2017-10-05 E-Edition

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The Clarke County school system has purchased 21 new buses that will be on the roads soon. These buses are part of the Fleet Renewal Program offered by the state. The buses, purchased from Ward International, cost $77,233 each with the state contributing $63,000 toward each bus. The school system financed its share with Merchants Bank. These 2018 model buses […]

Council tables airport closure for more review

The closing of the Grove Hill Airport was tabled by the town council Monday evening after local attorney and pilot Gil Gilmore made an impassionate speech in defense of the facility. The council had voted at its last meeting to close the airport and a resolution to that effect was on the agenda Monday. But after hearing from Gilmore, the […]

A. J. Pritchett Memorial Park dedication set Friday morning

The Grove Hill Town Council issued a resolution Monday naming and dedicating the A. J. Pritchett Memorial Park on Carter Drive. The park and playground equipment have been renovated. A new fence has been erected around the basketball court. The park is on the site of the old Wilson Hall High School, the longtime black high school in Grove Hill. […]

First US Bank moving HQ from T’ville to B’ham

First US Bank recently opened its new office on U.S. Highway 280 in Birmingham. Shortly after the grand opening, the boards of directors of the bank and First US Bancshares, Inc. voted to relocate its executive officers and headquarters to the new facility. First US Bancshares is the parent company of the bank. A press release on the subject is […]


Clarke Preparatory School presented the 2017 Homecoming Court last Friday night. The members of the court are, from left, Maddux Harvell, 7th grade Maid; Maggie Childs, 8th grade Maid; Ally Linder, Freshman Maid; Queen Abbie Pritchett; Senior Maid Jonnah Henson; Junior Maid Sarah Prescott and Sophomore Maid Anna Claire Bush. It was a tough homecoming loss for the Gator football […]

Ulcanush Baptist Church’s 200th celebration Oct. 14-15

The Alabama Territory was created on March 3, 1817. Statehood would come in 1819. On Oct. 25, 1817, a small group of faithful settlers gathered at a prayer meeting about two miles north of the frontier town of Coffeeville and established Ulcanush Baptist Church, so named for a nearby Creek Indian-named stream. Ulcanush Baptist is planning a big two-day celebration […]

Old St. Stephens Day this Saturday is Bicentennial event

Old St. Stephens will come alive Saturday as the historic park there celebrates Alabama’s Bicentennial. St. Stephens was Alabama’s Territorial Capital from 1817 until 1819. The day starts at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony and continues until 2 p.m. with a variety of activities including historical lectures, arts and crafts vendors and food vendors. The old town area is […]


CCHS homecoming parade, tailgating “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” is the theme for the 2017 Clarke County High School Homecoming festivities. Students enjoyed various dress-up days during the week, but there are additional activities at the end of the week. Thursday night (tonight) at 6 p.m. there will be a Powder Puff game. The admission is $5. On Friday school […]


Wesley Armstead, 84, a native and resident of Whatley, answered the Master’s call on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile. Born Jan. 17, 1933 to Dosey and Henrietta Rogers Armstead. He was a member of the Indian Ridge Baptist Church of Whatley. He worked for Troy Moore and John Anderson for many […]