James Arthur Newton, 83, of Needham passed away June 20, 2019, at his residence in Needham. He was born Dec. 17, 1935 in Red Springs, AL. He is survived by two sons, James Michael (Sandy) Newton of Thomasville, and Claude (Claudia) Dean Newton of Toledo, Ohio; two daughters, Patricia Ann (Paul) Goldsmith of Batesville, Indiana, and Miyoko Joan (David) Bell […]



James Alford, 80 of Thomasville died June 18, 2019 at Mobile Infirmary. He was born Aug. 10, 1938 in Coffeeville. He was a former carpenter. He was a member of Magnolia Methodist Protestant Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his wife, Annie Faye Alford, two daughters, Vicky (Bobby) Dickinson and Cindy (Ricky) Hudson; brothers, Harold Alford, […]



Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke Walker, 84, of Jackson, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Crowne Health Care in Citronelle. She was born Sept. 29, 1934 to Henry F. and Etta Waddill Duke. She had been employed for 25 years as the secretary at Forest Avenue Baptist Church in Jackson. The youngest of 12 children, she became a family caretaker at […]

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LIFE TECH runaway fished from ’Bigbee

Latest incident gets Gov. Kay Ivey’s attention; red tape cut to get security measures moving

Another parolee walked away from Thomasville’s LIFE TECH last week. Mayor Sheldon Day fired off a message to the Governor’s Office where it got the attention of Gov. Kay Ivey who put the wheels turning toward security upgrades that had been promised but hadn’t been made. The parolee, Mark Anthony Creel, left the premises around mid-day Thursday, June 13 and […]

Man dies in Gainestown area wreck; another survives ride in torn-apart car

A two-vehicle collision on the Walker Springs Road (County Route 29) just west of Gainestown Saturday afternoon killed one driver. The second survived but was seriously injured when his car was severed and he rode a part of it at least 60 feet. Killed was Timothy N. Flinn, 65, of Gainestown, the driver of a 1998 Toyota 4- Runner. Antonio […]

T’ville store robber still not caught

Thomasville Police are still searching for a male subject who robbed the Cefco Gas Station on Highway 43 South on the night of June 10. Thomasville Police Chief Mitch Stuckey said officers have conducted several interviews, including some suspects but have yet to make an arrest. An award has been offered by Stuckey. “The robbery happened on the same night […]

Westervelt site clearing a massive project

Big scrapers and other dirt-moving equipment are lined up at the site of the new Westervelt sawmill in the North Clarke Industrial Park. The site work got started last week. W. S. Newell and Sons, a Montgomery contractor, is doing the work. The site is huge and extends from the railroad on the southside of the industrial road toward the […]

Grove Hill considers grapple truck to help with debris pickups

A longer list of topics than usual made for a detailed work session of the Grove Hill Town Council Monday. The council meeting that followed was relatively short. Council members grappled with the issue of purchasing a grapple truck to help the street crew in collecting debris around town. With spring and summer cleanups as well as annexation, the crew […]


Walter Lee Daffin, 82, affectionately known as “Mann,” peacefully transitioned from life to eternal rest June 15, 2019 at his residence. He was born Nov. 19, 1936 to the late Betty and Walter Daffin. At an early age he united with Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Jackson. He worked until retirement with Ace Demolition in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he had […]