2023-01-19 E-Edition

CWEMC sends crew to help with repairs

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A crew of six from Clarke Washington EMC left last Friday headed to assist Central Alabama EMC to restore power outages from last Thursday’s tornadoes. The electric co-op is headquartered in Prattville and serves the surrounding area that was hit hard by the storms. From left are Cody Hill, Justin Corley, Levi O’Guynn, Ronald Franks, David Bryant and Jermarka Williams.

Clarke jail takes Dallas inmates after tornado rips jail, rest of Selma

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The tornado that caused so much destruction in Selma Thursday, Jan. 12 also damaged the Dallas County Jail on the eastern outskirts of the city. As a result, prisoners were transferred to neighboring county jails, including Clarke County. As many as 14 tornadoes have been confirmed by the National Weather Service across the state on Jan. 12 including an EF-3 […]

$2M-plus fire station to be financed with 20-year bond issue

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$13,333 monthly payments or $159,996 annually

The Grove Hill City Council voted Teusday to proceed with building a $2.137 million to construct a new fire station on a lot facing Church Street to the south of City Hall. The council contracted with the investment banking firm of Frazer Lanier for a bond issuance for the project. The term will be for 20 years with an interest […]

Civil rights leaders recognized

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Alberta Dixon and Eddie James, two Clarke County civil rights leaders, were honored by the county chapter of the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast held Saturday, Jan. 13 at The Hall in downtown Jackson. Dixon, of Thomasville, is a retired educator and was the first black female elected to the Thomasville City […]

Clarke residents might consider a short move to boost life expectancy

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The county is ranked number nine for the shortest life expectancy in Alabama. The website Stacker.com used county health rankings from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to identify counties with the shortest life expectancy in Alabama. The ratings are based on the number of deaths in a given period of time and the average number of people at […]

Meredith Wright in Montgomery for Alabama DYW program

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Meredith Wright, Clarke County’s Distinguished Young Woman, is in Montgomery this week preparing for the state program to be held Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21 at Frazier Church. Montgomery area families host the representatives from Alabama’s counties. Best wishes can be sent to Meredith care of the Amos Family, 510 Weatherby Trail, Prattville, AL 36067. Meredith is a […]

A hint of spring!

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This is the time of the year when a lot of flowering plants start blooming… paper whites, “tulip trees,” like the one shown here in front of the Grove Hill Baptist Church, and a lot more. Sometimes freezing temps, like we had this past weekend, knock them back. However, this tulip tree didn’t seem to be hurt by the weekend […]

Man up for parole was sentenced to 22 years for mom, son deaths

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A Clarke County man sentenced for the murder of a mother and young son in an automobile crash is up for possible parole. Marquez R. Rankin’s case will be one of more than 150 before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles Jan. 17-19. Rankin was sentenced in December 2006 to 22 years for the reckless vehicle murder of Helida […]

Area observances of Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Day

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Above, the Jackson Masonic Lodge No. 139 and the Clarke County NAACP Unit 5003 held a Silent March/ Retreat through downtown Jackson followed by a program at City Hall Monday afternoon.