2012-06-21 E-Edition

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Sheriffs at Nashville hotel when it blows up Tuesday

Chief Deputy Salter there but not hurt

Five hundred sheriffs from around the country were attending a conference at the Orpyland Resort and Conference Center in Nashville Tuesday when an explosion ripped the facility. Clarke County Sheriff Ray Norris said Tuesday night he had left to come home because of a murder trial that is in progress locally but Chief Deputy Butch Salter was still there. Salter […]

Qualifying opens July 3 for municipal offices

Municipal elections are slated in many Alabama cities and towns in August, including all of the incorporated municipalities in Clarke County. Already, three mayoral candidates have announced in Grove Hill — Levon Hicks, Gina Skipper and Terry Stifflemire. Incumbent Mayor Jerry Newton is not seeking a second term. No one has announced for any of the five council positions in […]


39 area youngsters are new chicken farmers

Some people were a little skeptical and doubtful when Clarke County Extension Coordinator Kevan Tucker announced a few weeks back a program that would allow area youth to raise chickens. Southwest Alabama is rural, no doubt, but many of its residents are far removed from the farm life where every home used to sport a chicken yard. Too, kids today […]

Murder trial gets started

A Jackson man is on trial in Clarke County Circuit Court this week for the murder of a Leroy man in March 2011. Charles McReynolds is charged shooting John Henry Yelder Sr. to death with a 12-gauge shotgun at the residence of Joylyn Gamble on Vine Street. A jury was seated and opening arguments given by attorneys Tuesday. Prosecutors called […]

Ball tourneys bringing teams, folks to town

Grove Hill will be the site of the South Regional softball tournament as well as the Dixie Youth baseball 9 and 10-yearold tourney, bringing a total of 16 teams this weekend. Counting all of the teams there will be 192 players as well as 48 coaches playing in the combined tournaments. Throw in the immediate families and Hudson Park will […]

File a case, pay a fine; court costs now more

The cost of traffic tickets and court fees are going up, effective June 21. According to a news release from the Administrative Office of Courts the increase was necessary to keep the state court system operating. Docket fees will be increased by $15 in small claims cases, $26 in traffic cases, $40 in criminal cases, and $45 in district and […]

Newspapers seeking new subscribers

The Clarke County Democrat and the other newspapers in the county are conducting a telemarketing subscription drive seeking new subscribers as well as renewals from existing customers. You may receive a call from a representative of Circulations, Inc., an Albany, Ga.- based company conducting the drive. During this drive, a portion of subscription sales is being pledged to the Salvation […]

Manatee swims to Claiborne dam

A U.S. Corps of Engineers employee snapped a picture of an unusual sight last Friday. A manatee was spotted near the wall of the Claiborne Lock and Dam and photographed. The picture was posted to the Alabama Wildlife and Fresh Water Fish website, along with a link to follow in case someone else comes across one of the animals. “This […]

Community Calendar

The Clarke County Mounted Sheriff’s Posse will have a Horse Show on Saturday, June 23 at the Horse Arena in Grove Hill. The timed events begin at 2 p.m. while the gaited events will start at 7 p.m. There will be cake walks and other activities for the kids. Admission is $2. The Clarke County Historical Society will meet Sunday, […]