2013-12-12 E-Edition

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1st District to elect new congressman

Southwest Alabama voters will return to the polls Tuesday, Dec. 17 to elect a congressman for the First Congressional District. Vying for the office are Burton LeFlore of Mobile, a Democrat, and Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Fairhope. The winner will succeed Jo Bonner, who resigned in August to take a position with the University of Alabama System. Byrne won […]

Truck stolen, another burns at local trucking company

Frances Powell Enterprises has had a string of bad luck in recent days. First, Friday night or early Saturday morning, a truck was stolen from the trucking company on Highway 84 East in Grove Hill. Then Monday night a Powell driver pulled in to take a nap before leaving out to make a plywood haul out of state. He was […]

Ex-Wilcox teacher gets 33 months

One of the participants in a large theft ring that hit Clarke County and other parts of the state, stealing riding lawn mowers, tractors, trailers, wreckers and other items earlier this year pleaded guilty to his role in the crimes in federal court in Mobile Friday and was sentenced to 33 months. Timothy T. Beasley of Camden was a counselor […]

Christmas memories are sought

The Democrat will publish early the week of Christmas, putting out a Christmas Eve edition on Tuesday, Dec. 24. The newspaper is soliciting Christmas memories from readers of 200 to 300 words each— longer if you have a really good story. “We especially want stories of ‘Baby Boomers’ who grew up in the 1950s and ’60s,” said Democrat Publisher Jim […]

Flying Bricks’ concert in Grove Hill Saturday

The Flying Bricks Community Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in Clarke County High School’s Sage Auditorium in Grove Hill. The band is playing a mix of concert band music and Christmas music. The band will be accompanied by the Dickens Carolers, who perform traditional Christmas Carols while costumed in Victorian dress. Also, there will be a […]


Rev. Bobby Ray Harmon, 41, died Dec. 4, 2013. He was born Nov. 23, 1972 in Grove Hill to Andrew Lee Harmon and Mary Virginia Harmon. Being born into a Christian Family he united with the church at an early age. In 1994 he renewed his commitment to God to never look back. He was an associate minister at Independent […]


Dauthula Callaway Dean, 99, a life-long resident of Jackson, died peacefully Dec. 5, 2013 surrounded by her family in Mobile. Survivors include two daughters, Rosa M. Dean of Eight Mile and Mary D. (Theodore) Williams, Mobile; four grandchildren, Reginald Dean, Gregory (Shante’) Williams, Kimberly (Leslie) Tucker and Jeffrey Williams; two great-grandchildren, Tiara Williams and Taylor Williams; and a host of […]


Maurene McCormick Bolen, 77, of Jackson died Dec. 7, 2013. She was born Jan. 14, 1936 in Rose Hill, Miss. She was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women. She had worked for many years at the Jackson Bank & Trust and First Bank & Trust in Jackson and Grove Hill. She had also worked as an independent accountant. […]