Archives for February 2013

WES Kindergarten registration March 14-15

Registration for Westside Elementary School Kindergarten (for the 2013-14 school year) will be held March 14-15 from 12:30-2 p.m. Families with last names beginning A-M should register their student on the 14th, while families with last names beginning N-Z should report on March 15.

Children need to accompany parents to the kindergarten registration. Registration will consist of filling out paperwork, student screenings and fingerprinting; therefore, parents should allow 30-45 minutes for the registration process.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 2, 2013 to enroll in kindergarten next fall.

Each child will need to bring the following documentation to registration:

*Certified birth certificate

*Original Social Security Card

*Blue Immunization Form (original form must be presented)

*Two proofs of residency (driver’s license, bills with street address, etc.)

All current kindergarten classes will have parent pickup at 11:30 on March 14 and 15 due to fall kindergarten registration.

Sweet Water lineman signs with Miles

SWEET WATER — The lead lineman on an offensive front that paved the way for more than 4,000 yards on the ground in 2012 officially has a new home. Sweet Water High School held a signing ceremony for senior offensive lineman Derrick Tucker Thursday morning to celebrate his official commitment to play football at Miles College.Tucker DSC_2855

“It’s a great opportunity. I’m glad it’s over with,” Tucker said of an arduous recruiting process that saw the Division II SIAC school pull the trigger on an offer after the dust settled from National Signing Day. “I thank my coaches, my school and Miles for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to success.”

“they’re getting a hard worker who plays very physical,” Sweet Water head coach Stacy Luker said. “He plays with a nasty attitude that has made him a great football player to this point. He’s a great kid from a great family.”

Tucker played guard for the Bulldogs and proved to be the most trustworthy blocker for the Purple and Gold’s ground-based attack.

“We try to be physical running the football and he is obviously our biggest and most physical lineman,” Luker said of the 260-pound Tucker. “I’d say we probably ran behind him 70 percent of the time.”

Tucker will join a freshman class at Miles that includes Demopolis High defensive lineman Kessy Bell, who signed with the school earlier this month.


Scott Ash

Mr. Scott Ash, age 48 of New Iberia, LA passed February 23, 2013. He is the beloved brother of Terrie (Rev. Frank) Charleston, Linda Harris, Otis Poellnitz, Leon Ash, Lynette Ash, and Delilah Fluker, all of Demopolis, Alabama and Zara (James) Brookin of Cleveland, Ohio. Funeral Services will be held Monday, March 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the First Church Of God In Christ, 1901 M.L.K. JR. Drive, Jenerett, LA. 70544. Interment will follow in Louisana. Courtesy Announcement by Larkin & Scott Funeral Directors. Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy is extended to the Ash, Charleston and Harris Family during their time of bereavement. May God continue to bestow his richest blessings to our family.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Demopolis vs. Sweet Water baseball – gallery

Tigers thump Sweet Water in home opener

After allowing four runs in the top of the first inning, Demopolis settled in to blank Sweet Water the rest of the way en route to a 14-4 victory Wednesday afternoon.DHS vs SWHS baseball-8080

“I thought they did an excellent job,” Demopolis coach Ben Ramer said of the five pitchers who combined to work the game’s final five innings. “After that first inning, I thought they did an excellent job. We came into today excepting to throw seven guys over seven innings.”

The game marked the first in nine days for the Tigers after unfavorable weather conditions forced the cancellation of a scheduled tournament last weekend and the postponement of the Sweet Water contest, which had originally been slated to be a double-header Tuesday.

In the top half of the first inning, the Tigers showed the ill effects of the layoff.

“It feels like it has been forever since we’ve been on the field,” Ramer said. “We come out in the first inning and we don’t know where to throw the ball when we get it. We looked like it was our first game and we hadn’t had a lot of practice.”

In the home half of the opening frame, the Demopolis bats began to make up for the woeful start the team experienced on defense.

“If we were going to be good at anything today, it should have been the bats,” Ramer said. “We’ve been in the cage for sure. We had a pile of hits that first inning. It was a good answer to a bad inning.”

Demopolis hung eight runs on the board in the first inning to take control of the contest before scoring one more in each of the third and fourth frames. A three-run fifth left the Tigers up 13-4 before Josh Mangum ended the game on a RBI single in the sixth.

Walker Davis doubled, scored two runs and had a RBI in the game. Brock Montgomery went 2-for-2 with a double, a triple, a pair of walks and two runs scored.

DHS vs SWHS baseball-8171Devin Stroud was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Mason Rogers was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBIs.

Wesley Anderson doubled, walked, scored a run and had a RBI. Michael Brooker singled, scored two runs and had a RBI.

Tyler Oates went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Matt Eicher singled and scored. Will Tucker walked twice and scored once. Mangum finished with two RBIs and a run scored.

Davis got the win on the mound after working a scoreless fourth. Tucker fanned two in a scoreless second. Stroud and Brooker each struck out a batter in an inning of work. Stephen Stewart also worked a scoreless frame.

The Tigers are scheduled to travel to Thomasville Friday before playing Jackson and Beauregard in a double-header Saturday.


