WashCo juries find murder suspects guilty

By Evan CardenSA Editor Two Washington County men were found guilty, Nov. 3, in separate murder trials, which each lasted two days. Lemons found guilty Thomas Lemons, 40, of McIntosh, was convicted of the June 4, 2002 brutal killing of his uncle, Hersus Snow. A possible key to Lemons’ conviction was the eyewitness testimony provided by Snow’s wife, Damaris Snow, […]

Thousands flock to Fall Festival

By Evan CardenSA Editor Thousands of people filled the streets of downtown Jackson this past Saturday during the annual Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Festival. According to information provided by COC Director LaShaunda Holley, there were a total of 80 arts and crafts booths, 145 antique cars on display as part of the Bob Smith Memorial Automobile Show and […]

Operation Christmas: 25 years of giving

By Evan CardenSA Editor What started as an idea among three Jackson police officers 25 years ago, known as Operation Christmas, has become a tradition of giving to children less fortunate. According to co-founder of the annual effort JPD Officer Arvis Slack, he and then Lt. Charles Burge and Sgt. Mike Connerly were sitting around trying to figure out what […]

WashCo voters say no to local gas tax referendum

By Evan CardenSA Editor Washington County Probate Judge John H. Armstrong, who also serves as chairman of the county commission, was not too distraught about the resounding “no” vote from voters concerning a proposed 2-cents per gallon gasoline tax and a 1/4-cent sales and use tax. The referendum, which appeared on the Nov. 2 ballot failed with 5,238 no votes […]

Open house for new recreation center

Veterans Day program today in Jackson

A Veterans Day program will be conducted at the war memorial adjacent to Jackson City Hall, today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. Special tribute will be made to all veterans. Local VFW Commander Larry Smith encourages everyone to attend and honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Speaker for the event will be retired Air Force veteran and […]

FEMA deadline extended

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently advised Alabama officials that it had granted the state’s request to extend the registration deadline. The new deadline for applying for assistance is Monday, Jan. 3, 2005. “Prior to this request we had more than 136,000 applications,” said Bruce Baughman, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and […]

JHS football players read to students

Jackson Intermediate School and the Jackson High School Aggie Football Team have teamed up for a reading program “Aggie Reading Buddies.” Twenty-three members of the Aggies have been paired with 23 homerooms at JIS, grades 3-5. They recently came to the school and read, then the students were given the opportunity to ask the players questions. A mini-homecoming pep rally […]

Crack cocaine found in Grove Hill residence

Grove Hill Police Department and Task Force One agents executed a search warrant at the home of Jesse Lee Roper on Morris Street in Grove Hill Nov. 4. Crack cocaine, plastic bags for drug distribution and pipes were found at the residence. Roper, 55, was charged with possession of controlled substance and two counts possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond […]

Clarke Commissioners take the oath of office

Two returning Clarke County Commissioners and a new member of the governing body were sworn in by Probate Judge Becky Presnall prior to Tuesday’s meeting. Re-elected commissioners are Paul Bradford of Thomasville, District 2; Rhondel Rhone of Fulton, District 5; and newcomer Joe Hunt, District 4, of Gainestown. Other members of the commission are Rubye Andrews of Grove Hill, District […]