2015-02-19 E-Edition

Municipalities each expect $200,000 from C-M Gas

The municipalities of Grove Hill, Jackson and Thomasville will each get about $200,000, perhaps more, from Clarke-Mobile Counties Gas District, it was discussed at Tuesday’s board meeting in Jackson of the natural gas utility. The three municipalities own the gas company and the distribution of funds deemed surplus can be compared to dividends that owners or stockholders of companies receive. […]

A promoter of black progress in ’30s and ’40s

A black County Extension Agent did much to promote good farming techniques, education and healthy living issues in the Clarke County black community for 20 years during the Great Depression and World War II years. At a time when blacks were often looked down on, his works showed whites that a black man could be a leader and a catalyst […]

Driver’s licenses increase by 54%

No one was more shocked than Clarke County License Commissioner Linda Goodman to learn on Monday, Feb. 9 that driver’s licenses fees had been increased. The email notice of the price change came in after 7 p.m. Friday night. Goodman doesn’t check the office’s email over the weekend and said when she comes in on Monday mornings she doesn’t check […]

Foster group would find homes for shelter animals

The Friends of the Clarke County Animal Shelter are looking to develop a foster network. The organization met recently to discuss the progress of the new county shelter facility as well as their plan to contribute to its success. The facility will be located on Highway 84, east of the intersection of Highway 43 and just south of the ALDOT […]

Judge still not issuing any marriage licenses

You still can’t get a marriage license in Clarke County, whether you are straight or gay. Clarke County Probate Judge Valerie B. Davis remains firm in her decision not to issue any marriage licenses as a means of not issuing any to same-sex couples. According to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality advocacy group, […]


Annette Ezell Welch Calhoun, 69, departed this life Feb. 9, 2015 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. She was born Feb. 23, 1945 in Whatley to the late Lewis James Ezell and the late Rosie Nell Savage Ezell Robinson. She began her education at Whatley School in the Whatley community and continued at Wilson Hall High School in Grove Hill where […]


Ralph Oldridge James Sr., 92, died Feb. 7, 2015. He was born Dec. 27, 1922 in the Rockville Community of Jackson to the parentage of the late Nicholas D. James and the late Olga Icy Nichols James. “Bill”, as he was affectionately known, was raised by Ethel “Aunt Bugg” Nichols White and his uncle, Anthony “Joe” White. Bill spent many […]


Robert Bell, 75, transitioned to time eternity Jan. 25, 2015 at his Mt. Vernon residence surrounded by family. He was born July 31, 1939 to the late Jim and Fannie Watson Bell. He was a member of St. Paul Baptist Church in McIntosh, where he served on the usher board and was a van driver for the church. He was […]


Carmen Alicia Williams Broaden-Smith, 48, was born Sept. 19, 1966 in Detroit, Mich., and transitioned peacefully from this life on Feb. 5, 2015. She confessed Christ at an early age and was a member of Christ Temple Church II in Fayette, Miss., and attended Temple of Truth and 6th Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham. Mrs. Broaden-Smith was a graduate of […]