December 26, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Clarke BOE debates, votes 10% raise for new superintendent

The Clarke County Board of Education voted Dec. 20 to give the next school superintendent a 10 percent raise, effective Jan. 1, 2013. More...

Newspaper to close Jan. 1

The Clarke County Democrat office will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s. The office will be open until 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31. Please submit news items and advertising by 1 p.m. on Monday. More...

Bank, contractor protest proposed sale of T’ville hospital because of debts

Two businesses have stepped up to file objections to the proposed sale of Southwest Alabama Medical Center to Dubois Gilliam of Selma. More...

Investigators work since July to solve burglary and make arrests

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit has been working on a burglary that occurred at a residence on Old Alameda Road just north of Fulton since July and recently made an arrest. More...

Santa Letter

This letter got off with all the others to Santa before Christmas but didn’t make last week’s paper. Dear Santa, More...

Special Sections

Community

Closing out 2012: A look back at first six months

Following are highlights of the top stories reported by the staff of the Clarke County Democrat for the first six months of 2012. The final six months will be reviewed next week. More...

Extension Service

Jan. 8 webinar will help business owners better understand Obamacare

Alabama smallbusiness owners must plan for the impact that changes in federal health care laws will have on their businesses. More...

Reception for DHR director

A reception Nov. 29 honored Clarke County Department of Human Resources Director Lou Boykin. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

The Heart of Dixie Collectors Club invites all persons to join them for their monthly meeting. The club meets the last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Grill (Lil Touch of Cajun) in Jackson. More...

Church News

Church Notices

Grove Hill Baptist Church will have a New Year’s Eve singing Monday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. until featuring The Dixie Disciples, Glory Road Quartet, The Kelley’s, Revelators, Paul Williams and Wayne Campbell. More...

Photos

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Giving away forgiveness

Forgiveness is a choice. You can choose to hold it in or release the gift of forgiveness. More...

Lifestyle

Newton-Pugh to wed Jan. 12 in Elam Baptist

Richie and Jackie Elmore of Nicholsville and Shane and Jennifer Newton of Fulton announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Beverly Newton, to Hayden Pugh. Mr. Pugh is the son of Doug and JoAnna Pugh of Tallahatta Springs. More...

Williamsons celebrate 66 years

My parents were married 66 years ago on December 22, 1946. There was no fanfare like weddings today.... no rehearsal or dinner afterwards, no beautiful wedding dress, no bridesmaids or grooms, and no elaborate reception or honeymoon. More...

Bible Trivia

1. Is the book of Galatians in the Old or New Testament or neither? 2. How many times is the name “Satan” used in the Old Testament? 0, 1, 15, 174 3. From Genesis 36, what city was Esau’s home base? Petra, Tyre, Gilgal, Perga 4. More...

GH hospital has positive audit report

The board of directors of the Grove Hill Memorial Hospital heard good news from their accountant Dec. 20. Charles R. More...

Bagley sworn as supt.

Larry Bagley was sworn in Dec. 21 as the new superintendent of the Clarke County Schools System. He was elected Nov. 6 and is the first Republican to hold the office. His term begins Jan. 1. More...

Teen said raped at Grove Hill apartments

Grove Hill police officers responded to a disturbance at the Coventry Gardens Apartments on Dec. 19 and when they arrived there they were confronted by a underage female that stated that she was raped. More...

Operation Santa holds toy drive in Grove Hill

Operation Santa held its third annual toy drive in Grove Hill. More...

15-year-old threatens mom with shotgun

A 15-year-old male juvenile was arrested Dec. 20 by Jackson Police after he threatened his mother with a shotgun. More...

Another wreck on 43

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Obituaries - Free Access

Cassity - Free Access

Huey Cassity, 80, of Linden died Dec. 24, 2012 at DCH Regional Medical Center.He was born April 24, 1932 in Thomasville. He was a member of the Providence Baptist Church. He was a United States Army Veteran. More...

Boykin - Free Access

Louise Kimbrough Boykin died Dec. 24, 2012 at Jackson Health Care facility. She was born in St. Stephens, the daughter of Sidney and Alvada Parks Smith.Mrs. Boykin graduated from Leroy High School in 1939 and in 1941 married Edward C. More...

Boykin - Free Access

Louise Kimbrough Boykin died Dec. 24, 2012 at Jackson Health Care facility. She was born in St. Stephens, the daughter of Sidney and Alvada Parks Smith.Mrs. Boykin graduated from Leroy High School in 1939 and in 1941 married Edward C. More...

Sports

All-state football team released

Even though 2012 will be remembered as a season in which a state title was not captured by Southwest Alabama, the area still fared well in the honors of players being named to the annual all-state football team. More...

Softball Camp set for Dec. 29 in Jackson

Former Jackson Academy and current Louisana Tech Assistant Softball coach and recruiting coordinator John Garris will return to Jackson Saturday, Dec. More...

Hoops sign-up in Tville

Registration for basketball will be held Thursday, January 3rd & Friday, January 4th, 2013; at the Recreation Department, located at 2285 Bashi Road, the old Lower Dixie Timber building, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. More...

Editorial

Political Cartoon

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Cornbread & Buttermilk

Don’t laugh; it could happen

It is time for my annual preview of things to come in the next year. These predictions have, in the past, proved to be 99.1 percent baloney or, as Joe Biden would put it, malarkey. Here’s what to look for in 2013: More...

Inside the Statehouse

Alabama’s finances in sad shape

As the end of the year approaches the story of the year has to be the state of the economy. Therefore, the political story of the year has to the sad financial state of the State. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of Dec. 18-26 include: Alden Gregory Purnell, 30, burglary third degree, $7,500 bond, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. More...

Schools

WHMS band members honored

Congratulations to the two seventh grade WHMS Band members who recently attended the Troy University Southeastern United States (SEUS) Middle School Honor Band. Macy Jackson (trumpet) and Javion Chaney (percussion) both did an outstanding job. More...

Pageant winners selected

The Annual Wilson Hall Middle School Beauty Review was held in November at Clarke County High School. Wilson Hall was represented with many beautiful young ladies. More...

Eighth graders discuss classic novel

Mrs. Pettis’s eighth grade reading class read and discussed the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. More...