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Clarke County

Library sponsors summer reading program weekly The Grove Hill Public Library is sponsoring a summer reading program for youngsters this summer. The program is every Wednesday morning. Grades K-2 will meet from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. More...

Where will downtown revitalization match come from?

The Grove Hill Town Council held a work session last Thursday that covered topics ranging from the town's finances, to hiring issues, water concerns and much more. More...

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Community

Grove Hill's water runs low last week; T'ville purchase replenishes tanks

A broken six-inch water line, heavy usage by fire departments due to grass fires and excessive consumption due to dry conditions combined to reduce Grove Hill's water levels to dangerously low levels last week. More...

Hampton Inn going up in Jackson

Framing is going up for the new Hampton Inn on Highway 43 at the Walker Springs Road in Jackson. The project had a slow start coming out of the ground due to rainy weather early in the year but is making progress now. More...

Preston Goode dies at 107

A former Gosport resident who subscribed to and read The Clarke County Democrat for at least seven decades has died at the age of 107. Preston Goode passed away July 5 at the Camden Nursing Facility. Born Nov. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

THE SOUTHWEST ALABAMA AIDS PREVENTION COALITION will meet Friday, July 10 at 11 a.m. in the community room of the Monroe County Health Department in Monroeville. For more information contact Maureen Nichols at 251-275-7108. More...

Community Calendar

"BE CREATIVE" AT THE SUMMER READING PROGRAM AT THE GROVE HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY this summer! The program will run each Wednesday morning beginning July 1. Grades K-2 will meet from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Grades 3-6 will meet from 11-12 p.m. More...

Church News

Church Announcements

New Union Baptist Church of Coffeeville located on Highway 69 will continue its revival beginning Thursday, July 9 and end Friday, July 10 at 7 p.m. nightly. The evangelist will be Rev. More...

Scout gives church sign "face lift"

Jamar Matthews, a member of Boy Scout Troop 81 sponsored by Grove Hill UMC, noticed the sign and lights at the Sacred Heart Catholic church were looking worn out. More...

Boomerang Express at Grace Baptist

The Boomerang Express arrived at Grace Baptist Church for Vacation Bible School. The theme was "It all comes back to Jesus." The children learned that because Jesus loves them, they in return can love Him. More...

Lifestyle

Tolbert-Dowling to wed

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Flowers and Johnny Tolbert, all of Grove Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Kay Tolbert, to James Russell "Russ" Dowling II, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Dowling of Jackson. More...

Mr. and Mrs. Hicks celebrate 60 years

Mr. and Mrs. Kirvin Hicks recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Kirvin and Celia Martin Hicks were married on June 30, 1949. Mr. Hicks is retired from the Clarke County Engineers Office. More...

Margie Parnell completes 31 years

A retirement reception was held last week to honor Margie Parnell for her 31 years of service with the Clarke County Court System. Parnell began her career as Judicial Assistant in 1978 with Circuit Judge Hardie B. More...

Schools

High school grad exam to be given at JHS

The Alabama High School Graduation Exam (AHSGE) will be administered at the Jackson High School Auditorium the week of Monday, July 20 through Friday, July 24. More...

Once-a-week garbage service?

Allied Waste proposes change for Grove Hill collections to save town money

Allied Waste wants Grove Hill to convert from twice-a-week garbage collections to once-a week service with automated trucks collecting from larger carts that do not require human handling. More...

Brother, sister spar at Coffeeville council meet

A wife spoke Tuesday at the Coffeeville Town Council meeting in defense of her husband's frequent absences from the town water board of which he was a member before submitting his resignation due to reported pressure from the mayor and some council More...

Blow is interim president at ASCC

Dr. William "Bill" Blow of Prattville has returned to Monroeville to temporarily take over the reigns of Alabama Southern Community College. Blow, a former dean at the college, officially became ASCC's interim president July 1. More...

Clarke County EVENTS

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Fireworks and other activities around area Here are just some of the things to do this Fourth of July weekend: A lot of activities are planned in downtown Thomasville on Friday. There will be a Kids Parade at 4 p.m. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Goode

Preston Goode, 107, of Gosport died July 5, 2009 at Camden Nursing Home Facility. He was born Nov. 29, 1901. He was a native of Coy. He was born to the parentage of the late Robert Goode and Laura Dortch Goode. More...

Biggs

Debra Sue Biggs, 56, of Hartselle, formerly Debra Sue Alday of Leroy died July 1, 2009 at her residence. She was born June 28, 1953 to Agnew and Gladys Alday along with two brothers and five sisters. More...

Estis

Walter Chesley Estis, 86, of Pensacola, FL died July 1, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He was a former resident of Coffeeville. He was born July 10, 1922. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. More...

Sports

Coach pitch all-stars still playing in tourney

Grove Hill's Coach Pitch All-Stars are still alive in the sub-District Tournament in Camden as they beat Wilcox 19-4 Monday night. John David Skipper provided the game-clinching run and had two hits. More...

9 & 10-year-old softball team falls

The Grove Hill 9 & 10- year-old softball team was eliminated from District play Saturday as they lost 9-1 to Thomasville in Demopolis. Abby Luker and Casen Young each had a hit for Grove Hill. Sally Luker had an RBI. More...

GH/Jax All-stars headed to state

The Grove Hill/Jackson All-stars swept all three games at the District Tournament in Mobile last weekend, earning a spot in the state tournament in Thomasville this weekend. More...

Editorial

PETA: Keep mitts off Flora-Bama

Gone South

Last week, I got this e-mail from my buddy JL (no periods) alerting me to the news that "PETA (was) peeved over Pike Place fishthrowing demo." Normally I wouldn't get into this. More...

Happy Fourth

Editor's Notes

The Fourth of July is here. That means we are over halfway through the year. I never like to wish time away but with the economy the way it is, I'll be glad to see 2009 gone. Unless, that is, 2010 is worse! More...

Legislature a body of rogues

Inside the Statehouse

The Alabama Legislature, as a governmental body, is thought of pretty lowly. Most states citizenry hold legislatures as a whole in low esteem, but Alabamians consider our legislature a body of rogues. More...

Records

Arrests booked through county jail for the past week

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of June 23-30 include: Andre Knight, 31, parole violation, arrested by Life Tech. William Lawson Hill, 50, no insurance, $160.50 bond, arrested by Thomasville Police Dept. More...

Meth lab found, arrests made

Several arrests have been made following a tip to Jackson Police that led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab. More...

Clarke Records

Marriage license applications Jake A. Bailey, to Carrie Elizabeth Gates; Devin Mcshane Pugh, to Genesis Cyntay Jackson; Christopher Allen Barger, to Monica Lorraine Proctor; Randall Ray Nalley, to Lorraine Leilani Stokley; Theodore P. More...