New revenue commissioner takes oath Friday

Terry Norris will be sworn in as Clarke County’s new revenue commissioner Friday at 3 p.m. in the main courtroom of the Clarke County Courthouse. A reception will follow until 5 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Her term actually starts Oct. 1, the beginning of the fiscal year. She was elected last November. The Democrat defeated the […]

How to bring joy to Alabama

Gone South

A while back my buddy Gary, down in the Tampa-St. Pete area, sent me a clipping from the Tampa Tribune in August 1909 – yes, he is a historian, and a good one. Seeing the headline – “A JOYLESS STATE” – I immediately figured Gary was poking fun at where I live, for surely (I concluded from the headline) this […]


Hybrid hopes

Our Opinions

The announcement last week of a $6.5 billion “green-vehicle” manufacturing plant for north Baldwin County could be big. Or it could be a bust. It is too early to tell yet but we hope the Hybrid Kinetic Motors manufacturing plant becomes a reality. It concerns us a bit that Gov. Bob Riley and the state would announce such a big […]

Congressman’s representative to be in county

A staff member of Congressman Jo Bonner’s will be in Clarke County Wednesday, Oct. 7 to meet with constituents who may be experiencing difficulities with the federal government and who are seeking the congressman’s assistance in resolving these problems. Frazier Payne will be at the Grove Hill Town Hall between 10 and 11 a.m. and at Jackson City Hall between […]

Gospel singing to be in Fulton this Saturday

Fulton Fire and Rescue’s Annual Fall Gospel Singing will be held Saturday, Oct. 3 in downtown Fulton from 4 p.m. until. The singing will feature the following, Glory Road Quartet, Bro. Chris Kynard, The Chastangs, Southern Joy, Wayne Campbell, Darlene Phillips, Rev. Snodgrass and Scotty, Warren Harrell, Bridgette McLean, Mark Lynn and Donald Pugh. There will be a cake auction […]

Wanted man found hiding in duffle bag in Coffeeville home

Clarke County sheriff’s deputies found a man wanted on rape, incest and other sexual charges in Kentucky hiding in a duffle bag Saturday. Ron Baggette, chief investigator for the sheriff’s department said a warrant was received Saturday from Clay County Kentucky for a John Daniel Ebey. It was believed that Ebey was at a residence on Highway 154 in the […]

$2 million verdict returned

A jury returned a combined $2 million civil verdict after hearing a six-year-old vehicle accident case in Clarke County Circuit Court last week. The case was the Estate of Vernon Lee Croom, Robbin C. Dailey, Executrix vs. Chad Hunter Merritt and Randall Merritt. The circumstances were that Randall Merritt had directed his then 16-year-old son, Chad Merritt, to drive a […]

Clarke property appraisals jump

Old T’ville Goody’s appraised value jumped from $1.3 million to $2.6 million. Baton Rouge owner says the county is ‘killing the goose.’ See Page 3A.

Some Grove Hill property appraisals have jumped as much as 80 percent. Property owners recently received their “Notice of Change In Assessment of Property” from the Clarke County Revenue Commissioner’s office and most are not happy with the figures. Ironically, the highest increases have been in the county seat where business and activities are much less than in neighboring Jackson […]

Pogo was right

Editor’s Notes

Grove Hill has its problems. No one knows it better than the people who live here. Sadly, no one articulates them better than those who live here. A number of circumstances have combined to box us in and limit us. However, some of our biggest problems are ourselves. The Grove Hill Chamber of Commerce met last week. About 40 people […]