Driver flees after traffic stop south of Leroy

Deputies discover pot and cash in vehicle

A Prichard man was arrested, July 11, and booked in Washington County after he fled deputies during a traffic stop south of Leroy. Darryl AntJuan Gordon, 29, is charged with first degree possession of marijuana, third degree escape and driving with a suspended license. According to Washington County Sheriff’s reports, deputies Ferrell Grimes and Kenny Sullivan stopped Gordon on U.S. […]

Man in hot water after lifting cocoa mix from Jackson Shell station

A Frisco City man was arrested Sunday, July 12, after he allegedly stole 10 pounds of hot chocolate mix from the Jackson Shell station. According to Jackson Police Chief Charles Burge, Gary Anthony Osbourne, 21, was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. and charged with third degree theft of property and DUI. The charges stem from an incident in which he […]

Jackson’s Cornell Outlaw turns 99

When asked last week how he felt to be 99 years old, Cornell Outlaw, of Jackson, responded, “I don’t know. I’ve never been there before.” Outlaw, who owned and operated a photography studio in Jackson for more than 30 years, is also an accomplished artist and has painted the likenesses of a number of people throughout the years. “I’m working […]

Builders co-founder Gartman dies at age 82

Co-founder of the Clarke County Kingdom Builders, Don Gartman died early Sunday, July 12, in a Mobile Hospital. He was 82. A native of Sunflower, Gartman co-founded the faith-based volunteer organization with Norman Burton of Grove Hill. Through the years, the group has become wellknown in the area for completing many carpentry projects for disabled and elderly people. In some […]

Pellet plant opening delayed

Clarke County’s economic developer said the poor economy had stalled the new wood pellets plant to be built in Jackson but she told commissioners Tuesday that she is still hopeful that the facility will be built. Debra Bolen said, “The Dixie Green wood pellet plant has been put on hold.” Financing is apparently the problem since the company still has […]

First swine flu hits ClarkeCo

Clarke County has reported its first case of swine flu, local Emergency Management Agency officials have confirmed. No details are known about the individual, including age, sex, place of residence or how the flu was contracted. EMA Director Roy Waite confirmed the case in an e-mail sent out Friday but said he had no details. There are 428 confirmed cases […]

Escapee caught after stealing ClarkeCo deputy’s car

A state inmate overpowered a Clarke County deputy, jumped into his patrol car and raced away from the county jail early Monday morning. His escape was short-lived as he was recaptured hiding under a house and returned to the jail about three hours later. Deputy Ronnie Randall was preparing to transport Benny Woodgett, 39, to the St. Clair Correctional Facility […]

Health screenings conducted

Leroy teacher challenges school board transfer

Kathy Sturdivant, sixth grade teacher at Leroy High School, has contested a transfer from the sixth grade to the second grade. Under Alabama Teacher Tenure Law, she was entitled to a hearing before the Washington County Board of Education and had that hearing at the July 14 meeting. The meeting lasted nearly six hours with the contested transfer taking over […]

Bids to be let on new Jackson senior center

During Tuesday’s Jackson City Council meeting, Mayor Pro Tem Paul South, presiding in the absence of Mayor Richard Long, announced that bids will be advertised, beginning July 21, for the new Jackson Senior Citizen Complex. South said bids are expected to be received by Aug. 15. The city began pursuing building a new senior citizens center in 2008 and was […]