2013-09-12 E-Edition

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Rios gets 12 years for dealing dope

James Rios Frazier was sentenced to three 12-year sentences last week on charges of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The three sentences are to run concurrently, that is all together for one 12- year stint. Frazier, of Grove Hill, has been arrested several times on drug related charges over the years. The last was this past April when he […]

‘Moving Wall’ coming

Half-size replica of Vietnam Memorial wall in Jackson Oct. 3-7

The Vietnam War Memorial is an impressive but sobering wall of black gabbro, stretching nearly247feetinaVshapenear the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Etched in the wall are the names of more than 58,000 servicemen and women who died in the Vietnam War or were listed as missing in action when the wall was dedicated in 1982. Many people visit the Washington […]

Local firm to supply county pipe

Commissioner Rush doesn’t bid

Clarke County Commissioner Jackie Ray Rush did not bid on selling culvert pipe to the county when bids were opened and approved this week. Instead, the bid went to Webb Contracting of Grove Hill. Webb was awarded the bid under the option that allows a local bidder to be favored if their price is within three percent of the lowest […]

Clarke school board’s expenses exceed revenues in new budget

The Clarke County Board of Education voted Sept. 5 to approve the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget. Projected revenues (from all sources) total $28,150,839.38, and expenditures total $28,760,509.26. Revenues for the General Fund only total $21,360,936.24, and expenditures total $21,212,747.00. The county school system will begin fiscal year 2014 Oct. 1 with a fund balance of $1,804,893.50, and end the […]

Hutto running for Commission

Political campaigns are starting earlier and earlier. While a special primary is just around the corner — on Sept. 24—to fill a vacant seat in the First Congressional District, most of the talk is already centering on next year’s county and legislative races. Primary contests will be June 3, 2014 with any necessary runoffs on July 15 and the general […]


Bobby Odell “Bobcat” Daffin, 55, died Sept. 9, 2013 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. He was born Aug. 31, 1958 in Jackson to James Hayden and the late Wyrean Daffin Edgar. He united with Saint Union Baptist Church at an early age. He was a 1977 graduate of Jackson High School where he excelled in football. He was an avid […]


Martha Ann Knight Byrd, 72, of West Bend died Sept. 8, 2013 at Jackson Medical Center. She was born Aug. 29, 1941. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She had worked as a bookkeeper for Village Pharmacy in Coffeeville. She was very family and community oriented and was known for her love of cooking. Survivors include her husband, […]


Windle Ray “Bob” Gibson, 82, of Jackson died Sept. 9, 2013 at his residence. He was born Aug. 14, 1931. He was a native of Guntersville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church and a former deacon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired electrician with Brown and Root and was a former […]


Nell Rhee Kelley, 87, of Grove Hill died Sept. 7, 2013 at Jackson Medical Center. She was born Feb. 26, 1926. She was a member of Union Baptist Church. She was a retired secretary with Blossman Gas. Survivors include four sons, Ronnie Kelley, Little Rock, Ark., Royce Kelley, Travis (Melinda) Kelley, Keith (Dawn) Kelley, all of Grove Hill; two sisters, […]