2016-04-21 E-Edition

Fire scare at Dumas Manufacturing

A fire in the paint room at Dumas Manufacturing in Grove Hill brought out three fire departments Tuesday morning — Grove Hill, Fulton and Helwestern. Bob Johnson, manager at the church furniture maker, said the sprinkler system quickly contained the fire but smoke blanketed the plant and area. Fans were set up to exhaust the smoke and firefighters checked for […]

Laying a good foundation for new ER

Work is progressing on the new emergency room at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital despite frequent recent rains. The old ER is down and workers are preparing the foundation for the new $4.5 million facility. People who may need the ER are reminded that the new temporary entrance is on the south side of the hospital, just past the Medical Offices […]

Blue pinwheels promote awareness

Colorful blue pinwheels line the front of the Clarke County Courthouse to remind visitors that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Local 4-H Club members sold tee-shirts to promote awareness. Students are wearing blue, including blue jeans, the color of the awareness campaign, to remind people of the continuing problem of child abuse.

Missouri man charged with terrorist threat

Puzzling emails, phone calls puts local school in lockdown

Perplexing emails from an individual claiming to be a University of West Alabama student and seeking help and advice – or something like that – of administrators at Grove Hill Elementary School grew increasingly weirder and more suggestive until Superintendent Larry Bagley and local law enforcement authorities became involved. Richard Dean Thomas’ cell phone was traced to Sedalia, Missouri where […]

Properties will be sold May 3 if taxes not paid by May 2

Clarke County Revenue Commissioner Terry Norris reports that there are still over 100 unpaid ad valorem tax bills even after the tax sale notice was published in The Democrat for three weeks. Norris warned the delinquent taxpayers that if the accounts are not paid by the close of business Monday, May 2, their properties will be sold to the highest […]

GH Council debates having an animal control officer

The Grove Hill Town Council continues to discuss the creation of the position of animal control officer. With reports of vicious and nuisance dogs over the last few years, the council has sought a way to control the problem. Although the city has an animal ordinance, they do not have personnel to enforce it. The issue was brought up again […]


George Albert Bivens, 73, of Fruitdale departed this life April 13, 2016 at Washington County Hospital in Chatom. He was born Nov. 10, 1942 to the parentage of the late Sip Bivens Sr. and Essie Johnson Bivens. Mr. Bivens, affectionately known as “Mister”, was a member of First Baptist Church of Fruitdale. Survivors include a daughter, Iris Franks, Fruitdale; two […]


LeGrant Spencer Dunagan, 72, of Jackson passed away April 17, 2016 at Jackson Medical Center. He was born Aug. 3, 1943 to the late LeGrant Napolean Dunagan and Edna Counselman Dunagan Smith. For years he was an owner-operator of a trucking company until he went to work for various other truck companies. He loved to go look at the river […]


Willie Yvoone “Billie” Batley Jones, 89, of Jackson passed away April 16, 2016. She was born Oct. 15, 1926 to William Charles Batley and Eupaulena Loucinda Dane Batley. She was known as a hard-working lady, she was employed as a mail carrier and at Vanity Fair and owned a store. She enjoyed the company of numerous friends and spent time […]