Region can grow if counties will work together

Our Opinions

Over the years it has become more and more evident that rural Alabama has to work and push for everything that it gets—new highways, new industries, schools and more. Individual counties are doing a better job of promoting themselves. Chambers of commerce, community foundations, industrial boards and other entities work hard to promote individual cities and counties. Now, that is […]

Betas have been busy!

Wilson Hall Middle School’s Beta Club will be extremely busy for the next few months. The Junior Beta Club is beginning to prepare for the annual State Convention. This year’s convention will be held March 23-24 in Huntsville. We are entering numerous competitions, including songfest, essay, speech, special talent, academic, poetry, arts and crafts, and spelling. Also, in the spring, […]

Pirates pillage Mrs. Gordon’s reading class

Upon completion of their study of the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, the eighth graders in Mrs. Gordon’s reading class were treated to a Pirate Party. Students dressed up like buccaneers complete with bandanas, swords, eyepatches, scars, and Jolly Rogers. These students won the best-dressed award: Amy Thornhill, Masi Knight, John Pendleton, Kiara Gildersleeve, Jamie Stabler, and Rivers […]

House approves teachers’ raise as well as education budget

Ala. House

I am glad to report to you that I supported a five percent pay raise across the board for all education personnel. I believe we must pay our teachers better if we are going to retain them. I often hear that teachers are leaving Alabama for higher paying jobs. It is my hope with the six percent raise last year […]

Letters To The Editor Disappointed in language used by Republicans

Dear Editor, I was very disappointed to read the arrogant, pretentious and childish comments made by Nick Williams and John McMillan at the Clarke County Republicans meeting last week. You would think that they would be more concerned about the issues that impact each of our lives every day. Yet, they seem to be more interested in playing the role […]

Black History Month Rev. Dean’s

association with MLK

Rev. Dean, or rather Mr. Frank Dean as he was at the time, in May 1954 arrived on Alabama State College Campus as a work-study college student, met another Clarke Countian by the name of Professor Robert Williams who was a music instructor at Alabama State College. Robert Williams was the brother of former high school principal of Thomasville Public […]

Judge Roy Moore far behind Gov. Bob Riley in early voter polling

Alabama Scene

MONTGOMERY—A lot of people believe in political polls, a lot don’t. (Those who don’t invariably ask the same question: “I’ve never been polled…have you?”) With that disclaimer, note must still be made of a poll conducted by the University of South Alabama and the Mobile Register on the GOP gubernatorial primary between Gov. Bob Riley and former Chief Justice Roy […]

Women’s ministry group to meet March 1

The Board of Directors of Women in Winter Ministry invites women in the Clarke County area to its spring meeting at 10 a. m., Wednesday, March 1 at Stave Creek Baptist Church located at 3954 Hwy. 69 in Jackson. The spring meeting is the traditional kick-off for the Easter Project, which is the primary fundraiser of the ministry. Women who […]

Clarke County native pastors 150-year-old Meridian church

First Presbyterian Church of Meridian, Miss., celebrated its 150th anniversary Sunday, Jan. 29. The Rev. Doctor Rhett G. Payne III, a former resident of Jackson, is pastor of the church that was founded in 1856, four years before the city of Meridian received its charter in 1860. The church was organized with eight members. Two of the eight members were […]


Wilson Chapel to hold Black History Program

Wilson Chapel A.M.E. Church of Grove Hill will have a “Black History Program” Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Sis. James B. James is the conference Young People’s Director. Rev. Larry T. Kirkland is the presiding bishop. Rev. W.T. Lesueur is the presiding elder and Rev. Levi Marshall is the pastor. Spencer Chapel Founder’s Day set Spencer Chapel A.M.E. Church […]