2021-12-30 E-Edition

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U.S. Senate candidate Katie Britt with Morgan Keel during a campaign visit to Grove Hill. Morgan was Clarke County’s Distinguished Young Woman in 2019 and her host family in Montgomery were Katie and Wesley Britt. See a month-by-month recap of 2021 starting on Page 1B.

Omicron said to be a fast spreading bug

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But could be less severe than Delta

Healthcare professionals are worried that the latest strain of Covid-19 is going to hit Alabama hard and fast. Already with the new Omicron variant, positivity rates of cases have jumped more than 75% in two weeks. The newest strain was first reported in Africa in late November but is already hitting different parts of the world hard — Europe and […]

Former C’ville, Sweet Water coach pleas guilty to virtual school fraud scheme in north Alabama

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Earlier this month, a former Athens city school superintendent pleaded guilty to one of several counts of conspiring with others to defraud the Alabama State Department of Education in a multi-million dollar virtual school fraud scheme. Dr. Trey Holladay changed his plea of not guilty to guilty on one count of conspiracy in the federal case. One news report says […]

Grove Hill garbage collection services change this week

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Grove Hill’s transition from Waste Management to Republic Services for solid waste collections started this week. Republic, with blue cans has been delivering them around town to residential customers. The blue cans will be serviced by Republic on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. They will not be emptied before then. The brown/tan/gray/ green cans from Waste Management will be picked up […]

Paying your property taxes in person? Do so on or before Thursday, Dec. 30; mailing them may be a better option!

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Property taxes are due by Dec. 31 and delinquent after that date. The Clarke County Courthouse will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve so if you haven’t paid your taxes, you need to do so before 5 p. m. Thursday, Dec. 30. You may mail your tax payments. There will be no delinquent fee as long as the […]


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Sylvia LaShelle Dubose Campbell, 39, a native of Leroy and a resident of Buckatanna, Miss., made her earthly transition on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, surrounded by her family while at Wayne General Hospital in Waynesboro, Miss. She was born on March 16, 1982 to Barbara Dubose and the late James Williams in Jackson. Sylvia was a member of New Jerusalem […]


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West Ola Murphy-Patterson, 78, was born Oct. 12, 1943 in Barlow Bend to Octavia and William Murphy. She passed from this life Dec. 13, 2021. Raised in Mobile, she spent her adult life between Alabama and Oklahoma. In 2019, she finally settled in Oklahoma City with loved ones. Ms. West spent years as a seamstress. She was also a faithful […]


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Rosemary Weldert Boyles, 90, formerly of Leroy and Semmes, passed away Monday, December 20, 2021 at her son’s residence in Clanton. She was born in Germany on April 12, 1931. She had been raised in the Catholic Church, but she became active in Baptist churches in recent years. She had been employed with Kmart and enjoyed crochet and travel. She […]

In Memory

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10/07/1939—01/01/1997 In Loving Memory Of Mary Lee You still live in the hearts and minds of the loving family you left behind Happy times when we were together hold memories that will last forever. Lovingly remembered and sadly missed by family and friends. Forever in our hearts Terri, Ronald, Cynthia, Tony, DaVaughn and Daylen