2015-03-19 E-Edition

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He calls it a ‘hobby mill’ but it looks like real work

For what was laughingly described initially as a “hobby mill,” it looked like a pretty busy place Monday with a lot of work going on and a lot of lumber and crossties being produced. Kliff Stephens has started a crosstie and hardwood lumber sawmill on the old Southwest Alabama Asphalt plant site just north of Grove Hill. “I’m too young […]

First kudzu; now kudzu bugs invade

They look like ladybugs without their red makeup. A grosser resemblance, from a distance, might be that of a fat brown or gray tick. But they are neither. They’re kudzu bugs and over the weekend they could be found on a lot of porches and in some houses in Clarke County. They may resemble a ladybug but they’re not beetles, […]

Local judge still not issuing any marriage licenses

Despite a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court that contradicts a federal district court ruling on the subject of marriage, the Clarke County probate judge is standing by her decision not to issue any marriage licenses – straight, gay or any other kind. The state high court ruled two weeks ago that the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment and the […]

Alcohol bills rushed into law in record time

A remedy to rectify an unconstitutional law allowing alcohol sales in small Alabama towns, including Grove Hill, flew through the Alabama Legislature last week and was signed into law by Gov. Robert Bentley. Gov. Bentley signed the revised law on March 12 correcting a 2009 law that will allow over 30 small Alabama municipalities to continue selling alcohol. The law […]

Phone number may look local but it’s still a scam

Scammers are getting more and more sophisticated. In Thomasville, local citizens have been getting phone calls that they have delinquent city court fines. The calls are made to seem more legitimate because they show up with a 636 Thomasville phone prefix on caller IDs. The caller wants the individual to give them a credit card or debit card number to […]

CPS student creates shoe ministry

A student at Clarke Preparatory School has created a ministry devoted to donating shoes to needy third world people. Abby Crosby, a senior at Clarke Prep, went on a mission trip to Nicaragua with the Norman Stevens Ministries. Stevens is a doctor in Jackson, Ala., a member of First Baptist Church, which takes a mission group each year. Crosby, who […]

Annual Fulton run, walk benefits animal causes

The annual 5K Run and Pet Walk benefiting the Voice For The Animals Campaign will be held Saturday, March 21 in Fulton. The events will begin at 8:30 a.m. near the walking bridge in downtown Fulton. In addition to the 5K Run, there will be a pet walk, door prizes, T-shirts for sale, and awards for the largest and smallest […]


Robert Lee Smith, 56, of Fruitdale departed this life March 11, 2015 at his residence. He was born May 6, 1958 to the parentage of Velma Jean Ruffin and the late Junior Ruffin. He was a native of Meridian, Miss. He was a loyal member of Faith Christian Land Center, State Line, Miss. Although failing health prevented him from attending […]


Mrs. Marie Henderson Roberts, 96, of Chatom departed this life March 14, 2015 at Washington County Nursing Home in Chatom. She was born March 7, 1919 to the parentage of the late Nash Henderson, Sr. and Olean Adams Henderson. She was a member of St. Union Baptist Church of McIntosh, and before her health failed, served faithfully as church pianist […]