Photo of the Day: Oct. 22, 2014

Logan McVay (right) and Antonio Mackins (left) are among the Demopolis players who hold up the jersey of injured teammate Jacob Browder before last week’s Homecoming game against Wilcox Central. Browder is still in Children’s Hospital following a bull riding accident earlier this semester, but reportedly did begin speaking Saturday.

Marengo’s Bouler ties record set by Demopolis alum Tommy Wilson

By Alan Mitchell For Marengo High School senior linebacker Dajaquon Bouler found himself out of position on a key fourth-quarter defensive stand last week versus J.U. Blacksher. Bouler, however, found a way to make the most of the situation, said his head coach Eberne Myrthil. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior playing his first season on […]

Hayden Hall receives a commemorative Player of the Week T-shirt from ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show host Rob Pearson Tuesday at Batter Up Sports Grill in Demopolis.

Marengo Academy’s Hall receives Player of the Week from ESPN 104.9

Hayden Hall spent Tuesday night at Batter Up Sports Grill in Demopolis with the crew of the ESPN 104.9 Coaches Show. The crew honored the Marengo Academy senior linebacker and offensive lineman received Player of the Week honors for his performance against Wilcox Academy. In that game, Hall recovered a fumble on offense and made […]

Demopolis climbs into Top 5 of ASWA poll

BIRMINGHAM, – Spanish Fort’s 7-0 loss to Daphne on Friday night spelled the end to the Toros’ reign atop the Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football poll, as Clay-Chalkville became No. 1 for the first time since 2011. It also ended the Toros’ 15-poll streak on top of their class – 5A in 2013 […]

Demopolis BOE reviews ACT Aspire data

Proudly sharing the results of the High-Stakes Assessment for the ACT Aspire done in the spring, Demopolis City Schools superintendent Dr. Al Griffin said the system now has data on which to build. “From a first performance, it’s a good start,” Griffin said at the school board meeting Monday night. The assessments not only gave […]

Demopolis BOE to hire Public Examiners for audit

By a unanimous vote the Demopolis Board of Education decided to request the Alabama Department of Public Examiners perform the school system’s audit for fiscal year 2014. The item had been tabled from the September meeting to see if local accounting firm Mason and Gardner, LLC, could adjust the cost of the audit the firm […]

TRAC hosting ASFA concert Nov. 6

Join the Two Rivers Arts Council on Thursday, Nov. 6 as they present a concert by the Alabama School of Fine Arts at 6:30 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium. Students from the Alabama School of Fine Arts are musically shaking things up with a pops concert which will feature music by The Beatles, […]

Open-gate weekends improve hunting access on four Forever Wild properties

The Alabama State Lands Division announces a series of “open-gate weekends” on four Forever Wild Land Trust properties. These open-gate weekends are designed to increase access to hunting on public lands. During the weekends, the internal woods-roads gates will be opened to allow for easier access to hunting on the properties. The properties listed below […]

SCFAC presents comedic impersonator Holly Faris at UWA’s Bell Conference Center

LIVINGSTON — The Sumter County Fine Arts Council presents Holly Faris Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of West Alabama’s Bell Conference Center. Holly Faris is a unique one-woman show that has thrilled audiences from coast-to-coast with her assortment of celebrity impersonations and comedy. From Joan Rivers to Tina Turner, Cher, Dolly […]

Library announces Lunch and Learn with author Tanya Harris

The Demopolis Public Library is hosting a Lunch and Learn program and book signing with author Tanya Harris on Friday, Oct. 24. The “Lunch and Learn” starts at Noon and the book signing is from 1-3 p.m. Tanya Harris is a native of Memphis, Tennessee who currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her novel, Supposedly Broken, […]

Camp Fear at Lake Lurleen State Park on Oct. 31

Visit Lake Lurleen State Park on October 31 for a night of Halloween fun when the park hosts its 3rd annual Camp Fear. The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. and will feature hayrides ($1 per person), trick-or-treating and Halloween decorations in a family friendly environment. Admission to Camp Fear is $3 for ages […]

