2015-11-19 E-Edition

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Keeping their priorities straight

A tradition that never wavered throughout the Clarke Prep School’s football season was a prayer before each game by players. Here Patrick Dunn (4) and John Hill Newsom (15) kneel prior to the final game of the season against Edgewood Academy in Wetumpka Friday night. The CPS Gators lost but Tiffany Newsom put it in perspective when she wrote on […]

Preacher pleads to sex charges; gets 15 years

Four adult women, teen and/or preteen victims of sexual assault by a then- Thomasville minister in the late 1980s and early 1990s, wiped tears Monday as they listened to him repeatedly answer “guilty” as multiple counts of rape, attempted rape, sodomy and sexual abuse were read aloud by the judge. Mack Charles Andrews pleaded guilty in Clarke County Circuit Court […]

Win cash in Democrat’s photo contest

Get your cameras out or dig out a favorite Christmas photo from the past and enter The Democrat’s Christmas photo contest. You could win $100 cash if you’re the first place winner. Second place garners $50 and third place $25. Color prints of anything Christmas related are submissionable — people, places, objects — just so it has a Christmas theme! […]

Sheriff says drone will be big help in search missions

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super… Drone! The Clarke County Sheriff’s Department is in the aviation business now. Sheriff Ray Norris has purchased a drone. The drone was used last Friday for a manhunt in south Wilcox County that turned out not to be anything. He envisions its usefulness not only for manhunts […]

Richey won’t be on ballot, says judge; Demos still certify

Democratic candidate for superintendent of education Lenoise Richey Jr., did not file his qualifications for the office with the Clarke County Probate Office prior to qualifying with the Democratic Party in violation of state law, said Probate Judge Valerie Davis, and his name won’t be on the General Election ballot. Richey had qualified to run against incumbent Larry Bagley, a […]

Grove Hill council must rebid solid waste contract

The Grove Hill Town Council approved Monday night advertising bids for a new three-year solid waste collection contract. The contract with BFI/Republic Services will end Dec. 31, and Republic has told town officials that they do not wish to work under the conditions of the current contract. The company is seeking a rate increase. Bids will be due Dec. 7, […]

Grove Hill’s churches to hold community Thanksgiving service

A Community Thanksgiving Service will be Sunday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Grove Hill United Methodist Church. The speaker will be Dr. Mike Pearson, the church’s pastor. Additional area ministers will participate in the service. Catherine Neal, who is helping to organize the event, said this is a community service that draws from the churches of different denominations […]

Community Calendar

Clarke County Education Retirees Association will meet Thursday, Nov. 19 at 11:45 a.m. at the New Faith Baptist Church in Coffeeville for its annual Thanksgiving dinner and business meeting. Spencer Chapel A.M.E. Church of Fulton will present its Annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Nov. 21. The theme will be “Magical Christmas.” Line up begins at 1 p.m. and the parade starts […]


Edward Lee Burrell, 62, was called home to receive his heavenly reward on Nov. 8, 2015. He was born Feb. 9, 1953 in Choctaw Bluff. He was the oldest of 10 children born to loving and devoted parents, Arile Burrell Taylor and Jimmie Lee James. Edward was a 1971 graduate of Harper High School of Jackson. He left Alabama in […]