2012-04-19 E-Edition

Won’t take long to vote Tuesday

There’s a runoff Tuesday, April 24 — but the ballot is extremely slim. The only countywide local race is on the Republican ballot for the Clarke County Circuit Clerk position between Carrah McCorquodale and Summer Scruggs. Scruggs led the balloting in the March 13 primary. Mc- Corquodale placed second and Fleaka Walker, an employee in the clerk’s office, ran third. […]

Giving 110% to game

‘Voodoo’ murder suspects avoid trials with guilty pleas

Two defendants in the so-called “voodoo” murder of a man in southern Clarke County in 2010 pleaded guilty Monday as preparations were being made to seat a jury to hear the case. Johnny McClain, originally charged with murder, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter. McClain entered a “blind” plea, that is, he does not know what his sentence […]

GH traffic signals to be on flashing mode at night

Have you ever been caught at one of Grove Hill’s traffic signals in the wee hours of the morning with no one else around and said to yourself, oh what the heck, and ran the light? It has probably happened more times than most Grove Hillians will admit. Soon you won’t have to worry about running the lights at 2 […]

Lower Peach Tree man gets 15 years for drive-by shooting that injured 9-year-old in 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault for his part in a driveby shooting that injured a nine-year-old in Lower Peach Tree in 2010. Tommy Lee Portis pleaded guilty to the offense in Wilcox County Circuit Court April 2 and was sentenced to 15 years and a day by Judge Jack Meigs. Portis will have to serve 48 months […]

Clarke County Events

School board meets Thursday The Clarke County Board of Education will hold a work session and a regular monthly meeting Thursday, April 19. The work session is at 2 p.m. and the regular meeting is at 4 p.m. Both meetings will be at the central office in Grove Hill. Agenda items for the official meeting include proposed polices, a proposed […]


Arnell Chapman Payne, 89, of Jackson died April 10, 2012 at Jackson Medical Center. He was born June 15, 1922. He was a member of Peniel Baptist Church and the Jackson Rescue Squad. He was a United States Navy Veteran having served during World War II. He was a retired service manager with Pearce Motor Company. Survivors include two sons, […]


Betty Lou Cassity, 78, of Thomasville died April 13, 2012 at Mobile Infirmary. She was born Oct. 30, 1933 in Thomasville. She was a member of the Midway Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Sam (Cindy) Cassity, Sarasota, Fla., Robert (Sherill) Cassity, Mary Esther, Fla.; two daughters, Leah (Wally) Culver, Gulf Shores, Beth (Keith) Barnes, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; four […]

A. L. Martin Museum opens