2012-05-17

2012-05-17 E-Edition

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Clarke split 3 ways

GOP plan divides Clarke into 3 State Senate districts and moves State Sen. Marc Keahey out of his district


A proposed legislative reapportionment plan splits Clarke County from two into three state senate districts and significantly diminishes the county’s influence in any of the three districts. The Republican plan edges incumbent State Sen. Marc Keahey, D-Grove Hill, out of his District 22 and puts him in Senate District 23, where Hank Sanders, D-Selma, is the incumbent. The line between […]

Saraland man charged with copper thefts at cell towers



After months of deadends in investigating the theft of copper from cell tower locations in Clarke County, sheriff’s deputies got a break last week that resulted in an arrest. Chief Investigator Ron Baggette said a tip led lawmen to Johnny Earl Sanders of Saraland. With the assistance of Citronelle Police Chief Shane Stringer, Sanders was arrested and brought to Citronelle […]

T’ville man charged in drive-by shooting



A Thomasville man is charged with two counts of attempted murder after firing shots at Rock Point Apartments in Thomasville Friday. Dewayne Blanks, 18, was arrested late Friday night by Thomasville Police and charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of shooting into an unoccupied vehicle. The call of shots fired came in to 911 about 5 […]

Cigarette butt DNA leads to burglary arrest



A year old burglary case was solved using DNA evidence, Chief Investigator Ron Baggette of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department said this week. Baggette said he recovered a cigarette butt at a burglary scene near Grove Hill in February 2011. The butt was tested for DNA and a search of a national data base was made that connected the butt’s […]

High school graduations



 Jackson Academy Thurs., May 17, 7 p.m. Lathan Gymnasium  Clarke Co. High Fri., May 18, 6 p.m . Prim Stadium  Clarke Prep Fri., May 18, 7 p.m. Hamilton Field  Jackson High Sat., May 19, 10 a.m. Legion Field  Thomasville High Fri., May 25, 7 p.m. Anderson Stadium

43-year banking career



Rural post offices get reprieve but look for fewer service hours



Some 3,700 post offices, targeted for closing by the U.S. Postal Service, have gotten a reprieve but the tradeoff will be severely reduced hours at 13,000 small post offices nationwide, some to just two hours a day. Locally, the Campbell and Whatley post offices had been on the closing hit list but will apparently remain open. However, their hours of […]

Armistead



Owen Thomas “O.T.” Armistead, 77, of Grove Hill died May 13, 2012 at Mobile Infirmary. He was born May 17, 1934. He was a member of Tompkins Baptist Church. He served in the National Guard in Artillery. He was a heavy equipment operator for 35 years with the Alabama Department of Transportation. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lillie […]

Holder



Willie Maynard Holder, 98, of Jackson died May 9, 2012 at his residence. He was born Feb. 12, 1914. He was a veteran of United States Army. He was a member of McCann’s United Methodist Church. He was a self-employed carpenter. Survivors include his wife, Minnie C. Holder, Jackson; three daughters, Martha Bedsole, Earline (Bill) Pearce, Evelyn (Joe) Carpenter, all […]