Storm spares Gainestown residents

But four residents in Marengo, Washington counties not so lucky

Residents of Walkabout Road in the Gainestown area of southeast Clarke County are blessed and lucky, even though some of their homes were either blown away or severely damaged by a tornado that struck Friday night, April 15. They survived. The same storm system killed a mother and two sons when it demolished their mobile home residence in the Deer […]

Big day set in Grove Hill Sat., April 30

A number of events are planned in Grove Hill for Saturday, April 30. The day begins with the “Run the Hill” 5K run and two mile Health Walk. The run starts at Town Hall at 7:30 a.m. Registration starts at 6:30. Proceeds benefit the Grove Hill Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. The Spring Artfest and “Photography In Your Own Backyard” contest will […]

Ceremony cements Lakeside addition

Lakeside Steel’s new heat treatment and end-finishing plant that will be located on the old Linden Lumber site north of Thomasville was announced a few weeks ago but a formal announcement was made Tuesday in front of the pipe fabricating plant that is under construction in the Thomasville Industrial Park. “It’s another great day in Thomasville,” Mayor Sheldon Day said […]

Refrigerator murder case on trial docket

The murder case of a Clarke County man killing a McIntosh man and then stuffing his body in an old refrigerator is set for a jury trial next week in Clarke County Circuit Court. Keith Thyeis Welch has been on the trial docket before for the March 2009 death of T. C. Reed II of McIntosh but it was continued. […]

County Road Woes

County could just as easily spend $20 million on roads as $2 million

Clarke County is in the midst of a nearly $2 million patching and resurfacing project. About 20 miles of county roads are being patched or resurfaced for short distances. “It could just have easily been $20 million rather than $2 million,” observed County Engineer Danny Overton of the work that could be done. The problem, of course, is money. The […]

Community Calendar

Clarke County Performing Arts for a Cure will sponsor a talent event at the Thomasville Civic Center on Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m. The Southwest Alabama Improvement Association (SWAIA) will support the upcoming Jackson Sonic sponsored Classic Auto Cruise-In on Saturday, April 23, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the North College Ave facility. A free meal and […]


William Alexander “Bill” Ballard Jr., 88 of Thomasville died April 14, 2011 at Southwest Alabama Medical Center. He was born Feb. 19, 1923 in Sweet Water. He was a Church of God minister for 15 years. He was a member of the Sweet Water Church of God. He worked as a gas serviceman from 1964 until 1986 for Brewster Gas, […]


Jacob Emanuel Chappelle, 4, of West Plains, Missouri died April 10, 2011 at his residence. He was born Feb. 27, 2007. Survivors include his mother, Heather Denise Chappelle, Jackson; two sisters, Breanna Chappelle, Monica Chappelle, both of Jackson; grandparents, Ralph and Stella Cowan, Campbell, Ronnie and Becky Chappelle, Addison; great-grandfather, James Earl Roberts, Silverhill; great-grandmother, Faye Roberts, Jackson; uncle and […]


Ruby Lee Powell, 79, of Grove Hill died April 12, 2011 at her residence. She was born March 16, 1932 in Pine Apple. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Clinton Powell, Grove Hill; one son, Tommy (Ramona) Powell, Coffeeville; five daughters, Brenda ( Wayne) Pearson, Pine Hill, Debra ( Jerry) Faust, Jackson, Sandy (Stan) Fendley, Fulton, Wylynn (Greg) […]


Helen (Rose) Chapman Calhoun, 58, died April 9, 2011. She was born May 3, 1952 in Grove Hill to Ernest (E.J.) Chapman and the late Leona Chapman Pugh. She was a 1970 graduate of Wilson Hall High School in Grove Hill. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined St. Luke Baptist Church in Grove Hill. Later she joined […]