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Photo of the Day: October 31, 2014

A Demopolis youngster gets an early start for Halloween!

Rashad Lynch scores a touchdown against Hillcrest.

Demopolis comeback falls short against Hillcrest

Demopolis dug itself into a 20-point hole early and nearly clawed out while cutting the deficit to three points in the fourth quarter before succumbing in a 39-29 loss to Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. “A loss is never any good,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey told his players after the game. “I’m dang proud of the way you fought. […]

Photos courtesy of Cassi Pruett

Scenes from Wednesday night’s Demopolis HarvestFest


DMS Fall Festival

The Demopolis Middle School will hold its Fall Festival at the DMS football field on Friday, October 31, 2014 from 9AM until 2PM. Lots of fun and games! Come join in the fun!

Marengo High senior Floyd Simmons receives a commemorative Player of the Week T-shirt from ESPN 104.9 crew member Sean Parker.

Simmons garners ESPN 104.9 Player of the Week honors

Marengo High School has a diminutive linebacker who plays with monstrous heart. Last week, that linebacker, who lists himself at a height of 5-4, turned in sensational effort against J.F. Shields in a 53-0 shutout. Floyd Simmons, a senior and longtime starter for the Panthers, recorded 10 tackles including two sacks and returned a fumble […]

Demopolis climbs to No. 4 in Class 5A poll

By PAUL BEAUDRY For The ASWA St. Paul’s Episcopal has been a unanimous pick at No. 1 in Class 5A since the second poll of the season. UMS-Wright has received every first-place vote in Class 4A for the last two weeks. Something is going to give on Friday as the two No. 1 teams meet […]

Linden Arrest Reports: Oct. 27, 2014

• Jeline Wheeler, 56, of Linden was arrested on Oct. 21 for Criminal Trespass III. • Sharon D. Coker, 59, of Birmingham was arrested on Oct. 21 for Possession of a Forged Instrument II. • April D. Coleman, 28, of Gallion was arrested on Oct. 23 for N.W.N.I. • Joshua P. Walden, 33, of Linden […]


Cuba Police help DPD apprehend two for Walmart thefts

On Oct. 26, the Demopolis Police Department received a call from the Walmart Super Center Loss Prevention Officer who reported that two females entered Walmart and loaded a large amount of retail items into a cart, leaving the store without paying for the merchandise. Upon arrival of the officers, Walmart management provided the suspects’ description, […]

Sumter Academy lines up over the ball on offense last Friday night against Patrician.

Big plays lift Patrician over Sumter

By Larry Jowers Special to the Watchman YORK — Patrician Academy scored on plays of 49, 63, 65, 31 and 60 yards en route to a 42-21 victory over Sumter Academy Friday. Patrician’s Devin Black scored on a 49-yard run on the game’s opening possession to give the visiting Saints a 7 -0 lead. Sumter […]

Pictured left to right are freshman maid Brooke Ames (London, Ohio); Sydney Matthews (Meridian, Miss.); Lilli Martin (Meridian, Miss.); 2014 Homecoming Queen Tamara Smoot (Talladega, Ala.); Kaleigh Henders (Greensboro, Ala.); Hannah McDaniel (Carrollton, Ala.); and sophomore maid Erin Jimerson (Butler, Ala.).

UWA students name Tamara Smoot of Talladega 2014 Homecoming Queen

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama crowned its 2014 Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies of the Tigers’ game against Delta State on Saturday. Escorted by her grandfather, Jimmy Willis, Smoot was crowned queen by 2013 queen Libby Hankins, SGA President D’Anthony Jackson, and UWA President John Blackwell. Smoot is a senior from Talladega, Ala. […]

Tiger Arts Guild ready to tell Stories in the Dark

Demopolis High School’s Tiger Arts Guild will roll out its annual Halloween production this weekend when it performs Stories in the Dark. “The play includes stories from a wide range of authors such as The Brothers Grimm, and folklorists Ruby Pickens Tartt and Alvin Schwartz to poems by Shel Silverstein and Heinrich Hoffmann,” Demopolis High […]

Demopolis expects “big time challenge” from Hillcrest

The last time Tom Causey’s team took to the field against rival Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa, the squads totaled 119 points as Demopolis pulled out a 60-59 win on Halloween night 2013. This year, Causey’s team has plenty of room for healthy trembling as the Tigers put their eight-game win streak on the line against a Patriot squad […]

