April 10, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Son’s promise to late mom to keep her assailant jailed

Lorena Bush was attacked in her Gosport home on Nov. 25, 1997. She was beaten, raped and robbed of about $60, all of the cash she had in her home. More...

Thomasville library; a tech and workforce center for community

The modern world is fueled by information. Success today is often measured in how you manage that data. Gina Wilson, library director with the Thomasville Public Library, loves information. “I love helping people find it,” she said. More...

GH logger prevails in Greene County timber dispute

A Greene County, Ala. jury on April 3 awarded Grove Hill businessman Kerry Stephens d/b/a Kerry Stephens Logging, a judgment in the amount of $424,602.21, ending a timber contract dispute that had been ongoing since April 2002. More...

E911’s solution to missent pages— just page everyone

Clarke County Commissioners, sitting as the E911 board Tuesday, heard E911 Director Becky Neugent report that the Salitpa Fire Department had complained about an accident call that was given to the Coffeeville Fire Department that should have gone to More...

CHANGING THE GUARD AT COURTHOUSE

Commissioners mull costs of maintaining security guards at courthouse’s front door

The Clarke County Commission has received a notice that G4S, the private security company that provides security for the courthouse, will terminate the service May 1, Commission Chairman Elma Averett explained at Tuesday’s commission meeting. More...

IDB bonds approved for Jackson’s new IBE pellet plant

The City of Jackson Industrial Development Board voted Wednesday morning for a resolution to authorize International Biomass Energy, LLC (IBE) to have the option to issue up to $150,000,000.00 of the board’s Industrial Revenue Bonds. More...

Thomasville council seeks line of credit

The Thomasville City Council approved taking out a $200,000 line of credit with the Alabama-Tombigbee Regional Commission Monday night. More...

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Household Tips

 To kick the itch from bug bites, make a mixture of half lime juice and half water. Apply to bug bites on a soaked cotton ball.  When you finish a woodworking project, save your leftover bits of sandpaper and use them to sharpen your scissors. More...

‘For the Love of Art’ scheduled April 26

Join the Grove Hill Arts Council in Studio 122 on Friday, April 26, from 6- 9pm for an evening of art, music, and culinary delights. Enjoy a live auction and raffle drawing for the 8X8 paintings by local artists. More...

THE CIVIL WAR IN CLARKE COUNTY

Chronicling the Civil War of 150 years ago from the pages of The Democrat of the 1860s.

Newspaper urged planting of ‘breadstuff,’ not cotton More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

“15th Annual Spring Jubilee, Saturday, April 13, 501 Forest Ave. Jackson. More...

Church News

Church News

Magnolia Assembly of God of Allen will have its Spring Camp Meeting Sunday, April 7 through Wednesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. nightly. The guest speaker will be Rev. Steve Pettis of Eufaula at 6 p.m. Sunday. More...

Editorial

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Senators crazy on gun law but not crazy enough to allow guns in State House

Twenty-eight of Alabama’s 33 senators voted for a sweeping gun rights bill last week that would, if it becomes law, allow people to walk around with visible, holstered pistols at their sides. More...

Inside the Statehouse

Where to find some money?

The 2013 Legislative Session is heading into the homestretch. Balancing the State General Fund Budget will again be the paramount problem this year as they put the final pieces of the puzzle together. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of April 2 – April 9 include: James Lawrence Hill, 32, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, probation revocation, public intoxication, $1,300 bond, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff More...

Police Incident Reports

Jackson The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department: Automobile burglary was reported March 31 in the parking lot of the old Jackson Steakhouse on Highway 43. A $300 stereo was stolen. More...

Clarke Records

Marriage license applications Walter Lee Jones Jr., to Jennifer Rowell Kauffman. Justyn Michael Harris, to Allison Annie Parden. Jacob Kyle Reeves, to Heather Danielle Baker. More...

J.T. comes home!

