February 12, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

When will animal shelter open?

Clarke County Commission Chairman Jackie Ray Rush asked Monday for patience from the public regarding the opening date for the county animal shelter.  “We are making progress,” he said. More...

Martin scouts have arrived!

Purple martins are swooping in all over Clarke County.  The Clarke County Democrat had three calls Monday reporting the birds.  Chris Clarke, who lives on the Mathews Cemetery Road south of Grove Hill, said he had a martin at his house abo More...

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Community

Meets truck driving on wrong side of 69

A motorist driving behind Dennis Dean Painter said Painter, of Leroy, was driving erratically headed north on Highway 69 from Salitpa last Thursday morning, Feb. 5. More...

Child Advocacy Center’s benefit dinner and auction set for Feb. 21 in Jackson

Sylvia R. More...

Accident on Hwy. 43

Law enforcement officers with the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson Police Department and Alabama State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash at about 5:20 p.m. on Monday, Feb. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

Mt. Zion Baptist Church will present “A Chocolate Affair, Marriage and Singles Banquet” Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vivian P. Gilmore Senior Citizen building in Grove Hill. Single tickets are $12 and couple, $20.   More...

Church News

Church News

El Shaddai AOH Church Family of Dixons Mills will be celebrating Annual Black History Sunday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Willie Mack Sr., retired educator and courthouse security of Marengo County. Bishop Gregory L. More...

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Editor’s Notes

Clarke needs to issue marriage licenses

Alabama’s probate offices were in disarray Monday with some issuing same-sex marriage licenses, others not agreeing to and some, like here in Clarke County, opting not to issue any licenses at all.  More...

Gone South

Keeping church and state at arm’s length

As many of you know, after over 40 years of teaching in various colleges and universities across the South, last year I retired.  You might also know that the family relocated to the  Florida Panhandle.  However, while living down here More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

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

Clarke Records

Marriage license applications McKinley Foreman Jr., to Marcia Lashell Love. John Bettis Lyles, to Janice J. Manning. Darrell James Monghan Jr., to Lakisha Charmain Pritchett. More...

Police Incident Reports

The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department:   An arrest was made on Feb. More...

Commissioners cite expense, overrule sheriff on vehicles

The Clarke County Commission Tuesday went against Sheriff Ray Norris’ recommendation for new vehicles for the sheriff’s department, citing the expense of the sheriff’s request.  Commissioners opted to lease three new two-wheel More...

“Throw me some beads!”

Colorful beads, Moon Pies and other candy was plentiful Feb. 7 as the annual Mardi Gras parade was held in the streets of Jackson. The parade was sponsored by the Jackson Women’s League. More...

‘Pull up in my yard?’ Bam, bam and bam!

A convicted felon was arrested Tuesday concerning a shooting incident in Coffeeville.  Charles Demond Mc- Dougle, 36, of Coffeeville, was arrested and will be charged by county authorities with shooting into an occupied vehicle.  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Dockery - Free Access

Robert Dockery Sr., 69, of Whatley died Feb. 11, 2015 at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. He was born Feb. 6, 1946. He was a native of Washington County. He owned RD Trucking Company.  More...

Thrash - Free Access

Morsetta Reed Thrash was born Saturday, March 8, 1947 and transitioned from this life on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 while at Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile.  She was the daughter of Dan and Gertrude Thomas Reed. Mrs. More...

Savage - Free Access

Mrs. Fannie Mae Gordy Savage was born Feb. 17, 1923 in Leroy to parents, Mary Jane Fryer and Amos Gordy.  She was blessed with three brothers, Tarranza “Buck” Pruitt, Henry Koin and Jimmy Gordy.   More...

Sports

Lady Bulldogs win area

The Clarke County High School Lady Bulldogs powered their way into the South Regionals as they beat W.S. Neal 66-24 Monday in the sub-regional match-up in Grove Hill.  More...

Goodwin joins Arizona Cardinals staff

Grove Hill native Wesley Goodwin in continuing to pursue his dream in coaching as he has taken a job with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.  Goodwin, who graduated from Grove Hill Academy, has been on the coaching staff at Clemson University and More...

Bulldogs battle their way to Regionals

The Clarke County High School Bulldogs beat W.S. More...

Lifestyle

Powell-Sellers wed on St. Lucia

ChelseaSellersandJDPowellarehappytoannounce they were joined in matrimony in a private ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, on the island of St. Lucia in the Bahamas.  After a honeymoon in St. More...

Horton-Brown to marry March 14 in New Orleans

Gary and Cheryl Horton of Grove Hill announce the engagement of their daughter, Dayton Elizabeth Horton, to Christopher Robert Brown, son of Richard and Christine Brown of Inverness, Fla.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Peggy Horton of More...

Rodriguez-Ramirez tell plans for Jackson wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Rodriguez Jr. of Jackson are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Elizabeth, to Christian George Ramirez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Haby I. More...

Schools

Miss Gator Pride pageant winners presented

Miss Gator Pride winners grades K4-K5 are Addie Hicks, third runner-up; Lynlee Larrimore, first runner-up and audience choice; Halli Jackson, top beauty; Brooke Brasell, second runner-up; and Mia Dav More...

Acharya earns Spelling Bee honors

Congratulations to the winner of the fifth grade division of the AISA State Spelling Bee! First place winner is Manju Acharya, a student at Clarke Prep School. Great job Manju. More...

Students complete bridge design course

Clarke Prep students in the science interactions class recently completed a course in bridge design.  Members of the class were given 200 craft sticks and were instructed to build a truss bridge with specific dimensions. More...