March 1, 2018 RSS feed / Front Page

PURPLE COWS

Work is progressing on Purple Cow convenience stores in Grove Hill and Jackson. Above, the Grove Hill store is near the intersection of Highway 43 South and Highway 295 (old 43) on the old pallet mill site. More...

BUSINESS FOR THE AIRPORT

A portion of the Grove Hill Airport property along Highway 43 has been staked and flagged in anticipation of a sale to Carter Enterprises, LLC. The town council voted to close the airport last year due to problems with state approval. More...

Public notice advertises lots of confiscated guns

A public notice in today’s Democrat lists a number of firearms confiscated or otherwise in the possession of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department.  The firearms, valued at $44,526.49 are being advertised to see if anyone has a clai More...

Special Sections

Community

Alma man survives multiple knife stabs to head plus beating with a steel pipe; two charged with attempted murder

An Alma area resident was stabbed as many as 12 or 15 times, mostly in the head, and beaten with a steel pipe at his home Saturday night. He survived with no major injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital. More...

Farmers Federation endorses Rep. Beech for re-election to House

FarmPAC, the political action committee of the Alabama Farmers Federation, has announced its endorsement of State Rep. Elaine Beech for Alabama House of Representatives District 65, which covers Choctaw, Clarke and Washington counties.  More...

Gilmore Law offering scholarships to seniors in Clarke, Wilcox counties

The Gilmore Law Firm is offering seven $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Clarke and Wilcox counties (including Wilcox Central High School, Wilcox Academy, Thomasville High School, Clarke County High School, Clarke Prepa More...

Church News

Whatley native was respected editor of ‘The Alabama Baptist’

Denomination’s weekly newspaper celebrating 175th anniversary

The Alabama Baptist, the weekly newspaper publication of the Alabama Baptist Convention is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.  The first issue of the newspaper rolled off the press on Feb. 4, 1843 in Marion, Alabama. More...

Church News

Berry’s Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church of Winn will be celebrating the month of March as FRANGELISM Month. Each Sunday is designed as an invitation of our friends, relatives, associates and neighbors. More...

Crossroads of life

Pastor’s Column

Berry’s Chapel AME Zion Church 2685 Berry’s Chapel Road Jackson, Ala.   More...

Lifestyle

Comics

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Puzzles

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Rotisserie chicken with a taste of Mexico

I love using rotisserie chickens in my recipes when I’m pressed for time. Rotisserie chickens are reasonably priced, convenient, come seasoned in a variety of ways and can be transformed into a multitude of quick and easy main-dish meals.  More...

Schools

USA names honor roll students

The University of South Alabama has announced 1,070 students have been recognized on the President’s Scholars List for the 2017 fall semester. More...

Clarke Prep School News

The senior class of Clarke Prep School opened a time capsule they put together with Margaret Strickland when they were in her sixth-grade class. More...

Four time state spelling bee champion

Manju Acharya, is a 4-time AISA state spelling bee winner!! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments Manju!   More...

Colleges’ turf tiff leaves area without truck driving school

There is a big demand for certified truck drivers. That fact was stated and acknowledged at the Clarke County Commission meeting on Monday. More...

County road crews working on Fridays now, maybe Saturdays

The Clarke County Road and Bridge Department started working four 10- hour days some time ago. Employees are normally off on Fridays.  However, due to road maintenance and repair needs, employees have been working on Fridays.  More...

New technology would allow county-wide radio communications

Sheriff Ray Norris said at the 911 meeting on Feb. 12 that he had given permission for ASAP ambulance personnel to use the VHF law enforcement radio channel to communicate regarding emergency calls. More...

Political Announcements

McRand is Democratic probate judge candidate

Helen McRand said, “It is with great pleasure that I humbly announce my candidacy for probate judge of Clarke County. More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Brown - Free Access

Ruthie Mae Campbell Brown of Jackson made her earthly transition in the early morning of Feb. 27, 2018 at Jackson Medical Center. Born Feb. 6, 1939 to Jerry Lee Sr. and Daisy Johnson Campbell, she was 79 years of age.   More...

Chapman - Free Access

Pearlie Mae Savage Chapman, age 84, a native of Wilcox and resident of Leroy, transitioned from this life on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at Springhill Memorial Hospital in Mobile. She was born on March 4, 1933 to Isaiah Sr. and Lela Powe Savage. More...

Matthews - Free Access

Bobby Joe Matthews, 78, of Saraland, died Feb. 24, 2018 at his residence.  He was born Nov. 12, 1939 in Chilton to Harold E. and Lillie Edna Matthews. He was a member of the Redemption Church in Mobile. He was a veteran of the National Guard. More...

Sports

Lady Bulldogs softball gets going

The Clarke County High School Lady Bulldogs cranked up the softball season Wednesday as they traveled to Monroe County for the opening game.  New Head Coach Allan Floyd has a good mix of older, veteran players to go along with some younger ones. More...

New AISA classifications

The numbers are out and the majority of area Alabama Independent School Association schools will stay in the same class they were in for the previous 2- year period.  Clarke Prep hovered right on the line between Class A and AA for football, and More...

Clarke Prep continues to roll

The Clarke Prep Gators remain unbeaten this season, but they now have a tie as time expired in a 4-4 game with AAA Bessemer this past Saturday at the Morgan Tournament in Selma. More...

Editorial

Thirty-three county candidates ran in ’72

Editor’s Notes What’s happened to our interest in politics and more?

There will be several statewide primary contests on both the Democratic and Republican ballots on June 5.  But locally, there won’t be much.  More...

Issues legislators face

Inside the Statehouse

The Alabama Legislature usually gets very little done during an election year session except passage of the budgets.   More...

Big 3 losing market share

Dollars & Cents

Several weeks ago, Toyota and Mazda announced plans to build a $1.6 billion plant in Limestone County. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of Feb. 20-26 include: Charles Eugene Law Jr., 31, illegal possession of alcohol, arrested by Coffeeville Police Dept. More...

Jackson Police Calls

The Jackson Police Department worked the following calls the past week:   A traffic hazard was reported Feb. 20 on J.W. Andrews Highway.  Loud music was reported Feb. More...

Clarke Records

Property deeds listed Dated Feb. 15-22

Marshall E. Harris, to Joe L. Merida Sr.  Rojean Reid, to Kenneth D. Jones.  William C. Passmore, to Steve A. Reed.  Ann H. James, to Daryl H. Haskew.  Charles R. Brown, to Johnnie B. More...