Jeremy Lee Copeland, age 37, passed away February 16, 2019 in Daphne, AL. He was a native of Clarke County, AL, a former resident of Mobile, AL and a resident of Frisco City, AL for the past 5 years. He was an avid painter, artist and musician and attended the Amity Baptist Church. Preceded in death by his father, David […]



Timothy Edwin Knight, 56, of Helena died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 after a length illness. He is survived by his wife, Judy Knight, and sisters Wanda Westbrook (Stephen), Cathy Baker, Janet Woodham, and Rita Phillips (Don). He had three nieces, two nephews, a stepdaughter, and five step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin D. Knight, mother, […]



Vergie Mae Milstead Hodge, 86, of Mobile and formerly of Coffeeville, passed away Feb. 17, 2019 at her residence surrounded by family. She was born May 16, 1932 to John C. Milstead Sr. and Kitty C. Milstead in Coffeeville. A member of Union Grove Baptist Church in Coffeeville, she had been a lifelong homemaker. She is survived by her children, […]



John O. Batson II, a lumber industry veteran whose ambition and love of adventure took him around the South, and the world, died on February 5, 2019. He was 94. John was born on July 23, 1924 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the second son of Claud L. Batson and Mary Bryan Batson. He and his brother, Blair E. Batson, grew up […]



David Michael Rush, Sr., 77 of Dickinson, died Feb. 12, 2019 at his home. He was born Feb. 3, 1942 in Thomasville, to Clyde and Essie Rush. He was a retired millwright from Scotch Plywood Company. He was a member of Dickinson Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his two sons, Michael Rush and […]


Barbara Williams, 58, a native and lifelong resident of Grove Hill, departed this life on Feb. 4, 2019 at Providence Hospital in Mobile. She was born Nov. 20, 1960 to the parentage of the late Allen Presnall and Eleanor Martin Presnall. At an early age she confessed Christ as her Lord and Savior and joined Mt. Zion No. 2 Baptist […]

A multitude of factors blamed for Fulton floods

An engineering study of Fulton’s flooding woes produced no one thing that caused the flooding — no “smoking gun”— but rather a multitude of contributing factors. The results of the study were revealed at a public meeting held in the fellowship hall of the First Baptist Church of Fulton Monday evening. DeAnn Grantham, a project engineer with Southern Engineering Solutions […]

IRS threatens lien against GH hospital

The hospital crisis that has plagued facilities across Alabama and the nation is affecting Grove Hill. The Internal Revenue Service has notified Grove Hill Memorial Hospital that it will soon file a lien against it for its failure to pay employee payroll taxes. Also, some hospital employees complained in recent days that they have been to the doctor only to […]

Sen. Jones tours new Thomasville hospital, holds public meeting

Alabama’s first Democratic U.S. senator in two decades visited Thomasville at his own invitation Saturday and spent the better part of the day there, touring the new hospital under construction, the existing library and hearing about plans for a new library and then holding a marathon town hall-style meeting with constituents that lasted nearly two and a half hours. Mayor […]

Child Advocacy Center dinner is Saturday

The Regional Child Advocacy Center’s annual dinner and benefit will be held Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Assembly House in Jackson. Longtime juvenile probation officer Jackie Dotson will receive the 2019 Eddie Slayton Memorial Award winner for her work with children. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a silent auction, a program at 6:30 and dinner following. A live […]