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Tony Shaddox, a biologist with the State, Donnie Fendley, Thomasville City Schools Transportation Supervisor, and Lou Wallace caught this big gator on the Tensaw River near Spanish Fort. Wallace had the tag, but the catch was a joint effort. The gator weighed 382 pounds and was 10’10” long.  It took them two hours to get the […]

Project Engage Invention Convention to showcase students’ work at UWA

LIVINGSTON, Ala.- The University of West Alabama’s Project Engage and Science Saturday programs will host the fourth annual Invention Convention on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will allow students and teachers to experience hands-on science experiments. Events include a project viewing, renowned guest speaker, and a student award ceremony. […]

New choral program begins at Thomasville High

By Carolyn Drinkard Special to The Watchman One of the goals that Charles Alford had when he became the principal at THS was to start a choral program. His plan is now taking shape. Ms. Olivia Kimbrough will direct the new choir with Ms. Donna Calhoun assisting, as needed. Auditions were held during the week […]

Sharon Barkely, right, is sworn in by Judge Eddie Hardaway, Jr. (Contributed Photo)

Barkley sworn in as revenue commissioner

Sharon B. Barkley was sworn in by Circuit Judge Eddie Hardaway, Jr. to begin her first full term as Marengo County revenue commissioner.  Though elected in Nov. 2014, Barkley’s term does not begin until the following fiscal year, FY 2015, which starts Oct. 1.  Her term will last six years. Barkley was appointed revenue commissioner […]

ASWA Poll: MA falls, Linden rises, Demopolis debuts

ALABAMA SPORTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLL WEEK 2 – Sept. 2, 2015 Class 7A Hoover (29) (2-0) 357 Prattville (1) (1-0) 264 Central-Phenix City (1-1) 237 Bob Jones (1-0) 192 Murphy (1-0) 172 Foley (2-0) 158 James Clemens (1-0) 111 Baker (1-1) 85 Buckhorn (1-0) 30 Auburn (1-1) 24 10t. Gadsden City (1-1) 24 […]


Former OK State standout enrolls at UWA

Running back Ty Hill has enrolled at the University of West Alabama and will join the Tiger football program immediately. Previous stops for Hill, who is also a world-class sprinter, have been at Garden City Community College in Kansas and Oklahoma State. An All-Big XII selection as an all-purpose player after gaining 1,811 yards for […]

The University of West Alabama has just welcomed its largest class of first-time freshman students in 20 years, as well as an increase in its number of transfer students. (Contributed Photo)

UWA’s incoming freshman class the largest in 20 years

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama’s Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management has announced its fall 2015 undergraduate enrollment, with increases in its top three areas, on-campus, transfer, and the first-time freshman incoming class, which is at a longtime high. The school has its highest increase for the first-time freshman incoming class, with a 19.7 […]


Thomasville student advances in National Poetry contest

By Carolyn Drinkard Special to The Watchman Janie Crawford, a student at Thomasville High School, has been notified that her poem, “Emotion’s Graveyard”, has advanced to the semi-final round of the National Amateur Poetry Competition, sponsored by Eber and Wein Publishing Company. Crawford’s poem will be published in a series called Where the Mind Dwells. […]

Linden quarterback C.J. Robinson along with ESPN 104.9 crew member Sean Parker.

Linden’s Robinson earns ESPN 104.9 Player of the Week

His statistics were far from eye-popping, but every number Linden quarterback C.J. Robinson amassed last week against Washington County mattered. Robinson ran only five times, tallying 50 yards in the process. While those are not big numbers, nearly every run proved to be a drive extender for the junior signal-caller in his first start. On […]


THS band director is no stranger to Thomasville

By Carolyn Drinkard Special to The Watchman James Boyett has been hired as the band director at Thomasville High School. Boyett earned both a Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degree from the University of North Alabama. He performed with the UNA “Pride of Dixie Marching Band”, the Concert Band, Wind Symphony, brass ensemble, trombone quartet, and the […]

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Aug. 31, 2015

Aug. 28 – Eldridge Robinson Jr., 42, for Contempt of Court – DPD Aug. 30 – Cedric L. Jones, 34, for DUI – Highway 80 East Aug. 30 – Marquise Manassa, 23, for Marijuana-Possession – Walnut Street Aug. 31 – Terry G. Artis, 44, for Theft of Property I – East Washington Street Aug. 31 […]

Catherine Sumerlin worked with young children from Belize in a summer Bible School.

