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Inside the Statehouse

The 1962 governor’s race was between George Wallace, James “Big Jim” Folsom, and newcomer Ryan DeGraffenreid, a state senator from Tuscaloosa. Television had become the new medium. Therefore, Wallace, Folsom, and DeGraffenreid had all bought 30-minute, live television shows the night before the election. George Wallace came on first at 7 p.m. He did pretty well, not great, but he did not hurt himself. Ryan DeGraffenreid came on at 7:30 p.m. He was magnificent. He helped himself immensely. He was telegenic and took to television like a duck to water. He was a hit and picked up some votes. Big... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/inside-the-statehouse-368/

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Aug 03
July 19 T’ville shooting victim now sought with own charges

An individual involved in a July 19 running shooting along Highway 43 in Thomasville now has charges and is being sought. Jakerean Dewayl Tate, 21, is charged with shooting into an occupied vehicle, receiving stolen property and posession of marijuana, first degree, said Police Chief Mitchell Stuckey. He is a black male, 5’8”, 140 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes. Tate was initially identified as a victim in the July 19 shooting, having been shot in the buttocks but not seriously injured. In the July 19 case, investigators say that two vehicles were traveling in the same direction on... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/july-19-tville-shooting-victim-now-sought-with-own-charges/

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Aug 03
Clarke Arrests

Arrests booked through the Clarke County Jail July 26-August 1, 2022 include the following: Tavaris Black, 41, menacing, criminal mischief third degree, robbery first degree, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. Deangelo Poole, 34, unlawful possession of marijuana first degree, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. Jamie Earl Portis, 20, probation revocation (technical violation), arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. Aaron Glen Harvison, 33, harrassment, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. Arthur Dale Young, Jr., 41, unlawful possession or receipt of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia; use or possession first offense, arrested by Clarke County Sheriff’s Dept. Kendrick Martin, 43,... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/clarke-arrests-575/

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Aug 03
Pictures from the Past

Grove Hill used to have several hotels to accomodate travelers who had to come to the courthouse for county business. A visit from far ends of the county would have required an overnight stay in horse and buggy days. One was the Cunningham Hotel, located south of the courthosue near where the First US Bank is today. This photo dates to the late 1800s or early 1900s. Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/pictures-from-the-past-71/

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Aug 03
Veteran AISA coach, administrator is new headmaster at CPS

Clarke Prep School has a new headmaster. Robert “Bob” Taylor started work this summer and is looking forward to the new school year. Classes start Friday, Aug. 12. Coach Taylor, as he is most often called because of his many years working in athletics, comes to Clarke Prep from Meadowview Academy where he was headmaster for four years. The school grew from about 120 students to 250 during his tenure. He grew up in Ward, Ala., in rural Sumter County. “I attended the University of Alabama and graduated from the University of West Alabama” in Livingston, Taylor said. His first... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/veteran-aisa-coach-administrator-is-new-headmaster-at-cps/

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Aug 03
Around the Capitol

I’ll take the names out of it so it’s not so personal. Last week the state executed a man who killed his ex-girlfriend in 1994 – 28 years ago. He was put to death by lethal injection which is supposedly the most humane procedure to put someone to death. The officials involved said, “Justice has been served.” Legally speaking it had, but I could not help but think in other ways it had not. See, justice has not been served in that the man put to death was allowed to live more years after he killed his victim than the... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/around-the-capitol-38/

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Aug 03
Thomasville Police Report

The information for the Thomasville Police Department released by Chief Mitchell Stuckey for the week of July 25-31, 2022, is listed below. Arrests 7-25-22 – Nicholson, Erica Orangelica – Discharging Firearm into Occupied Dwelling and Attempted Murder X4 7-26-22 – Tate, Jakerean Dewayl – Possession of Marijuana 7-26-22 – Tate, Jakerean Dewayl – Obstructing Governmental Operations and Tampering with Physical Evidence 7-28-22 – Southall, Michael – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Arrest and Possession of Marijuana 7-28-22 – Davis, Romel Alajuwon – Fraudulent use of Credit/Debit Card 7-28-22 – Berry, Sadonna Nicole - Fraudulent use of Credit/Debit Card Complaints 7-26-22... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/thomasville-police-report-104/

