Jim Clifton Hall, 59, passed away Dec. 21, 2018 in Mobile. He was born Jan. 14, 1959 to the late Herbert Hoover and Nancy Janelle Beasley Hall. He was employed with Clarke-Mobile Counties Gas District for 13 years. He was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife, Kathy W. Hall, Jackson; one son, Jace Clifton (Natasha) Hall, Shalimar, Fla.; one […]



Robert Thornton, 79, a native and resident of Coffeeville, made his earthly transition from this life Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at Mobile Infirmary Hospital. He was born March 1, 1939 to Della and Johnny Thornton. Robert loved spending time with family and friends, as well as planting, working in his garden and playing his harmonica. One of his favorite dishes […]



  Archie Lee Stewart, 85, a native and resident of the Salitpa community of Jackson, answered the Master’s call Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Jackson Medical Center. He was born Feb. 7, 1933 to Claude “Hop” and Sadie Woodson Stewart. Archie was a faithful and dedicated member of the Springfield AME Zion Church in Salitpa, where he served as a […]



Willie Lee Simmons Jr., 75, a native of Toddtown and a resident of McIntosh, also known to family and friends as “Daddy,” “Big Daddy,” “Junior,” “Uncle June” and “Uncle Willie.” He was born on Nov. 3, 1943 to the parentage of Willie Lee Sr. and Lillian Todd Simmons. Following a brief illness, Willie answered the Heavenly Father’s call to enter […]



Arletha Rochelle Morris, 55, better known as “Lisa,” a resident of the Good Hope community of Jackson, answered the Master’s call Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, while at Jackson Medical Center. She was born Sept. 1, 1963 to Paul and Clementine Stewart Morris. She married David Howze and raised a loving family that she provided for as a private home caretaker. […]


“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” will be easier on the pocketbook this Christmas with cheaper gas prices. Gas was $1.99 at most pumps in Grove Hill Tuesday. According to gasbuddy.com, gas was as low as $2.02 in Jackson with one outlet at $2.05 and others at $2.09. In Thomasville, most stores had prices […]

‘Dukie, we are going to kill you’

USS Pueblo’s crew released just days before Christmas 50 years ago

Christmas 1968 — 50 years ago — was a very merry one for Rodney Duke as he and 81 other fellow crewmen of the USS Pueblo celebrated not only the holiday but freedom, too, after having been held as prisoners by the North Koreans for nearly a year. The Pueblo was attacked and captured in open seas by the North […]

JHS students charged with campus rape

Gag order seals info, comments

Five Jackson High School male students have been arrested and charged with the first degree rape of a female student at the school. The alleged crime is said to have happened on Friday, Dec. 7. Jackson police officers went to the school and made the arrests on Thursday, Dec. 13. The five males’ ages could not be confirmed before a […]


Members of the Clarke County High School Student Government Association rang the Salvation Army bells at Norman’s Foods in Thomasville recently. Harmony Welch, left, and Shakirah Washington were two of the volunteers willing to help others. The SGA is sponsored by Mary Roberts. Grove Hill had a Salvation Army Kettle drive for several years but it lapsed two years. The […]


Terri Horton Denson, 54, of Thomasville died Dec. 12, 2018 at her residence. She was born Nov. 10, 1964 to Jimmy and Willodean Horton of Jackson. She was the owner of The Seafood Mart in Thomasville. Survivors include her husband, Charles Ray Denson, Thomasville; son, C.J. Denson, Grove Hill; daughter, Brittany Denson, Gulf Shores; her parents; brother, Mike Horton, Jackson; […]