2015-12-24 E-Edition


Break-in leaves one dead, another injured and three arrested

Four local teens made a tragic error breaking into a local business last Thursday morning. One was shot and killed and the other three are in jail. The would-be burglars of McIntyre Gun Service on Allen Walker Road south of Grove Hill drilled holes through the floor and then cut out a small hole they shimmied through to gain entrance […]

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Newberry faces multiple sexual abuse charges in WC

Local pastor Tommy Joe Newberry, 48, of Millry, has been arrested and charged with a number of sexual abuse crimes. According to reports from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, Newberry was taken into custody Wednesday, Dec. 16, and charged with sodomy second degree, sexual abuse first degree, sexual abuse second degree and enticing a child to enter for immoral purposes. […]

Head Start welcomes public to new location

The construction of a new Gillmore Elementary School building opened the door for many new and exciting possibilities for Jackson students, including an unexpected option. Because one of the GES buildings was still usable, it presented the perfect avenue to bring the Head Start program back to Jackson. Last week, Mayor Richard Long and other city and county leaders, the […]


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Mary M. Middleton

Mary M. Middleton, 73, passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center. Mrs. Middleton was born on June 18, 1942 in Camden and married Mr. Elbert B. Middleton Jr. on Jan. 14, 1961. They had lived in Mobile County for 40 years of their loving marriage; in 2000 they became residents of Jackson, where she was a […]

Jake Writesel

Jake Writesel of Jackson passed away Dec. 15, 2015. Born Oct. 16, 1955 in New Jersey, he was 60 years of age. He joined the U.S. Navy and worked for Measurex, Honeywell and Boise as a resident field engineer. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ada and Harold Writesel. Survivors include his wife, Lana Writesel; children, James Writesel […]

Edna Campbell Tarleton

Edna Campbell Tarleton, a homemaker, died Dec. 20, 2015 at her Grove Hill home. She was born May 26, 1926 in Grove Hill and was 87 years of age. She was a member of Union Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Bobby L. Tarleton of Grove Hill; two daughters, Judy (Steve) Green of Thomasville and Rebecca (Dan) Hoelscher […]

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