2021-09-02 E-Edition

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Ida-made tornado causes scare; some road damages, downed trees

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A tornado ran the length of Clarke County Monday afternoon, from north to south. An unoccupied mobile home in the southern part of the county was turned completely upside down, an occupied house had its roof torn off and trees were downed along the path of the storm, according to Clarke County EMA Director Roy Waite who toured the area […]

Last year it was teachers out because of Covid-19, this year it is students

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The Clarke County public school system is coping as best it can with the recent surge in Covid-19 cases, Superintendent Larry Bagley told school board members at their Aug. 26 meeting. “Last year we dealt primarily with employees having to go home which created a shortage of teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and so forth. So far, very few employees […]


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Monday, Sept. 6 is Labor Day. It is a local, state and federal holiday. All governmental offices will be closed and many businesses will observe the day. Labor Day is often referred to as the last holiday of summer. If you are headed to the river, the beach or anywhere else where there will be crowds, be mindful that Covid-19 […]

GH hospital’s uptick in positive Covid tests reflect virus’ surge

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Covid-19 tests administered at the Grove Hill Memorial Hospital over the last three months clearly show when the surge hit locally. Hospital Administrator and CEO Douglas Tanner reported that through Aug. 25 the hospital had performed 470 Covid outpatient tests. Of those 122 were positive, a 26% positivity rate. Fifty-one cases were still awaiting results. By comparison, in July, 220 […]

Starting the second 100 years

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The Clarke County Farmers Federation celebrated the 100th birthday of the state organization at its annual meeting Aug. 26 and the 99th birthday of the county group. The Alabama Farm Bureau Federation was organized in 1921 and the Clarke County Farm Bureau in 1922. The names have since changed to Farmers Federation. Shown are Clarke County directors who were at […]

Legislators present funds to library

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State Senator Greg Albritton, R-Atmore, (left photo) donated $4,500 to the Grove Hill Public Library. Accepting the donation are Janiece Taylor, a former library board member and former chairman, and Librarian Betsy West. Representative Brett Easterbrook, R-Fruitdale, (right photo) donated $6,000 to the library with West accepting the money.

Clarke schools’ enrollment down about 48 for new year

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With Clarke County’s overall population being down, according to recently released 2020 figures from the U.S. Census, it isn’t surprising that the local school system’s enrollment is down, too. The county system is projected to have 2,183 students this school year, down about 48 students from last year’s Average Daily Membership of 2,330.80. Carmen Rotch, the county’s chief financial officer […]

Jackson Medical Center administrator details hospital’s fight against Covid

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Covid-19 cases have spiked in much of the Southeastern U.S., including Alabama, Southwest Alabama and Clarke and Washington counties. Alabama ranks fourth in the nation for the newest cases per capita in the last 14 days. Louisiana is first, Mississippi second and Florida third. Hospitalizations are up and deaths are, too. Jennifer Ryland, administrator at Jackson Medical Center, shared August […]

Clarke Records

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Marriage Certificates Cornelius Cooper Bradley, to Danna Sharron Bowden. Taylor Elizabeth Tarver, to Dillion Gregory Hall. Property deeds listed Dated Aug. 18-23 Howard Chapman Sr., to Kenneth James Pugh. David Ott, to James C. Caraway. Dessie Ovetta Williams, to Browder and Sons Veneer Co., Inc. Julie Lashay Henson, to Jeffrey Scott Henson. Jacqueline N. Brown, to Kathryn N. Harrell. Estate […]