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Robbers meet sheriff and posse

One of the most desperate acts that happened in the county occurred Oct. 21, 1921, when Murray farmer Charley Jones was dragging the road some three miles southeast of Murray.
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  • Clarke County Hospital tops critical access hospitals in U.S. for quality health care

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