2011-09-22 E-Edition

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A traffic stop on Highway 43 in Grove Hill last week resulted in the discovery of drugs in a vehicle that appeared to be methamphetamine. That stop in turn led to a search warrant being executed at the driver’s Wilcox County home where lawmen say they discovered a working meth lab. It all began on Sept. 14 when Clarke County […]

Planting pines to cost more

The new Alabama immigration law isn’t the only potential threat to planting pine trees in the state, done mostly by migrant workers. In addition, a new federal rule is requiring significant increases in wages for migrant workers legally under work visas in the United States. In some cases, the wages for forestry workers planting trees in the state could double […]

One dead in Choctaw nightspot shooting

A shooting in the pre-dawn hours Sunday at a Choctaw County nightspot involving more than 60 rounds fired from an AK-47 assault rifle and a 9mm handgun has left a former Southern Choctaw High School basketball standout dead and two others hospitalized. A Wayne County, Miss., resident has been arrested and charged with murder, and more arrests are expected, Choctaw […]

School board members debate fight, discipline

Clarke County school board members debated a fighting and discipline incident during a Sept. 15 work session, never naming the students or the school, but the incident sounded a lot like one that occurred at Jackson Middle School a week earlier. School board member Barry Chancey brought the matter up, laying out the “scenario” without naming the students or the […]

Local Catholic radio station starts broadcasting in October

Archbishop Thomas Rodi Monday heralded a new Catholic radio station that will broadcast from Grove Hill. Rodi touted the new station as a way to reach not only the Catholic faithful but the unchurched and those who may have questions about the Catholic faith. The new station will broadcast over 90.1 FM, a frequency that has been available and for […]

Coats is new GH police chief

Swearing-in for new chief set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 at Senior Center.

Grove Hill Mayor Jerry Newton Monday appointed longtime policeman and acting police chief Woodie Coats to be police chief to succeed Leo Frazier who has retired. In addition, Newton appointed police officer Daniel Gibson as assistant chief. Newton asked the town council to set Coats’ annual salary at $45,000 but the three council members present asked what Frazier’s salary had […]


Wanda Faye Dumas, 79, of Grove Hill died Sept. 14, 2011 at her residence. She was born Nov. 9, 1931. She was a native of Picayune, Miss. She was a member of Horeb Baptist Church in Whatley. She was a retired registered nurse with Clarke County Home Health. Survivors include two sons, Dale (Leigh) Dumas, Dean Dumas, all of Grove […]


Marion Ryser Odom, 77, of Jackson died Sept. 14, 2011 at her residence. She was born Dec. 24, 1933. She was a member of Mc- Canns United Methodist Church. She was a retired clerk with Macs Drugs & Family Pharmacy. Survivors include one daughter, Connie Odom Stokes, Jackson; one brother, William Edward (Pam) Ryser, Jackson; two grandchildren, John Stokes, Lee […]


Bobby Neal Powell, 81, of Grove Hill died Sept. 18, 2011 at Camden Nursing Home. He was born July 8, 1930. He was a native of Suggsville. He was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. He was a retired self-employed logger. Survivors include two sons, Rayford (Gretchen) Gates, Bob (Leila) Powell, all of Jackson; two daughters, Laura (Jack) Few, […]