MONTGOMERY, ALA. - Cody Alan “Bama Boy” Woodruff, 36, died Monday, May 25, 2015. Cody was a loving father, and a hardcore Alabama fan. He was the son of Joyce Merle and the late Tommy Hill. Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Christy Woodruff; children, Katelin Graddy, Karley Graddy, Noah Woodruff, Corey Woodruff, Dylan Woodruff, and ...
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Former Jefferson baseball star Chris Beck made his Major League debut Thursday, throwing six innings for the Chicago White Sox in their 6-3 loss in the second game of a doubleheader in Baltimore. Beck, who was sent back to triple-A Charlotte after the game, took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) and 10 hits, while walking four and ...
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COMMERCE - Ronnie Terrell Smith, 66, died Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Mr. Smith was born in Commerce, the son of the late Rogers and Faith Dixon Smith. He was a member of Maysville Baptist Church and was a United States Army veteran. Mr. Smith was retired from the Jackson County EMS and Sheriff’s Office. Funeral services will be at held at 2 ...
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My younger son and I visited the Shiloh (Tenn.) Battlefield over the weekend, a fitting way to celebrate Memorial Day. It was on the fields of that battle in Southwestern Tennessee that the nation realized the Civil War would be a long, bloody affair.
Nearly 24,000 men were killed, wounded or captured in the 1862 two-day fight, more than all the previous American wars combined. (The three-day Battle of Gettysburg the next year was worse and still holds the record for the bloodiest American fight.)
Most of the men on both sides were young and inexperienced. And for the South, its Number Two general, Albert S. Johnston, was killed at Shiloh.
We had two ancestors at the Battle of Shiloh fighting for the South and our time there last weekend was spent finding battlefield markers that showed the various positions those ancestors would likely have been at during the fight. One ancestor fought with the 4th Alabama and the other with the 17th Louisiana, so they didn’t know each other and apparently never crossed paths on the battlefield.
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Jackson County 911 has received several calls from citizens that have received calls from allegedly Captain Bucky Thomas with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. The caller, who is not Captain Thomas, proceeds to tell them they missed their court date and they need to go to CVS or Kroger and get a green dot money card.
“This is very concerning that these SCAMMERS/THIEVES are now using the name of a Jackson County Sheriff's Office Captain,” Sheriff Janis Mangum said. “We have five captains but no one will call you from the sheriff's office asking you to send money because of not reporting to jury duty. Please call 911 to report this immediately. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the sheriff's office, at 706 367-8718.”
Ada Woods Auten Wheeler was born in Orange County, N.C., on May 14, 1923, and passed away in Greenville, S.C., on Saturday, May 23, 2015. She attended school in Hillsborough, N.C., and at age 18 moved to Charlotte, N.C., to work. She married Stewart Martin Auten, a Charlotte native, in 1941, and had five children who survive her. They are ...
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An elderly Jackson County man was the victim of a scam on Wedneday. He lost $1,000 in the scam.
Someone is using a sheriff’s office sergeant’s name, the sheriff’s name and a Superior Court Judge’s name to scam people.
The person called the victim, told him he missed a court date and was facing a change of failure to appear and contempt.
“They then tell them to go get Green Dot Money Cards from CVS or Orange Blue cards from Kroger,” Sheriff Janis Mangum said. “We have scams everyday but I am very concerned that the are using our names. Today, was an elderly victim and he was afraid of being arrested.”
The Jackson County 911 center began receiving calls on Tuesday May 26, from county residents who said they were receiving telephone calls from an individual who identified himself as a Sgt. with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. He proceeds to tell them that they missed a court date on May 15, 2015, and now have charges of Failure to Appear and Contempt of Court.
The callers ask the citizens to go to CVS and get a Green Dot Money Card or go to Kroger and get an Orange/Blue Card, put $500 dollars on each card for a total of $1000. They give the name of Courtroom 2A in the Jackson County Courthouse and provide fake docket numbers for the charges. The caller tells them he will stay on the line until they get back and then they could give him the code from the card. The perpetrator advised both callers that arrest would happen if they didn’t get these cards and furnish him the code from the card.
“On Wednesday, May 27, at approximately 5:30 p.m., I received a call from a friend whose father received the same call today. However, this man did fall victim and went to get the Orange/Blue Card from Kroger, placed $1000 on the cards and provided the caller with the code. Scams occur every day, however when they use a Superior Court Judge’s name, a sheriff’s name, and a Sgt.’s name, people are going to believe they will be arrested and will send this money,” Sheriff Mangum said.
A Covington woman has been listed as missing in Jackson County now for almost a week. Authorities say Julie Smith, 48, was last thought to be near the intersection of Highway 124 and Highway 332.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a call at around 4 p.m. on May 21 where the caller advised that a suspicious vehicle was blocking her driveway. When a deputy arrived on the scene, the vehicle, a tan, 2001 Toyota Camry, was completely blocking the driveway and the motor was still running.
An initial investigation determined the vehicle was registered to Smith, of Covington.
The vehicle appeared to have recent damage including a missing rear tire. An immediate search of the area led to the discovery of clothing under a vehicle in a nearby neighbor’s driveway.
Smith’s phone was later located abandoned near the Beef O’ Brady’s Restaurant and Kroger in Jefferson.
A search on Thursday evening and Friday with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Aviation Section, Georgia Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 Unit, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Law Enforcement K-9 Team, and other local agencies has thus far not produced any additional information as to Smith’s whereabouts and her welfare remains unknown.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding Julie Smith to please contact the Sheriff’s Office through 911.
Smith is described as a white female, 5’03” and approximately 200 pounds. Smith has blonde hair and green eyes and was last thought to be near the intersection of Georgia Highway 124 and Georgia Highway 332.
One of Jackson County’s most decorated track and field performers in recent years has earned the opportunity to run in college. Panther senior Todd Woodring has signed with Savannah State, a Division I school that competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Woodring held a signing ceremony this past Thursday. “I have a lot of people I ...
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