Walker Springs crossing gets automated signage

Automated signage has been erected at the Walker Springs Norfolk- Southern Railway crossing on County Route 19. The crossing has had only the traditional railroad cross signs and is where an accident happened on Feb. 14, 2005 involving a log truck that was struck by a northbound freight train. One of the issues were railroad cars parked on a siding […]

Supreme Court overturns nearly $5 million verdict

The Alabama Supreme Court has overturned a jury judgment in favor of a truck driver and a trucking company against Norfolk- Southern Railway for a train-log truck collision at the Walker Springs crossing on Valentine’s Day 2005. A Clarke County jury, following a lengthy trial in April 2009, rendered damages of almost $5 million for plantiffs Ronny F. Johnson, the […]

Other Clarke County RR suits

Mickey Stepp, of Jones, Ala., is suing Norfolk-Southern and Mitchell Welding in Clarke County Circuit Court for $10 million for injuries and other damages he alleges he suffered when the train he was a conductor caught fire and burned on a burning trestle north of the Walker Springs crossing on Jan. 12, 2010. The suit states that the engineer saw […]

Lightning cause of fire?

Clarke’s post offices dodge closing bullets

While a handful of post offices in southwest Alabama have been announced as closing as the U.S. Postal Service attempts to combat billions in losses, Clarke County facilities are so far escaping the ax. A few months ago, the Whatley Post Office was slated to see its rural route worked out of the Grove Hill Post Office starting this month. […]


William Waite Mc- Corquodale, 86, of Jackson died July 8, 2011 at his residence. He was born Jan. 7, 1925. He was lovingly known as “Pop.” He grew up in the First Baptist Church of Jackson where he served as a deacon. In recent years, his church family has been the First United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of […]


Judge Tom W. Turner, 84, of Sunflower died July 7, 2011 at Springhill Memorial Hospital. He was born May 3, 1927. He was a member of Sunflower United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II. He was a supervisor with Vanity Fair and an oilman. He served as probate judge of Washington […]


Neil McCary Woodyard Sr., 73, of St. Stephens died June 29, 2011 at his residence. He was born Oct. 16, 1937. He was a member of the Leroy Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was an electrician at Boise Cascade. Survivors include two sons, Neil M. Woodyard Jr., Leroy, Marshall B. (Lori) Woodyard, Grand […]


Bruce Clyde Bagley, 56, of Mobile died July 9, 2011 at Mobile Infirmary West. He was born April 10, 1955 in Thomasville. He was an electrician. Survivors include his wife, Sue Reed Bagley; one son, Evan Dewayne Bagley; one step-son, Jeremy Waite; two step-daughters, Belinda Eastridge, Stephanie Weekley; his mother, Alma Dee Andrews Green; three brothers, Joe M. Bagley, Robert […]


Ruby Jewel Hunt, 99, of Thomasville died July 2, 2011 at Specialty Hospital of Meridian, Miss. She was born April 5, 1912 in Chilton. She was a member of the Midway Baptist Church. She was a retired seamstress. Survivors include two sons, Charles (Althea) Hunt, Jack Hunt, all of Thomasville; two daughters, Johnnie Lou ( Jack) Gaddy, Molly Jo Phillips, […]