Daphine Wilson Norris, 88, of Grove Hill, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 at Willow Brook Westminster Village in Spanish Fort. She was born in Grove Hill on Jan. 14, 1932. She attended Clarke County High School where she was a cheerleader for the Bulldogs. She and her family co-owned B.W. Wilson Timber Co. […]



Ruby May Bozone, 77 of Thomasville died Sept. 22, 2020 at Thomasville Regional Medical Center. She was born August 27, 1943 in Leakesville, Miss. to Melbourn Dennis Huggins and Willie Dean Huggins. She was a former store manager and a member of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is survived by her husband, Richard Gordon Bozone; two […]



Egypt Williams, 52, departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 at his residence. He was a native and resident of Manila born April 20, 1968 to the late Nelson Williams and the late Jennie L. Fox. Egypt, also known as “Rev” or “Egypt Pop” was very well known throughout the community. His hobbies consisted of singing, dancing and riding horses. […]



Jerry Pugh, 63, a native and resident of the Toddtown community, departed this life Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 while at USA Medical Center in Mobile. He was born July 29, 1957 to Zack Pugh and Lela Coats Pugh. Jerry’s greatest enjoyment was being around family and friends. Left to cherish his memories are one loving sister, Annie Mae Johnson of […]

2020-09-17 E-Edition

Sally expected to be big rainmaker for area

Winds of slow-moving system not expected to be as severe

Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, Hurricane Sally was off the coast of Alabama, crawling at a speed of 2 to 3 mph toward landfall. Landfall was expected Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Because of the storm, this newspaper went to press a day early, on Tuesday, instead of its normal Wednesday printing day. Tuesday morning, Sally was a Category 1 […]

Spider lilies already!

The red spider lilies usually don’t pop up until sometime in late September or early October. The old wive’s tale is that when they appear it is six weeks until frost — or at least much cooler temperatures. A number of area residents have reported seeing the lilies blooming already. This one is at Publisher Jim Cox’s place in Coffeeville. […]

Clarke school board OKs $27M budget for 2020-21

The Clarke County Board of Education approved the budget for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 at its Sept. 10 meeting. The budget is $27,336,976.46. The amount is similar to previous budgets. Custodian of Funds Carmen Rotch went back over some items she presented at the last board meeting, detailing the total number of students in the system (2,287) […]

Everyone can vote absentee

Sept. 10 was the first day that Alabama voters could make application for, receive and vote an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election. Alabama’s law says that a voter must have one of several valid reasons to be able to vote an absentee ballot but those reasons are being waived this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and […]

Old CCHS gym named for beloved principal

You have to be a really old timer in Grove Hill to know that the old Clarke County High School gymnasium was named the O. T. Weeks Memorial Gymnasium. The facility was referenced as the Weeks Gymnasium for many years but the name gradually fell away until the gym was simply referred to as the CCHS gym. Fred Huggins called […]