2017-05-11 E-Edition

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— It was a big day in Fulton Saturday as the annual “Pig Squeal” Show and Auction was held. Above, 4-H youth clean and groom their pigs prior to the show. At left, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries John McMillan was in attendance, shown here talking to County Extension agents Wendy Padgett and Kevan Tucker. See more photos and […]

Clarke DHR has $11.8 million economic impact

The Clarke County Department of Human Resources (DHR) spent nearly $11.8 million in the county in 2015 on services for citizens and DHR employee salaries and DHR operating expenses. Alvin Reed, DHR district administrative specialist and interim director for the county DHR, attended Monday’s work session of the Clarke County Commission and detailed the numbers as well as some of […]

Coden man dies in crash on Highway 43 in Leroy

A Coden man died in a one-vehicle accident in Leroy Sunday afternoon. Michael Scott Smith, 55, was killed when the 1999 Chevrolet C1500 truck he was driving left Highway 43, struck a concrete pole, crashed into a tree and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred at the 57-mile marker at 1:10 p.m. Alabama State Troopers […]


With the sun setting over the courthouse in the background, the local band “Sunny Vaiden” played classic rock and country tunes for the patrons of the Grove Hill Arts Council’s “For the Love of Art” street dance Saturday evening on Main Street. Patrons visited the studio, participated in a silent auction and enjoyed fellowship and refreshments. Winners were announced for […]


Daryl Newsome (center), Addie and John Tyler show a cabbage that measured 36 inches across. “My grandmother, Emma Newsome, wouldn’t use anything else but Bonnie Plants. She always told me they were the best, and she was right,” said Daryl Newsome. His father, Johnny Newsome, uses only Bonnie plants, and he is teaching his children, Addie and John Tyler, to […]

Commissioner says serving on boards gets in way of work

A request by Clarke County E-911 Director Becky Neugent to attend a state board meeting was denied by the Clarke County Commission Tuesday. The day meeting did not entail a fee or an overnight stay and lunch was being provided. Neugent had requested a county vehicle to go in. “I’m against being on these boards…any of these boards. All of […]

Animal shelter has housed 206 dogs since January

The Clarke County Animal Shelter is a busy place. Since January, 206 dogs have been through the shelter, director Donna Gates told county commissioners Monday. Dogs are by far the biggest clients for the shelter but the shelter also houses cats as well. There are 46 puppies there now and plans are to ship out 23 puppies and grown dogs […]

Arson charged

Two men have been arrested and charged with arson in connection with the burning of a barn on the Asbury Road in Grove Hill. Jessie Keith “Kotton” Dunn of Monroeville and Rodney Pearson of Thomasville were arrested by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department Sunday and charged with setting the fire that destroyed the barn of Millor Powell Jr. early on […]

Here & there around the county

SUNDAY IS MOTHER’S DAY. Remember yours…get her something nice, a gift or flowers…take her out to eat or maybe do the cooking for her. If nothing else, just take time with her and tell her you love her. Mothers are special. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS ARE COMING. Clarke County High School and Clarke Prep School will hold commencement exercises the same […]