December 31, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

River bridge hit by barge Christmas night

A towboat’s barge hit the Mc- Corquodale Bridge on the Tombigbee River at Jackson Christmas night but no major damage was detected. More...

Prayer meeting to be held in Fulton Sunday

A prayer meeting will be held at the Fulton Gazebo in the downtown area Sunday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. “Join together to thank our Lord for the opening of Scotch & Gulf Lumber Mill,” an invitation reads. More...

New Year’s closings are told

Most governmental offices and businesses will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s. Closings include the Clarke County Courthouse, Grove Hill Town Hall, local banks and many businesses. More...

2009: The Year In Review

January LP agrees to pay county up to $1.5 million for OSB mill not being in operation More...

Special Sections

Community

Card of Thanks

The family of Mona Smith expresses heartfelt gratitude to Jackson Home Health, Hometown Hospice, Peniel Baptist Church, friends and neighbors for help during Mona's illness and passing. More...

Santa letter corrected

Dear Santa, For Christmas I want a digital camera Pens MP3 player Nintendo DS I Carly TV Love, Kelsey Rush, Age 7 The Democrat’s typesetter had a hard time reading this letter to Santa so a corrected version is being reprinted. More...

Memoriams

In Memory of my wife Shirley S. Wright Sept. 29, 1935-Jan. 2, 2008 I still love you with all of my heart and have missed you so much these past two years. You were all and more than any man could have dreamed of having as his wife. More...

Sports

Lady Bulldogs, Dawgs beat Marengo

CCHS starts slow then rolls to big win The Clarke County High School Lady Bulldogs shrugged off a sluggish start and blew away the Lady Panthers of Marengo High 57-40 Monday night in the first game of the CCHS Holiday Tournament in Grove Hi More...

Looking back at 2009 in sports

The Jackson Aggies lost 31-27 to Cherokee County in early December. Damion Bracy sprints into the endzone as Kyle Andrews (83) opens the hole. More...

Editorial

Editor’s Notes

Projects, remedies for the new year

Good riddance to 2009. It is an understatement to say it has been one of the worst years in my memory. I don’t know what 2010 holds but it has to be better. More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Gone South

‘The Decade from Hell’

Former Pres. George W. Bush can’t catch a break. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of Dec. 22-29 include: Kaimeon Traez Coston, 27, criminal trespassing third degree, domestic violence third degree, $1,000 bond, arrested by Thomasville Police Dept. More...

Schools

Students complete EMT course

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Samford graduates 227 seniors

Samford University graduated 227 seniors from 19 states and four foreign countries during Fall commencement Dec. 12. Dr. Freida H. Hill, a 1973 honor graduate of Samford who became chancellor of the Alabama Community College System Dec. More...

WHMS students write poems about Tom Sawyer

School students participated in the Alabama Big Read Poetry Contest. Students were asked to write a poem about the Big Read selection The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. More...

Mill closings, job losses top 2009 news

Two thousand nine hasn’t been a good year— in case anyone needs to be reminded. The economy started tanking in 2008 and continued to nosedive in 2009. A number of area industries have closed. More...

The ‘B & F’ in B & F Farm Store retiring after 32-year partnership

The name B & F Farm Store will stay the same but come Jan. 1 the store’s namesakes will retire. Buck Bedsole and Fred Hoven have sold the store to Hoven’s son, Barry, and his wife, Julie, and Anita and Paul Williams of Fulton. More...

Property taxes due by Dec. 31

Thursday, Dec. 31 is the last day to pay property taxes and avoid penalities. Taxes on real and personal properties are due by the end of the year in the Clarke County Revenue Commissioner’s office. Delinquent taxes paid after Dec. More...

Domestic dispute ends in arrests

Two Jackson residents are charged with assault following a domestic dispute at their Dallas Lane residence, Dec. 25, which resulted in a stabbing. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Lathan

Herman Lathan, 89, of Jackson died Dec. 28, 2009 in a Mobile hospital. He was born Dec. 18, 1920. He was a native of Chatom. He was a retired self-employed Funeral Director with Lathan Funeral Home in Jackson, Chatom and Grove Hill. More...

Milstead

Ruth Garrick Milstead, 76, of Jackson died Dec. 27, 2009 at Jackson Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1933. She was a native of Scyrene. She was a member of the Stave Creek Baptist Church. She was an Avon Representative for 48 years. More...

Smith

Mona Sue Smith, 74, of Jackson died Dec. 19, 2009 at her residence. She was born Aug. 10, 1935. She was a member of Peniel Baptist Church. She was a retired Department Manager for T.G.&Y. stores. More...

Business

Slight drop in Clarke’s jobless rate means 125 jobs

Clarke County’s unemployment rate fell nearly a full percentage point from October to November, from 16.9 percent to 16 percent. That equates to 1,590 countians being out of work, down 125 from the previous month. More...

Once-a-week garbage pickups start next week in Grove Hill

Grove Hill residents used to be able to miss one of the two weekly garbage pickups but catch up on the second pickup. That will end after this week as Grove Hill converts to once-a-week pickups. More...

Church News

Church Notices

Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Morvin will host a New Year’s Eve Celebration Thursday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Elder Arthur Scott, pastor of Faith Whole Truth #3 of Thomasville. More...

Chance & Scyrene

Pastor’s Aid program at Chance Church

Chance Baptist Church will observe its annual Pastor’s Aid Program Sunday, Jan. 24. The morning service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Rev. Charley L. Marshall is the pastor. More...

Lifestyle

‘The G-Man’ has loved music since he was a child

Music has always been Christopher Andrews’ heart. As early as age four this 2006 graduate of Monroe County School, whom most know as the “G-Man,” has devoted his life to singing gospel and soulful melodies. More...

Parmers tell birth of a son

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Parmer of Selma announce the arrival of a son, Michael Benjamin Parmer, born Oct. 22, 2009 in Montgomery. Ben weighed seven lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 20 inches. Welcoming him home were sisters, Faith, Ellen and Mary. More...

Under the Clock

Welcoming the New Year in Times Square

New Year’s Eve on Times Square in 1999 wasn’t looking good for David Payne. The geeks of the world were predicting an international computer crash and with it, the end of civilization as human beings know it. More...