Enthusiasm, curiosity keep Dixon’s Mills woman young

By Carolyn Drinkard Special to The Watchman Someone once said that you are not old until your enthusiasm and curiosity have withered. If that’s true, then Catherine Sumerlin will never grow old! Sumerlin’s enthusiasm for life and her curiosity about the world she lives in have taken her on 12 mission trips to Belize, and […]

DMS, Sweet Water football play to draw

The Demopolis Middle School Tigers battled their way to an 8-8 tie on the road at Sweet Water Monday. Juan McClain sprinted for a 27-yard touchdown on the Tigers’ first possession of the game. Demopolis added the conversion to go up 8-0. The game stayed that way through halftime and into the fourth quarter before […]

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Restaurants gaining buzz in downtown Demopolis

By Jan McDonald Special to The Watchman Efforts to bring new businesses to the downtown area of Demopolis show progress as several new storefronts have opened in the past few months. But getting considerable interest are the two restaurants now tempting customers with their fare. While the two eateries couldn’t be more different in their […]

UWA Board of Trustees to hold quarterly meeting Sept. 14

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting Monday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center on the Livingston campus. In addition, a mini-retreat and three committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, prior to the board meeting: Board Mini-Retreat Bell Conference Center 8:00 […]

Andrea Clanahan prepares to ride the simulator as a Space Academy instructor buckles her in.

Thomasville teacher flies high at Space Camp

By Carolyn Drinkard Special to The Watchman Andrea Clanahan, an eighth grade science teacher at Thomasville Middle School, recently attended SPACE CAMP at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, NASA’s official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. The educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on […]

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Thomasville Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

By Carolyn Drinkard Special to The Watchman The Red Kettle (Bell Ringing) season for the Salvation Army is just around the corner. The Red Kettle campaign will begin in November and end Christmas Eve. It is important to remember that these donations go to help hundreds in this area. Thomasville has been blessed to have so […]

8-28-15 - Linden, Ala. - The Marengo Academy Longhorns take the field prior to Friday's AISA match-up in Linden, Ala. Bessemer Academy beat Marengo Academy, 28-6. (Stewart Gwin | West Alabama Watchman)

‘Horns fall to Bessemer Academy in season opener

It was a game of turnovers at the Linden Athletic Field as Marengo Academy (0-1) fell to Bessemer Academy (1-0) 28-6 in their season opener. “First game, we didn’t do a jamboree, there’s a lot of things we’ve got to clean up,” said Marengo’s new head football coach David Barham. The Longhorns went three and […]

Jay Craig runs behind a block from Jacob Rodrigues.

Keen Chiropractic Post Game Report: DHS @ Thomasville (8/28/15)

Jamarcus Ezell fires a pass against Thomasville.

Demopolis shuts out Thomasville in Luker debut

THOMASVILLE — The Stacy Luker era in Demopolis officially opened Friday night with a 27-0 win over rival Thomasville in an effort that saw DHS display all the hallmarks of a Luker-led team. Luker’s squad jumped on top early when a shanked punt left the visiting Tigers on a short field. Jamarcus Ezell polished off […]

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Tears and Laughter: How to attract the voters of Southwest Alabama

Last week five presidential candidates tromped through Alabama stumping and trumping and flexing their political muscles. They were talking about all of their many achievements and accomplishments and preaching about how much better life will be for us here in our great state, once we have faith enough in them to cast our vote in […]

Congressional staffers experience state’s red snapper fishery firsthand

Alabama Marine Resources Director Chris Blankenship has a point to make, but the audience he needs to reach is not on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Alabama’s saltwater anglers are well aware of the red snapper story, so Blankenship reached out to what is known as the Washington (D.C.) bubble, where outside information has a hard […]

Whether you’re performing prescribed burns or planting crops for a certain species of wildlife, proper habitat management can benefit all wildlife from doves to deer and everything in between. (Photo by David Rainer)

Controlled burns help to manage wildlife habitats

Fire is your friend if you’re managing land for a variety of reasons, especially for wildlife habitat, according to Andy Baril of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES). Controlled fire, that is. Baril, a regional extension agent in ACES’ Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resources Division, was at the Buckmasters Expo in Montgomery over the weekend, […]

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