Archives for January 2013

Demopolis holds off Choctaws

Demopolis (13-11) used a late run to finish off a formidable Bibb County team Thursday night on its way to a 49-41 victory.

The Tigers led most of the way but saw a seven-point advantage dwindle to 37-34 with only 3:24 remaining in the contest. Following a timeout call, Demopolis reset its game plan and proceeded to embark on a 9-2 run that Cortez Lewis emphatically punctuated with a steal that led to a transition two-handed jam with 1:29 to go. The slam brought new life into the home crowd and pushed the Tiger lead to 10 points, effectively nullifying the Bibb threat.

“Great defensive game. I thought we played excellent defensively,” Demopolis coach Rodney Jackson said.

The team honored senior Tommy Wilson before the game as part of its annual Senior Night festivities. Jackson said he believed the moment was meaningful for his team.

“I really think they wanted to win it for Tommy,” Jackson said. “You only get one Senior Night and you better win it.”

While the win was the fourth consecutive victory for the Tigers, it also marked the latest in a string of tight contests that have broken Demopolis’ way.

“Tonight helped us with it being close,” Jackson said. “The trend is we’re starting to win the close one, which is a good thing.”

On a night when the Tigers outscored the Choctaws in every quarter, Demopolis posted only two players in double figures. Wilson set the pace with 12 points to go along with five assists. Lewis added in 11 points, six steals and five rebounds.

The Tigers are scheduled to finish the regular season Friday with a rivalry tilt at Linden (20-1).

“This is a big game,” Jackson said. “First of all, it is a rivalry game. Linden has been playing well all year. We’re hitting that peak I want us to hit right before area tournament. It’s going to be a good game.”

Lady Tigers thump Bibb

Demopolis (15-5) honored its trio of 12th graders with a 42-21 victory over Bibb County on Senior Night Thursday.DHS vs Bibb County-5458

The Lady Tigers led all the way, utilizing a 13-4 run in the second quarter put distance between themselves and the visiting Lady Choctaws before holding Bibb to only seven points in the entire second half.

Freshman Ivery Moore led the way for Demopolis with 12 points in the contest. Martina Smith added six for Demopolis. Alexis Jones contributed 14 rebounds and four steals on the night.

The Lady Tigers are set to wrap up regular season play Friday at Linden.

Patriots set new school mark for best record

LINDEN — The Patriots (20-1) set a new mark for best record in school history Thursday with a 61-49  win over Greene County.

Imoras Agee and Shauka Reese each finished with 18 points and six assists for Linden. Anthony Robinson added nine points, six rebounds, six assists and six steals.

Agee set the tone early for Linden, knocking down four three-point shots in the game’s opening quarter. Linden went on to have eight players score in the contest.

Brandon Williams led Greene County with 17 points.

The Patriots are scheduled to host Demopolis Friday night in a contest that will close out the regular season for both teams.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Jan. 29

Jan. 25 – Bobby L. Harris, 20, for Robbery I and two counts Shooting into Occupied Building – Greensboro PD

Jan. 25 – Jasmeka Robinson, 20, for Robbery I and two counts of Shooting into Occupied Building – Greensboro PD

Jan. 25 – Curtis L. White, 19, for Robbery I and two counts of Shooting into Occupied Building – DPD

Jan. 26 – Tovika M. Gilbert, 33, for Harassment – Crossgates

Jan. 29 – Debra Scott, 37, for Domestic Violence II – West Jackson Street

Patriots drop Akron, finish area unbeaten

Linden (19-1) polished off an unbeaten area slate Tuesday with a 62-48 win over a formidable Akron squad.

The Patriots got off to a 27-7 run in the first quarter, fueled largely by Shauka Reese’s four three-pointers in the frame.

The Patriots had eight different players score on the night with Reese leading the charge by posting 21 points. Imoras Agee finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Chris Rogers had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Johnny Tubbs paced Akron with 21 points while Quin Jeffery added 13.

Linden is scheduled to host Demopolis Friday night before hosting the area tournament next week.

