Richard Jackson Sr., 84, a native of the Rockville community and resident of Jackson, made his earthly transition on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020 at his residence. He was born May 21, 1935 to Raymond Jackson and Carrie Williams Jackson. Richard was a retired lineman operator for Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation. He was a faithful member of Mt. Olive No. 1 […]



James Harold White Sr., 83, of Jackson, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 in Jackson. He was born October 28, 1936 in Salitpa to Reginald Young White and Barbara Deas White. An active member of River Hill Baptist Church in the Salitpa community, he was also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He had retired with 27 years of service […]

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Wood loves life after a near-death experience

Calvin Wood says that he’s “just an old country boy” who has been richly blessed. Dressed in his signature overalls, Calvin will always have a big smile on his face, because a “near-death” experience showed him what really matters in this life! In 2011, Calvin was working at the steel mill in Calvert. He got up one morning not feeling […]

Storm pushes big tree through mobile home

A big pine tree fell through a mobile home on Love Road in Grove Hill Monday night as a quick storm roared through the area. There was other damage as well including downed trees and power lines, damaged sheds and fences. One trampoline was spotted twisted and bent after being tossed about by the high winds. Willo Jean Coates lived […]

8 seeking state school board seat; proposal to abolish board on ballot

Clarke and Washington counties are in District 5 on the Alabama Board of Education. The longtime incumbent, Ella Bell passed away in November but had already said she would not seek re-election. Eight Democrats are running for the seat including former Clarke County Superintendent of Education Woodie E. Pugh Jr. of Jackson. Other candidates are Fred Bell, Tonya Smith Chestnut, […]

T’ville hospital opens Friday

Years in the making, the Thomasville Regional Medical Center will open Friday, Feb. 14. According to a search on Facebook, The Democrat learned there will be a flag raising at 10 a.m., a ribbon cutting at 10:30 a.m. and an open house from 11 until 1 p.m. The open house will repeat Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 until 12. The […]


Grove Hill volunteer firefighters hose mud off the Hebron Road just outside of town Saturday morning. Helwestern firefighters came and assisted, too. The mud had been tracked onto the highway by log trucks from a logging site. County commissioners complained a couple of weeks ago about the problem, saying it was a hazard for drivers and asked loggers to help […]

5 arrested in Whatley; juvenile tried to run

A traffic stop in the Whatley area Wednesday evening, Feb. 5 resulted in the arrest of four individuals, two adults and two juveniles. A third juvenile ran but was captured within an hour’s time. Arrested were Bobby Armstead, 49, charged with DUI and Ja’Karl Jackson, 19, who was charged with possession or receipt of a controlled substance, use or possession […]


Frank Lewis Jones, 73, departed this life Feb. 5, 2020 at his residence. He was a native and resident of the Walker Springs Community of Jackson. He was born June 5, 1946 to the parentage of the late Mr. Johnnie Lewis Jones and the late Mrs. Lucille Scott Jones. He was a faithful member of Greater Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church […]