Australia Williams Jackson, departed this life Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019 at Providence Hospital in Mobile. Australia Williams Jackson, 79, was born Sept. 21, 1940 to the parentage of Gertrude and Richard Williams in Gainestown. She confessed Christ at an early age and joined the Good Hope A.M.E. Church in Gainestown. Later, she moved her membership to James Chapel Baptist Church […]



Webster Harmon Jr., 75, a native and resident of St. Stephens, made his earthly transition Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, while at Mobile Infirmary Hospital. He was born Sept. 29, 1944 to Webster Harmon Sr. and Carrie L. Howell Harmon. Webster was a member of James Chapel Baptist Church in St. Stephens, where he served as the president of the Usher […]



Mae Nolia Pendleton Ely, 92, transitioned from this life on Nov. 27 in Grove Hill. She was born Oct. 20, 1927 to Clarence Pendleton and Aretta Bass Pendleton. Early in life she united with the Little Rock Baptist Church in Gosport, where she remained a faithful member and sang in the choir. Additionally, she loved fishing, cooking and her family. Left […]



Harry Eugene “Gene” Parker, 90, departed this life on Dec. 4, 2019 at his home in Jackson. Gene was born Nov. 17, 1929 in Jackson to F.N. and Lucille Parker and spent his early years living at Old Lock #1 on the Tombigbee River where his father was a lock tender. Later, Gene and his family moved to Parkertown, north […]

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Either a tornado or extremely high winds downed trees and caused damage in different parts of Clarke County around 5 a.m. Nov. 27. At Terrence Roper’s mobile home on Sandy Hill Road in the Toddtown community, the tops of pine trees blew out, damaging his home and falling on a car and a truck. The vehicles were not extremely damaged […]

Marengo vote on hospital tax slated Dec. 10

Clarke officials and local hospitals interested in what county decides

Marengo County citizens will vote Dec. 10 on a proposal to add four mills of ad valorem taxes to benefit the Whitfield Regional Hospital in Demopolis. Whitfield is the only hospital in Marengo County. The Marengo County Commission called for the special election in August. A series of public meetings have been held in Marengo County to explain the need […]

Grove Hill parade, then Coffeeville’s

The Annual Grove Hill Christmas Parade will be Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. The parade theme is “Christmas Movies.” The parade will line up at 3:15 p.m. in front of the Clarke County High School. For more information you can call 251-275-4188 or 251-275-6531 or grovehillcoc@tds.net. The Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center will host “For the Love of Art” […]

Norris eulogizes Williams: ‘We’re only a wink apart’

Clarke County Sheriff Ray Norris was among those eulogizing slain Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams during the funeral held in Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery on Monday. Williams, known as “Big John” because he was 6 feet- 6 inches, was shot and killed by an 18-year-old at a convenience store across from the county courthouse in Hayneville Saturday night, Nov. 23. […]

40 and 10-year sentences in child sex abuse cases

Former T’ville donut shop owners sentenced in federal court

A husband and wife who lived for about a year in Thomasville and operated a local donut shop were convicted by a jury in May in U.S. District Court in Mobile for sex crimes. They were sentenced Nov. 20. Mack Junturn Doak, 51, was sentenced to 480 months — 40 years— in prison. He had been found guilty on six […]