Wilcox County

Alabama’s March Unemployment Rate Hits 3.5%

Unemployment Rate by County/Source: ADOL Alabama’s unemployment rate is now at 3.5%, that’s up from 2.7% in February. The Alabama Department of Labor says March’s rate represents just over 2.1 million employed persons in the state, which is down over 24,216 over the year. Sectors that saw monthly losses were seen in the education and health services, professional and business…

Tornado Destroys Home in Arlington Community of Wilcox Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A Wilcox County couple is left picking up the pieces — after their home is destroyed by a tornado — during the Easter Sunday storms. Barry and Brenda Pope are counting their blessings — as they try to salvage what they can — from what’s left of their home of more than 30 years. “We…

UPDATE: 125,000 Alabama Power Customers Are Without Service Statewide

UPDATE- As of 11:45 p.m. there are approximately 125,000 Alabama Power customers without service statewide.  In central Alabama, approximately  36,500 customers are without service. Initial reports of damage include limbs and trees falling into lines as a result of high winds.  Crews are responding to outages where it is safe to do so.  The following is a breakdown of where…

Gun in First Grader’s Pocket Goes Off, No One Hurt

According Wilcox County Superintendent Dr. Andre Saulsberry, a 1st grader at J.E. Hobbs Elementary in Camden brought a gun to school in his jacket pocket. Saulsberry says the gun was accidentally discharged in a classroom. The parents of the 6-year-old child are now are in custody. The parents are being charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The…

Your Town Friday: Roland Cooper State Park in Wilcox Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A lot of people visit Wilcox County — to check out the renowned quilt-makers — or take a ride the ferry. However, no visit to the area is truly complete — without a stop by Roland Cooper State Park. Its been said that — ‘Nature is full of wonders…’ And if that’s true… Wonder is…

Wilcox County Man Killed in Single-Vehicle Crash

A single vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Wilcox County man. According to ALEA Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Simmons, Corey Dwayne Williams, 41, of Camden was killed when the 2014 Hyundai Elantra he was driving left the roadway and became submerged in a creek. The crash occurred on Alabama 10 at the 112 mile marker in Butler County,…

South Carolina Man Convicted of Killing 5 Children

A South Carolina man has been convicted of killing his five children and burying them in Wilcox County. Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson confirmed the conviction of 37-year old Timothy Jones, Jr. He had been on trial in South Carolina since April. In 2014, Jones killed his five children in Lexington, South Carolina, drove with them in his car…

Alabama Unemployment Rises Slightly

Alabama’s unemployment rate is up slightly despite what officials are calling record employment in the state. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April is 3.8%. That’s up one-tenth of a percent from March, but it’s still below the rate from a year before of 4.1%. The April rate represents 83,565 unemployed people in the state. But a news release…

GD Copper Expansion Project Means More Jobs on the Way

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Some good economic news coming out of Wilcox County. A multi-million dollar expansion project at the GD Copper plant — means more good-paying jobs are on the way to the area. County officials say the expansion represents a $3.5 million dollar investment at the Pine Hill facility. They say the project will also mean about…

Tour of Homes Preparations Underway in Wilcox Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Preparation is underway for the 2019 Tour of Homes in Wilcox County. The Wilcox Historical Society is hosting the tour as part of the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration. Organizers say this year’s Tour of Homes features eleven historical sites around the city of Camden. Tour coordinator Elizabeth Reaves says eight of the sites on the tour…