March 17, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Old ER making way for the new

Work started last week on tearing out the old emergency room at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital to make room for the new $4.5 million facility to be constructed. More...

Tax sale list inside this issue

The annual property tax sale is published for the first week in this edition of The Democrat, starting on Page 6B.  Unpaid property taxes, delinquent after Dec. 31, are advertised as required by law. More...

Special Sections

Community

Card of Thanks

The family of Sue Singleton would like to thank everyone for their thoughtfulness and kindness during the time of her death. We appreciate the food, the visits, cards and prayers of all of you. More...

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 is a special day for people of Irish heritage and other celebrants across the globe. Each year, millions of people pay homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, with parades, parties and religious services. More...

Unemployment continues higher than rest of state in southwest Alabama

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted January 2016 unemployment rate is 6.2%  More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

Clarke County Education Retirees Association will meet Thursday, March 17 at 11:45 a.m. at The Fish House in Jackson. There will be an election of officers. All members are encouraged to attend.   More...

Church News

Church News

Cedar Point Baptist Church of the West Bend community will celebrate its church anniversary Sunday, March 20 at 2:30 p.m. Rev. Stevenson Tullis of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church No. 2 of Jackson and his church family will be the guests. Rev. More...

Turner-Smith tell plans to marry April 16 in Jackson

The engagement and forthcoming marriage of Tamara Turner and Jamael Smith have been announced by the bridal couple. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gladys Turner of Coffeeville and the late Johnnie F. Turner. More...

Agee-Gilpin to wed Saturday in Leroy

Molly Powell Agee and Brandon Colby Gilpin extend an invitation to friends and family to join in their marriage celebration Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Katie Hearn Oaks in Leroy.  The wedding will be held at 2 p.m. More...

Municipal elections set for August 23

The heated presidential campaign is all the talk right now but some Alabamians will be faced with another election ballot before the November general election.   Many Alabama municipalities will be holding elections Aug. More...

Former Police Chief Frazier passes away

Former Grove Hill Police Chief Leo Frazier died Tuesday at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope after an extended illness.   Frazier was a Grove Hill policeman when he was promoted to chief. He was the town’s first black police chief. More...

Rainy day accident

This vehicle skidded off of Jackson Street and through a chain link fence surrounding Kendall and Beverly Bush’s home during a heavy rain last Friday. The SUV came to a stop just short of hitting a pecan tree. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Goldman - Free Access

Delores Goldman, 87, of St. Stephens, passed away March 15, 2016 at Jackson Medical Center.   More...

Eriksen - Free Access

Gerald Martin “Gerry” Eriksen, 82, of Thomasville passed away March 16, 2016 at a local hospital.  More...

Holder - Free Access

Minnie Mae Holder, 96, of Jackson passed away March 16, 2016. She was born in Choctaw County, May 7, 1919 to Wyatt Thomas Carlisle and Eva Lucas Carlisle. More...

Sports

Gators sweep season series with Warriors

The Clarke Prep School Gators picked up a pair of wins over Sparta in their last two outings to improve to 7- 2-1 on the season.  Monday afternoon the Gators traveled to Evergreen and edged Sparta 3-2 behind the 14 strikeouts from winning pitche More...

Lady Bulldogs knock off Sweet Water 4-0

The Clarke County High School Lady Bulldogs beat Sweet Water 4-0 Thursday afternoon on the road.  Ashley Daffin went 3-4 with a double and two RBI. Janeah Finney added a triple and an RBI. Shanda Pugh had a double and an RBI. More...

CPS rolls over Sparta

The Clarke Prep School Lady Gators hammered Sparta 15-0 Monday afternoon in Evergreen.  More...

Editorial

Alabama’s open meetings law

Editor’s Notes

This is Sunshine Week, a week set aside to highlight the importance of open government and the laws that assure it, often referenced as “Sunshine Laws,” because they promote letting the “light” in on what could otherwise be se More...

Political Cartoon

Full Story

‘Where are they now?’

Inside the Statehouse

A good friend and loyal reader suggested to me that he would like to see a column entitled, “Where Are They Now?” Then I ran into former Gov. Albert Brewer at a Birmingham restaurant and it prompted me to do that column.  Gov. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of March 8-15 include:  Leon Poelinitz, 22, receiving stolen property third degree, possession of marijuana first degree, $9,000 bond, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept.& More...

Clarke Deeds

Property deeds listed  Dated March 3-9  Wilson B. Jordan, to Twana Jordan Williams.  Michael Craig Chavers, to Paig Nicole Dukes.  Mark F. Simon Sr., to Michael J. More...

POLICE INCIDENT REPORTS

Jackson   The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department:  Domestic harassment was reported March 6 in the 100 block of Stanley Drive.  Attempting to elude was reported March 6 on Walker Springs Road.&nbs More...