Williams wins House Seat 65 race

First GOP candidate to win local race in predominately democratic region

By Evan CardenSA Editor Republican candidate Nick Williams edged Gloria Dolbare to win Alabama House Seat 65 in a special election, Tuesday. The special election had been called for by Gov. Bob Riley to fill the seat that was left empty by the death of Rep. Jeff Dolbare (D-Bigbee). His widow had vied to fill the slot on the Democratic […]

Frank Barbaree chosen 2004 Citizen of the Year

Former JHS principal to be honored at annual banquet Feb. 17

By Evan CardenSA Editor Many people in Jackson recognize the name and face of Frank Barbaree, who served as principal of Jackson High School for the last 22 of the 37 years he was at the school. Known for his even temper and fairness in seeking peaceful solutions in volatile situations, Barbaree has become somewhat of an icon in the […]

Council wants state road named for J.W. Andrews

By Evan CardenSA Editor The Jackson City Council voted, Tuesday, to request the Alabama Legislature to pass a resolution to name Highway 177 in honor of former Councilman J.W. Andrews. During the council meeting, City Administrator Jesse Miller escorted Andrews into the council chamber to witness the vote approving the request. Andrews stood before the council as the vote was […]

Troops to be home Friday

By Jim CoxSA Publisher The 711th Signal Battalion troops are back in the U.S.A.! Tentative plans are for Company A troops, of Grove Hill and Chatom, to return home Friday. Clarke County area troops will return to the local National Guard Armory, Fort Luke Reed, around 4 p.m. Friday where a brief welcome home ceremony will be held. The Washington […]

Traffic stop in Washington Co. results in drug arrest

A Mobile man was arrested last Friday night, Jan. 21, after drugs were found in his vehicle by a Washington County deputy. Brent Ashton Lewis, 22, was arrested after being pulled over by Dep. Luke Singleton for a traffic violation near the Mobile Cutoff Road around 10:25 p.m. A search of Lewis’ vehicle revealed quantities of a white powdered substance […]

School tax renewal approved

Clarke County voters overwhelmingly voted to extend existing 3-mill district school taxes for the county system and the Thomasville city system Tuesday. In the county, 1,757 voters, or 71.48 percent of those voting, approved a 25-year extension “for” the tax. The “against” votes totaled 701. In Thomasville the victory margin was even greater with 259 voters, or 88.40 percent, voting […]

New road approved by Clarke Co. Commission

By Jim CoxSA Publisher The Clarke County Commission attended to several items related to economic development at its official meeting Tuesday. Commissioners executed an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for the construction of a 1.609-mile access highway to the new Louisiana-Pacific Corp. oriented strand board (OSB) mill site from Highway 43 in the Kelley Flat area south of […]

Illegal dumping of Ivan debris major problem in county

Some contractors and homeowners are illegally dumping construction debris from Hurricane Ivan repairs, Clarke County Commissioners were told Tuesday. Kendall Bush of the Clarke County Health Department said that dumping is a major problem in some areas, especially on the Pleasant Hill dirt road south of Thomasville where people are “dumping in the road, not beside the road.” He urged […]

Clarke Commissioners agree to possible relocation of county’s E-911 dispatch center

Clarke County Commissioners indicated Monday that they would be willing to consider locating the county E-911 dispatching center in a new Grove Hill Fire Department fire station, if Grove Hill is still actively pursuing a facility. Commissioners were holding a meeting regarding 911 business and the matter was brought up by 911 Director Becky Nuegent. “If Grove Hill is able […]

No immediate plans to four-lane U.S. 84 here

By Jim CoxSA Publisher The good news to come out of a meeting for improving U.S. Highway 84 is that 49 percent of the route across Alabama is completed or under construction. Another 18 percent is in a five-year plan for work. The bad news is that’s all on the east side of the state. There are no immediate plans […]