Kenneth “Bodolee” Chapman, 55, departed his life on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020 at his home in Grove Hill. Kenneth was born March 14, 1965 to Gladys Chapman Coates and Nathaniel Chapman. He was a truck driver for many years, using the handle “Bojangle,” as well as a lifelong Alabama Fan, “Roll Tide.” He was fondly known to family and friends […]



Robert Eugene “Bobby” Reid, 86, of Grove Hill, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his residence. He was born in Campbell on February 5, 1934 to Robert A. Reid and Anna Wimberly Reid. Bobby graduated from Thomasville High School in 1952 and was an alumnus of Auburn University class of 1957 where he was a proud member of the Alpha Tau Omega […]

2020-08-13 E-Edition

Pioneer Day cancels second year in row

Pioneer Day, slated for Oct. 31, has been canceled due to concerns of large gatherings in light of the coronavirus pandemic not subsiding. This is the second year for the Grove Hill event to cancel. Kerry Dunaway, director of the Clarke County Museum, said she was disappointed to have to make the announcement. “Our Museum Steering Committee met virtually and […]

What’s most needed in Grove Hill

Grove Hill’s municipal election is coming up soon, on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Any necessary runoffs will be held Oct. 6. Two questions were posed to the three candidates for mayor and two for the candidates in the only contested council seat: “What are your top five priorities for Grove Hill? How would you propose to address or fulfill them?” The […]

COVID numbers misleading

COVID-19 cases in Clarke County jumped164 overnight, from Sunday to Monday. The figures are incorrect, Clarke County EMA Director Roy Waite said. The Alabama Department of Public Health’s dashboard website showed 662 cases on Sunday, Aug. 9. On Monday, Aug. 10 826 cases were listed. Waite explained that one or more private laboratories had not been reporting case numbers in […]

Clarke DYW winners

Kathryn Raybon was selected Clarke County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2021 at the program held Saturday evening at the Thomasville Civic Center. She is flanked by twin sisters, Kalli Steadham, first runner up, and Kerri Steadham, second runner up. Kathryn, known as Kate, attends Jackson High School and is the daughter of Brian and Audra Raybon. Kalli and Kerri are […]

Grove Hill shocked by tragic fatal accident

A tragic accident claimed the life of a Grove Hill man early Sunday evening. Brian Leathers was attempting to remove a case containing a .30-30 rifle from his vehicle on Clay Street when the gun discharged, striking him, according to a report from the Grove Hill Police Department. Neighbors who heard the shot quickly ran to try and give aid. […]

Forecasters ramp up hurricane season

An upgraded and stronger hurricane season forecast isn’t what people living along the Gulf Coast want to hear. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has doubled its pre-season prediction for named storms, now predicting 19 to 25 with seven to 11 of them being hurricanes and three to six major hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph. The […]


Mary Louise “M.L.” Nix, 96, departed this life August 4, 2020 at Jackson Health Care Facility. She was born July 31, 1924 in the Barlow Bend Community of Jackson, to the parentage of the late Charlie Savage and the late Mrs. Sallie Savage. At an early age, she united with Union Chapel Baptist Church in Barlow Bend, and upon relocating […]