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The Demopolis Police Department started being Santa early by giving 29 shirts and 26 pairs of tennis shoes to Project Merry Christmas.  These items will be given to needy children by the Marengo County Department of Human Resources during the Christmas season. “This is one of our department’s ways of giving back to the community,” said […]

UWA to graduate nearly 700 at fall commencement Dec. 10

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama will honor nearly 700 graduates during fall commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 10. The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Pruitt Gymnasium on the UWA campus. The graduate ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m., also at Pruitt Gymnasium. Presidential Receptions will be held prior to each ceremony and are open […]

Remembering Pearl Harbor: Marengo County native coming home after 75 years

After 75 years, Navy Water Tender 1st Class Walter H. Sollie is coming home. Petty Officer Sollie was one 429 casualties on board the USS Oklahoma moored in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese made a surprise attack early Sunday morning Dec. 7, 1941. Sollie, 37 at the time of the attack, was a native […]

DCSF offers student-designed cards for Christmas season

Have a person on your Christmas list that is hard to shop for?  The Demopolis City Schools Foundation (DCSF) may have a perfect solution. Make a donation to the Foundation in honor of a friend or loved one and that person will get a special Christmas card designed by Demopolis High School Art students letting […]

BOE approves diploma endorsements, sets meeting to fill principal role in short meeting Monday

In a 15-minute meeting Monday, the Demopolis City Schools Board of Education approved the revised high school diploma endorsements introduced at the November meeting. The endorsements will go into effect next fall for entering freshmen. The proposal will provide for four endorsements for students who wish to complete more than the minimum requirements for an […]

Statewide burn ban lifted

Effective immediately, Governor Robert Bentley and Interim State Forester Gary Cole have rescinded the statewide Drought Emergency ‘No Burn’ Order which has been in effect since early November. Officials with the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) say the state has received enough rainfall over the last few days to reduce the threat of dangerous wildfires “In […]

Luker resigns from Demopolis High School

Stacy Luker announced his intention to resign Monday, stepping down as head football coach of Demopolis High School after two seasons. “I just felt kind of like it was time to move on. I no longer felt like I was the right fit at Demopolis High School for their football team,” Luker said. “I felt like I kind […]

COTR 2016 Day Activities (gallery)

2016 Christmas in the Canebrake (gallery)

Cox awarded academic scholarship

Ronnie “R.J.” Cox, son of Ronnie and Fran Cox of Demopolis, has been awarded a top scholarship from Marion Military Institute, the nation’s oldest military junior college. Cox, a senior at Demopolis High School, was awarded the Academic Dean Scholarship in October. The scholarship will cover fifty percent of his tuition at Marion Military Institute. […]

Camilla Bett Smith honored as COTR Special Child

Christmas on the River 2016 kicked-off in Demopolis Wednesday as Camilla Bett Smith, daughter of Kelley and Brandon Smith, was honored as the COTR Special Child for 2016. Camilla is 11-years-old and attends US Jones Elementary School. She was born Aug. 14, 2005, and for the first six months of her life she met all developmental milestones […]

Marengo, Greene, Sumter receive CDBG funds

MONTGOMERY — Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday awarded four Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) totaling $1.3 million to communities in Greene, Marengo and Sumter counties. “The grants awarded today are much needed to improve the infrastructure in these communities,” Governor Bentley said. “For the continued community and economic growth improvements must be made, so the […]

Rainfall not enough to ease fire woes statewide

Although rainfall amounts varied across the counties of the state Monday night, it is expected to give only short-term relief to the wildfires burning recently in Alabama. According to Interim State Forester Gary Cole of the Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC), there was not enough rain Monday night to lift the statewide ‘No Burn’ Order. However, additional rain […]

Tangle resigning from Demopolis High

Demopolis High School Principal Chris Tangle announced Monday that he is resigning at the end of the semester in pursuit of opportunities in the private sector. The move comes just 16 months after the Demopolis City Schools Board of Education hired Tangle for the post. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity to end my career […]

COTR starts this week in Demopolis

Christmas on the River (COTR) 2016 will get underway this week in Demopolis, beginning with the lighting of the Love Light Tree and announcement of this year’s special child at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital Wednesday at 5 p.m. For a full schedule of events, see below: Wednesday, Nov. 30 5 p.m. Lighting of the Love […]

Maplesville tops Linden to advance to Super 7

LINDEN — Maplesville (14-0) is headed to its fourth consecutive Class 1A state championship game after prevailing 36-14 over Linden in the Class 1A semifinals Friday night. “We talked about before the game that we needed to play with heart. They always talk about Sweet Water, Linden, Brantley, Maplesville being in the Top 4. It’s […]

Angel Tree up at Trustmark

The Angel Tree is up at Trustmark. Please stop by and select an angel. Gifts should be returned to the Salvation Army in Demopolis by Dec. 12.

Linden overlooking superlatives in preparation for Maplesville

In 2004, Demopolis High School went 15-0 en route to a Class 4A state championship under head coach Doug Goodwin. An offensive juggernaut, the team’s run remains historic in the annals of Alabama High School football as the 761 points it scored that season continues to hold the record for most in state history. That […]

Marengo Academy vs. Chambers – gallery

Alston brings experience, hometown face to Linden chief role

Linden is getting acclimated to a new police chief with a familiar face. After being sworn in as Linden Police Department Chief Nov. 7, Robert Alston started the process of making the jump from investigator to decision maker. “It is realizing that you are it. No longer do I say, ‘Hey, let me holler and […]

Demopolis High juniors win soccer state title

Demopolis High School juniors Zachary Chu and Alex Maravilla put the wraps on a successful club soccer season Nov. 13 as they helped Birmingham United Soccer Association (BUSA) win the U18 Division II state championship in a thriller over Wiregrass. BUSA, which finished with a 10-1-1 record on the season, downed Wiregrass on penalty kicks […]

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Tears and Laughter: Roses in December

One of the busier spots on Main Street in downtown Atmore seems to be the We Care Thrift Store. It is situated a few closed doors down from the Alabama Wing House – a chicken joint located in the old Whistle Stop Grill. It sits on the corner at Highway 31, adjacent to the railroad […]

Tears and Laughter: Alabama people 

Since the election, and after our Jeff Sessions was offered the position of Attorney General, it has become increasingly clear that some portions of the nation aren’t all that crazy about the state of Alabama. This attitude toward Alabama is not new. I was in a meeting of local artists, craftsmen, and writers from the […]

Tears and Laughter: The coat

There is a coat in my closet that hangs on the right, at the divide between what is his and what is mine. This coat is mine, now. It had been my grandmother’s once, when she had been much younger. Sometimes, I will touch the sleeve or feel the collar, when I pass by or […]

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