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Retrial nets conviction


Another suspect pleads guilty as accessory in exchange for testimony

A change of venue for the retrial of a man accused of conspiring to commit the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day murder of Newton’s Jamarcus Townsend resulted in a guilty verdict on Friday in Eighth District Circuit Court held in Philadelphia.

Dr. Richard Calvin Ethridge


Services for Dr. Richard Calvin Ethridge were held 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church with burial in the Decatur City Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Vincent was in charge of the service with Dr. Billy Williams in charge of the music.

Visitation was held 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church.


Taylor, Everett take top honors in ECCC homecoming court

Members of the 2017 Homecoming Court at East Central Community College in Decatur included (front row, from left) freshman maids Sabrina Boyd of Meridian and Vanity Payne of Philadelphia; sophomore maids Makaeya Brock of Decatur and Taylor Hardy of Starkville; queen Autumn Taylor of Newton; sophomore maid Hayden Hudspeth of Louisville; maid of