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Oct. 27, 2014

Oct. 21 – Darrell J. Zanders, 18, for two counts Amphetamine-Sell/Distribute – DPD Oct. 21 – Clifford D. Daniels, 25, for Contempt of Court and two counts Theft of Services III – DPD Oct. 25 – Timothy M. Tripp, 34, for Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and DUI– Cedar Crest Drive Oct. 26 – […]

A.L. Johnson suffers 40-26 setback against Ellwood Christian

THOMASTON – A.L. Johnson’s Eagles let a 26-12 lead slip away Friday night before falling to Ellwood Christian 40-26. The Eagles close out the season this Friday night, hosting Greene County, before going on the road to face Fruitdale in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs. “We gave another one away,” said ALJ […]

Marengo Panthers reel off fourth straight victory, 53-0

DIXONS MILLS – Marengo High School rolled to a fourth straight victory Friday night, defeating J.F. Shields 53-0. “It was Homecoming and Senior Night, and our kids were motivated,” said Marengo head coach Eberne Myrthil. “We played our style of football. We were able to run the ball really well. They were young up front […]

Longhorns score 5 touchdowns in first quarter to trample Abbeville

ABBEVILLE — Marengo Academy (7-1) had little trouble dispatching of Abbeville Christian (6-4) Friday night, scoring five first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 59-12 road win. Hayden Huckabee opened the scoring with 10:22 left in the first quarter when he found the end zone at the end of a 44-yard run. Less than two minutes […]

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Sweet Water's Tyler Echols blocks a punt against Flomaton Friday.

Sweet Water clinches first-round home game with win over Flomaton

SWEET WATER – Flomaton High School scored the game’s first six points and last six points, but Sweet Water High reeled off 38 unanswered in between, as the Bulldogs clinched a first-round playoff home game with a 38-12 win Friday night. “It’s huge, getting to play at home in the first round,” said Sweet Water […]

Drew Jones runs for  some tough yardage against Dallas County. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hansard)

Demopolis throttles Dallas County

SELMA — Demopolis (8-1, 7-0) hung 24 points in the first quarter and downed Dallas County (2-7, 2-5) 41-18 in the final region game of the season Friday. “We played flat. Our intensity level has got to go up regardless,” Demopolis coach Tom Causey said. The Tigers kept Dallas County hemmed deep in its own […]

Tate Sparkman with Elizabeth Smith

Amid community support, DMS robotics continuing to grow

Robotics at Demopolis Middle School has uniquely captured the imagination and interest of the city since it started last fall. “I’m excited to see the community investing in their young people to where it can actually make a difference in their lives,” said Ashley Brock, the DMS science teacher and robotics team sponsor. DMS principal […]

Linden lambasts Sunshine in Region 4 finale

NEWBERN — Linden (5-3, 5-1) had little trouble shutting down Sunshine (2-5) Thursday night in what is expected to be the final home football game for the SHS program. “We’re still learning how to be even keel throughout the course of the game,” Linden coach Andro Williams said of his team. “We can’t control a […]

Demopolis looking for improvement against Dallas County

Demopolis (7-1) hasn’t played Dallas County (2-6) since 2007 and has never lost to the Hornets in 16 meetings. That said, Demopolis coach Tom Causey is anything but comfortable as he readies to take his current team into competition against the program where he started his head coaching career. “They’ve gotten so much better each […]

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Tears and Laughter: Scary movies and Holy scriptures…

Growing up in Sandflat, we did not get overly involved in celebrating Halloween. We could participate in fall festivals, but my parents felt strongly that we should keep our involvement with the dark side to a minimum. This resolve was further instilled in me during the summer of my ninth year of life when I […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mike Marshall says farewell to Demopolis

Dear Editor, When I accepted the position of CEO of BWWMH in 2003, I anticipated the short tenure of a troubleshooter who comes in and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of a hospital and makes recommendations to maintain its viability.  Eleven years later, I can tell you that I stayed because I fell in love […]

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Tears and Laughter: The continuum of Wilcox County politics continues…

With standing room only at the October 16 Impact Wilcox meeting in Pine Hill, District Attorney Michael Jackson addressed the issue of excessive absentee voting. Voter fraud through absentee ballot abuse has plagued Wilcox County since 1964. Initially it was white people who were in control of the black majority. After the Voting Rights Act […]

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