Healthcare Studies class at BWWMH

Healthcare Studies Class Spring 2013

Demopolis High School students participating in the Healthcare Studies Class at Bryan W.Whitfield Memorial Hospital this semester include: L-R: Marlowe Witherspoon, Jace Rivas, Josh Mangum, Laken Boone, Mason Rogers, Christian Troupe, Wesley Dunn, Jasmine Moore, TaLacy Hines, Marcus Sears, Catrina Benison, Payne Hasty, Sydney Colyar, Madelyn Coats, Andrea McGilberry, Jordan Barousse, and Cristina Adame.

BWWMH Auxiliary sponsoring blood drive Monday

The Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor their annual Blood Drive on Monday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the hospital classroom.

Originally scheduled to be held in two locations that day, the drive has been moved to the BWWMH location only.

Following several accidents in the United Blood Services (UBS) service area, the blood supply is greatly diminished thereby increasing the demand for blood as quickly as possible, according to a UBS representative.

All blood types are needed, especially type O negative and O positive. Of all hospital patients who will need blood, 50 percent will use type O. To donate blood, you must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not donated in the past eight weeks, and are not currently taking antibiotics.

Also, United Blood Services requires donors to show identification containing a legal name and one of the following: date of birth, social security number, United Blood Services assigned donor number, or photo of the donor. Some types of identification are: driver’s license, UBS donor card, social security card, security badge (picture and donor’s name) and passport.

According to United Blood Services, which serves Marengo, Greene, Hale, Clark, Tuscaloosa, Fayette, Sumter and Pickens counties in West Alabama, along with other facilities in East Mississippi, someone needs blood every three seconds.

These patients may be accident victims, undergoing surgery, or patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases.

The blood donation process is safe, quick and easy and could help to save a life. All who are eligible are encouraged to give the gift of life on Monday.

For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, call Chrissy Brooker at 287-2626.

Demopolis natives open Trailfest 2013

Book-by-Dr.-Cecelia-Arrington-of-DemopolisThe Southern Literary Trail, the nation’s only tri-state literary trail that connects Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi, opens its biennial “Trailfest” celebration in Demopolis on Feb. 15, with a program of shared reflections by two renowned educators who recall high school experiences during segregation.

The son of Demopolis City Schools superintendent “Bully” Hitchcock, Bert Hitchcock graduated from Demopolis High School in 1959 two years after Cecelia Arrington graduated from U.S. Jones High School in 1957.

Though both excelled academically, particularly in writing and literature, Arrington and Hitchcock never knew each other as high school students, since they attended racially separated schools.

They meet at last on Friday, Feb. 15. at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum at 6 p.m., 101 North Walnut Street, Demopolis, for a program entitled “Writing from a Time of Separation.”

The program is free and will be sponsored by the Marengo County History and Archives Museum, the Southern Literary Trail, and the Marengo County Historical Society.

The event is co-sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A champagne reception at the conclusion of the talk honors the speakers.

albert-murray-imagination-of-a-nation-bookAfter graduation from U.S. Jones and receiving her M.A. in Education at San Francisco State University and Ph.D. at Western Colorado University, Cecelia Arrington served as the Department Chairperson of Ethnic Studies at Merritt College in Oakland, California, for almost twenty-five years.

Her autobiographical book, The Life and Confessions of A Black Studies Teacher, (Bye Publishing Company, 2002), opens poignantly with a chapter about her childhood in the era of Jim Crow and with the line: “Demopolis, Demopolis, I have always loved this city.” Arrington’s family members were active at Morning Star Baptist Church where a Sunday school room is named for her mother Stella Collins Arrington.

Bert Hitchcock began his career at Auburn University in 1966 as an instructor of English. For thirteen years, he was head of Auburn’s English Department from which he retired in 2008 as Professor Emeritus and as the Hargis Professor of American Literature.

He is the recipient of the prestigious Alabama Humanities Award from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

His publications include a contribution to the book of essays about Mobile native and writer Albert Murray entitled Albert Murray and the Aesthetic Imagination of A Nation (University of Alabama Press, 2010).

Murray is one of the writers honored by the Southern Literary Trail.

Preceding the evening program on February 15, Dr. Arrington and Dr. Hitchcock will speak to students of John Essex High School and Demopolis High School.

The Museum program at 6 p.m. is open to the entire community. For information about forthcoming Southern Literary Trail programs in Demopolis and throughout its three member states, visit

A limited number of Dr. Arrington’s book will be available for purchase and her signing after the evening program at the Marengo County History and Archives Museum.

