Clarke to celebrate 200 years in 2012

Our Opinions

Hardy Jackson’s column at right brings to mind Clarke County’s upcoming anniversary. Clarke County was formed Dec. 10, 1812 and will celebrate its 200th birthday in 2012. Clarke was the fourth county created in the then- Mississippi Territory. Alabama would not become a territory until 1818 or a state until 1819. It was carved out of Washington County. Preceding it […]

A time for reasoning on alcohol question

From the Nethermost

In less than a month, the citizens of Grove Hill are going to be asked to cast a vote as to whether or not the merchants of Grove Hill should be allowed to sell alcohol within the town limits. Now that the decision as to who will pick up garbage over the next few years has been postponed for three […]

‘Greatest governor’s race’

Inside the Statehouse

Upon Lurleen Wallace’s death in May of 1968, Lieutenant Governor Albert Brewer moved up to governor. Brewer was no novice to state government. He came to the legislature from Morgan County at a very early age and rose quickly to become speaker of the house during his second term. He won the 1966 lieutenant governor’s race against two state senators […]

Anniversaries are coming

Gone South

A few years ago, folks at the Alabama Department of Archives and History realized that a “perfect storm” of anniversaries would soon hit us. Now, you know how history folk in this state just love anniversaries. Give us something to celebrate — “Did you know that next year is the 100th anniversary of Elkanah Passwater sponsoring the first cow-patty-pitch?” — […]

Stay up late for shooting stars

• It was American columnist Franklin Pierce Adams who made the following sage observation: “Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.” • If you’re like the average human, your heart will beat 100,000 times today. • Before Humphrey Bogart became a famed star of the silver screen, he was famous for another reason. […]

‘The Whiskey Speech’

Editor’s Notes

With tempers flaring in the Grove Hill wet-dry debate, let’s step back and look at the issue from both sides, courtesy of the late Judge Noah S. “Soggy” Sweat Jr. of Mississippi. It wouldn’t hurt any of us to smile a little right now. Sweat was a young Mississippi legislator when state prohibition was being debated in 1952 and was […]

Development Foundation to meet in T’ville

The Clarke County Development Foundation will hold the seventh annual meeting Thursday October 22 at the Thomasville Civic Center. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and feature displays detailing the many projects of the foundation. Dinner will be served and board member elections will take place. The Clarke Count Development Foundation is an organization of community leaders, both public […]

Antique tractors new this year for Pioneer Day

Antique tractors and engines will be displayed at the Clarke County Museum’s Pioneer Day Festival scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 31. In its 10th year, organizers plan new demonstrations annually and believe the tractors and engines will be an interesting addition to the event, which also features costumed re-enactors demonstrating life in early Clarke County. About 10 tractor owners […]

Flu shot clinic at Health Dept. Thurs., Oct. 15

A seasonal flu shot clinic will be Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Clarke County Health Department, 22600 Hwy. 84 in Grove Hill from noon until 6 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Cost of the flu shot is $15 and the pneumonia shot is $15. This clinic is open to the general public six months and older. Medicare and Medicaid will […]

‘So-called’ Christians the problem, not alcohol

Dear Editor, I have just finished reading an eight page brochure that came in the mail with the title of “Voices of Spiritual Leadership,” concerning the upcoming Grove Hill municipal election on alcohol. I feel certain that these men have good intentions and are attempting to protect the citizens of our community from the destruction which comes with alcohol, legalized […]