Surgery and months’ recovery after accident

Grove Hill looked good to J. T. Huggins when he rolled into town Saturday, April 6. It should have. He’s been out of town since Feb. 11—and not on vacation, for sure. More...

Many drug arrests but sheriff says this his last

Former police chief’s son arrested Tuesday dealing out of ex-cop car with FOP tag

James Rios Frazier has been arrested numerous times on drug related charges. But he’s never been sent to jail or prison for any significant time. More...

Task force makes drug bust in T’ville

Five individuals were arrested in Thomasville by the Clarke County Drug Task Force Tuesday. More...

Coffeeville council votes to close CHS tax account

The Coffeeville Town Council voted April 2 to repeal an ordinance, which allowed collection of a quarter-cent of sales tax in a bank account for the Coffeeville High School. More...

New Family Dollar coming along

Work is progressing on the new Family Dollar store on South Jackson Street, Grove Hill. Steelwork is being erected and soon a roof will be on the building and interior work can begin. More...

T’ville trying something new to lure retail development

The Thomasville City Council voted March 25 to establish both a “cooperative” district and an “improvement” district to help develop property on the north end of Highway 43 for a major hotel and retail site. More...

Woman dies in Bashi Rd. accident

A two-vehicle crash Monday morning claimed the life of a Thomasville woman and injured two others. The crash occurred at approximately 7:40 a.m. on Clarke County 48 (Bashi Road) about 10 miles west of Thomasville. More...

Body is that of missing LPT man

Forensic investigators have identified the body of a man found floating in the Alabama River several weeks ago as Steven Davis, 29, of Lower Peach Tree who has been missing for several weeks. Davis was last seen in Pine Hill in February. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Callahan - Free Access

Matthew Hunter Callahan, 17, of Sweet Water died April 9, 2013 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.He was born June 13, 1995 in Tuscaloosa. He was a member of the Sweet Water Baptist Church. More...

Smoker - Free Access

Carole Ann Blankenship McCrory Smoker, 65, of Thomasville died April 10, 2013 at her residence. More...

Strong - Free Access

Jared David Strong, 25, of Tuscaloosa died April 12, 2013. More...

Sports

Lady Bulldogs win and lose last week

Senior night at last home game scheduled for April 25

The Clarke County High School Lady Bulldogs softball team faced county rivals last week with different results. CCHS lost 2-0 to Jackson High April 1 in Grove Hill. The losing pitcher was Sally Jordan. More...

CCHS coach sees improvement despite recent losses to UMS

The Clarke County High School baseball team lost a three-game series to region foe, the UMS-Wright Bulldogs last week. CCHS lost 11-6 April 4 at UMS in Mobile. The losing pitcher was Matthew Harvey. Dax Dozier had a single. More...

Certain turkey decoys illegal in Alabama

Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Director Chuck Sykes reminds all turkey hunters in the state that certain decoys are illegal to use or possess while hunting in Alabama. More...

Lifestyle

Wilkinson-Siebert to exchange vows May 18 in Mobile

Mrs. Connie Wilkinson of Jackson and Gerald Wilkinson of Thomasville announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Rebecca to Derek Adam Siebert, son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Siebert of Sussex, Wis. More...

Masseys tell son’s arrival

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Massey (nee Amanda Mathers) announce the arrival of a son, Eben Elisha Massey, born March 5, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. He weighed eight lbs. and measured 20 inches. More...

Roasted salmon topped with peppers and onions an easy dish for supper

Roasted salmon is a heart-healthy option for dinner. For an easy relish topper, peppers and onions are roasted with the salmon in the same pan. More...

Schools

JIS principal thanks council for support

Gwendolyn Wheeler, principal at Jackson Intermediate School, thanked Jackson Mayor Richard Long and the City Council Tuesday night for their support of public schools in the city. More...

Bradford presented DAR award

Clarke Preparatory School senior Mary Katherine Bradford (center) was recently presented the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award. More...

District art contest winners to participate at state

Savannah Sokoll, painting, level second-third grade More...