Lynda Howell Presnall, 70, of Jackson died Dec. 17, 2019. Lynda was born June 12, 1949 in Hawaii to Robert Lynford Howell and Evelyn Ann Snell Howell. She worked as a bookkeeper for P & R Electrical Contractors for 33 years. Lynda was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Jackson who loved to read, especially suspense and […]



Lucy Ann Fox, 68, departed this life Dec. 13, 2019 at her residence. She was a native and resident of Gainestown. She was born to the parentage of Willis B. “Jodie” Fox and the late Mrs. Bessie Mae Fox. Lucy attended Antioch AME Church in Gainestown for many years. As a youngster, she was faithful in helping her grandmother, the […]



Clara Ann Moore, 75, departed this life Dec. 13, 2019 at Jackson Medical Center. She was a native of Leroy. She was born Sept. 29, 1944 to the parentage of the late Robert Moore and the late Mrs. Louanna Williams Moore. Ms. Moore was a life-long member of Saint Union Baptist Church of Leroy. Her hobbies included singing and playing […]



Johnie Henry Rager Jr., 76, of Stockton passed away Dec. 11, 2019 at his residence. He was a native of Coffeeville. Johnie was a graduate of Coffeeville High School. He served in the national guard and later retired as an operator for 38 years at Boise Cascade. Johnie was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing in his spare time. He […]



Torie Martin Wiggins, 52, of Jackson, passed away Dec. 16, 2019 at Saad Hospice in Mobile. She was born Oct. 3, 1967 to Troy and Dorothy Boykin Martin in Demopolis. She was an employee of Boise for 22 years. She was a devoted member of the “Bama Gang,” a group of friends who gathered to watch Alabama football games. She […]



Betty Joyce Etheredge, 84, of Leroy, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at Jackson Medical Center. She was born April 1, 1935 to Massey Reeves and Winnie Pearl May Reeves in Jackson. A retired secretary with Clarke Washington EMC, she was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Leroy, the Adult III Sunday School Class and the Order […]

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Coffeeville a ‘food desert’ no more; new store offers fresh meat, produce!

Coffeeville area residents were ecstatic Saturday when its old grocery store reopened with a new owner with a colorful counter of fresh vegetables and fruits and a bank of freezers and coolers offered fresh and frozen meats and vegetables. The townspeople may not have been familiar with the term “food desert” but they certainly knew its effects. A “food desert” […]

$1.6M federal grant to aid sawmill project

A $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is benefiting a new Clarke County industrial project. The money will be applied to infrastructure improvements for the new sawmill being constructed by the Westervelt Company. The sawmill will be in the North Clarke Industiral Park, near the Louisiana Pacific oriented strand board mill. The monies will be […]

Clarke spared while Choctaw, Marengo have storm damage

Clarke County escaped the severe weather that passed through a portion of the state Monday evening. Some areas were not so fortunate. A husband and wife were killed when a tornado struck in Town Creek, Lawrence County, in the Tennessee River Valley of North Alabama. Others were injured. In Louisiana, the bad weather claimed a life there as well. Closer […]