April 21, 2016 RSS feed / Front Page

Missouri man charged with terrorist threat

Puzzling emails, phone calls puts local school in lockdown

Perplexing emails from an individual claiming to be a University of West Alabama student and seeking help and advice - or something like that - of administrators at Grove Hill Elementary School grew increasingly weirder and more suggestive until Supe More...

GH Council debates having an animal control officer

The Grove Hill Town Council continues to discuss the creation of the position of animal control officer.  With reports of vicious and nuisance dogs over the last few years, the council has sought a way to control the problem. More...

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Community

Celebrating their 19th on the 19th

The Medicine Chest, a local pharmacy, celebrated their 19th anniversary on Tuesday, April 19. Free coffee and donuts were provided customers Tuesday morning and free ice cream in the afternoon. More...

Clarke County’s jobless rate drops slightly to 10.8 percent in March

County’s rate still third highest, behind Wilcox and Lowndes

One hundred and nineteen Clarke County residents found work between February and March, if the state’s employment figures are to be believed. More...

Jackson Police Chief Charles Burge to retire after 45 years with city

Jackson Mayor Richard Long announced the upcoming end of an era for the Jackson Police Department during the April 12 city council meeting. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

“For The Love of Art,” a fundraiser sponsored by the Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center will be held Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. in Studio 122. Tickets are $20 and include a delicious dinner. More...

Church News

Church News

First Church of God #2 of Grove Hill will have B-attitudes Program Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m. There will be eight power speakers featuring Matthew 5:3-10. Rev. Clifford L. Mitchell is the pastor. Everyone is invited.   More...

Powell-Andrews to marry May 7 in Fulton church

Mr. and Mrs. Rance “Bud” Powell of Jackson announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Rachel “Olivia,” to Christopher Glenn Andrews, son of Mr. and Mrs. More...

Lifestyle

Easy ways to eat more fruits and veggies

Have you been following your parents' age-old advice to "eat your fruits and vegetables"? If adding more produce to your daily diet seems like a daunting task, rest assured that one solution is right in your pantry: canned foods.  More...

How good is your Sweet Bread Loaf?

Farmers Federation Women’s club announces cooking, other contests

The Clarke County Farmers Federation Women’s Leadership Committee announces the 41st Annual Alabama Heritage Cooking Contest. First place winner in the county contest will be entered in the state contest. More...

Comics

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Schools

Girls State nominees and delegates

Clarke County High School and Clarke Prep students were nominated for Alabama Girls State by the schools’ teachers. The students were interviewed by members of sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary Unit 116 and delegates selected. More...

Laying a good foundation for new ER

Work is progressing on the new emergency room at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital despite frequent recent rains. The old ER is down and workers are preparing the foundation for the new $4.5 million facility. More...

Blue pinwheels promote awareness

Colorful blue pinwheels line the front of the Clarke County Courthouse to remind visitors that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local 4-H Club members sold tee-shirts to promote awareness. More...

Properties will be sold May 3 if taxes not paid by May 2

Clarke County Revenue Commissioner Terry Norris reports that there are still over 100 unpaid ad valorem tax bills even after the tax sale notice was published in The Democrat for three weeks.  More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Berry - Free Access

Lorean Penn Berry traded time for eternity April 18, 2016 from her her earthly residence in Fulton.  More...

Cox - Free Access

James Allen Cox, 83, of Rockville made his earthly transition Friday, April 15, 2016 at Jackson Medical Center.  He was born Nov. 16, 1932 to Pearlie and Elijah Cox in Marengo County. He loved working in the garden and yard.  More...

Searcy - Free Access

Martin Eldred Searcy, 91, of Jackson passed away peacefully at his home April 23, 2016.  More...

Sports

Clarke Prep rolls into AISA playoffs

The Clarke Prep School closed out the regular season by splitting a pair of games with Class AAA powerhouse Autauga last Friday in Autauga.  The Gators won the first game of the series 8-7.  Grey Tucker earned the win as he pitched all nine More...

Bulldogs fall to Jackson, head to St. James in playoffs

The Clarke County High School Bulldogs closed out the regular season by falling 4-1 to Jackson Monday afternoon in Grove Hill.  The Bulldogs held a slim 1-0 lead throughout most of the game before falling behind late.  Anthony Taylor had a More...

Lady Gators host Pickens in softball tournament

The Clarke Prep School Lady Gators swept Russell Christian Monday afternoon to earn a spot in the regional tournament this week.  The Lady Gators won the first game 10-4 as Megan Brooks struck out 15 batters in seven innings of work.  More...

Editorial

Preacher’s sermon hits home

Editor’s Notes

Don’t you just hate it when the preacher’s sermon needles you right in the gut on a Sunday morning? More...

Political Cartoon

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Packers Bend: Why Monroe County?

Gone South

In my column about not meeting Harper Lee I suggested that if I had, one of the things we might have talked about was the odd boundary line between her county, Monroe, and mine, Clarke, down in South Alabama. More...

Records

Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of April 12-19 include:  Summar Danielle Calhoun, 28, driving while license suspended, failure to have liability insurance, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept.  Holla More...

Records

Property deeds listed  Dated April 7-14   Stanley Earl Flowers, to Cynthia Sheffield.  Samuel M. Noble, to Rebekah M. Noble.  Robert S. Bowling III, to Church of Christ, Jackson, Alabama.  Rebekah M. Noble, to Samuel M. More...

Incident Reports

Jackson  The following incident reports were recorded by the Jackson Police Department:   Harassment was reported April 6 in the 100 block of Stanley Drive.  Harassment was reported April 8 in the 500 block of East Pearl St.  An a More...