March 27, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Obamacare insurance deadline is March 31

The deadline to sign up and have health insurance is March 31—just days away. For the first time ever, individuals are required to have health insurance by a mandate of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. More...

State funding sought to upgrade wireless Internet in GH schools

The Clarke County Board of Education approved March 20 a $136,290.75 bid by Pinnacle Networx to upgrade the infrastructure for wireless Internet access to Clarke County High School, Wilson Hall Middle School and Grove Hill Elementary School. More...

Special Sections

Community

Sessions visits Jackson, praises city’s potential

The city of Jackson had the ear of Washington D.C. last week when U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions paid a surprise visit. More...

Lost mail

The Democrat regularly gets empty mail tubs from the post office used to mail the newspapers. Recently, undelivered mail was discovered in one of the supposedly empty tubs. More...

Spring cleanup is April 12

Grove Hill’s annual spring cleanup will be held Saturday, April 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Anyone wanting to participate and pick up litter and trash should come to the Chamber of Commerce office and get free trash bags and gloves. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

A Spring Fling carnival will continue Thursday, March 27 and end Saturday, March 29 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. nightly in the front of Thomasville High School. Pop Armbands will be $20, and with a flyer will be $15, a savings of $5. More...

Church News

Church News

Magnolia Assembly of God is continuing its March Gladness programs. Pastor Robby will be the speaker Sunday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Kolb will be the speaker Sunday, March 30 at 10:30 a.m. More...

Editorial

Political Cartoon

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Jackson’s new economic developer

THUMBS UP: Jackson is to be commended for hiring an economic developer. Jesse Quillen was recently brought aboard to promote the city and hopefully lure new business and industry. More...

Gone South

St. Pat’s a big day in Savannah

I wrote this on a damp and dreary morning, Irish Spring weather, less than two hours away from the start of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade - according to the count-down clock on the Parade’s Official Web Site. More...

Schools

Junior Beta Club inducts 56 new members

On March 18, the Wilson Hall Middle School Junior Beta Club inducted 56 new members. More...

Junior Betas make history with state awards

The Wilson Hall Middle School Junior Beta Club brought home three first place trophies and two second place awards from the Alabama State Junior Beta Convention on March 10 and 11. More...

School honor rolls released

Wilson Hall Middle School has released its honor rolls for the third nine-week period of the 2013-2014 school year. All A’s Fifth Grade Thomas Reid, Cassidy Van Winkle and Tiauna Waters. More...

Bagley - Free Access

Fletcher O. Bagley, 81, of Auburndale, Fla. went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 due to respiratory failure. More...

Grove Hill’s empty and dilapidated buildings

Thoughts of cleanup and improvements come to mind with the arrival of spring. Here are some Grove Hill buildings that need work or even demolishing. There are others. More...

Bids sought on larger animal shelter as questions persist as to affordability

The Clarke County Commission approved Tuesday sending out bids for a new metal building for the proposed animal shelter on Highway 84 in Grove Hill. Three alternative sizes will be bid: 60 x 60 foot; 30 x 100 foot; and 60 x 70 foot. More...

Grayson gets his gobbler

Jimmy Grayson of Toddtown has been bringing his first turkey of the spring season by The Democrat office for at least the last 10 years. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Colvin - Free Access

HOLLY HILL - William Jerome Colvin, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 23, 2014 after a long illness.  Many of his family members were with him. He was the son of the late William Jerome and Lillian Sipple Colvin.  Mr. More...

Colvin - Free Access

HOLLY HILL - William Jerome Colvin, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, March 23, 2014 after a long illness.  Many of his family members were with him. He was the son of the late William Jerome and Lillian Sipple Colvin.  Mr. More...

Dickinson - Free Access

Larry Charles Dickinson, a native Montgomery and a resident of Grove Hill, was born July 5, 1957 to the parentage of Clara Mae Daniels Dickinson and the late Charles Dickinson. He was 56. He passed away March 26, 2014. More...

Sports

Sports Scene

I think we may have forgotten the point

I was talking with some area youth baseball and softball league coaches and they are getting very excited about the upcoming season. Opening day for Grove Hill Dixie Youth is easily one of the biggest for the town all year. More...

CCHS wins 2-of-3 games over THS

The Clarke County High School Bulldogs took two of three games from the Thomasville Tigers this past weekend, getting a leg up in the area race. CCHS won game three of the series, and the potential tie-breaker, 6-4 Saturday afternoon in Grove Hill. More...

Gators are 3-0 in area race

The Clarke Prep School Gators moved to 14-3-1 on the season as they beat Southern Academy 12-4 last Thursday in Grove Hill. Colby Myer went 2-for-2 with a 2-run homer and two RBI. Matthew Parnell went 2-for-2 with three RBI. More...

Lifestyle

White-Schmersahl to marry April 12

Candace White and Jason Schmersahl are engaged to be married soon. Dennifer Salter, of Pine Hill, and Wendell White, of Coffeeville, are announcing the marriage of their daughter. The groom is the son of Jo Ann and Brandt Schmersahl, of Northport. More...

Final wedding plans told: Johnson-Snell to wed Sat.

Kennesah Michelle Johnson and Jimmy Earl Snell Jr. will exchange marriage vows Saturday, March 29 at 2 p.m. at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Whatley. A reception will follow at the Kimbell House in Jackson. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of March 18- 24 include: Shacondria Danecia Foxx, 24, use/possession of drug paraphernalia, possession marijuana second degree, $2,000 bond, arrested by Thomasville Police Dept. More...

Police Incident Reports

Jackson The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department: Harassment was reported on March 17 at Jackson High School. Theft was reported on March 18 in the 1700 block of College Ave. More...

Clarke Records

Marriage license applications Tyrone Dewayne Hill, to Jamie L. Thomas. Jerome Adam Williams, to Vicki Marie Law. Robert Crear Dickinson Jr., to Vickie Fran Dumas. Jamie Leigh Overton, to Kayla Elizabeth Davis. More...