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Staff Reports, Author at The Andalusia Star-News


Florala’s small-school setting helps teen Cleve Gettis cope with horrific family tragedy

Cleve Gettis transferred to Florala High School and joined the football team before his sophomore year of high school. Six years before, he suffered an ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, April 13, 2021 5:08 pm


Through My Lens – Funding

By: Walt Merrell Court funding has long been a tangled issue for the Alabama State Legislature.  So tangled, in fact, that in 2019, the Alabama ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, March 19, 2021 4:24 pm


Covington County Schools teacher achieves National Board Certification

Jennifer Withrow, an English teacher at Pleasant Home School, is one of thousands of teachers across the United States to achieve National Board certification. The ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:05 pm


Man pleads guilty to burglary from Andalusia City Schools

Scotty Devon Miller, 41, of Andalusia, pleaded guilty last week to Burglary III before Circuit Judge Lex Short.  Judge Short sentenced Miller to 115 months ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, March 16, 2021 5:04 pm


Through my lens… Civil Asset Forfeiture

By: Walt Merrell Much has been made of what is commonly referred to as “civil asset forfeiture” in the state of Alabama over the past ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, March 12, 2021 4:36 pm


Through my lens… By Walt Merrell

Last week, I began a discussion about the Department of Correction’s actual population.  You’ll recall that we identified that 81% of the current inmate population ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, March 8, 2021 4:31 pm


Updated apartments have new owners, management

The recently-renovated Dixon Heights apartment community has new ownership and new management, and offers residents a benefit not seen in many new properties, its manager ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, March 5, 2021 4:11 pm


Covington County Receives $33,000 to Help Reduce Youth Crime

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded a $33,000 grant to continue a program aimed at preventing juvenile crime in Covington County. The city of Andalusia along ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 5:11 pm


2 charged with assault

Two local men have been charged in the assault of an elderly man. Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson said the APD was called to a ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, February 25, 2021 2:31 pm


Letter to Gov. Ivey, Sen. Holley and Rep. Jones from Covington County District Attorney Walt Merrell, Circuit Court Judge Lex Short, Circuit Judge Ben Bowden, District Court Judge Julie Moody, Sheriff Blake Turman and every Chief of every police department in Covington County

Dear Governor Ivey, Senator Holley and Representative Jones, We write to you today, steadfast in our solidarity and opposition to the marijuana bill that the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, February 19, 2021 3:11 pm

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