December 18, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

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Woodie Pugh, left, takes the oath of office to be the new Clarke County Superintendent of Education. In the center is his sister, Virginia Gilchrist and a friend, Ed "Big Daddy" Morelock. Administering the oath is Circuit Clerk Jay Duke, right. More...

Newspaper to print early next week

The Democrat will print early next week since Christmas Day falls on Thursday, the normal publication day. The issue will be the traditional Christmas issue, with letters to Santa from area youngsters and holiday greetings from area businesses. More...

Special Sections

Community

Hospital Auxiliary tree lighting

Grove Hill Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held their annual tree lighting ceremony last Thursday. The cold, rainy weather forced the ceremony indoors. Top left photo, the Tompkins Church children's choir rang bells to holiday songs. More...

Clarke lawmen make burglary, drug arrests

The owners of J & M Grocery on the Gainestown Road reported a burglary when they opened in the pre-dawn, cold morning hours on Friday. More...

Former judge's move for new trial in federal court is denied

A federal judge in Mobile has denied a former circuit judge's bid for a new trial for federal firearm violations and he remains jailed until his March sentencing. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

Christmas Open House—The Clarke County Department of Human Resources will hold a Christmas Open House Thursday, (today), Dec. 18 from 2 until 4 p.m. The department is located at 22609 Highway 84 in Grove Hill. Everyone is invited. More...

Church News

The Sounds of Christmas

The Grove Hill Baptist Church and Grove Hill United Methodist Church presented Christmas musical specials by their choirs Sunday. At left, Keller Leather sings a solo, "A Light Still Shines," in the program that carried that night Sunday night. More...

Church Announcements

Mt. Zion Baptist continues revival - Mt. Zion Baptist Church will continue its two night revival Thursday, (tonight), Dec. 18. The evangelist will be Rev. James Bolton and on Friday, Dec. 19 the Bolton Brothers will be in concert at 7 p.m. More...

Records

Clarke County Records

Marriage license applications Michael Walter Parham, to Donna Carole Greenblatt. Marriage license applications are just that-applications for licenses, not necessarily actual marriages. Property deeds listed Dated Dec. More...

Arrests booked through jail

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of Dec. 09 through 16 include: Marcus Lashaun Washington, 28, receiving stolen property, second degree/concealing, $7,500 bond, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff's Dept. More...

Schools

Excitement for teachers, students everywhere at GHES

The season each child awaits each year is finally here. If you don't believe the spirit of Christmas still exists, you need to visit the 480 or more excited boys and girls at Grove Hill Elementary School. More...

SCA helps Salvation Army

The Student Council Association organized several events to raise money for The Salvation Army. Faculty, staff, and students at Grove Hill Elementary School donated towards a canned food drive, silent cake auction, and rang the bell. More...

Article

Showing your child that reading really matters is one of the best examples you can possibly set. That's why we are wildly excited about the success of our Book Fair Safari! More...

Proration to cost county schools $1 million

Teachers' December checks being delayed until Dec. 30 because state hasn't sent funds

Clarke County public schools are facing a $1 million cut in state funds during the rest of the fiscal year and teachers' pay checks for December will be delayed until the end of the month due to the state's delay in sending money to county systems More...

County seeks repayment of $900,000 in incentives from LP

Clarke County is seeking $900,000 from Louisiana-Pacific Corp. More...

Clarke deputy on podium with AG for welfare roundup

Clarke County Sheriff's Dept. Sergeant Maurice Dyess shared the podium with Attorney General Troy King and other lawmen in Montgomery last Thursday as King announced the arrest of 50 people statewide on welfare fraud charges. More...

Democrat columnist's works now a book

Author Joyce Burrage to autograph Christmas copies Friday

For over 10 years, Joyce White Burrage has written columns for The Clarke County Democrat about her native Chilton, a Clarke County community, its citizens, about the county's rich history and old-timey ways and traditions. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Mathews

Willodean Pace Woodyard Mathews, 93, of Leroy died Dec. 15, 2008 at her residence. She was born Sept. 19, 1915. She was a native of Coffeeville. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Leroy. More...

King

Nettie Houston King, 76, of Toddtown died Dec. 8, 2008 at Providence Hospital in Mobile. She was born Oct. 14, 1932. She was a member of Union Baptist Church in Barlow Bend. Survivors include three sons, Jerry (Georgia) Houston, Willie King Jr. More...

McMillian

Luther McMillian, 54, of Fairhope died Nov. 27, 2008. Survivors include his wife, Cynthia McMillian, Foley; one step-son, Michael Pouncy, Thomasville; three sisters, Emmie McMillian, Ora Patterson, both of Foley, Hazel O'Neal, Grove Hill. More...

Sports

Protecting the state's big catfish

Alabama has a new fishing rule aimed at protecting an aging catfish population prowling the murky depths of its many waterways. More...

Gonna be a tough row to hoe in Auburn

Sports Scene

To be honest, whoever was hired to follow Tommy Tuberville was going to have a tough time. There are just too many factors with that job these days. First, they haven't had a whole lot of coaching in the past year. The coordinators were suspect. More...

CCHS prepares for county tourney

The basketball teams from Clarke County High School will be heading to Jackson this week to play in the annual county hoops tournament. More...

Editorial

Giving and getting

Southern Style

Christmas time often brings about fond memories of childhood, those meaningful presents that we just had to have and our parents squeezed enough out of their budget so we could get our wish. More...

Cartoon

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Auto bailout bill collapses in U.S. Senate

Congress Reports

After negotiations over the auto bailout bill collapsed in the Senate last week, it does not appear likely another auto rescue plan will be considered by Congress this year. More...