July 31, 2013 RSS feed / Front Page

Sept. 24 primary date set for vacant congressional seat

Candidates for the soonto be vacated First Congressional District seat will have just three days to qualify for the office, Aug. 3-5, Gov. Robert Bentley announced last week. More...

School sales tax holiday

Alabama’s Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend. State and participating local governments’ sales taxes will be exempt on certain school related purchases such as specific clothing, books, supplies and computers. More...

Commissioners debate funding for animal shelter, brush cutting

Preliminary annual budget for animal shelter is $128,974

The funding of the proposed animal shelter and the clearing of bushes from right-of-ways were issues discussed Monday and Tuesday by the Clarke County Commission in the first hearings on the fiscal year 2014 budget. More...

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Community

Area students learn about rural health care at UA

Two select groups of students from across the state were recently on campus for the Rural Health Scholars and Rural Minority Health Scholars programs in The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences in Tuscaloosa recently. More...

Power companies work together

A broken power line dropped into a pecan tree on Jackson Street in the front yard of Tommy Davis, last Thursday causing no damage to any one but giving the tree a good smoking. More...

TDS web speed not up to par, customer charges

TDS Telecom’s Internet service isn’t up to the bandwidth speed some customers have purchased, a Grove Hill businessman charged this week. More...

Sports

Football cranks up Thursday

Even though there is no end in sight to constant rain showers or the eventual heat and humidity of the remainder of the summer, relief for the masses begins first on Thursday and then again next Monday as high school football practice begins. More...

Free boxing clinic Sat.

A free boxing clinic will be held Saturday, Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the new Skyy Boxing South gym in the former Coffeeville High School. More...

NASCAR Shell car at Dunn’s

The Shell Ford Fusion NASCAR race car was in Grove Hill last Friday for the Grand Opening of Dunn’s Shell. More...

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Editor’s Notes

Political BBQ and much more

I had some good barbecue last Thursday. The local state legislative delegation hosted a get-together in Jackson to meet with constituents and, as it turned out, to salute one of their own, State Sen. Marc Keahey. More...

Inside the Statehouse

Sitting officials likely to return

Last week we handicapped the 2014 governor’s race but it is definitely not the only race on the ballot next year. In fact, all constitutional offices are up for election as well as all 140 seats in the legislature and all 67 sheriffs. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of July 23-30 include: Celestine Nicole Shambley, 24, theft of property third degree, $500 bond, arrested by Grove Hill Police Dept. More...

Jackson Incident Reports

The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department: Domestic incident was reported July 21 at 200 block of East Front St. Simple assault was reported July 22 at Sonic Drive-In, 2000 block of College Ave. More...

Clarke County Records

Marriage license applicationsMichael Anthony Dawson, to Ashley Latrice Richardson.Cary Letorie Wright, to Tanya AntoinetteWager.Herman Ray Jordan Jr., to AngelaMarkolovic.Otto Rowden III, to Blair Marie Waters.William Rudolph Crawford, to ChelseyAnne More...

Clarke gets $7 million for roads

Bassetts Creek project almost $6 million

Clarke County has received approximately $7,033,393.00 in funding from the third phase of funding in the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). The county has received $13,920,000.00 in all from three phases of ATRIP. More...

Fugitive caught near T’ville by area lawmen

A fugitive sought by U.S. Marshals was captured July 26 north of Thomasville. More...

Future race car drivers

Aterrion Cheeseboro, 8, and Aquantis Cheeseboro, 9, of Fulton enjoyed trying their hand at being race car drivers with the Shell NASCAR simulator at the customer appreciation day celebration at Dunn& More...

Sexual offenders arrested

Chief Investigator Ron Baggette of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department arrested a known sex offender Matthew Taylor Green on July 29 for failing to adhere to the terms and conditions of the Sexual Offender Notification Act. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Thomas - Free Access

Bishop Frank James Thomas Jr., 73, of Sweet Water died July 29, 2013 at the Choctaw General Hospital in Butler.  He was born June 6, 1940 to the late Rev. Frank Thomas Sr. and Carrie Thomas. He was a native of the Winn community of Jackson. More...

Garrett - Free Access

Bernice May Garrett, longtime resident of Grove Hill and widow of Theodore Watrous Garrett Sr., died at her home in Grove Hill on July 30, 2013 at the age of 99. More...

Presnall - Free Access

Gavin Lamar “Sonny Boy” Presnall, 81, of Thomasville died July 19, 2013.He was born Nov. 7, 1931. He was a veteran. He had worked as a police officer for the Mobile, Creola, and Clarke County Sheriff’s Departments. More...

Business

Clarke has sixth highest jobless rate in Alabama

Unemployment dropped slightly in Alabama from May to June but edged up nearly a full percentage point in Clarke County where the 11.3% rate is the sixth highest in the state. Neighboring southwest Alabama counties remain in the double digits as well. More...

Rains hamper loggers

Adverse impact on state’s $21 billion industry

Clarke County and southwest Alabama timbermen have been bogged down by the recent heavy rains and the state’s $21 billion timber industry has been adversely affected. More...

Business Facts

Weyerhaeuser earnings way up for quarter

Weyerhaeuser Company ( WY) reported earnings of 35 cents per share for the second quarter of 2013, far above the 9 cents earning per share for the same quarter of 2012. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

Olde Tymers’ Antique Tractor and Car Show will be Saturday, Aug. 3 on Monroeville’s Historic Square in Monroeville. More...

Church News

Lots of visitors in July

The Indian Ridge Baptist Church had an event within the church family. Pastor Christen’s first grandson ( Johnny Lynum III), son of Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Lynum II of Texas was born during the month of June. More...

Church News

Union Missionary Baptist Church #2 of Coffeeville will continue its revival services Thursday, Aug. 1 and end Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. nightly. Rev. Kevin Maye of the William Chapel Baptist Church of Mount Vernon will be the evangelist for the week. More...

Lifestyle

Finch-Ellerbe to say vows in Toddtown church

Hubert and Nellie Pugh Finch of Toddtown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Nakeisha Finch, to Danyel Ellerbe. Miss Finch is a 2003 graduate of Clarke County High School. More...

Carlisle anniversary observance set

All friends and family are invited to join Mr. and Mrs. Byron Carlisle Jr. in a 50th anniversary celebration Friday, Aug. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Springfield Methodist Protestant Church in Thomasville. More...

Mr. and Mrs. West have new daughter

Mr. and Mrs. Corey West (nee Shelby Davis) announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Grace West on June 8, 2013, at Mobile Infirmary Hospital. She weighed seven lbs., seven ozs. and measured 20 inches. More...

Schools

T’ville school system considers new remedial program for some grades

The Thomasville Board of Education heard at the July 23 meeting information regarding a new intense remedial or “transitional” program for select eighth or ninth graders. More...