August 4, 2011 RSS feed / Front Page

Football a hot item now

Despite temperatures of around 100 Monday, with the heat index much higher, area high school football practices got underway on schedule. Here, Clarke Prep School Coach Billy Hamilton puts Gator players through their drills. More...

Grove Hill council districts are way out of balance

Grove Hill’s council districts are out of balance and will require a lot of work to adjust to fit the 2010 census, Bobby Downey told the council Monday night. More...

Special Sections

Community

Searching for water

For several weeks now a water drilling rig has been set up in the corner of the county’s road department yard off of Clark Street, drilling for a new source of water for the town. More...

IRS gives truckers extension; Highway use tax returns due Nov. 30, not Aug. 31

The Internal Revenue Service advised truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that their next federal highway use tax return, usually due Aug. 31, will instead be due on Nov. 30, 2011. More...

Social Security office cuts day by 30 minutes

Effective Monday, Aug. 1 the Selma and Jackson Society Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday. More...

Sports

At last...football is here!

The start of football season in Alabama began Monday when teams from the Alabama High School Athletic Association and the Alabama Independent School Association took to the practice fields. Teams must work three days without going to full pads. More...

Sports writers’ pre-season football poll

Class 6A 1. Daphne (24) (15-0) 366 2. Hoover (2) (14-1) 277 3. Prattville (7) (8-4) 250 4. Spain Park (6-6) 228 5. Davidson (12-2) 169 6. More...

Sports Scene

I know the root of this country’s problems

After much thought and deliberation, I have figured out where all of the problems that we have in this country stem from. The answer is as obvious as the nose on your face. The reason....trophies. More...

Lifestyle

Here’s a tip!

 You can whiten chopping boards with lemon juice. Just use the cut side of a lemon to scrub the board, let it sit for up to 10 minutes, and rinse clean. More...

Jim Herod wins fiction writing award

Jim Herod has received notice that a short story he wrote won first prize in the category of fiction at the 2011 Alabama Writers’ Conclave. More...

Birds ’n Stuff

Lots of summer bird sightings; hummers prepare to head south

Increased numbers of hummingbirds could be in your yard soon! Already more hummers are coming to feeders in Clarke County than in the spring. More...

Schools

Wilson Hall High School Reunion

Wilson Hall High School alumni came from across the country this past weekend for a big reunion that included classes from 1948 through 1970. More...

Breaking News - 8/6/2011 6:49 AM

Southwest Alabama Medical Center closes in Thomasville - Free Access

ER to remain open over the weekend; will close Monday

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Students hitting the books again

Clarke County teacher institute Monday, Aug. 8

Clarke County public and private school students will soon begin the new school year. Jackson Academy classes start Monday, Aug. 8. Clarke Preparatory School’s classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 10. More...

Students hitting the books again

Statewide sales tax holiday is this weekend, Aug. 5-7

Alabama’s sixth annual sales tax holiday will be this Friday, Aug. 5 through Sunday, Aug. 7. The state is waiving its four cents sales tax on certain school supplies, computers and clothing. More...

Clarke school system makes AYP standards

CCHS and JHS do not make goals but closed CHS does

The Clarke County public school system met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements in the 2010- 11 school year but remains on a school improvement list because of previously not making AYP. More...

WHHS Class of ’48 graduate

William Sharp (left), 80, of Thomasville was recognized as the only member of Wilson Hall High School’s oldest class, the Class of 1948, attending a larger school reunion reception Friday eveni More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Brooks

Ruby C. Brooks, 90, of Jackson died Aug. 2, 2011 at her residence. She was born July 9, 1921. She was a native of Campbell. She was a member of Center Point Baptist Church and the RSVP. She was a retired examiner with Solomon Brothers Shirt Factory. More...

Liesen

Robert Leo Liesen, 80, of Dickinson died July 25, 2011 at his residence. He was born June 2, 1931. He was a native of Illinois. He was a retired form setter working in heavy construction. More...

Moore

Annette C. Moore, 83, of Butler died Aug. 4, 2011 in Baldwin County. She was a retired school teacher. More...

Business

Promoting existing businesses

Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance (CGEDA) held an existing business training program at BankTrust in Monroeville on Tuesday, July 26. More...

Wheeler is new Ala. Power mgr.

By Evan Carden Special to The Democrat It was announced Tuesday that longtime Alabama Power employee James Wheeler, of Jackson, has been named the new business office manager for the company’s Jackson and Grove Hill offices. More...

Calendar

Calendar

Ballet and Theatre Arts Performing Companies of Gilbertown is now casting the play “Blithe Spirit” by Noel Coward. First auditions are Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. This will be a first reading for seven parts (5 women and 2 men). More...

Church News

Church Announcements

Whatley Assembly will continue its “Kids Crusade” Thursday, Aug. 4 and Friday, Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. nightly. There will be three nights filled with music and black light puppet shows, Bible lessons, contests, prizes, games and refreshments. More...

Editorial

CORRECTION

Deonte Hunt’s first name was misspelled in a news story last week about his fatal accident on Highway 84. Also, Walter Hunt was listed as the teenager’s father when he in fact he is his grandfather. More...

Cartoon

Full Story

Cougars and panthers are real in Clarke County

Dear Editor, I was reading last week’s Clarke County Democrat about Alabama cougars and panthers being seen in this area. It is very true. They’ve been seen on Highway 69 in Salitpa and Coffeeville Road. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of July 26-Aug. 02 include: Labarron Ray Bernard, 38, non-child support, court cost, probation violation, $1,494 bond, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. More...

County Records

Marriage license applications Danny Ray Pugh, to Natasha Lashae Wiggins; Lasterfur Lamon Rocker, to Ariel Shawnta Nettles. Marriage license applications are just that—applications for licenses, not necessarily actual marriages. More...