August 2, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Texting while driving now a legal no-no

DUI ignition locking device, gourmet beer law also effective Aug. 1

Several new laws go into effect Aug. 1. Here are some summaries. No texting while driving Effective Aug. 1, it will be illegal for a person to send a text message, e-mail or instant message while driving a vehicle. More...

Beckham running for GH Council seat

Verria C. Beckham has announced her candidacy for District 4, on the Grove Hill City Council. Beckham, is a native of Grove Hill, and a 1982 graduate of Clarke County High School. She is married to Charles Beckham and has one son, Charles Jr. More...

GH chamber candidates forum this Thursday

The annual meeting of the Grove Hill Area Chamber of Commerce will be held Thursday, August 2, at Grove Hill Baptist Church. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and is free for two representatives from each chamber membership. More...

Special Sections

Community

Ruth Lynch joins Newton and Dolbare in the practice of law

Attorneys, J. Perry Newton and J. Blane Dolbare, have announced the association of Ruth W. Lynch as a new partner in their firm. The new firm will be known as Newton, Dolbare and Lynch, P.C. More...

Alamo hero: ‘Womanizer but no murderer’

So suggests Monroe County historian who says it may never be known why William Barrett Travis left Claiborne for Texas and historical fame in 1831

Monroe County historian Agee Broughton says William Barrett Travis, the hero of the Alamo, may have been a ladies’ man but he doesn’t believe he was a murderer. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

The Alpha Pregnancy Testing Center in Jackson will be hosting a yard sale and bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7 a.m. All profits from the sale will go for the advancement of its medical department. More...

Church News

Church News

Highway 84 Church of Christ of Coffeeville will end its gospel meeting Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. The guest evangelist will be Bro. Walter Williams. Bros. Joseph Smith Sr. and Carl White are ministers. More...

Indian Ridge remodeling done

The Indian Ridge Baptist Church has been busy as a bee this month of July with its regular order of service by Rev. Lynum each Sunday. We are proud to say that we have finished our project of remodeling and it looks very good. More...

Gordon’s stories win prizes at state writers’ meeting

Annell Gordon is a declared winner once again with two prize winning stories presented to the Alabama Writers’ Conclave. More...

Lifestyle

Nancy Wilson is winner in Read & Win

Nancy Wilson of Grove Hill—who faithfully plays any contest The Democrat ever has—was last week’s Read and Win $50 winner. Here are the answers to last week’s questions. This week’s contest is on Page 7A. More...

Fields - Higginbotham are united in marriage June 23

Katie Michelle Higginbotham and Daniel Harrison Fields were united in marriage Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon at the First United Methodist Church of Jackson. Minister Brian Gentle officiated the ceremony. More...

Smiths to celebrate 50th anniversary

The family of Carl and Susie Smith request the honor of your presence in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 4 from 2 until 4 p.m. at Okalona Methodist Protestant Bible Church. More...

Schools

CCHS Class of 1977

The Clarke County High School Class of 1977 celebrated their 35th year class reunion Friday, July 6, Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8. More...

Clarke Co. High dress code told

Clarke County High School students may pick up 2012-2013 schedules beginning Monday, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Aug. 13 schedules can only be picked up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and new student orientation is Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. More...

Public schools start about week later

Abiding law that says classes can’t start before Aug. 20

Clarke County public schools are opening about a week later this year because of a new state law that sets beginning and ending dates for the 2012-13 school year. Under the new law, classes can’t start before Monday, Aug. More...

Public schools start about week later

Sales tax holiday this weekend

This weekend, Aug. 3-5 is Alabama’s Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. The state, along with participating local governments, are exempting certain items from sales taxes for the sale. More...

Owens joins Democrat as columnist

Veteran newspaperman Gene Owens’ popular columns on southern life and grammar are now being carried in The Democrat. More...

Alabama’s oldest resident dies at 107

Alabama’s oldest resident dies at 107 More...

Pine Belt buys cable franchises

Pine Belt Communications is pleased to announce the purchase of the Media 3 cable TV systems in Grove Hill, Butler and Lisman. At closing a Management Services agreement was also executed. More...

Jackson police patrol car damaged in pursuit incident

A Jackson patrol car was damaged Thursday, July 26, when a man fleeing police jumped from his vehicle and it rolled backwards into the cruiser. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Beech

Audra Jean Beech, 82, of Chatom died Aug. 2, 2012 in Washington County Infirmary.She was born July 2, 1930. She was a devoted member of the Pine Level Baptist Church who loved to cook and share her food, especially her potato salad. More...

Andrews - Free Access

Marie Rose Pritchett Andrews, 92, of Thomasville died July 29, 2012 at Grove Hill Memorial Hosptial.She was born Dec. 17, 1919 in Nanafalia. She was a member of Thomasville United Methodist Church.  She was a homemaker. More...

Mayton - Free Access

James Walter Mayton, 78, of Sweet Water died July 27, 2012 in Myrtlewood.He was born Jan. 2, 1934. He was a member of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church. He was a former road foreman for Marengo County. More...

Sports

Gators kick off practice

The Clarke Prep School Gators were in the second day of their 3-day camp Monday. That was their first day in full pads. More...

Sports Scene

The wild world of social media

Daddy made a statement this week, something like, “I don’t give a rip about these Olympic games and will be glad when they are done and gone.” I would imagine there are several folks in these parts who feel much the same way. More...

Volleyball work continues

Clarke Prep School’s Lady Gator volleyball team continues to work as they gear up for the season opening Elite Eight in a few weeks. More...

Editorial

Political Cartoon

Full Story

Please explain: Donation vs. bribe

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an unusual opinion last week, calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to address the fine line that divides a campaign contribution and an illegal bride. He’s right; the issue needs to be addressed. More...

Candidates’ gaffes

We are less than 100 days away from the Nov. 6 General Election. The sparring is getting worse between President Obama and Mitt Romney and so are their gaffes and misspoken words. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of July 24-31 include: Jason Lamont Smith, 26, domestic violence third degree, $1,000 bond, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. More...

Clarke Records

Marriage license applications Andrew Russell Slayton, to Lauren Morgan Johnson; Mason John Casey, to Theresa Annette Casey; Terry Lee Martin, to Carlette Marie Johnson; Adrian Waregon Larkin, to Jacqueline Latrece Penn; Callum Anthony Reece, to Chynn More...