• Dr. Jerry Harrison”s Unique Discovery

    “So, I turned 65 years old with no children but I turned 68 with two children and three grandchildren.”

    In the early 2000’s my brother died in a farming accident and over the next couple of years, I lost my Mom and Dad.  On the way home from my father’s funeral I realized I was an orphan.  For the next 14 years I felt like I was alone.  I had no children from my marriage.

    The first weekend of October 2017 I received a letter. It stated the lady who wrote the letter was my daughter.  Her husband had given her and her parents Ancestry memberships for Christmas in 2016. We connected and I met her and her parents New Years, 2016.  So, I have a daughter and grandson.  Incredible.

    Last year, during the pandemic, I was watching a useless movie and became bored, so I decided to check my email.  I had a notification from 23andMe–the email said–“It seems we are inextricably linked.”  23andMe has a new function to identify relatives and we share 48.5 percent of DNA and he is my biological son.

    When I was a freshman in Medical School I was invited by the Dean to participate in a new fertility clinic at UAB.  Participants in the program, both couples and donors were instructed that no one would ever know.  They did not anticipate the Human Genome project or DNA technology.  So, I turned 65 years old with no children but I turned 68 with two children and three grandchildren.  God is good and takes care of us.

    Jerry Harrison, M.D.

  • Haleyville Woman Dies in Crash

    Hamilton Post – A three-vehicle crash occurred at approximately 6:13 p.m. Thursday, July 22, has claimed the life of a Haleyville woman, and injured one other. Whitney Farley, 31, was killed when the 2009 Toyota Sienna she was driving crossed the centerline of the highway and collided with a 2013 Chevrolet 1500, driven byJason Vanhousen, 05/01/1979, of Double Springs, Alabama. The Toyota Sienna continued in the southbound lane colliding with a 1999 Toyota Camry, driven by Elbert Sherman Ward, 06/17/1958, of Haleyville, Alabama. Whitney Farley was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Elbert Ward was air lifted to Huntsville Hospital with serious physical injuries. The crash occurred on Alabama 195, approximately six miles north of Double Springs. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • Winston County Crash 1 Death

    Hamilton Post — A single-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 2, has claimed the life of a Jasper man. Hunter Cutcher, 27, was killed when the 2004 Toyota Corolla he was driving lost control in a curve, left the roadway, collided with a tree, and overturned. Cutcher was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred fifteen miles southeast of Double Springs on Winston County 8. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • Hamilton Man Killed in Crash

    Hamilton Post — A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 11:20 pm. Tuesday, May 18, has claimed the life of a Hamilton man. Arthur Webb, 81, was killed when the 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Webb’s vehicle then overturned and struck an unoccupied 2008 Honda Civic in a private driveway. Webb was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred seven miles north of Sulligent on Lamar County 35. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • Hamilton Woman Killed in Crash

    A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 3:07 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, has claimed the life of a Hamilton woman. Cheyenne Nichole Lawson, 43, was killed when the 2002 Jeep Liberty she was driving was struck head-on by a 2018 Freightliner. The Freightliner crossed over the center line of the highway in a no-passing zone. Lawson was pronounced deceased by a doctor at a local hospital. The crash occurred on Alabama 278 at the 23.5 mile marker, approximately 21 miles east of Jasper. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.

  • Double Springs Man Killed in Crash

    A two-vehicle crash that occurred at approximately 2:35 a.m. Sunday, May 2, has claimed the life of a Double Springs man. Gregory Cleghorn, 46, was killed when the 1996 Ford Explorer he was driving failed to yield the right-of-way from a stop sign and pulled out in front of a 2011 Kia Sportage. After impact, the Explorer left the roadway and overturned. Cleghorn was pronounced deceased at the scene. The crash occurred on Fall City Road, approximately eight miles north of Jasper. Nothing further is available as Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol Division continue to investigate.