Vanity Fair plant closing announced

The 70-year-old Vanity Fair knitting plant in downtown Jackson will cease operations by the end of 2009, Fruit of the Loom, Inc. announced last week. The closing will eliminate 90 jobs and end a relationship between Vanity Fair and Jackson that stretches back to 1939 when the plant opened. Also slated to close by the end of next year is […]

Candidates share views with voters

In anticipation of the June 3 primary, the three candidates for Clarke County Commission District 4 were all asked to answer several questions pertaining to the job they hope to do if elected. Vying for the position are incumbant Joe Hunt, owner of the Nail Studio in Jackson Teri Tidwell and Jackson Memorial Funeral Home director Tyrone Moye. Below are […]

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New Era employees vote for union

Teamsters chosen to represent workers

In a 209-77 vote, Friday, May 17, the employees of New Era Cap Company’s Jackson plant voted to be represented by the Teamsters Union. As a result, all three of New Era’s facilities in this part of the state are now unionized. A large majority of employees at the Demopolis plant voted, last month, to be represented by the Comunications […]

Company searching for oil in Jackson

For more than a month, lines have been laid across roadways in and around Jackson, and large trucks have been vibrating the ground in an attempt to determine if an underground oil field is present. Eagle Geophysical, a seismograph company, working for the Texas-based company Omni Energy, has been conducting the testing. According Jim Anderson, who was also involved with […]

Candidates lay out their platforms

Several weeks ago, in anticipation of the June 3 Primary, a questionnaire was mailed to each of the candidates for Washington County Commission. The questionnaire is designed to let the voters compare how each of the candidates stand on five basic issues affecting the county. Below are the questions and responses. (Editor’s note: Several attempts were made to contact the […]

Memorial Day traffic blitz under way

Local law enforcement agencies in both Washington and Clarke counties are participating in a traffic blitz, which began May 19 and will continue until June 1, in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Safety. The focus during this time period will be on seat belt and child restraint use. The Memorial Day holiday traditionally marks the beginning of the […]

‘Nothing Can Compensate You For the Loss’

May 26 will be observed as Memorial Day in the United States, though May 30 is the actual holiday. Our nation lost nearly 500,000 soldiers in World War II. Now 63 years later, time is taking them from us at the rate of 1,000 to 1,500 a day. All of them need to be appreciated and applauded for their service. […]

Funding growing for White Smith Memorial Library expansion project

Nearly one-fourth of the money needed for the planned expansion of Jackson’s White Smith Memorial Library has been collected. To date, donations total approximately $240,000 for the project, which will add 6,000 square feet to the existing building and include the renovation of the original part of the building. According to library director Debra Grayson, the last quote received for […]

Donates to library expansion fund