Sucarnochee Revue set for Feb. 9 in Livingston

matthewdavidson.jpegLIVINGSTON — The Sucarnochee Revue will record live in Livingston on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. Held in Bibb Graves Auditorium, the concert will feature guitar phenom Matthew Davidson. Other artists slated to perform include Britt Gully, J. Burton Fuller, Mississippi Chris Sharp and Piper Lauderdale, the Stage Hands, and Jacky Jack White.

Davidson, a Shreveport, La., native, a 14-year-old award-winning guitarist who began performing professionally in 2010. In a recent article, International Musician magazine said Davidson has “achieved an immense amount of recognition, support and admiration.”

Davidson’s musical influences are as diverse as The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Maroon 5 and John Mayer. Davidson is a talented triple-threat: guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and he performs rock, blues and pop with equal command. In 2012, Davidson released his debut EP “Step Up,” produced by Joe Osbourne. Matthew was nominated for Offbeat magazine’s “Best Emerging Artist” of 2012.

Osbourne played integral parts in recordings with Ricky Nelson, Johnny Rivers, the Carpenters, the Association, and dozens more major artists.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Bibb Graves Auditorium on the campus of the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Charlotte’s Web opens at Canebrake Friday

Cast members (L-R) Luke Lindsay, Sierra Goldman, Katelyn Beshears, Tristan Mullen and Allison Polk (lying down) rehearse for the upcoming Canebrake production of Charlotte's Web.

Cast members (L-R) Luke Lindsay, Sierra Goldman, Katelyn Beshears, Tristan Mullen and Allison Polk (lying down) rehearse for the upcoming Canebrake production of Charlotte’s Web.

Stretching four-limbed children into eight-legged spiders; figuring out how to weave words in a spider web in front of an audience; corralling 35 children into order.

Jennifer Roemen has found her place in the theater.

A veteran of Canebrake Player productions both in front of the lights and behind the curtains, Roemen would rather make costumes and create sets for a living.

Since that’s not possible she lets her creativity soar. “[The job] interferes with this,” she joked.

Now she is directing “Charlotte’s Web,” based on the beloved children’s book.

The play will be held Friday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 4 and 5, at 6 p.m. in the Old School Theater.

Most of the cast of students from 7 to 18 portray farm animals, so dressing them is a major challenge.

“I don’t want a Halloween costume that looks like an animal,” Roemen said.

Instead she drew on characteristics of the animals to create the costumes. The character of Rat, for example, not only sports a long and twisty tail but is dressed in ragged, “ratty” clothes.

In the Old School Theater’s sewing room, Roemen demonstrated how she took elements from photos of animals and adapted them to the characters’ costumes. She scoured the vast Canebrake Players’ wardrobe collection for ideas and materials.

“To me the details make a difference,” she said. “Until I’m happy with them, they’re not going on stage.”

When researching ideas for the production of the children’s production in December, Roemen came across “Charlotte’s Web.” Since so many children tried out for the previous production that couldn’t be cast, and “Junie Jones” turned out to be such a success, Roemen offered to direct a second children’s play back-to-back. Usually the Canebrake Players put on only one children’s show a year, but Roemen didn’t want those children to have to wait a year for another chance to go on stage.

“There are so many (children) in this show that have never been in one,” she said.

What especially pleases the director is that so many students want to work back stage as stage managers, running the lighting or sound or in other roles.

“Junie Jones” had an all-student crew. Except for sound effects, so does “Charlotte’s Web.”

In this production Roemen didn’t have to worry about casting boys in boy roles or girls as girls. “It doesn’t make a difference,” she said, since most are farm animals.

“’Charlotte’s Web’” is a show about friendship. It’s so touching,” said Roemen. Charlotte, the spider, and Wilbur, the pig, are very different but become good friends. Wilbur doesn’t think there’s a purpose to his life, but Charlotte helps him to see things differently.

Roemen helped her cast of children understand that they are storytellers.

“There’s a real story in it, and (the children) tell it very well.” said Roemen.

To help them tell that story Roemen has drawn on a speech therapist to help the children learn to speak clearly on stage and Kirk Brooker, who has directed plays locally and in Thomasville, to “tweak” the production.