2018-10-24 E-Edition

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Over 700 apply for absentee ballots

If absentee ballots are a barometer of interest in an election — and they often are — then the Nov. 6 general election may be shaping up to be a humdinger in Clarke County. Absentee manager Gina Skipper said Monday that she has already issued over 700 applications for absentee ballots. An application is not an actual ballot. It must […]


Work is briskly progressing on the new Thomasville Regional Medical Center, going up on the south end of Thomasville. Brasfield & Gorrie is the contractor for the project. The architect’s drawing of the finished hospital is at right. The hospital is costing about $40 million and while it is privately owned, the city has committed nearly $20 million to it […]

Alabama and Auburn both open Saturday, so come on to Pioneer Day!

As part of the state’s bicentennial celebration, the Clarke County Museum will host a bigger Pioneer Day with longer hours. The 19th annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum in Grove Hill. The free living history event features costumed re-enactors demonstrating early life in southwest Alabama. The Willie Overton Memorial Tractor & […]

Judge OK’s T’ville’s bond restructuring — with a couple of clarifications

The city of Thomasville’s request for validation and confirmation of the restructuring and combining of approximately $7.4 million of its debt was approved by Circuit Judge Gaines C. McCorquodale in an order released Monday. However, Judge Mc- Corquodale made two clarifications in the final two pages of the 25-page order. Two hearings were held on the matter. District Attorney Spencer […]

Grove Hill Artist of the Month

This portrait artist is now fascinated with turkeys!

The Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center will host a reception for Johnna Bush, November’s Artist of the Month, on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 5 until 6 p.m. Johnna grew up in Clarke County and began creating portraits of Clarke’s residents at the age of 10. What was a parent to do when a report came in that while all the […]

Parents charge Jackson teacher with improper remarks on Facebook

Several Jackson Intermediate School parents were at the Oct. 18 Clarke County Board of Education meeting to complain about what they called racist and divisive remarks posted by a teacher/coach on a social media site. Tinika Criswell spoke for the group saying the teacher, who was not named, was asked by a seventh grader what a good leadership slogan would […]


Albert Dean King Sr., 83, better known as “Hot Pepper,” a resident of Jackson, departed this life Oct. 20, 2018 while at Jackson Health Care Facility. He was born Oct. 30, 1934 to Pinkie and Floyd King Sr. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Left to cherish his memories are three sons, Albert Dean King Jr., Jackson, Edward […]


Chelsey Brewer Silmon, 36, departed this life alongside her daughter, Faith Whittaker, Oct. 15, 2018 in Texas. Her Christian life and influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her. She was born Aug. 19, 1982 in Merriam, Kan., to Mary and John Brewer. She graduated from Clarke County High School in May 2000 and attended Auburn […]


Faith Elizabeth Whittaker, 16, departed this life alongside her mother, Chelsey Silmon and godsister, Jessica Brown Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 in Texas. She was born on Dec. 20, 2001 to John Whittaker and the late Mrs. Chelsey Silmon. Faith was a junior at Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas. She accepted Christ at an early age and participated with the […]