December 24, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

Falling gasoline prices a nice Christmas present

A few months ago the prediction was that gasoline could drop to as low as $2 a gallon by the first of the year.  More...

From one end of state to other on horseback

Five horse riders from Mobile County visited The Democrat office a few weeks ago as part of their journey all the way from the Tennessee Valley to the USS Alabama Battleship in Mobile.  Arriving in the Democrat parking lot, Roy Hill, pastor of F More...

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Community

Bible Trivia

1. Is the book of Athens in the Old or New Testament or neither?  2. In 2 Kings, what prophet’s word caused Syrian soldiers to be struck blind? Gad, Jubal, Solomon, Elisha  3. More...

New Gillmore school coming along

Work is progressing on the new Joe M. Gillmore Elementary School in Jackson. The new school is being built adjacent to the old one that is over 50 years old. More...

Local bank changes its name

First United Security Bank has a new name. It has been shortened to simply “First US Bank.” A press release announcing the change that was made Dec. More...

Church News

St. James AME benefit program set

St. James A.M.E. Church of Choctaw Bluff will have a benefit love program for Dr. Clauzell Boykin Saturday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.  The guest speaker will be Rev. Ivory James. More...

No more preachers at Barlow Bend church

Barlow Bend United Faith Baptist Church will not be accepting preachers after Jan. 31, 2015.   More...

Walnut Grove church sets New Year’s event

A New Year’s Eve celebration will be held at Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Morvin Wednesday, Dec. 31 starting at 10 p.m.  Rev. James Howard Jr., pastor, and Rev. Otto Ward, assistant pastor, invite everyone to attend.   More...

Lifestyle

Elite Night 2014 winners

The Elite Night pageant was held Nov. 20 in Sage Auditorium. More...

Gordons announce son’s birth

Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Gordon announce the arrival of their son, John Michael Gordon, born Nov. 26, 2014, at Brookwood Women’s Medical Center in Birmingham. He weighed seven pounds, seven ounces and was 21 inches long.  Grandparents are Mr. More...

Records

County Records

Marriage license applications  Ladrius Tremayne Jackson, to Williamesha Datrece McRand.  Kawan Marquise Gortman, to Amber Nicole Peoples.  Benjamin Gau Kuang Ho, to Diana Friend Foster.  More...

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of Dec. More...

Property taxes due by Dec. 31

Clarke County property owners - as well as other property owners in the state - have until Dec. More...

Making a joyful noise at Grove Hill Baptist

The Celebration Choir of the Grove Hill Baptist Church presented a Christmas Cantata, “The Song of Christmas” Sunday morning. Here, minister of music Randy Boone leads the choir. More...

Cracking down on illegal dumps, dumpers across Clarke County

Illegal trash dumping persists in Clarke County.  One dump is located at the bottom of the gully at the Walkabout on Barlow Bend Road,  Kendall Bush, environmental supervisor for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), said authorit More...

Armed robbery at Jackson’s Church’s Chicken Friday night

The Jackson Police Department is searching for two suspects following the Friday night robbery of Church’s Chicken on College Avenue.  According to reports, the department received a call for the robbery at about 11:36 p.m.  Witnesses More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Jones - Free Access

Matthew Franklin “Matt” Jones, 40, of Coffeeville died Dec. 21, 2014 at his residence. He was born June 3, 1974. He was a native of Marietta, Georgia but had resided in the Coffeeville area for the majority of his life. More...

Roberts - Free Access

Chester A. Roberts, 78, of Grove Hill died Dec. 23, 2014.  He was born March 9, 1936. He was a member and deacon of Tompkins Baptist Church and member of the choir. More...

Chapman - Free Access

Frederick D. Chapman Jr., 9, died Dec. 22, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center, East Montgomery. He was born July 29, 2005. He was a student at Peter Crump Elementary School. He attended Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. More...

Sports

English has seen alot in 40 years

“Who is that guy in the white hat,” is a question that has been asked at many football games. Especially is a call is made that fans don’t agree with.  “If we do our job right,” Don English said. More...

UPCOMING BOWL GAMES

Friday, December 26th Heart of Dallas Bowl Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech - 12 noon, ESPN Quick Lane Bowl North Carolina vs. Rutgers - 3:30 pm, ESPN St. Petersburg Bowl North Carolina State vs. More...

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Through The Past

Can still hear Daddy — ‘Come on out, got your tree!’

As a seventy-five year old country woman, there are things that I want to remember, so I remind myself often. More...

Gone South

Results of ‘No Shave November’

A couple of years ago my son, the scion of the family and on whom we hang our hope that the Jackson name will honorably endure, came home for Thanksgiving with a beard - or what seemed at least the scruffy start of one.  His mother did not find More...

Schools

No ‘Bah Humbugs’ from WHMS students

On Dec. 2, Mrs. Pettis’s eighth grade and Mrs. More...

Dotson named Teacher of the Year

Dr. Carolyn Taite, the principal of Wilson Hall Middle School is pleased to announce the Teacherof the Year for the 2015/2016 school year.  Mrs. More...

Class enjoys T’ville field trip

Twenty-two students in Mrs. More...