Syble R. McIntyre Pugh Sanford, 87, of Chickasaw died May 14, 2007 in Mobile after a lengthy illness. She was a native of Coffeeville. She was born April 10, 1920. Survivors include two sons, Robert E. (Clara) Pugh, North Carolina, Chester M. (Marsha) Pugh, Demopolis; two daughters, Betty Pugh (Jeral) McLean, Mobile, and Emily Pugh (Mario) Arellano, Satsuma; one sister, […]

How can Clarke benefit from steel mill?

Education and work force training termed important

Alabama has finally secured the gigantic steelmaker Thyssen-Krupp and a $3.7 billion steel mill for southwest Alabama. The news came from Germany early last Friday morning that the plant would be built at Calvert, straddling the Mobile and Washington counties’ line and bordering the Tombigbee River. Now, county and municipal leaders in the region must figure out how best to […]

Sports Scene

Baseball can be a wonderful gift for all

Sports, love them or hate them, have a way of bringing out the best and worst in all of us. The good times are when they bring out what is best in all of us and that is the sense of pride in our community. Baseball has been called the great leveler. It is the kind of game that requires […]

Citizen sees the benefit of community

The community of Lower Peach Tree will be the setting for a 3-on-3 basketball tournament that organizers hope will spark interest in reviving the struggling community. “I was driving down the road one day and saw a group of young people walking with their heads hanging down,” James Crawford said. “A few miles further down I saw another group and […]


John Andrew Turley, 89, of Sweet Water died May 11, 2007 at his residence. He was born Sept. 18, 1917 in Ceres, Va. He retired from the U.S. Air Force. During his time in service he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division’s 502nd Parachute Infantry. He parachuted into France on D-Day. Three months later, he was engaged in […]


Jessie Kathleen Dunn, 81, of Sweet Water died May 9, 2007 at Mobile Infirmary. She was born Sept. 10, 1925 in Scottsboro. She was a member of Old Union Baptist Church in Sweet Water. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, W.T. Dunn, Sweet Water; one son, Jerry (Floyce) Dunn, Sweet Water; two sisters, Helen (Jack) Carter, Hilda (Lanier) […]


Clarence Raphael “Ray” Roberts, 76, of Coffeeville died May 14, 2007 at a local assisted living facility. He was born April 12, 1931. He was a member of the Jones Chapel Church of Christ in Coffeeville. He was a general foreman in pipefitting for U.S. Mill Carrier. He was a retired pastor. Survivors include his wife, Martha Roberts, Coffeeville; five […]


Virginia Kearley, 81, of Grove Hill died May 14, 2007 at a local health care facility. She was a born Jan. 8, 1926. She was a native of Coffeeville. She was a member of Tompkins Baptist Church. She was a retired seamstress for A.J. Satin Company. Survivors include her husband, James Kearley, Grove Hill; two sons, Terry (Nancy) Kearley, Livingston, […]


William Lamar Megginson, 91, of Mobile, died May 9, 2007 at a local hospital in Mobile. He was born July 15, 1915. He was a Clarke County native and former resident of Jackson. He founded Megginson Insurance and Realty Company in Jackson which he operated for 45 years. He was active in the First Baptist Church serving as a deacon […]

Mind-boggling ThyssenKrupp statistics

Here are some statistics and projections for the new ThyssenKrupp steel mill to be built at Calvert: Cost: $3.7 billion. Size: About 7 million square feet. Operation: Startup 2010. Jobs: 2,700 jobs. Over 20 years, 38,000 to 52,000 additional indirect jobs. Product: Carbon steel and stainless steel for high-value applications by manufacturers in the U.S. and throughout North America. The […]