UWA to unveil James P. Pate Special Collections and Reference Center

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama’s Julia Tutwiler Library announces the opening of the James P. Pate Special Collections and Reference Center. A reception will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. in the library. The James P. Pate Special Collections and Reference Center consists of books, manuscripts, and pamphlets. There are […]

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Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries stresses treestand safety

As Alabama hunters head to the woods for the opening days of archery deer season, the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division urges all hunters to observe treestand safety rules for a safe and enjoyable trip outdoors. Last year there were 14 treestand falls in Alabama, including one that resulted in a fatality. Treestand […]

Linden Arrest Reports: Oct. 18, 2014

• Marlo L. Gooden, 35, of Birmingham was arrested on Oct. 10 for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. • Ronald C. Webb, 44, of Birmingham was arrested on Oct. 14 for Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. • Dikem J. Conner, 20, of Linden was arrested on Oct. 13 for Possession of Marijuana I. […]

The seven young women elected by the student body to represent the University of West Alabama during Homecoming festivities are (left to right) sophomore maid Erin Jimerson of Butler, Ala.; Lilli Martin of Meridian, Miss.; Kaleigh Henders of Greensboro, Ala.; Sydney Matthews of Meridian, Miss.; Hannah McDaniel of Carrollton, Ala.; Tamara Smoot of Meridian, Miss.; and freshman maid Brooke Ames of London, Ohio.

UWA announces 2014 Homecoming Court

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama student body has elected seven of its most outstanding young women to represent them on the 2014 Homecoming court. The homecoming queen, who is chosen from the five elected upperclassmen, is a closely-guarded secret that will be announced during the annual Serendipity talent show Wednesday night at Hughes […]

NWTF Donates more than $91,000 for wildlife management in Alabama

The Alabama Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) recently allocated $91,289 for wild turkey projects in Alabama. The funding was made possible through the NWTF Hunting Heritage Super Fund program. Close to $29,000 of the total allocation was approved for a variety of projects statewide including funding the improvement of wild turkey habitat on […]

Library announces Halloween Monster March

The Demopolis Public Library and businesses in downtown Demopolis are sponsoring a Halloween Monster March on Friday, Oct. 31. The Monster March will start at the Demopolis Public Library’s side patio area at 4 p.m. The library will serve as a meeting place and the first stop for candy. The group will then march down […]

Lady Tigers win Area 6 championship

The Demopolis High volleyball team (21-5) swept its way through the Class 5A, Area 6 tournament Tuesday and punched its ticket to the South Super-Regional. “It lets them know that we have the potential to go further than we ever have before,” Sanders said of her team’s win in the area tournament. “They actually have […]

Nathan Williamson takes a hand-off from Clay Truelove

Sumter uses big second half to power past Lowndes

By Larry Jowers Special to the Watchman Sumter Academy scored five touchdowns in the second half to turn a four-point halftime deficit into a 17-point win, 54-37, against Lowndes Academy, Friday, Oct. 17. Clay Truelove scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to put the Eagles ahead 7-0. Lowndes answered […]

Demopolis Police Department issues Halloween safety tips

The Demopolis Police Department issued its annual Halloween safety advisory Monday. “We encourage children to go trick-or-treating from 5 to 9 p.m. at the latest,” said Demopolis Chief of Police Tommie Reese. “We want everybody to have fun trick-or-treating, and we want them to do it safely.” Reese added that the police will be out […]

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Oct. 21, 2014

Oct. 14 – Cynthia H. Glass, 34, for Contempt of Court-Failing to Appear – DPD Oct. 14 – April F. Coleman, 28, for two counts Forgery-Checks – DPD Oct. 16 – Dominick Bowden, 21, for Domestic Violence III-Second Conviction, Burglary III, Enters/Remains In/On Premises – Hilltop Circle Oct. 17 – Donald L. Minor, 29, for […]

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