Suspicious fire under investigation

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Building was underinsured

An early-morning fire at the business office of the troubled Five Points Sewer District Board on Sept. 8 is being investigated by state fire marshals. The fire came as the sewer board prepared to meet this week with federal officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about the system’s multi-million-dollar debt, according to board member Kessler Weaver Sr. The sewer […]

Jackson Police: No clean getaway for shoplifter

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A Jackson man has been arrested on Sept. 15 after police say he had at least eight warrants signed against him, six of which were for theft of laundry detergent (containers of pods) from Wal-Mart. According to a press release from the Jackson Police Department, Dejoun “DJ” Taylor, 35, was taken into custody on Sept. 15 on two outstanding warrants […]

Washington County BOE approves 2024 budget

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Capital improvement plan tabled

The Washington County Board of Education on Sept. 12 approved a $24.5 million budget for fiscal year 2024 but tabled $11.8 million in capital improvement projects until it gets a clearer picture of available revenue. The expenditures include $17.5 million for classroom instruction and support staff and $1.074 million to fund the administration of the school system. While the budget […]

Discovering our roots at White Smith Library

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Participants in the 2nd session of White Smith Library’s Genealogy 101 class. From left, Susan Walker, Pam Day, Shirley Bernard, and instructor Wayne Roney. Not pictured are Dr. Edwina Hart and Carla Dailey. Participants learned the basics of family history research, including where to begin the research, locating family records, what can be gathered from those records and research organizational […]

Washington County Commission is going Gold

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Childhood Cancer Awareness

Washington County is going gold this month to spread awareness of childhood cancer. The American Childhood Cancer Organization’s nationwide “Go Gold” campaign honors children in treatment, those out of treatment and those who have lost their lives to cancer. The Washington County Commission has proclaimed September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is diagnosed each year in approximately 400,000 children […]

Council members asked to improve attendance

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McIntosh Mayor Wilbert Dixon encouraged the town council Tuesday to improve its attendance after it failed to form a quorum at last month’s meeting. Dixon said the town could not conduct business for the work session or the regular meeting. Councilmember Robby Davidson was absent. “We want you to be here because this is the town’s governing body,” Dixon said. […]

March 2024 elections could bring changes

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Many key elected positions in Clarke County will be contested in the March 5, 2024, primary for Republicans and Democrats. March 5 also marks the Alabama presidential primary on Super Tuesday. In Clarke County, offices up for election include: • Incumbent Circuit Clerk Summer Scruggs Padgett, a Republican. • Incumbent Probate Judge Valerie Bradford Davis, a Republican. • Incumbent District […]

Three stolen trucks recovered after shooting, chase

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Three stolen pickup trucks were recovered by Clarke County Sheriff ’s Office deputies, including one involving a high-speed chase in which shots were fired at pursuing officers on Sept. 7. Two other trucks stolen in recent weeks from Pine City Contracting on Love Road in Grove Hill were recovered on Sept. 10 in the Lower Peach Tree area of Wilcox […]

Jackson FD crowns court

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Fire Prevention Week Queen and her court posing.

Fire Prevention Week is an annual event that brings together communities and organizations throughout the United States, rallying under the common banner of fire safety. This crucial week serves as a powerful reminder of the paramount importance of fire prevention and preparedness in our lives. Fire Prevention Week is observed in the United States and Canada during the week in […]

UWSWA gives Heart of Gold honors

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Joan Chastain, Mary English and Joy Gaddy received the Heart of Gold awards Tuesday at the United Way of Southwest Alabama’s 2023 Clarke County annual meeting at the Grove Hill United Methodist Church. The UWSWA also honored organizations which have provided exemplary support for the United Way’s mission in Clarke County. Those are: • Outstanding campaign: Clarke Washington EMC. • […]

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