2018-09-27 E-Edition

Huntsville murder suspect caught

An intense manhunt ended successfully and without incident Tuesday night when a 20-year-old Clarke County man wanted in connection with a murder in Huntsville was arrested at his mother’s home near Walker Springs. X’Zavier Kamontae Scott of 511 Marblehead Lane, Jackson (near Walker Springs), was taken into custody without incident and lodged in the Clarke County Jail. He was sought […]

CPS names athletic fields Harrigan Sports Complex

Almost five decades worth of work and dedication were honored Friday night as Clarke Prep School named the entire area holding the athletic fields for the Gators the Harrigan Sports Complex. A bricked gate with the title of the area spanning the road way will be built before the start of next year’s sports seasons. Board chairman Gray Skipper talked […]

Jackson AT&T store burglars get away

Most of $70,000 in phones, accessories taken recovered

On Sept. 21 at 12:48 a.m., Jackson Police responded to a burglary call at the AT&T store at 4125 North College Avenue. Police responded when the store’s alarm sounded and arrived to discover that the front door of the business had been pried open. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that two individuals dressed in black and wearing white gloves were […]

Saluting our veterans

A special tribute to military veterans will be published in The Clarke County Democrat Nov. 8, the issue just before Veterans Day on Nov. 11. “There is no charge for this salute to area veterans. It is a way to say thank you for your service,” said Democrat Publisher Jim Cox. This is open to all veterans — from World […]

Travel inspired scenes on Becky Hawkins’ pottery pieces

The Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center will host a reception for October’s Artist of the Month on Thursday, Oct. 4 from five o’clock until six o’clock. The artist is Rebecca Raffield Hawkins. Folks who grew up in Clarke County may know her grandparents: Lee Roy Tucker and Annie May Pugh. Her parents, too: Jack Raffield and Ethel Tucker. This artist, […]

Hawkins to talk antique dolls at historical society meeting

The “Alabama Indestructible Doll” will be the topic for the Sunday, Sept. 30 meeting of the Clarke County Historical Society. In addition to her pottery art, Becky Hawkins has been collecting dolls for over 20 years and has several of the “Indestructible Dolls,” made by Ella Gaunt Smith of Roanoke, Ala. Patented in 1901, within a few years Smith’s Roanoke […]


Lou Bertha Wilson Wright, 92, departed this life September 21, 2018 at her residence. She was a native of Whatley and a resident of Jackson she was born Sept. 12, 1926 to the parentage of the late Dave Sr. and Ruby Wilson. She retired as a laborer in the automobile industry. “Pancake”, as she was affectionately known, loved to sew […]


Dottie Rea Purvis Harrell, 90, of Grove Hill died Sept. 21, 2018 in a Mobile hospital. She was born June 20, 1928 in West Bend. She exemplified her faith by selflessly serving others in countless ways. She was a long-time resident of the Antioch community and a member of the Antioch Baptist Church where she served as treasurer for more […]


Kimberly Ann Thompson, 47, of Jackson, passed away Sept. 19, 2018 at Mobile Infirmary. She was born Aug. 27, 1971 to Nancy Ann Blackmon Tillman and Erwin Eugene Tillman Jr. A registered nurse, she had been employed at several hospitals, but in her spare time, she enjoyed Alabama football, fishing, hunting and the beach. She frequented various types of restaurants, […]