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Aug 03
Editor’s Notes

Time marches on. No, I’ve decided it runs on. It is getting faster, too, and I’m finding it harder and harder to keep up. It is hard to believe that this month will mark my 38th year as owner/publisher of The Clarke County Democrat and my 45th year in the business. Where has the time gone? I suppose after so many years, you start thinking about the future. Part of that future thinking is thinking about making sure that the past is preserved, too. The past I’m talking about is The Democrat’s rich historical archives of bound newspapers. The Democrat... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/editors-notes-167/

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Aug 03
Longtime Mobile OB/GYN doctor relocating practice to Grove Hill

The last four decades have seen an alarming decline in the availability of obstetrical services in rural Alabama. According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, in 1980 45 of the 54 rural Alabama counties had hospitals providing obstetrical service; by 2019, obstetrical services were available in only 17 rural Alabama counties. Grove Hill Memorial Hospital (GHMH) remains as one of the few rural Alabama community hospitals still offering obstetrical services and the hospital is taking steps to not only enhance the quality of its obstetrical services but also to provide increased, convenient access to gynecological services for women in... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/longtime-mobile-ob-gyn-doctor-relocating-practice-to-grove-hill/

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Aug 03
140 years of newspaper history donated

Kerry Dunaway, director of the Clarke County Historical Museum, and Jim Cox, editor and publisher of The Clarke County Democrat, with copies of the newspaper from the 1870s and the 1940s. The older newspapers have been donated to the Clarke County Historical Society and the museum. The collection will remain in the newspaper office for the time being but will eventually be transferred to the museum. See Jim Cox’s column on the Editorial Page, Page 4A, for more comments. Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/140-years-of-newspaper-history-donated/

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Aug 03
Strange BUT TRUE

* A fan of the Detroit Pistons who also happened to design the video game NBA Jam detested the Chicago Bulls so much that he embedded a special code causing them to miss last-second shots when playing the Pistons in the game. * Heat waves kill more Americans than tornadoes, hurricanes, or floods. * In nuclear physics, a “shake” (equivalent to 10 nanoseconds) is an informal unit of time measuring events in a nuclear explosion. * Fans of the Philadelphia Eagles have a longstanding reputation for rowdiness, but when a 1997 game between the team and the San Francisco 49ers... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/strange-but-true-151/

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Aug 03
Man shot in front of Fulton store

A man was shot and wounded in front of the Fulton Grocery Sunday morning. The shooter initially fled the scene but turned himself in that afternoon. Fulton Police Chief Ethan Elmore said the shooting happened about 9 a.m. Reginald McFadden of Fulton was shot twice in his lower body with a pistol by Xavier Agee. McFadden’s wounds were not lifethreatening, Elmore said. He was treated and re- leased later Sunday at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital. Both men are from Fulton and both know each other, Elmore said. Agee now lives in the Grove Hill area. “Agee initially fled the scene... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/man-shot-in-front-of-fulton-store/

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Aug 03
Political Cartoon

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Aug 03
Dollars & Cents

“I keep hearing the term ‘stagflation’ mentioned. What is it, and are we about to see it happen?” The reader who posed this question raised an issue that is on the minds of many people. With inflation raging, interest rates rising, negative GDP for the first two quarters, and the ongoing battle in Ukraine, some economists are sounding the alarm for recession and possible stagflation. Stagflation is the combination of economic stagnation, or recession, and high inflation. It ravaged the U.S. economy during the 1970s. Under the older definition — in use for decades — we would be in a... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/dollars-cents-168/

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Aug 03
Ala.. Policy Institute

Illinois taxes groceries at only 1% but just recently voted to suspend it as aid to families Starting this month and lasting a year, Illinois residents will not pay the state sales tax on groceries. The Illinois legislature, which is dominated by Democrats, voted almost unanimously in favor of suspending the 1% sales tax on groceries in April. Part of a package deemed the “Family Relief Plan,” Illinois’ budget for this year also includes a pause on increasing the state’s gas tax, tax rebate checks of -0 per person, 0 million in property tax credits for homeowners and an expanded... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/ala-policy-institute-2/

