2015-04-30 E-Edition

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Clarke DYW winners announced

Spice usage up; local hospital treats 5 recently

Alabama hospitals have reported a total of 462 patients seen from March 15 through April 20 who have experienced symptoms after smoking or ingesting synthetic cannabinoids (or marijuana) commonly known as spice. Of these, 96 patients were hospitalized and 2 deaths have occurred, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Active surveillance began on April 15, 2015. Prior […]

Murdered woman identified in cold case dating to 1973

Forty-one years after skeleton remains were discovered in a Choctaw County dump, the identity of the individual has been confirmed, as has the fact that she was murdered. Diane Kelly Gonzales of Gulfport, Miss. was 17 when she was reported missing in June of 1973. Some eight months later, in February 1974, Leo Gibson was dumping debris at a community […]

Relay for Life is this Friday on Main Street

The annual Grove Hill Relay for Life, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 1 on Main Street downtown. “Stomp out cancer” is the theme for the event, which begins with the survivors’ and caregivers’ walk followed by participating teams. The luminary service will begin at 8 p.m. The relay will be preceded […]

Telemarketers calling for subscriptions

A telemarketing firm is soliciting subscriptions by phone for The Clarke County Democrat and the other county newspapers. Circulation Solutions, a company based in Albany, Ga., is in charge of the drive. “We want everyone to know this drive is sanctioned by the newspapers,” said Democrat Publisher Jim Cox. This is a good opportunity to subscribe to The Democrat or […]

Republican commissioners kill resolution opposing probate judge’s pay hike

Three of the five Clarke County commissioners Tuesday voted against a resolution opposing legislative bills that would give probate judges, including Clarke County’s across the state significant pay raises if they become law. The resolution, requested by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama from all the counties, noted that the bills, HB 447 and SB 369, do not provide […]

Oldest CCHS grads

Mexia couple gets lump sum $53 million in lotto win

Residents in counties to the east and west of Clarke County have had good luck lately. In late February, a Silas woman, Tamar Howard, had a surprise visit from the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol that she had won the company’s “Forever Prize” of $5,000 a week for the rest of her life. The Choctaw County woman and her children […]


Felicia Alane Matthews Pugh, 52, exchanged life for eternity on April 24, 2015. She was born January 12, 1963 in Mobile to the late Derrick Matthews Sr. and the late Eunice Presnall Matthews. Upon moving to Allen she joined Mt. Horeb AME Church where she was a faithful member. On May 5, 1985, she was united in marriage to Terry […]