Suspect in local burglaries sought

Thousands of dollars worth of items recovered

A Jackson man is being sought in connection with a number of local burglaries in Jackson and throughout Clarke County. Arrest warrants have been issued for William Russell Brooks, 34, after an estimated $15,000 worth of stolen items were found at one of two residences where he was staying. Police have two addresses listed for him, one at 4000 Highway […]

Man ‘FedExed’ to jail on trafficking charge

A Saraland man is being held in the Washington County Jail on $1 million bond following an undercover operation resulting in drug trafficking charges. According to First Judicial Task Force (Task Force One) Agent Lem DuBose, Terry Jerome Johnson Jr., 27, was arrested Thursday, July 30, at his parents’ residence on Johnson Orso Road near McIntosh. He said Task Force […]

WashCo Hospital recognized for advancements in technology

Washington County Hospital, in Chatom, was recently recognized nationally for recent advancements in technology. The facility was named to the nation’s “Most Improved” list by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. The recognition comes after the release of the results of the publication’s 2009 “Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study.” Hospital Administrator Douglas Tanner said the facility took the first step […]

School begins Monday; sales tax holiday is this weekend

Area schools all have the same opening day this year—Monday, Aug. 10. Public schools in Clarke and Washington counties open, as does Jackson Academy and Clarke Prep School in Grove Hill. Thomasville city school students return on Monday as well. Clarke County teachers will gather Thursday, Aug. 6 at Clarke County High School for Teacher Institute. In addition to comments […]

Candidates qualify for District 65

The field is set for the Sept. 15 primary and Nov. 3 special election to replace recently elected State Sen. Marc Keahey as House District 65 Representative. Keahey was elected in June to fill the State Senate seat left vacant with the death of longtime Sen. Pat Lindsey in January. Former educator and retired insurance agent Jerry Reed, of Jackson, […]


Library board meeting There will be a White Smith Memorial Library Board meeting on Monday, Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. ASNA will meet at Monroe County Health Department District 4 of the Alabama State Nurses’ Association, which includes 10 counties in SW Alabama, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25. The group will meet in the community room of […]

Jackson PD conducts ‘Women On Target’ training course

Thanks to the Jackson Police Department (JPD) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) a group of local women now know more about safely using firearms. The JPD recently conducted a NRA-sponsored “Women On Target” class. NRA certified instructor Arvis Slack instructed the participants on general firearm safety, self-protection issues, practical applications and shooting. “A large interest was placed on safety,” […]

WashCo E-911 and McIntosh square off on dispatching fees

At the Aug. 3 meeting of the Washington County E- 911 Board, there was no “meeting of the minds” between the board and the town of McIntosh. At least two months ago, the board voted to raise rates and Director Burke Williams sent out letters to the three municipalities: Chatom’s rates would go from $15,000 to $20,000; McIntosh’s from $8,500 […]

Upcoming Smithsonian events announced

The following events are planned for the upcoming week in conjunction with the “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music,” exhibit in Washington County, which is organized by the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service and funded by the United States Congress. •Aug. 6 – Blues Music Workshop with Spencer Ross and friends, 5:30 p.m. •Aug. 10-14 – Student Field Trips to […]

JIS and GES come off school improvement list

Low reading scores in special education kept the Clarke and Washington counties school systems from making the Adequate Yearly Progress goal requirements. State scores were released Monday. Despite that, Clarke County’s testing coordinator Julia Ann Deas said there was good news in Clarke County’s scores. Jackson Intermediate School and Gillmore Elementary School made AYP and came off the school improvement […]