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Aug 03
Clarke Records

Marriages listed Dated July 25—July 29 Heather Nicole Grimshaw to Phillip Earl Sims, Jr. James Wiley Yeager to Savannah Lynn Henderson Allen Patrick Robert to Nixon Lynn Richard Property deeds listed Dated July 25—July 29 Walter Franklin McIntrye to Tabitha Skipper Lynn K. Spinks Living Trust to Linda Spinks Vice Tiffany Dawn Duke to Tiffank Dawn Duke Shirley B. Dixon- Other to Tiffany Dawn Duke Charles Carter to Latifah Grayson Wyman O. Gilmore, Jr. to Wyman O. Gilmore, Jr. Lamar Johnson- Other to Tommie L. Fuller Abby Edge Jones to Gerald Overstreet, Jr. Abby Edge Jones to Mitchell Dwayne Jackson... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/clarke-records-279/

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Aug 03
The Grove Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to an 18-wheeler on fire on South Jackson Street in Grove Hill Monday afternoon

The Grove Hill Volunteer Fire Department responded to an 18-wheeler on fire on South Jackson Street in Grove Hill Monday afternoon. The fire had been put out with hand-held fire extinguishers by the time firemen arrived. It was a busy afternoon with a lightning strike call and then a call for assistance with a fire at the Louisana Pacific mill. Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/the-grove-hill-volunteer-fire-department-responded-to-an-18-wheeler-on-fire-on-south-jackson-street-in-grove-hill-monday-afternoon/

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Aug 03
Mobile man dies of ‘flesh-eating bacteria’ contracted in Gulf waters

A Mobile man died after contracting vibrio, a “flesheating bacteria” in waters off of Pensacola Beach. John Pledger, 75, was with his family watching an aerial performance of the Blue Angles in Little Sabine Bay about two weeks ago. He was in and out of the water. He had a small cut on his leg from earlier yardwork. Two days after being in the water he was rushed to a hospital emergency room with fever and severe pain. A leg was amputated and he continued in critical condition until he died from the infection on July 22. The family shared... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/mobile-man-dies-of-flesh-eating-bacteria-contracted-in-gulf-waters/

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Aug 03
Enameled bowls and ash trays were one-time favored gifts

Enamel has been used to decorate metal since medieval times, creating elaborate designs on copper, silver and other metals. Enameled pieces for home use were rare before the 1800s. Around 1880, a few artists on the East Coast made plaques picturing nature to decorate a metal box or lid for a bowl. These pieces by artists like Gertrude Twitchel sell for thousands of dollars today. Enameled metal bowls and ashtrays were favored gifts. Modern jewelry, vases, desk sets and even large wall plaques were made in art schools. Colorful geometric designs, flower forms and imaginative modern creatures were favored. Artists... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/enameled-bowls-and-ash-trays-were-one-time-favored-gifts/

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Aug 03
Mayor Wood visits Linden, says Sunday alcohol sales a possibility for Grove Hill

The Grove Hill City Council met for 22 minutes Monday, attending to a handful of agenda items. Mayor Wood opened by saying he had been to Linden to visit with the mayor there. He said the municipalities were of similar size and could likely learn from each other. Linden has Sunday alcohol sales and Mayor Wood said Grove Hill may want to consider Sunday sales. Neither Jackson nor Thomasville sell alcohol on Sundays. Grove Hill Public Library librarian Betsy West has given verbal notice of her intentions to retire Aug. 31. The library board has said that it wants to... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/mayor-wood-visits-linden-says-sunday-alcohol-sales-a-possibility-for-grove-hill/

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Aug 03
Here’s the church and here’s the steeple

For years, the Coffeeville United Methodist Church had a flat top bell tower. Several years ago, members decided they wanted a steeple and a fiberglass one was erected. It deteriorated over time and a replacement was ordered and was to be installed Tuesday. The old one was taken down and the new one (on the trailer above) was ready to be installed after some repairs were made. However, afternoon rains delayed the work. The church bell was also removed for the work. Hopefully, the work should be completed later this week. Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/heres-the-church-and-heres-the-steeple/

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Aug 03
Clarke County schools resume

Clarke County Public Schools Monday, Aug. 8 Jackson Academy Monday, Aug. 8 Thomasville City Schools Tuesday, Aug. 9 Clarke Prep School Friday, Aug. 12 Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/clarke-county-schools-resume/

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Aug 03
Three injured in LifeSaver helicopter crash

A Coffeeville man was one of three crew members aboard a medical helicopter that crashed in Andalusia Friday afternoon, July 29. Matthew Milstead was a paramedic aboard the aircraft. He was not seriously injured. The other two crew members, the pilot and a flight nurse, have not been identified. Two of the victims were taken to the local Andalusia hospital and the other was airlifted to Scared Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Fla. The aircraft crashed in an open area known as Packer Field near the popular Dean’s Cake House, according to Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman. A landing zone had... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/three-injured-in-lifesaver-helicopter-crash/

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Aug 03
How many school resource officers are sufficient?

