2016-02-04 E-Edition

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Presidential primary vote is March 1

The Iowa Caucuses are over. New Hampshire’s primary is next week and then Nevada and South Carolina will vote before the end of the month. And then it’ll be Alabama’s turn to have a say in who’ll get to run for president. Alabama and other southern states will vote March 1 in what has been dubbed the “SEC Primary” (a […]

Deputy and sheriff share unique bond

Donald Jackson retires as full-time courthouse security officer

Sheriff Ray Norris and Deputy Donald Jackson have a lot in common — they are both big men who love people and love to laugh and joke. They have another more serious common bond though — they were both shot by the same jail inmate 16 years ago. It was May 23, 2000 when a shackled Eric Welch snatched then- […]

Jurors can’t agree in robbery case

A mistrial was declared Jan. 28 in a robbery case of a Vineland man accused of robbing six Mexican migrant workers in Thomasville in 2014. Jurors deliberated for about five hours (including a lunch break) last Thursday before informing Judge Robert Montgomery that they couldn’t reach a decision regarding the guilt or innocence of Rufus Grayson. A unanimous verdict was […]

Grand jury returns 198 indictments

The Clarke County Grand Jury was in session last week and returned 193 criminal indictments. Grand jurors considered 228 cases, returning 185 felony indictments and 24 misdemeanors. Eleven cases were carried over. Recommendations made including moving the Sheriff’s Department criminal investigations lab to the courthouse from the sheriff’s department and jail complex. Sheriff Ray Norris moved his office back into […]

Purple martins have arrived in the county!

Ed Guy called Monday morning to report that he had a purple martin at his Cammack Drive home the latter part of the previous week. Tuesday morning, Bennie Overton called and said he saw one at one of his gourds on the Pineywoods Road Monday. He also saw a hummingbird. “Early birds,” or scouts as they are called usually are […]


Annie Ruth Denson, 63, a resident of the Gosport community of Whatley passed away peacefully Tuesday morning Jan. 26, 2016 at Mobile Infirmary. She was born Oct. 5, 1952 to the late Josephine and Willie Denson in Claiborne. She was a member of the Mackey Branch No. 1 Baptist Church and had worked at Vanity Fair for many years as […]


Missionary Claudia Mae Washington, 81, of McIntosh died peacefully at home surrounded by family Jan. 25, 2016. A member of the Church of God of Deliverance of the Apostles Faith in McIntosh, she served as a missionary and in the Prayer Band. She also enjoyed caring for children, working as a social worker and visiting the sick. She loved gardening […]


Lori Ann Brown Williams, 51, of Rockville made her earthly transition at her residence Jan. 22, 2016 surrounded by her family. She was a native of Sunflower. She was born March 16, 1964 to Clint Sr. and Aslean Sims Brown. She attended Leroy High School and graduated from Corpus Christi High in Texas. She was a member of Mt. Olive […]


Myron C. Plummer, 92, of Jackson passed away Jan. 28, 2016. He was born Nov. 21, 1923 in Grove Hill to parents, Ralph H. and Carrie Riggan Plummer. He was retired from Boise as a purchasing manager. Survivors include one son, John Scott Plummer; grandchildren, Daniel Scott (Kay) Counselman, Ann Marie ( Jeff ) West; great-grandchildren, Brecklyn Asahi Counselman and […]