WINTER WEATHER: Closures for Wednesday, Jan. 17

CLOSED Demopolis City Schools Linden City Schools Marengo County Schools Marengo Academy Patrician Academy Little Horns Daycare First Baptist Church WEE School (Demopolis) Tender Years Funtastic Tots Learning Center West Alabama Christian School and Daycare Bright Beginnings Daycare Kids World Learning Center Marengo County Courthouse Demopolis Public Library

Marengo, Linden, Demopolis schools closed Wednesday

With a winter storm system settling in over much of the state Tuesday afternoon and an expectation of icy roads and frigid temperatures well into Wednesday, school systems are again facing decisions regarding hours of operation. The first local system to declare its schedule for Wednesday is Marengo County, which will be closed. “Due to […]

UWA closed Tuesday due to winter weather threat

Due to threatening winter weather conditions, the University of West Alabama be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 16. Day and evening classes will not meet, campus events for the day and evening are canceled, and administrative offices will be closed. Campus dining facilities will close early at 2 p.m. UWA faculty, staff, and students may receive […]

WINTER WEATHER: Closings for Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

We are posting school and business closings as soon as we are made aware. Please check back here and we’ll update any closings as they’re announced.   CURRENT CLOSINGS: Demopolis City Schools Linden City Schools Marengo County Schools Sumter County Schools Perry County Schools Hale County Schools University of West Alabama West Alabama Christian School […]

Sumter sweeps Demopolis varsity squads in Area 7 tilts

Sumter 65, Demopolis 38 “All gas, no brake” adorned the front of Sumter-Central’s shooting shirts as they took to the floor for warmups in a highly anticipated Class 5A, Area 7 tilt with Demopolis Friday. When the ball tipped, Sumter lived up to its own frenetic billing en route to a 65-38 shellacking of the […]

County commission considers jail maintenance bids

Under the gavel of newly installed chairman Calvin Martin, the Marengo Country Commission accepted the low bid for maintenance work on the jail but put restrictions on the proposal. Southern Painting and Insulation bid $29,500 for the work but did not provide a bid bond. Neither did any of the other three bidders. County Attorney […]

New sign goes up at BWWMH

Workers at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital ready to put up the new sign denoting the facility’s affiliation with UAB.

U.S. Jones coding program earns CLAS Banner School distinction

U.S. Jones Elementary School now is recognized as ranking among the leaders in Alabama education. The school has been named a CLAS Banner School by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools. Through a rigorous application process, USJ was one of 24 schools out of 107 applicants to receive the honor.  Three schools from each district […]

Authorities recover body of Sumter man following Dec. 27 crash

The body of an Emelle man killed in a single-vehicle crash Wednesday, Dec. 27, was recovered Saturday, Jan. 6. William Anthony Scott, 61, was killed when the 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe he was driving left the roadway, struck several trees and entered a pond. The crash occurred at 4:05 a.m. on Alabama 39 near the 12 […]

UWA to seek SACS approval for doctoral program in rural education

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has announced plans for offering its first doctoral program in the near future. Pending approval from its accrediting body, UWA will soon offer through its Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education a unique Ed.D. in rural education. The proposed program will offer two tracks to best meet the needs […]

Black bear sightings likely to increase across Alabama

    Interaction between humans and black bears saw an uptick last year, and that will likely be the trend for the near future, at least in one corner of the state, according to Dr. Todd Steury of Auburn University. Funded by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) […]

Tears and Laughter: Eloping—A new trend or an old classic

Well, here we are…welcome everybody, to 2018. I hope everyone had a safe and pleasant holiday season. I certainly did. I’m not even sure exactly what day of the week it is at this point. It feels like there were three Sundays in last week. Three Sundays, and a wedding.  We have had five Christmas […]

Demopolis High basketball postponed

Demopolis High School’s home basketball games with Bessemer City scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 4 have been postponed due to weather concerns. Demopolis High athletic director Tony Pittman said a reschedule date is expected to be announced at a later date.

Thomaston woman killed in Hale County crash

A two-vehicle crash Tuesday, Jan. 2, claimed the life of a Thomaston woman. Shaqilia Moni Jones, 24, was killed when the 2016 Hyundai Accent she was driving collided with a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Charlie Lee Tubbs, 62, of Marion. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. Tubbs was transported to DCH Regional Medical […]

Road Scholar to speak in Demopolis on Mt. Ida Quilt Project

Sarah Bliss Wright, a member of the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, will present “The Mt. Ida Quilt Project:  One Community, Two Quilts, Three Centuries” on January 18, at noon, at the Demopolis Public Library. About the presentation “The Mt. Ida Quilt Project:  One Community, Two Quilts, Three Centuries” weaves together the stories […]

Parr elected 2018 Chairman of the P&CMA

75MONTGOMERY – Jim Parr of Parr’s Inc. in Demopolis has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Petroleum & Convenience Marketers of Alabama for 2018. A Demopolis native, Jim attended Demopolis City Schools, graduating in 1998 and then went on to the University of West Alabama where he graduated in 2001. All […]

Demopolis police investigating Edgemont homicide

Demopolis has apparently experienced its second homicide of 2017. On Dec. 28 at approximately 3:10 p.m. a Demopolis Police Department officer was attempting to serve papers on an individual at 1514 Queensbury Lane in Edgemont Village. Upon the officer’s arrival, a small child in the residence opened the door and state that someone had killed […]

Lewis, Thompson take WAW top football honors (WAW All-County Team)

An action-packed, fun-filled high school football season in Marengo County culminated with Sweet Water hoisting the Class 1A state championship trophy less than two weeks after it snapped Maplesville’s 34-game win streak. As Sweet Water got within sniffing distance of the state crown, Shamar Lewis made an unquestionable impact on both sides of the ball. […]

UWA’s Blair to play in Tropical Bowl All Star Game

West Alabama All-America offensive tackle Dontavius Blair has accepted an invitation to play in the Division 1 FBS SPRIAL Tropical Bowl All Star Game in Daytona Beach, Florida on January 14. The SPIRAL Tropical Bowl showcases the top college football seniors to NFL scouts and GM’s who travel from around the country to the event. […]

Myrthil wins Coach of the Year, 20 local players make all-state

A strong season for high school football in Marengo County gave way to an impressive showing on the ASWA All-State teams. In total, the state’s sports writers acknowledged 20 Marengo County athletes on the 2017 all-state teams. Class 1A state champion Sweet Water and 1A quarterfinalist Marengo lead the way with six nods apiece while […]

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Letter to the Editor: DCS superintendent thanks community

It is challenging to describe the amount of support the citizens of Demopolis have for their public school system. If it is a Friday night football game or Tuesday morning Christmas program, you will have parents and grandparents show up in bulk to support the students of the Demopolis City School System. This overwhelming support […]

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