Homeowners in a bind

Congress Reports

There are no easy answers to the ever increasing and frustrating insurance prices the Gulf Coast has experienced over the past few years. With insurance companies limiting their exposure in certain areas, homeowners are being left in a bind when protecting their homes and families from natural disasters. The insurance crisis is not only in Alabama, it can also be […]


Mildred Fields Bettis, 72, of Sunflower died July 14, 2007 at a local nursing facility. She was born May 30, 1935. She was a retired educator of 30 years with the Washington County Board of Education. She also volunteered tutoring services in Clarke and Washington counties. Survivors include one son, Roseal Bettis, Sunflower; one daughter, Valda (Christopher) Chijide, MD of […]


Willie Thomas Dews, 65, of Whatley died July 19, 2007 at Mobile Infirmary. He was born June 4, 1942. He attended Grove Hill Methodist Protestant Church. He was a carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Janie Georjean Dews, Pensacola, Fla.; two sons, Heath Micah Dews, Pensacola, Fla., Ricky Thomas Dews, Jackson; two daughters, Carissa Courtney, Pensacola, Fla., Melanie Lynn Scherff, Carsbad, […]


Hank Williams Champion, 51, of Pine Hill died July 19, 2007 at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa. He was born Nov. 7, 1955 in Pine Hill. He was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church. He was a tree trimmer with Champion Tree and Debris Removal Service. Survivors include his wife, Eva Jean Champion, Pine Hill; one son, Chase […]


Gilmer Beverly, 91, of Thomasville died July 21, 2007 at Camden Nursing Facility. He was born Dec. 2, 1915. He was a member of the Thomasville United Methodist Church, the VFW Post #5106 of Thomasville, Clarke County Historical Society and a volunteer for the Salvation Army. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a retired wholesale grocery […]


Charlie Howard Loper, 88, of Chatom died July 20, 2007 in an automobile accident at State Line, Miss. He was born May 22, 1919. He was a veteran of World War II and a tank driver for the United States Army. He was a member of Laton Hill Baptist Church. He was a farmer and timber dealer. He was a […]


Marriage license applications Mark Allen Blakeney, to Shaun Denice Davis; Terry Michael Megginson Jr., to Heather Sharee Lindeen. Marriage license applications are just that-applications for licenses, not necessarily actual marriages. Property deeds listed Dated July 12-17 Estate of Mary Ellen Cassity, to Joan Marilyn C. Norris. Robert Shelton Pope, to Robbie W. Kennedy. Rex Wood, to Robbie Kennedy. George W. […]

Looking ahead to 2008

Inside the Statehouse

The avalanche of states moving their presidential primary to Feb. 5 next year has made a tremendous impact on the 2008 presidential race. This cavalcade, which includes Alabama, will change the dynamics dramatically. It has diminished the role that New Hampshire and Iowa have traditionally played as early states in the nominating process, making them somewhat irrelevant. This earlier primary […]

Lighting up

From The Nethermost

I ran into a neighbor of yours at the Post Office the other morning. He was coming out as I was going in. We stopped, exchanged greetings, and talked about how many inches of rain we had received. While standing there, he took out a cigarette and lit up. He’s a good enough friend that I wanted to remind him […]