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Virgil Malone presented 1965 high school diploma, a milestone he missed while serving in Vietnam

Posted December 23, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Basketball fans at Clinton County High School games have come to recognize Virgil Malone as a Bulldog “super fan” who attends most every home game and many away contests as well.

What many local fans didn’t know, however, is that Malone is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, having served four years fighting in the conflict as a medic.

Malone left Clinton County High School as a sophomore in 1962 to join the U.S. Army and while he was in combat in Vietnam, the rest of his high school classmates finished school and graduated in 1965.

Malone returned home to Clinton County and continues to work on his farm in the Piney Woods community, coming to Albany almost daily,

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    Remembering Kenneth ‘Chuck’ Conner:

    The Legend Lives On

    By David Cross

    He always loved to play to the crowd.

    Whether it was on a basketball court, a ball diamond, a wrestling ring, or perhaps in some non-sporting venue such as a church or court room, he always did better if he had an audience.

    Kenneth Conner, known to many as “Chuck”, the name he used

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    Fiscal court ends recycling program

    The local recycling program that began a few years ago via help from grant funds, will be shutting down, at least for a while, beginning in the middle of next month.

    Clinton County Fiscal Court, on a 4-2 vote during a special meeting last Thursday afternoon, December 19, voted to cease recycling operations beginning January 16.

    The action came near the end of the approximate half-hour meeting, which saw all court members present.

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    Stockton is new school board chair

    Clinton County Board of Education held its final meeting of the 2019 calendar year on Monday, December 16 with all members present, and a new board chairperson in place.

    Early into the meeting, board chairman Kevin Marcum tenured his resignation as chairman of the board, but will remain as a board member.

    Marcum noted he had said when he first took the position he would do it for a year and said he

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    Traditional Christmas Greeting sections included this week publishing schedule to be altered next two weeks

    The Clinton County News will be operating on an altered schedule for the next two weeks, due to the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

    This week’s Clinton County News contains our annual Christmas Greetings special sections, chock full of Letters to Santa from our youngest residents and students in Clinton County. These special sections also include Christmas greetings to our readers from a host of local advertisors, both retail, professionals and individuals.

    For the next two weeks, our publication schedule

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    Work session held prior school board meeting

    Clinton County Board of Education held its monthly work session last Thursday, December 12 with five of six members present.

    Other than the work session on topics to be voted on at its regular meeting this past Monday night, the board did take action on one item and discussed in general some other issues without necessity of a vote.

    Superintendent Dr. Tim Parson noted that the board attorney position, currently held by Winter Huff of Monticello, expired at the end

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    Bill Shearer, long time Clinton Jewelers owner, dies at 92

    One of Albany’s most recognizable business leaders and the operator of one of the community’s longest running family businesses passed away last week after a brief illness.

    William J. “Bill” Shearer, 92, owned and operated a courthouse square fixture, Clinton Jewelers, for some 70 years.

    Sitting behind his multi-drawer jeweler’s bench, since opening Clinton Jewelers in 1950, Shearer greeted his customers as they entered his store on the north side of the courthouse square, looking

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    Christmas At Home food and toy drive gets major boost from Feed America

    The annual Christmas at Home toy and food drive got off to a bit of a late and somewhat slow start for its 16th year run, but last week received a tremendous boost from local Pastor Bobby Grant and the Feed America program.

    The announced deadline for food, which was primarily donated by churches, and new toys was last Wednesday, December 4, with all pick-ups and deliveries to be completed by next Wednesday, December 18.

    People on the list to

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    New video boards in place in Lindle Castle Gymnasium

    As fans piled into Lindle Castle Gymnasium Friday night for the Lady Dawgs and Dawgs’ first home game of the 2019-2020 season, most everyone couldn’t help but notice some changes inside the gym, notably to the three large television screens located on both ends of the floor.

    Clinton County Superintendent Dr. Tim Parson started working on this project in September.

    He said there are several of these screens in the region with Cumberland County having

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    Dawgs kick off season 1-0

    Clinton County Bulldog Head Coach Todd Messer and Company took its game on the road to open the season Monday night against Casey County. The Dawgs began 1-0 on the season after pulling out the 56-46 win over the Rebels. Clinton County will be in the Lindle Castle Gymnasium on Friday night for the second of a girls’/boys’ double header against Franklin-Simpson. The Lady Dawgs are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. with the Bulldogs to follow.