 14, the Grove Hill Town Council has 60 days from Nov. 15 to appoint a new mayor. More...

County’s ‘tornado alley’ gets visit early Monday

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down three times, causing damage in Clarke and Washington counties early Monday morning. More...

Democrat out early next week

The Democrat will publish a day early next week because of Thanksgiving. The newspaper will be printed Tuesday, distributed to newsstands that night and in local mailboxes Wednesday. Please submit news and ads by 5 p.m. Monday. More...

Artist of the Year honored

The Grove Hill Public Library honored Joanna Bush as its third “Artist of the Year” with a reception Sunday afternoon at the library. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Bivens

Deacon Floyd Bivens, 92, made his transition into eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014 at his residence. More...

Rankin

Mrs. Josephine Gladys Fox Rankin, 77, was born March 7, 1937 in Manila to the parentage of the late Peter Fox and Nellie Gwin Fox. She departed this life Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 at her home. More...

“Where Families Always Come First”

Rev. Rubin Nix, 92, departed this life on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 while at the Jackson Medical Center. More...

Business

DHR board members recognized

The Clarke County Department of Human Resources (DHR) held a reception Tuesday to honor Willie Williams, board chairman, and Peggy Armstead, board member, for 34 years of service. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

Clarke County Education Retirees Association will meet Thursday, Nov. 20 at 11:45 a.m. at New Faith Baptist Church in Coffeeville for a Thanksgiving Feast prepared by Winnie James. Legislative Representatives who serve Clarke County will be honored. More...

Church News

Area churches holding community Thanksgiving service at Tompkins

Several Grove Hill area churches will come together for the annual community Thanksgiving service Sunday, Nov. 23 at Tompkins Baptist Church on Highway 43 South. The service starts at 6 p.m. More...

Church News

Truevine Baptist Church of Dickinson will continue its Harvest Time Revival Thursday, Nov. 20 and Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. nightly. Bishop Elect Jim Perine, pastor of the Church of God Pentecostal Church of Choctaw Bluff will be the speaker. More...

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Editor’s Notes

Flip sides of service of two good men reflective of US values

Monday was an unusual day and could have been depressing. I attended two funerals, one in the morning and one in the afternoon for two good men. More...

Gone South

Hurricane season almost over

Since last June, I have regularly gone to the National Hurricane Center website and checked to see what was out there. More...

Schools

Sales tax, alcohol tax revenue mixed for T’ville schools

Linda McGhee, chief financial officer with the Thomasville City Schools, reported Tuesday night that sales tax revenue for the schools is rising while alcohol sales tax revenue is decreasing. More...

Red Ribbon Week a success

The week of Oct. 23-30 was set aside for Red Ribbon Week, the time when students pledge to be drug-free. Each student signed a pledge certificate on Thursday, Oct. 23. More...

Beta Club hosts Turkey Dash

The Clarke County High School Beta Club sponsored the second annual Turkey Dash Nov. 3. The sponsors were Dunn’s Shell Station, McDonald’s and Subway. More...