March 12, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Mathews resigns after 13 years as economic developer

Debra Mathews, executive director of the Clarke County Economic Development Partnership, has announced her resignation, effective March 17.  She officially turned in her notice to county officials on Feb. 17. More...

Smile when you fill up at county gas pumps

The Clarke County Commission voted Tuesday to advertise bids for surveillance video cameras to capture use of the Road and Bridge Department gas pumps.  Two cameras, at different angles, will be installed on the tower near the department on Clar More...

Several timberland fires Sunday said to be arson

At least three different fires believed to have been deliberately set burned 80 to 100 acres Sunday.  The woods fires were along the Old Grove Hill Road, Old Alameda Road and Swimming Pool Road and burned stands of small pine trees.  More...

Grove Hill sales taxes up 4.39% for Fiscal 2014

Grove Hill sales taxes were up 4.39 percent in Fiscal 2014 over Fiscal 2013, said Priscilla Collingsworth, financial officer for the municipality.  In Fiscal 2013 the town collected $904,591.47. In Fiscal 2014, $944,312.88 was collected.  More...

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Grove Hill hospital has been serving area since 1949

The Grove Hill Memorial Hospital (GHMH) serves as a full service facility for not only residents of Clarke County but also reaches out to surrounding counties.  The hospital first opened as South Alabama Infirmary in 1949 under the direction of More...

Teachers can learn Chinese culture at workshop March 21

The global classroom comes to Thomasville this month. A free workshop March 21 will provide continuing education credits, and area teachers will learn from experts in Chinese culture and receive curriculum resources to implement in the classroom. More...

Countians inspired by 50th anniversary events in Selma

The 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march and the “Bloody Sunday” incident in 1965 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge was held March 7 and 8 in Selma.  A bus filled with residents from Clarke County attended the eve More...

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Community Calendar

The Depot Reunion Committee invites everyone to a Calendar Rally Tea Sunday, March 15 from 4 until 6 p.m. in the Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 105 Griffin Street in Jackson. More...

Church News

Church News

Amazing Grace Deliverance Church of Thomasville will host the 2015 Youth Explosion beginning Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. with Donna Holly of the Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church of Jackson as the guest speaker. Rev. David W. More...

Indian Ridge Baptist celebrates Black History Month

The Indian Ridge Baptist Church started the new year 2015 with regular order of service. Our pastor brought us a great sermon entitled, “God Can Move Mountains,” from several scriptures. More...

Lifestyle

Final wedding plans are told

Crumpton-Garrick   Kelli Lea Crumpton and Colin Daniel Garrick will exchange wedding vows Saturday, March 14 at Northriver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa.  Miss Crumpton is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tim Crumpton of Huntsville.  Mr. More...

John “Jack” Clarke named for longtime family friend

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bailey III of Grove Hill and Point Clear, Ala. announce the birth of their first grandson, John Drummond Clarke.  He was born in Atlanta, Ga. on Jan. More...

Humphrey graduates army’s basic training course at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Brandon Humphrey graduated from Army Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Jackson, S.C. He received the Meritorious Service Award for marksmanship.  He is the son of Samantha Peek and Lee Humphrey, both of Grove Hill. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of March 3-9 include:  Kimberly McKenzie, 26, five counts possession of forged instrument second degree, contempt of court, probation violation-felony, $39,128 bond, arrested by Clark More...

Clarke Records

Property deeds listed  Dated Feb. 26-March 4  Jessica Harvell, to Dennis R. Gray.  Janet McLean, to Raymond A. Criswell Jr.  Timothy W. Bates, to Cristina Ann Lawson.  Lorrie C . Marsh-Other, to James M. More...

Remembering Bloody Sunday

President Barack Obama and former President George W. More...

County must have economic developer, says T’ville mayor

Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day gave a passionate defense of the county development office in a talk Monday morning before the Clarke County Commission.  Day’s appearance was in reaction to the recent resignation of Debra Mathews, executive More...

Bills to remedy alcohol laws on a legislative fast track

Bills to correct the constitutionality of a law passed in 2009 allowing small Alabama municipalities to enact alcohol sales are moving through both the Alabama House and Senate.  More...

Community center costs are too high, says commission chairman

The cost of running the Clarke County Community Center has become very expensive, said Jackie Rush, chairman of the County Commission.  The county-run facility on Highway 84 East in Grove Hill was formerly the National Guard Armory. More...

Pugh on his third stint as school superintendent

Woodie Pugh of Jackson now has the distinction of serving as a superintendent of education in three Alabama counties.  The former Clarke County superintendent has been selected by the Conecuh Board of Education to be interim superintendent while More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Johnson - Free Access

Juanita Portis Johnson, 73, departed this life March 7, 2015 at Mobile Infirmary Hospital. She was born May 5, 1941 to the parentage of the late Lee and Sarah Todd Portis. More...

Jordan - Free Access

Marilyn Uniece Bush Jordan, 58, of the Rockville community, exchanged time for eternity March 9, 2015, at Jackson Medical Center.  More...

Onu - Free Access

A graveside service for Simon Ugochikwu Onu, 2 months old, of McIntosh, were held Monday, March 9, 2015 at Vaughn Cemetery in McIntosh. Bishop Willie D. Roberts officiated. Simon was the son of Anthony and Jassa Hisay Onu.  More...

Sports

Lady Bulldogs go 2-2 in Citronelle tourney

The Clarke County High School Lady Bulldogs traveled to Demopolis Monday and came home with a 5-1 win over the Lady Tigers.  Ashley Daffin went 1-for-4. Kalisha Hudson went 1-for-3. Shanda Pugh went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Megan Davis had an RBI. More...

Gators sweep SCA Rebels

The Clarke Prep School Gators swept the visiting Rebels of South Choctaw Academy last Friday to get a leg up in the area race.  The Gators completed the sweep with an 8-0 win in the second game of the double-header.  More...

CPS drops pair of area games

The Clarke Prep School Lady Gators suffered a setback last Friday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader to South Choctaw in Grove Hill.  The Lady Gators lost 10- 4 in the first game of the series.  More...

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Good people step down but work must not lag

There’s been turnovers in some key positions recently.  Dale Harris and Lynda Malone have stepped down from the Grove Hill Memorial Hospital board. More...

Gone South

A house filled with memories

It was the first house they ever owned. 1955. They should have become homeowners years before, but they didn’t. Here is why. In 1940, he was fresh out of Auburn and newly hired to teach vocational-agriculture in the local high school. More...

Schools

T’ville Elementary students visit GH Arts Center

Second grade students from Thomasville Elementary School recently visited the downtown Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center and participated in art classes at Studio 122. More...

Clarke Prep students celebrate Reading

Students at Clarke Prep celebrated the annual Read Across America observance and the birthday of beloved late children’s book author, Dr. Seuss on March 2. More...

Rayford, Bradford represent CPS in Honor Band

Skylar Rayford and Alex Bradford represented Clarke Prep School on Saturday, March 7, in the Flying Bricks Honor Band. More...