Clarke will feel steel mill’s impact, locals insist

Clarke County officials and a state economic developer working on the ThyssenKrupp project dispute a study that says Clarke, Washington and other area rural counties will each see less than 2 percent of the money to be spent on the new $3.7 bilion steel plant. Dr. Keivan Deravi, an economics professor at Auburn University Montgomery, prepared the report for the […]

Man who successfully evaded local lawmen caught in Texas

A fugitive that Clarke and Choctaw County lawmen have been trying to apprehend for nearly a year now was arrested in Texas last week. According to Clarke County Sheriff’s Department’s Chief Investigator Ron Baggett, the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force had adopted the case of Gregory Curtis Gainer. Gainer was wanted in Clarke County on charges of probation violation, possession […]

911 settles into new quarters

Packers Bend fire claims elderly woman Saturday

An 81-year-old Mobile woman died in a house fire in Packers Bend Saturday. Dell Virginia Packer was visiting her family’s old home on Tait Circle and was there alone when the fire started Saturday afternoon. A neighbor saw smoke coming from the house and called for help. Packers Bend is in Monroe County and the Monroe County coroner, the sheriff’s […]

Old photos sought

Remember the old photo book that the Democrat published last year that was so popular? The newspaper is gathering old Clarke County pictures again for an Old Photo Contest. The pictures will be published in a special section July 19 and prizes awarded in three categories. The categories include People, Activities and Events, and Buildings and Scenes. Winners in each […]

Amendments pass easily but turnout extremely low

It was an election that many candidates would envy- wins of over 90 percent in Clarke County. But there weren’t any candidates on the special election ballot Tuesday, just two statewide constitutional amendments. Amendment One will increase the state’s borrowing capacity under the Capital Improvement Trust Fund by $400 million. The increase will help pay for industrial incentives for the […]

Flying high


The cherished memories of my beloved mother, Susie will never be forgotten… she was truly loved by all she knew. I cannot begin to express how grateful and thankful I am to all the friends, neighbors, and family that have been so supportive during these difficult weeks. A simple “Thank You” does not seem enough for all that has been […]


Leonard Wayne Overton, 69, of Thomasville died May 30, 2007 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital. He was born June 2, 1937 in Grove Hill. He was a member of Goodhope Baptist Church. He had worked as a millwright. Survivors include his wife, Martha Ann Overton, Thomasville; his mother, Hettie Mae Overton, Thomasville; two sons, David Wayne Overton, Grove Hill, Steven […]


Rebecca Lee Snell Sigler, 72, of Whatley died May 30, 2007. She was born Jan. 11, 1935. She was a member of the Good Success 403 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of the Cedar Fork Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Vivian E. Mitchell Thomas; one sister, Betty J. Dennis, Suggsville; six stepchildren, Earl Sigler, Oscar […]