Clarke County public schools are ready for a new school year. Principals’ meetings have been held and new teacher orientations. Teacher institute was Wednesday at Clarke County High School. Classes start Monday, Aug. 8. Superintendent of Education Larry Bagley said he is expecting a good year. “We’ll have about 25 new people, teachers in place this year.” He said that was about a normal number for new employees. Security a big issue Security is a big issue, given recent mass shootings including the tragedy at Ross Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where 19 students and two teachers were killed by... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/how-many-school-resource-officers-are-sufficient/

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Aug 03
Dad and son escape injury when shots fired into car

For several weeks in a row, there have been shootings in Thomasville. While some people have been hit and slightly injured, there have been no serious injuries or deaths. The latest shooting, into a vehicle occupied by a father and his 5-year-old son, did not injure either person. However, on Sunday, a fire occurred at the father’s residence that is being investigated for possible arson. Tysean Thompson turned himself in to the Thomasville Police Department and is being charged. The shooting occurred Friday night, July 29 at approximately 7 o’clock in the Paul Drive area of Thomasville. Police Chief Mitchell... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/dad-and-son-escape-injury-when-shots-fired-into-car/

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Aug 03
Bell

Isaiah Deshon Bell was born to Janice Cunningham and Justin Bell on July 20, 2022, the angels welcomed him home July 20, 2022 at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile. He leaves behind his parents, Janice Cunningham and Justin Bell; sister, Kabria Adams; grandparents, Betty Cunningham, Jacquelyn Crockett and Bobby Bell Sr.; with a host of aunts, uncles and other relatives. A graveside service was conducted Saturday, July 30, 9:30 a.m., at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetary in Bladon Springs. Final life celebration was entrusted to Jackson Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences may be left for this family at www.jacksonmemorialfh.com. 30-1tc Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/bell-21/

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Aug 03
NOW HERE’S A TIP

* “I read your tips in a Rochelle, Illinois, newspaper. The paper is sent to me by a friend, and I love the tips. Here is mine: For homemade spray and wash, mix 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of dish soap.” — K.W. in Tennessee * Pint-size water bottles are great for refilling with milk. The milk boxes at the grocery store are so expensive, and this way, I can control how chocolatey the chocolate milk is. — C.C. in Oregon Send your tips to Now Here’s a... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/now-heres-a-tip-57/

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Aug 03
Another fire scare at LP mill Monday afternoon

Just a week after a fire call to the Louisiana-Pacific OSB plant on the southside of Thomasville, firefighters were back Monday afternoon, Aug. 1 for another fire. The call came in between 4:30 and 5 p.m. This fire, like the others, involved chips that caught fire. Wood chips are used in the manufacature of OSB. Grove Hill and Fulton firefighters responded and the fire was soon under control. The extent of the damage isn’t known. Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/another-fire-scare-at-lp-mill-monday-afternoon/

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Aug 03
Canfor to build new $210M sawmill to replace Mobile plant

Canfor Corporation has announced that it will invest approximately 0 million to build a new, state-of-theart sawmill complex in southern Alabama. The location was not named in a news release but many say it will be in Axis, in Mobile County. When opened, the new mill will replace Canfor’s existing sawmill operation in the city of Mobile, the former Gulf Lumber, then Scotch-Gulf sawmill. The news release states, “Using leading technology, the new sawmill will have an annual production capacity of 250 million board feet on a two-shift basis and will provide a new modern work environment for the approximately... Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/canfor-to-build-new-210m-sawmill-to-replace-mobile-plant/

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Aug 03
Clarke coroner nominee on crashed med chopper

A Coffeeville man was one of three crew members aboard a LifeSaver medical helicopter that crashed in Andalusia Friday afternoon, July 29. Matthew Milstead was a paramedic on the aircraft. He was injured but not seriously. He is also the Republican nominee and only candidate for the office of Clarke County coroner. See a full story on Page 2A. Article Link https://www.clarkecountydemocrat.com/articles/clarke-coroner-nominee-on-crashed-med-chopper/

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Aug 03