2015-03-12 E-Edition

Remembering Bloody Sunday

County must have economic developer, says T’ville mayor

Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day gave a passionate defense of the county development office in a talk Monday morning before the Clarke County Commission. Day’s appearance was in reaction to the recent resignation of Debra Mathews, executive director of the Clarke County Economic Development Partnership. Her resignation is effective March 17. Day began his talk by praising the commission for their […]

Mathews resigns after 13 years as economic developer

Debra Mathews, executive director of the Clarke County Economic Development Partnership, has announced her resignation, effective March 17. She officially turned in her notice to county officials on Feb. 17. Mathews had served in the position since 2002. “For nearly 13 years I have truly enjoyed serving in this position and working to help improve Clarke County,” she said Monday. […]

Bills to remedy alcohol laws on a legislative fast track

Bills to correct the constitutionality of a law passed in 2009 allowing small Alabama municipalities to enact alcohol sales are moving through both the Alabama House and Senate. The Alabama Supreme Court on Feb. 27 struck down the law as being unconstitutional because it prohibited municipalities in Blount, Clay and Randolph counties from voting on the law even if they […]

Smile when you fill up at county gas pumps

The Clarke County Commission voted Tuesday to advertise bids for surveillance video cameras to capture use of the Road and Bridge Department gas pumps. Two cameras, at different angles, will be installed on the tower near the department on Clarke St. and will record the pumps across the street. “This is something that I think is needed very much,” said […]

Community center costs are too high, says commission chairman

The cost of running the Clarke County Community Center has become very expensive, said Jackie Rush, chairman of the County Commission. The county-run facility on Highway 84 East in Grove Hill was formerly the National Guard Armory. The center is managed by a committee including commissioner Rhondel Rhone and Stan Hutto, and county Emergency Management Agency director Roy Waite. The […]

Several timberland fires Sunday said to be arson

At least three different fires believed to have been deliberately set burned 80 to 100 acres Sunday. The woods fires were along the Old Grove Hill Road, Old Alameda Road and Swimming Pool Road and burned stands of small pine trees. Fulton Fire Chief Danny Bedwell said he was working a shutdown on his job Sunday and did not make […]

Pugh on his third stint as school superintendent

Woodie Pugh of Jackson now has the distinction of serving as a superintendent of education in three Alabama counties. The former Clarke County superintendent has been selected by the Conecuh Board of Education to be interim superintendent while it considers candidates to replace recently retired Superintendent Ronnie Brogden. Pugh has also served briefly as Wilcox County’s appointed superintendent. Pugh grew […]

Grove Hill sales taxes up 4.39% for Fiscal 2014

Grove Hill sales taxes were up 4.39 percent in Fiscal 2014 over Fiscal 2013, said Priscilla Collingsworth, financial officer for the municipality. In Fiscal 2013 the town collected $904,591.47. In Fiscal 2014, $944,312.88 was collected. For the first four months of Fiscal 2015, tax revenues are up only slightly, .75 percent, or $313,530.27 as compared to $315,894.55 for the same […]