2023-03-02 E-Edition

Clarke Teachers of the Year

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Clarke County Superintendent of Education Larry Bagley recognized Shonda Bass, Elementary Teacher of the Year, and Shirley Bradley, Secondary Teacher of the Year, at the Feb. 23 school board meeting. See more details in story on Page 2.  

Fuss at courthouse front door

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Commission chairman swears warrant on license commissioner’s husband

An overly-loud digital voice on an electronic queue system for customers of the Clarke County License Commission’s office was apparently the spark that caused a public confrontation in the front hallway of the courthouse last week. Clarke County Commission Chairman Jackie Ray Rush and Dale Goodman, husband of License Commissioner Linda Goodman exchanged words that were so heated it prompted […]

Commissioners OK additonal opioid settlements but amount unknown

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The Clarke County Commission agreed to opioid settlements with several drug makers and sellers at their Tuesday meeting even though they don’t know what the county’s share of the settlements will be. A March 6 deadline for agreeing to the settlements necessitated action on the matter without knowledge of what the settlement would be. Commission Chairman Jackie Ray Rush realistically […]

School board member says method of selecting board president may be racist

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Clarke County school board member Darryl Perryman suggested at the Feb. 23 board meeting that the white majority board controls who is elected president of the group to the disadvantage of the board’s black minority. Perryman, who is black, suggested if the three white board members “decided they don’t want a black president there is no way” for a black […]

Federal jury can’t reach a verdict in Tyler Norris case

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A federal jury deliberated for parts of two days but failed to reach a unanimous verdict following the trial last week of Tyler Norris, a Clarke County resident and former Citronelle police chief, who was charged with using excessive force in arresting a suspect. The failed verdict — often described as a hung jury — was announced Friday, Feb. 24. […]

Ron Carter named new football coach at CCHS

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Rob Carter is the new Head Football Coach for the Clarke County High School Bulldogs. The county school board approved his employment at the Feb. 23 meeting. Carter follows Stacy Luker, who stepped down after six seasons at CCHS in January. Coach Carter amassed a 58-41 record in nine years as a head coach at Beauregard and Sylacauga. He won […]

Ray Norris’ federal sentencing put off

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The federal court sentencing of former Clarke County Sheriff Ray Norris has been postponed for the second time. Norris was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Feb. 27 by Chief U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Beaverstock in the federal courthouse in Mobile. Norris pleaded guilty last fall to one count of using bank loan funds for purposes not specified on the loan. […]

Teachers of Year honored

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Superintendent Larry Bagley recognized Clarke County’s two teachers of the year and presented each with a plaque at the Feb. 23 school board meeting. Shonda Bass is the Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has taught elementary school at Gillmore Elementary since 2004. She is a graduate of Jackson High School, the University of South Alabama and the University of […]

Community concert this Saturday in T’ville

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The 11th annual James G. Gunn Honor Band will be Friday, March 3, and Saturday, March 4. More than 90 student musicians are expected to perform with a dozen area schools represented. The event is sponsored by the Art Council of Thomasville’s Flying Brick Community Band. The guest clinician this year will be Dr. Tyler Stickland, director of bands at […]