2011-07-14

Strange BUT TRUE



 It was Danish author, philosopher and theologian Soren Kierkegaard who made the following sage observation: “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.”  After the release of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film “The Birds,” pet stores all over the country saw a sharp decline in the sales of pet birds. […]

Pope-Popp wed in Florida church



Catherine Grace Popp and Brandon Lee Pope were united in marriage at First United Methodist Church in High Springs, Florida on May 21, 2011. The bride is the daughter of Robin Elizabeth Popp and William David Popp of Trenton, Florida, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Jane Roberts, Mr. Donald Roberts, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Popp. The groom […]

Does your mama see your name?



The bridge over Bassetts Creek at Allen is covered with graffiti. Someone suggested that since the individuals who scrawled their names apparently wanted them to be seen, that they be run in The Democrat. “Their mama might want to see their kids’ names on public property,” the individual offered. It seemed like a good idea so the editor snapped these […]

Burn ban lifted in most counties

Despite some rainfall, care is still urged with any outdoor burning

Clarke County along with 63 other Alabama counties have been downgraded from Drought Emergency (No Burn) to Fire Alert. According to officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), recent rains and higher humidity have increased ground moisture levels in most of the state, reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire. Three southern counties remain under a Drought Emergency (No Burn Order) […]

Pizza for all ends summer reading program



The Summer Reading Program at the Grove Hill Public Library finished with a pizza party and prizes for the participants. Jacky Valladares presented the One World, Many Stories Program. Stories and adventures were found in an Australian Walkabout, a South American Cruise, on an African safari, on the Orient Express, and in the final Italian Pizza Party. In the first […]

Bus for sheriff ’s dept.



Ashton debuts new album on Leno



Ashton Shepherd kicked off her new album launch with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Friday, July 8. Ashton performed the title track to her sophomore album, Where Country Grows, which was released July 12. Shepherd grew up in Coffeeville and lives in Leroy and is fast becoming a well-known name in country music. “Look It Up,” […]

Mayor says hospital has not kept up with T’ville




Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day said Thomasville continues to get a lot of positive publicity from the things happening here. He held up a copy of the latest Alabama Seaport Magazine with a cover photo and feature story on the announcement that Golden Dragon Copper would be building a copper tube plant here. “Sometimes I wonder if we can get any […]

Site work on Jackson steel plant behind but progressing




During the Tuesday, July 12 meeting of the Jackson City Council, SET Enterprises Jackson Project Director Dominique Sarno told members of the council that the site work for its new steel slitter plant in the Paul Parham Industrial Park was a little behind schedule, but was progressing well. Sarno said the slight setback was due to the need to purchase […]

Four Clarke commissioners going to national convention



Four of Clarke County’s five county commissioners will be attending the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual convention in Portland, Oregon next week. Planning to attend are Commissioners Elma Averett, Karen Bradford, Tyrone Moye and Rhondel Rhone. Commissioner Patricia DuBose will not be going. She didn’t attend last year, either. A NACo news release states that “county officials from across […]