Suit challenges tax boards, tax collections

Grew out of Boise tax dispute case

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Alabama’s Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell and State Treasurer Kay Ivey, charging that the Alabama Department of Revenue is not properly utilizing authorized citizen “boards of equalization” in many counties to set and oversee ad valorem taxes and to hear tax disputes as prescribed by state law. The suit was filed in Clarke […]

Baptist block party a big hit

Clarke schools’ enrollment up but revenues are down

Clarke County public schools are projecting a total enrollment of 3,487 for the 2008-09 school year, up about 140 students from last year. Carmen Rotch, custodian of funds for the school system, explained enrollment numbers and some financial figures in the first of a series of budget hearings for the coming fiscal year last Thursday at the school board meeting. […]

Improved workforce skills said critical for region’s growth

Grove Hill businessman Brian Raybon addressed Clarke County Commissioners Monday, requesting the county to participate in a statewide workforce development council and to contribute $7,000 annually over the next three years to help with programs. Raybon was tapped by Gov. Bob Riley to serve on the Southwest Alabama Work Force Development Council that includes Baldwin and Mobile counties and others […]

Tallahatta woman wins $50 in gas

Rojean Reid of the Tallahatta Springs community is the first winner of $50 of gasoline in The Democrat’s gas giveaway promotion. Reid correctly found all 12 gas nozzles in last week’s newspaper to win $50 worth of gas from Dunn’s Exxon in Grove Hill. Over 150 people from all across the county played the first contest and a lot found […]

Seniors should check about their stimulus payments

Alabama Department of Senior Services is urging seniors in Clarke County to file for thier economic stimulus checks as soon as possible, as the deadline of Oct. 15 is quickly approaching. A total of 699 Alabamians in Clarke County have yet to claim their economic stimulus payment, many of which are 65 or older. Even if seniors do not usually […]

Looking for funds for new sign for CCHS

The members of the Class of 1977 are partnering with the Clarke County High School leadership team to purchase a new activities sign for the school. To get more information on how you can participate, contact Lawrence Davis at 407-803-5850 or ldjo1@cfl.rr.com. Your financial support is greatly appreciated.

Two Jackson council incumbents, newcomers sworn in at Tuesday’s meet

Two Jackson City Council incumbents and a new council member, all who was elected without opposition, were sworn in during the Tuesday, Aug. 12, city council meeting. Incumbents Eldridge Jackson Jr. (District 1, Place 1) and Daron Bolen (District 3, Place 2) and District 1, Place 2 candidate Anola Holly were administered the oath of office by Jackson Municipal Judge […]

Congressman visits

Warrant issued for suspected child rapist

A warrant has been issued for a man accused of the sexual assault of a 10-year-old Jackson child. According to Jackson Police Investigator Richard Harvey, Willie Henry Donald, 45, a former Jackson resident, is charged with sex abuse of a minor, following an incident which reportedly occurred Sunday, Aug. 10 at a Jackson residence. Monday, Jackson Police Chief Charles Burge […]