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Photo of the Day: July 21, 2014

Rev. Mickey Green, Susan Walker and Evi Zamora (l-r) enjoy lunch outdoors at Sonic in Demopolis.

DaMarcus James carries the ball against Southwest Missouri.

James, Landrum highlight Preseason All-OVC team

Demopolis High alum DaMarcus James and Sweet Water High alum Chris Landrum have each garnered Preseason All-OVC honors for Jacksonville State University. James headlines the list of eight JSU honorees as the league’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and is one of many reasons the Gamecocks were picked to win the OVC in 2014 […]

Marengo County Health Code Scores: June 2014

Marengo County Weekly Food/Lodging Establishment Ratings Date Range: 06/01/14 through 06/30/14      – sorted by score – Low to High Name of Establishment    Street Address of Establishment    Insp. Date    Score    Type Establishment Hardees #1370    125 Hwy 80 E    Demopolis    6/19/2014    87    Food Service Establishment Elk’s Food Mart    605 North walnut Ave    Demopolis    6/12/2014    88    Food […]

The monstrous size of the largemouth bass caught by 15-year-old Branson Linder of Jackson, Ala., this year is evident when compared to the 10-pounder he caught several years ago. Although Linder held the big bass by one hand on the shore, it took two hands to pull the giant into the boat.

Clarke Prep student hauls in monstrous bass

This is a story about a big fish. But this one didn’t get away. It’s a woulda, coulda, shoulda tale of a largemouth bass, one of those that people deem a whopper, a jaw-dropper when they see the mount. Since 1987, Thomas Burgin’s 16-pound, 8-ounce bass that was caught at Mountain View Lake in Shelby […]

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Diligence, persistence needed to deal with nuisance wildlife

By Steve Bryant, Wildlife Biologist, Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Telephone calls to Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries district offices concerning nuisance wildlife are routine. Two reasons primarily contribute to calls for assistance. First, more people reside in semi-rural surroundings where wildlife lives. Second is the lack of understanding about wildlife. The average person […]

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Lake Lurleen to host wakeboard tournaments in August

Lake Lurleen State Park will host two Alabama International Novice Tour (INT) Wakeboard Tournaments on August 2-3, 2014. Both tournaments will begin at 9 a.m. Practice rounds for the tournaments will take place on Friday, August 1, between 1-5 p.m. Lake Lurleen State Park is located at 13226 Lake Lurleen Rd., Coker, AL, 35452. Wakeboard, […]

Marengo County Children’s Policy Council to participate in National Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

Health advocates from the Marengo County Children’s Policy Council will join more than 1,700 substance abuse prevention specialists from across the country at Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) 2014 Mid-Year Training Institute in Orlando, Fla. July 20-24. The week-long training will take place at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Hotel. CADCA’s Mid-Year Training Institute […]


DaMarcus James picked as OVC Preseason Player of the Year

Jacksonville State senior running back and Demopolis alum DaMarcus James is the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference according to a media vote. James, who is a preseason All-American by several news organizations and publications and is also on the Walter Payton Award Preseason Watch List, had a record-breaking junior […]

VFW Post 5377 announces August meeting

VFW Post 5377 Surgeon Phillip Spence sends greetings to all VFW members and those who are eligible for membership in one of this nation’s oldest veterans organizations, and a reminder that the next scheduled meeting will be on August 12th at 6 p.m. at post headquarters located on Hwy. 43 between Demopolis and Linden. “We sincerely […]

Mabowitz to serve as interim Sweet Water principal

Phyllis Mabowitz is the new interim principal of Sweet Water High School following a Thursday meeting of the Marengo County Board of Education. “She is a very, very strong instructional leader and she has had some administrative experience in the past,” Marengo County Schools Superintendent Luke Hallmark said. “She understands the school and how the […]

Demopolis Arrest Reports: July 17, 2014

July 9 – Phillip T. Cole, 22, for Synthetic Narcotic-Possession and Possession of a Concealed Weapon without a Permit – Chevron/Highway 80 East July 9 – Jeremy D. Wallace, 23, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace – DPD July 9 – William Lewis Jr., 21, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace – DPD July 9 – Dantrayle […]

City to repay $71,517 from ADECA grant proceeds

Demopolis will repay $71,517 of $421,517 in grant funds the city received from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs for rail spur improvements at the Demopolis Airport Industrial Park. The repayment became necessary when the city was not able to meet its commitment of providing 100 new jobs in exchange for the grant […]

