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Marengo Academy recently recognized spring athletes at its spring sports banquet. Named as varsity baseball allstars were (from left, front) Jacob Beck, Cody Cobb, Dalton Daniels, (back) David Dunn, Brad Collins, Austen Day, Weldon Aydelott. (WAW | Collin Sheffield)

Demopolis hosting 7U state tournament this weekend

Demopolis is readying for the 2017 Cal Ripken 7U Alabama State Tournament set to take place at the Sports-Plex Friday through Sunday. Opening ceremony for the eight-team tournament are set for 8:30 a.m. Friday. The Black Warrior Pool will feature Athens, Westside B of Mobile, Spanish Fort and Demopolis. The Tombigbee Pool includes Phenix City, […]

Recreational snapper anglers get additional days

Fishing buddy Todd Kercher posted a video last weekend that many feel justifies the significant extension of the red snapper season for private recreational anglers in federal waters. Todd took his family out in the Gulf of Mexico to catch a limit of snapper, two per person with a 16-inch minimum. What he captured on […]

MA’s Breckenridge participates in Boys State

Hutson Breckenridge, son of Dennis and Cindi Breckenridge of Linden, was selected by Marengo Academy to attend the 2017 Alabama Boys State held May 28 through June 3 on the campus of the University of Alabama. He was a delegate at the Eightieth American Legion Alabama Boys State. Hutson was a credit to his community […]

Shelton State Saturday offers look at local college programs

Shelton State Community College will host “Shelton State Saturday” on Saturday, June 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Demopolis Higher Education Center. This free, drop-in event will highlight the College’s programs in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. “We are excited about the continued expansion of Shelton State’s educational and training opportunities in Demopolis […]

Tears and Laughter: Know what you love, and be willing to run to it

I have written before about teaching writing class and how one of the initial exercises is to have the students write a short, simple essay about their own self. Five paragraphs. It is supposed to be easy and serve as a transition into writing about others in second person, but there are always those who […]

Demopolis Arrest Reports: June 16, 2017

May 5 – Juanita Boone, 27, Marijuana – Possession, Blacks Drive May 7 – Daeshuan D. Lawson, 20, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana II, Drug Paraphernalia – 1st Offense, Marvin’s May 9 – Maurice L. Lynch, 28, Unlawful Breaking and Entering a Vehicle, BWMH May 11 – Diana Daniels, 48, Criminal Trespass […]

Graduation date change among Demopolis BOE moves

Demopolis City Schools, starting with Westside Elementary, will begin implementing the program “Leader in Me” to teach 21st century leadership and life skills to students. The Board of Education approved the program, developed by Franklin Covey of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” at its meeting Thursday morning. Title I professional development funds will […]

All in the Family: Petrey siblings earn Hitter of the Year honors

They apparently grow hitters in the Petrey household, at least, that’s the takeaway from the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State baseball and softball teams released over the weekend. When the softball squad released Saturday morning, Marengo Academy shortstop Macey Petrey found her name listed right behind the words Hitter of the Year in the AISA […]

Tears and Laughter: The Purse Policy

If there’s anything I sometimes try to be…it’s agreeable. And currently, I’m trying. It is a personal choice for a woman, the purse she carries. And a girl just knows her bag when she sees it. It is kind of like picking out a pet. There has to be a connection…a certain style or something […]

ASWA names Mr. Baseball/Mrs. Softball; Latham, Smith make Super 10

HOOVER – Decatur’s Tanner Burns and Westminster Christian’s Annie Willis were named Mr. Baseball and Miss Softball, respectively, by the Alabama Sports Writers Association on Sunday night at the group’s 46th annual convention at the Hyatt-Wynfrey in Hoover. In addition, Mobile Christian’s Ethan Hearn was named the recipient of the ASWA’s Jimmy Smothers Courage Award. Named after the […]

Smith earns Pitcher, Player of Year; 11 Marengo County players make All-State

Jonah Smith starred on the mound for Sweet Water continuously in 2017 before getting the extra-inning, walk-off hit that plated two runs to win the Class 1A state championship. Then, as a surprise to no one, he hoisted the Class 1A state finals MVP award. His storybook season weeks in his rearview mirror, Smith garnered […]

Demopolis man charged with murder after Friday shooting

A local man faces murder charges after a shooting left one dead Friday. Demopolis Police Department officers responded to a shooting call at 171 Starmont Road in Gallion Friday. Upon arrival, officers located a female suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of her family, later died after […]

Petrey, Latham take ASWA All-State superlatives

                    Marengo County’s top two softball performers earned high honors this season as the Alabama Sports Writers Association released its 2017 All-State Softball Teams. Demopolis catcher Abbey Latham and Marengo Academy shortstop Macey Petrey each snagged superlatives in addition to garnering First Team spots in their […]

Demopolis cheer sweeps UCA camp

Demopolis High School cheerleaders attended UCA cheer camp at Auburn University May 31 through June 3. The occasion marked the first time DHS has had a clean sweep of first place in all categories at the event. The Tiger cheer squad finished first in extreme routine, first in sideline cheer, first in timeout cheer and first […]

Sumter duo arrested for burglary in Mississippi

Authorities in Lauderdale County, Mississippi arrested two local men for burglary charges this week. Keenan Law and Quindarius Jackson face charges of burglary after Mississippi investigators say they were caught in the act. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department indicated that a concerned citizen reported seeing a car slowly towing a […]

Myrtlewood man charged with murder

The Marengo County Sheriff’s Department along with the Linden Police Department worked to arrest Joseph McDonald Miles May 31 on murder charges. Miles, 26 of Myrtlewood, is charged with the murder of Chadrick Kornegay, 46. The shooting death occurred May 30 in Kornegay’s front yard in Half Acre. Kornegay was shot in the chest and […]

Forkland man arrested on federal gun charge

On June 7, the Demopolis Police Criminal Investigations Division arrested Dewayne Davis, 40, of Forkland on a Federal Indictment for Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person. This federal charge followed an incident where Demopolis police officers arrested Davis in April 2017 on state charges of Certain Persons Forbidden to Possess a Pistol and Unlawful Possession […]

Kiser prepared to lead Demopolis Middle School

Brandon Kiser did not grow up with the intention of entering education but he has since done a lot of his growing up in education. The new Demopolis Middle School principal, Kiser has spent five years in administrative roles despite only being in his early 30s. “Initially it was, there is a scholarship available,” Kiser, […]

Registration for Alabama alligator season opens Friday

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will open online registration for the state’s 12th annual regulated alligator hunts June 2, 2017, at 8 a.m. Registration must be completed by 8 a.m. July 11. A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among four hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply […]

Compton admitted to Rhode Island School of Design

Toaster Tale, a stop-motion animation by Banks Compton. (WAW | Contributed) Banks Compton is unshaken that he will not attend his senior year of high school. He is not bothered by the fact that the institutional doors he will darken in September are exactly 1,265 miles away from the halls of Demopolis High School. For […]

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