Charles Ray Snell, 53, a resident of the Grove Hill community, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at North Mobile Nursing and Rehab Facility in Eight Mile. He was born on May 25, 1966 to Hezekiah Snell and Mary Lee Mitchell Snell. A graduate of Clarke County High School in the Class of 1984, he enjoyed fishing […]



Clint Brown Sr., 87, a native of Rockville and a resident of Sunflower, transitioned into eternal rest Feb. 25, 2020 while at Jackson Medical Center. He was born Jan. 8, 1933 to Jessie and Steve Brown. Clint was a faithful member of Little Sunflower No. 3 Baptist Church in Sunflower, where he served as a deacon until his declining health. […]



Richard James “RJ” Beckham, 89, of Coffeeville, made his earthly transition on Sunday, March 1, 2020, while at Providence Hospital in Mobile. He was born Nov. 18, 1930 to Lonnie Mae Beckham and Willie Gray Beckham. RJ was one of 10 children. RJ joined the Cedar Point Baptist Church in his early years. He was raised after his mother’s passing […]



Cheryl Anita Gordon, 62, a lifelong resident of Jackson, departed this life Feb. 25, 2020 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. She was born July 17, 1957 to the parentage of the late Mr. Ollie Gordon and the late Mrs. Queen Johnson Gordon. Cheryl was a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church #1 where, in earlier years, she sang in the […]

2020-02-27 E-Edition


Coffeeville Police Chief Mark Leon turned fisherman late last week before beginning his shift. He and a friend were at the road leading into the Coffeeville Lock and Dam where Tombigbee River floodwaters were cascading across the road — and sometimes a fish, too! There’s no report on what, if any fish, the chief caught.

1 local race on Dem ballot, 1 on GOP

  There are few local races on the March 3 Clarke County ballot. The only countywide race is on the Republican ballot. Tyler Montana Prescott and Kliff Stephens are running for revenue commissioner. Incumbent Terry Norris did not seek re-election. Revenue Commissioner Prescott is an accounting major from the University of West Alabama and works in his family’s real estate […]

T’ville mayor’s salary increases in new term

The Thomasville mayor’s position will be getting a raise when the new terms start in October 2020 after the Thomasville City Council approved it at Monday night’s meeting. While anyone could be elected this year, the expected benefactor is current Mayor Sheldon Day. He is expected to run for a seventh term in the August municipal election. The approved raise […]

Officer Fleming succumbs to long battle with cancer

Grove Hill Police Officer Dustin Fleming died Feb. 21 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 40-years-old. The local community had rallied to support Fleming during his illness, holding fundraisers and other benefits for the lawman. The funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 25 at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville with burial in the Elam Baptist […]

Rivers high but shy of 1979 record levels

Area rivers didn’t quite make the record-setting flood levels of 1979 but they came close. Heavy rains across the southeastern U.S. flooded the Alabama and Tombigbee rivers to levels not seen in recent years. The record high at Coffeeville Lock and Dam in 1979 was 51.46 feet. Flood stage at the dam is 29 feet. Friday, the Tombigbee was at […]