Man kills common law wife; shoots self but lives

A man who had shot and killed his common law wife as she held their infant son in her arms before shooting himself in the head survived and has been charged with murder. The Thomasville Police Department and Clarke County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the murder and attempted suicide that occurred Wednesday, Dec. 29 around 9 p.m. on Sixth Alley […]

Downtown project ‘not dead yet’

“We’re not dead yet,” Grove Hill Mayor Jerry Newton said in response to a question Monday about the status of the downtown revitalization project. Grove Hill received a $250,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation in 2005 to renovate Main Street from Jackson Street westward to the courthouse. The grant was similar to others given to municipalities, including Jackson […]

1165th called for duty in Afghanistan

The Alabama Army National Guard’s 1165th Military Police Company out of Fairhope, Thomasville and Brewton, has been called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A departure ceremony for the 170-member company was held at the Fairhope Civic Center Monday. The unit will report to Camp Shelby, Miss. for extensive mobilization training before deploying to Afghanistan to conduct […]

Ray Norris to be sworn in as sheriff

Clarke County Sheriffelect Ray Norris will be sworn in this Sunday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Grove Hill Senior Citizen Center. Norris’ term begins Jan. 17, the same day as most other county and state constitutional officials. The public is invited to attend.

Jackson Square shopping center has new owner

Regency Properties, an Evansville, Indiana based commercial real estate company, has just acquired Jackson Square Shopping Center. The nearly 74,000 square foot Center is located at 2415 College Avenue in Jackson, Alabama. Regency Properties will renovate the exterior of the shopping center this year. At the same time, a renovation of the interior of the Ramey’s Markets grocery store, formerly […]

New Coastal Gateway director was previously with B’ham organization

The Coastal Gateway Regional Economic Development Alliance has named Jim Searcy as executive director of the multi-counties organization. Dr. John Johnson, vice-chairman of CGEDA, said the executive board is pleased to bring Searcy on board. “Jim brings over 20 years of economic development experience to the Alliance. Members of the CGEDA Board of Directors are extremely pleased at being able […]


Clifford I. Grant, 81, a native of Whatley, the Indian Ridge community, died on Dec. 31, 2010. He was born on Dec. 24, 1929 to the late Willie Mae Wilson Grant and Levi Grant. He was a member of the Indian Ridge Baptist Church in Whatley, a veteran of the United States Army and a past member of Keeptime Lodge […]


Gladys Presnall, 81, a native and resident of Grove Hill, died Dec. 31, 2010 at her home. She was preceded in death by her mother, Loutee Presnall; grandparents, Elizabeth and Josh Presnall; and brothers, Willie E. Smith and Marshall Presnall. Survivors include her devoted brother, Charlie Joe Presnall of Mobile; devoted cousins, Elaine Presnall and Barbara Williams, both of Grove […]


Jerry Turman (better known as “Windy”) Barnes, 64, of Jackson died Dec. 29, 2010 at his residence. He was born April 21, 1946. He was a native of Lamar County. He was a member of the Beverton Baptist Church in Lamar County. He served in the National Guard. He was a truck driver for Barnes Material, Inc. Survivors include his […]


Jamie Katherine Gaillard died Jan. 3, 2010 at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Fla. She was 26 years of age at the time of her death. Born in Mobile on July 17, 1984, Miss Gaillard was a resident of Orlando, Fla. and former resident of Jackson. A member of the Jackson High School graduating Class of 2002, she […]