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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)

Credit union branch proposed at Demopolis High; retirees honored in Monday meeting

Opening a branch of Naheola Credit Union at Demopolis High School and having students earn credit for operating it was proposed to the Demopolis City Board of Education at a called meeting Monday. Under the proposal, the pilot program would start in the fall and be part of the Finance Academy, under the direction of […]

Boykin, Cox receive Student-Athlete of the Year honors

The West Alabama Watchman and the Marengo County Parks and Recreation Board hosted the second annual Marengo County Student-Athlete of the Year Banquet Monday night. In a fun-filled evening that featured Eli Gold as the guest speaker, hundreds gathered in the fellowship hall of Linden Baptist Church to celebrate 12 award finalists from throughout the […]

Petrey, Latham split Watchman Player of the Year honors

For only the second time, the West Alabama Watchman has co-players of the year in a sport as SEC signees Abbey Latham and Macey Petrey each posted career years in leading their teams to strong seasons. Petrey, a Mississippi State signee, shined as Marengo Academy’s shortstop with a .940 fielding percentage to go along with […]

Sweet Water sweeps Watchman baseball awards

When you go 14-2 on the mound along with three saves and just happen to hit the walk-off single to win your school’s first state championship in 27 years, it’s just about a no-brainer that you’ll be the Player of the Year. Such is the case for Sweet Water junior Jonah Smith. He was Marengo […]

Tigers get first on-field action of Seymore era

The result is not recorded and the stats do not count but the win certainly mattered to the players on the field Friday night in Demopolis High’s spring football game against Class 6A Northridge. After the Jaguars connected on a 33-yard field goal with 47.2 seconds to go in the varsity half of the contest […]

Over $50k raised for Kidz Outdoors in Saturday’s Soggy Bottom Lodge event (includes photos)

A special Kidz Outdoors event was held this year at Soggy Bottom Lodge in Linden, Ala., on May 13, and it was only made possible through the combined efforts of countless supporters, volunteers, and contributors. Although many people came together to make Saturday great, I would like to personally thank those who went above and […]

Inmate back in custody after 1998 escape

After 19 years on the run, a Greene County inmate is back in custody a week after an anonymous tip was submitted to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO). Donovan Johnson was arrested in 1996 on one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one count of first-degree receiving stolen property. He escaped […]

Riverwalk-off: Dawgs take state (gallery)

Sweet Water walks off with Class 1A crown in dramatic fashion

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sweet Water is a baseball state champion for the in 27 years after a thrilling finish Tuesday that saw the Bulldogs beat Decatur Heritage 8-7 in walk-off fashion. Sweet Water trailed 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth when Chance Broussard opened the Sweet Water turn with a single to right field, […]

Sweet Water falls in game two, game three awaits

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sweet Water has one more chance to win its first baseball state championship since 1990 after a 2-1 loss to Decatur Heritage Tuesday morning. With the Bulldogs leading the series 1-0, Decatur Heritage turned to its ace and Grayson Wakefield more than delivered. The senior allowed two hits over a complete game […]

York PD offers reward for info leading to arrest

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Prepare yourselves ladies, auditions will be held August 5 at the Elks Lodge in Huntsville for a new reality show, “Redneck Housewives of Alabama.” Seldom have I been more excited or overqualified. The casting call is open to women over 21 who are housewives in Alabama. It is acceptable to have a part time job […]

End of year actions occupy Monday BOE meeting

End-of-year actions took up most of the Demopolis City Board of Education meeting Monday, including personnel matters and summer construction work. Charles Jones Construction received the bid for concrete and awning work at Demopolis Middle and U.S. Jones Elementary schools for a total of $57,694.39. This is the second phase of capital improvements started last […]

Smith subdues Decatur Heritage as Sweet Water takes game one

MONTGOMERY, Ala. –  Jonah Smith gets more comfortable as the game goes along, a fact that proved true again as Sweet Water beat Decatur Heritage 4-2 in game one of the Class 1A State Championship Monday. “The first of the game, I was struggling to throw strikes. As the game went on, I got more […]

Demopolis softball sees season end in walk-off fashion

TROY, Ala. – Demopolis saw its season come to a screeching halt in the South Central Regional Friday with a 4-2 loss to Marbury. The Tigers battled out of a 2-1 hole in the top of the seventh inning as Kayla Montz drew a leadoff walk, advanced on Bria Brown’s sacrifice bunt and scored when […]

Demopolis man arrested for making terrorist threat

Local law enforcement agencies combined May 2 on the arrest of Robert Gregory Coates, 54, of Demopolis. Coates is alleged to have made a verbal terrorist threat via phone against the Sumter County Circuit Clerk’s office, an incident that occurred Tuesday, May 2. “After he was detained, we found sufficient evidence to corroborate what was […]

Demopolis goes 2-0 on first day at regional in Troy

TROY, Ala. – Natalie Tatum owned the day Thursday with a pair of dominant outings in the circle and one timely hit at the plate to give make Demopolis 2-0 on day one of the South Central Regional in Troy. “Natalie just hits spots. She did a good job spinning the ball and throwing it […]

Marengo County Commission moves voting locations, discusses bereavement leave

Personnel issues took center stage at the Marengo County Commission meeting Tuesday. Commissioners updated the personnel policy on bereavement leave and voted on life insurance coverage for both current and retired employees. In the current personnel policy, employees are expected to take bereavement leave out of their sick or vacation times. Probate Judge Laurie Hall […]

Tears and Laughter: What your mom wants this Mother’s Day 

This is the week for mothers. Those of us still fortunate enough to have our mothers will search for just the right gift to show her how much we love and appreciate her. We will try and find perfectly worded cards that tell her how very much she means to us. We will send fresh […]

Sweet Water sweeps Ragland to move to Class 1A state championship

SWEET WATER – By his own admission, postseason play had been unkind to Hunter Mendenhall, who was batting .294 in the playoffs and was just 1 for his last 10 heading into Wednesday’s Class 1A semifinal series-clinching victory over Ragland. Mendenhall was unkind to Ragland pitching in the contest as he doubled and homered to […]

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