2012-08-23 E-Edition

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Flexibility important for local schools

State Supt. visits T’ville

The Alabama Board of Education will offer more flexibility for city and county school systems, Dr. Tommy Bice, state school superintendent, told Thomasville teachers on Aug. 17. “Our focus will be, from this point forward, an organization that is there to support you, to provide resources to you – not to come get you, not to regulate you….Don’t be afraid […]

Wood pellets back in Jackson!

A wood pellet plant will be built in Jackson. Yes, it has been announced before but that venture, in 2008, fell apart. Tuesday night, Selma developer Tom Bolton thanked the city council, city industrial board and others for their cooperation and assured everyone that this time it will become a reality. “We have selected Jackson as the location for a […]

Municipal races are Tuesday

Grove Hill and Jackson municipal voters will elect a mayor and some council members this coming Tuesday while Coffeeville has one council race on the ballot. There are no races in either Fulton or Thomasville as all incumbents in those municipalities are reelected without opposition. In Grove Hill, three candidates are vying to succeed Mayor Jerry Newton who did not […]

Attempted murder charged when woman hits boyfriend on bike

Clarke County sheriff’s deputies have been busy recently with everything from an attempted murder to burglary and sex cases. Attempted murder Deputies were called to a domestic dispute on Old Highway 5 south of Thomasville on Monday, Aug. 13. There they found that Adrianna Cortinas had gotten into her vehicle after fighting with her boyfriend and as she was going […]

County development office ‘extremely busy’ with potential projects

Debra Mathews, executive director of the Clarke County Economic Development Partnership, says her agency is “extremely busy.” This is a positive time for Clarke County. “We are on the verge of more things happening…even with the way the economy is now. “…I’ve been here for 10 years. In the last three years we have seen more potential projects and more […]

Grove Hill council continues support for local arts efforts

The Grove Hill Town Council voted Monday night to contribute $2,000 to the Art Education Program of the Cultural Arts Center, a non-profit arm of the Grove Hill Arts Council. The program provides art education for public and private school students as well as home-schooled students at Studio 122 downtown. The funding will be part of the fiscal year (FY) […]

New rival for World’s Longest Yard Sale?

The first Highway 43 Labor Day Yard Sale will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. Several families in this area want to see this become an annual event held on Thursday through Saturday before Labor Day each year beginning in Thomasville. They have hopes of this growing into something like the World’s Longest Yard […]


Willie Margaret McKee, 91, of Summerdale died Aug. 15, 2012. She was born Oct. 3, 1920. She was a former resident of Clarke/Washington counties. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jackson. She was a homemaker. Survivors include an adopted son, Jay P. (Patricia) McKee, Summerdale; one brother, Slay Hudson, Jackson; three grandchildren, John (Melissa) McKee, […]


Harry Robert Spidle, 82, of Whatley died Aug. 17, 2012 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital. He was born July 30, 1930. He was a member of the Christian Valley Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army. He was retired in mechanical maintenance with Georgia Pacific. Survivors include one son, Bob (Kathy) Spidle, Whatley; two daughters, Linda (Lonnie) Lawrence, […]