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May 25, 2017 RSS feed / Front Page

Rallying to her side

CCHS teachers show support for one of their own as she prepares to leave with National Guard

Community pride, school spirit and the idea of service to your fellow man may be gone and forgotten in many places, but it is alive and well at Clarke County High School as the faculty and staff conveyed those feelings to one of their own Tuesday. More...

Memorial Day closings

Monday is Memorial Day. Governmental offices and banks as well as a lot of businesses will be closed. The Democrat will be among the latter.   More...

Special Sections

Community

Memorial Day program in Jackson

During Tuesday night’s Jackson City Council meeting, Mayor Paul South again encouraged everyone to attend Monday’s Memorial Day service at 9 a.m.  The program will take place at the intersection of highways 177 and 43.  More...

Clarke Historical Society to meet in Jackson

The Clarke County Historical Society will be on the road again for the second month in a row for its May meeting.  The organization will meet at Barbara Hundley’s historic home in Jackson Sunday, May 28 at 2:30 p.m.  More...

RECEIVES LAW DEGREE

Celita R. McCaskill, daughter of Eric and Wanda Robinson of Jackson and the late Billy Moore, was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree in Birmingham at the 102nd Commencement of Birmingham School of Law Sunday, May 14, 2017. More...

Sports

Clarke County rolls over Bibb

The Clarke County High School football sent a message out last Thursday with their 38- 0 win over Bibb County in a spring jamboree on the road.  “I think everything went well for us as a team,” Head Coach Stacy Luker said. More...

Monday is not about grilling out

Sports Scene

Despite what about 90 percent of the country thinks, the coming weekend is not the Great American Cook-out weekend.  It is Memorial Day and it is always the last Monday in May. More...

Gator softball, baseball all-stars announced

Softball AISA All-Stars are senior, Allison Johnson, juniors, Abbie Pritchett, Jonnah Rager, Colby Wimberley and Katherine Lee Bishop. The AISA All-Star game will be Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Lagoon Park. The junior game will be at 5:30 p.m. More...

Editorial

Remembering Max Gillis

Gone South

On Memorial Day I think of Max Gillis. I never met him. All I have is the picture in an old copy of Clarkala, the yearbook published by Clarke County High School. There he is. More...

Working past retirement age

Dollars & Cents

Some baby boomers — people born between 1946 and 1964 — find themselves at a crossroads in their work lives. They have reached a point where they need to decide to retire or to work beyond normal retirement age.  More...

All that shines: Miss Liza

Sean of the South

Not far from the water tower in Grove Hill, Alabama, sits Bertile’s. It’s an old burger joint with hand-patted burgers and homemade biscuits.  Miss Liza stands behind the counter. She looks much younger than she is. More...

Records

Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail during the week of May 16-22 include:  Michael James Southall, 28, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, probation revocation (technical violation), a More...

Clarke Deeds

Property deeds listed Dated May 11-16  Mattie Lee Scott, to Amie N. Jackson.  William F. McCorquodale Family Limited Partnership, to Christopher A. Bailey.  William F. McCorquodale Family Limited Partnership, to Craig L. More...

Thomasville Police

The information for the Thomasville Police Department released by Chief Mitchell Stuckey for the week of May 15 - 21, 2017 is listed below.  Felony warrant arrest Welch, Marion Bernard - Burglary First Degree – 5-17-17   More...

Schools

Congratulations, 2017 Graduates!

The traditional cap toss; CCHS, above; CPS, below. More...

CPS seniors’ awards and scholarships

Clarke Preparatory School seniors graduated last Friday evening at Hamilton Field. Below are scholarships won by 2017 seniors.  More...

CCHS scholarships detailed

The Clarke County High School Class of 2017 graduated Friday night at Prim Stadium. More...

State jobless rate lowest since 2008

Clarke drops to 8.5% in April but still second highest in state

It was only a .4 percent decrease but Gov. Kay Ivey touted it as tying with Tennessee for the highest rate decrease in the nation in April.  Alabama’s overall rate dipped from 5.8 percent in March to 5.4 percent in April.  More...

Jail inmates’ medical expenses questioned by commissioners

In approving bills Tuesday, Clarke County commissioners questioned over $6,000 in medical bills for several jail inmates to Grove Hill Memorial Hospital.  “Who decides who goes to the hospital, who needs dental work,” Commissioner Bi More...

Underage Drinking Coalition fights alcohol, drug abuse among area’s youth

The Clarke County Coalition to End Underage Drinking has taken an aggressive approach to teaching students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.  With the recent unveiling of a billboard on Highway 43 in Jackson near the Hampton Inn, the group More...

Obituaries - Free Access

Lewis

Kelvin Lamar Lewis, 54, of Oxford, Ala. made his earthly transition May 22, 2017, at his sister’s residence in Oxford. More...

Lynum

Emma Lee Lynum, 88, of Whatley made her transition May 20, 2017 at Rush Hospital in Merdian, Miss.   She was born on April 4, 1929 to the late Judge and Cora Mae Wilson Lynum. She was a member of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Whatley. More...

Gates

Walter E. Gates, 74, of Gainestown passed away May 16, 2017 at Mobile Infirmary.  He was born April 12, 1943 to S.V. Gates and Mary Ellen Gates. More...

Business

Capstone Bank merging with Tennessee’s Smart Financial

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. More...

Southern to be new LP CEO

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP) (LPX) recently announced that its board of directors has appointed Brad Southern to succeed Curt Stevens as chief executive officer of LP effective July 1. More...

Clarke-Mobile Counties Gas completes Automated Meter Reading Project

It is Clarke-Mobile Counties Gas District’s vision to lead in natural gas service for commercial, industrial and residential needs in South Alabama. More...

Calendar

Community Calendar

Coffeeville Day Parade will be Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Line up will be at Town Hall at 9:30 a.m. For more information call 251- 276-3266.   More...

Church News

Brown-Dunagan to marry July 8 in Orange Beach

Stacey and Sandy Dunagan of Coffeeville announce the engagement of their daughter, Katelyn Dunagan, to Clint Brown, son of Jackie and Kenneth Brown of Jackson.  The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Duelon and Julia Dunagan of Coffeeville, Sue More...

Balkissoon-Grant to say vows June 17 in Pensacola

Johnny and Marilyn Grant announce the engagement of their son, Jamel Grant, to Nadia Balkissoon, daughter of Sahidan Seunarine and Dahram Balkissoon.  Mr. Grant is from Grove Hill. He is a 2003 graduate of Clarke County High School. More...

Meitzler-Robinson tell plans for July 15 wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Meitzler of Jackson announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Anna, to Chase Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson of Huntsville and Mr. and Mrs. More...

Lifestyle

Strange BUT TRUE

‘Merchant of death’ benefited the arts

* If you’re like the average American, you spend about 17 minutes a day exercising — and 10 hours a day looking at a screen.  More...

Fresh asparagus? Throw it on grill!

Grilling asparagus is one of the simplest and tastiest ways to enjoy this late-spring vegetable. Grilled Asparagus 1 pound mediumasparagus1 tablespoon olive oil1/8 teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon coarsel-yground black pepper 1. More...

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