Demopolis City Council Agenda: July 17, 2014

Demopolis City Council Agenda July 17, 2014      Call to Order Invocation-Pastor Richard Scott Pledge of Allegiance Roll Call Approve of Agenda Approval of Minutes-July 2, 2014 Announcements Reports from Departments Police-submitted Court-submitted Fire-submitted Public Works Park & Recreation Horticulture Building Official-submitted Library-submitted City Hall Projects Dilapidated Housing Unfinished Business New Business Request to appear before […]

Demopolis High-Demopolis Academy reunion committee to meet

A reunion is being planned for all graduates of Demopolis High School and Demopolis Academy, Classes of 1970-1980. “We are in the process of planning the reunion to take place on Oct. 31 and Nov. 01, 2014,” said planning committee member Phillip Spence. “We are having our fourth and possibly most important reunion meeting on […]

Marengo County Sheriff Richard (Ben) Bates with family and friends following his re-election Tuesday.

UPDATED: Bates wins second term as Marengo County Sheriff

Attributing his victory to “God Almighty and a lot of wonderful people in Marengo County,” Sheriff Richard (Ben) Bates won re-election by a 3,713-3,091 margin over Phillip Myers Tuesday. “We will take the money the county commission gives us and the equipment we have and provide the very best law enforcement we can for Marengo […]

Outdoor Alabama announces 2015 photo contest

From its wildlife to its landscape, there is no more photographic state than Alabama. Are you a photographer with an eye for its natural beauty? If so, then show us your work. Outdoor Alabama magazine is pleased to announce its 2015 Photo Contest, with winning entries to be published in the February 2015 issue. The contest […]

Traffic along truck route in Demopolis to be temporarily rerouted

Please be advised starting Monday, July 14, the Alabama Department of Transportation will be rerouting traffic from the truck route on Walnut Street to Fulton Street and Cedar Street. This will be a temporary route until Alabama Department of Transportation completes the paving project on Walnut Street which is the current truck route. This paving […]

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Demopolis Police Chief Reese looks to future

Tommie Reese will celebrate 29 years in law enforcement in September, five of those years as chief of the Demopolis Police Department. He points with pride that crime in the city has dropped 39 percent since he took over the duties of chief and that the department has been able to solve most of those […]

Voters will choose between Phillip Myers, far left, or Ben Bates, far right, for Marengo County Sheriff.

Sheriff’s race highlights Tuesday runoff election

Voters in Marengo County will choose Tuesday between incumbent Sheriff Richard “Ben” Bates and challenger Phillip Myers to lead law enforcement in the county for the next four years. The sheriff’s race headlines a runoff election that will also feature a Marengo County Board of Education seat. The two remaining sheriff candidates ran an extremely […]

Demopolis High football camp to be held July 31

Demopolis High School’s annual football camp will be held Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Demopolis High. The camp will be hosted by Coach Tom Causey along with other Demopolis coaches and players. The camp is for ages 6-14. The cost for the camp is $15 and the first 50 to pre-register at Hibbett […]

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Marengo Sheriff responds to Grand Jury jail report

Marengo County Sheriff Richard Bates Thursday responded to the recent Grand Jury report detailing deficiencies the panel saw in the maintenance and upkeep of the jail. The report, approved at the Marengo County Commission meeting Tuesday, called attention to the need for painting, repairs to the holding cells and cleanliness of the kitchen. Bates said […]

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The healthcare and harassment 2-for-1 special at Mercy Hospital

I have this vague memory of sitting down and watching a Zig Ziglar motivational tape once and all I could think about was how it had to be one of the corniest things I’d ever seen. But I still have to admit that Zig Ziglar gave birth to a whole new way of motivating people […]

The Left’s Hobby Lobby hobby horse

Political guru and self-described “media hack” Greg Gutfeld said it best when he said, “In the absence of grip, rage becomes the recipe.” And in the fallout caused by the historic ruling that was the Hobby Lobby decision before the Supreme Court, this certainly fits the bill. Perhaps no other story in recent history has […]

Letter: Dr. Tiffany Ward expresses thanks, bids community farewell

To the citizens of Demopolis: Johnny and I cannot thank you enough for the warm hospitality you have shown us over our brief time in Demopolis. I am truly grateful to Dr. Ronnie Chu for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Chu Clinic family. The entire clinic staff and Dr. Chu […]

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