Music video for local teacher filming Saturday

Jill TuttJill Tutt loves to sing. She has shared her talent since growing up in Linden, singing and performing in church, school productions, weddings, at community events, on a cruise ship and in benefit concerts.

Now the Demopolis High English teacher is realizing what many singers only dream about. Her first album will be released in April, and a music video of her first recorded song, You’re the Glory, will be filmed in Demopolis this weekend.

She was offered the chance to film the video elsewhere, but, “We’ve got a lot of good theater people in Demopolis,” she said.

The video will be filmed in three Demopolis locations, beginning in the chapel of Trinity Episcopal Church Saturday morning, moving to the ICU at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital and ending at DHS.

Jill Tutt and friends will be filming a music video to her song You're the Glory this weekend in Demopolis.

Jill Tutt and friends will be filming a music video to her song You’re the Glory this weekend in Demopolis.

Tutt has invited friends and family to be part of the final concert scene to be shot in the DHS auditorium.

The journey to this weekend has been a whirlwind of activity since last July when Tutt first recorded You’re the Glory.

Her mentor and fellow performing artist Tony Gulizia introduced her to Barry Coffing, who, with Julius Robinson, wrote the song. Coffing gave her the OK to record it.

The music video for You're the Glory will feature a number of local faces and places.

The music video for You’re the Glory will feature a number of local faces and places.

“It was the right key and everything,” said Tutt.

About that time the Lifetime Movie Channel aired the movie “The Preacher’s Daughter.” The main character sang the song, but the actress never recorded it for distribution.

The day the movie came out, Tutt made her version of it available on iTunes, and it has been getting favorable comments ever since.

Now her company, Jill Tutt Productions, LLC, in collaboration with Diamondstar Films, and parent company ITI (Innovation Through Imagination), is working to bring the story and song to the screen.

While in Los Angeles to record the song, Tutt and her husband, Webb, struck up a conversation with a man in their hotel lobby, as Southerners do. When he asked what the couple was doing in town, Tutt told him of her recording. He immediately pulled it up on YouTube.

Denver Hudson, a 16-year-old cinematographer, will be responsible for putting together the video for You're the Glory.

Denver Hudson, a 16-year-old cinematographer, will be responsible for putting together the video for You’re the Glory.

The man they were talking with turned out to be ITI video producer Michael Hudson of Little Rock, Ark. He offered to create a video of the song with his cinematographer son Denver and began developing a detailed storyboard.

The video weaves the story of a family dealing with unthinkable tragedy and the ultimate loving gift to produce lifesaving triumph for another family.

The story in the video was inspired by a woman who donated her child’s organs. The Hudsons support the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance, and the video is being offered for use in promotions.

Denver Hudson has an impressive body of work including 18 video pieces for the Alliance.

“This is a powerful video lending to us all its moving message of God’s everyday presence in our life and God’s ability to guide us through the troubled waters we all face each and every day,” he said.

Denver Hudson has created a documentary film on the Tournament of Roses Parade and award winning short stories in multiple genres. This body of work would be impressive for anyone, but taking into account this cinematographer is only 16 years old and a sophomore in high school adds and even greater impact to his story.

You’re the Glory has a special meaning for Tutt. “It came in a time in my life that was difficult,” she said.

The song is the only spiritual on her yet-unnamed album. Others include jazz, pop and contemporary country, Tutt said. The lyrics are about life, love and relationships.

She recorded all 10 songs in two trips to Los Angeles over Christmas break.

Tutt is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the album’s release.

“I’m just having a good time,” she said. “Things have been happening, and I’m enjoying it.”

Her family is supporting Tutt wholeheartedly. “My husband is my biggest fan,” she said. “He gets so excited.”

At a recent meeting of the cast members, Tutt and one of the video facilitators Jody Tartt, went over particulars of filming. They discussed wardrobe, how to cry on cue, and even switched “spouses” for better effect.

Once the filming in Demopolis is complete, the Hudsons will shoot a meadow scene with Tutt at the family Camp David in Dayton.

Cast members for the video include Tarrt, Kirk Brooker, Jennifer Roemen, James Burke, Mary Morgan, Mike Rogers, Mike Grayson, Debbie Nichols, Garrett Baker and Kelley McGahey.

Extras in the production are Leslie Gibbs, Frank Calloway, Cyd Boland, Tony Nicholson, Shannon Pittman, David Tutt and Kate Hightower. Laurie Willingham also serves as a facilitator.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Feb. 25

• Feb. 22 – Jamarcus Elmore, 18, for three counts of Theft of Property III – Front Street

• Feb. 22 – Quanneesha K. Evans, 21, for two counts of Theft of Property III – Front Street

• Feb. 23 – Robert W. Paige, 73, for DUI – S Curve of West Jackson Street

• Feb. 23 – Denedra A. Richardson, 21, for Assault II – Rainbow Circle

• Feb. 23 – Skyler M. Daniels, 27, for Robbery III – Bell Grayson

• Feb. 24 – Orae D. Laird, 26, for DUI – Walnut Avenue Parking Lot of BWWMH

• Feb. 24 – Carla Laird, 45, for Failure to Obey a Police Officer – Walnut Avenue Parking Lot of BWWMH

• Feb. 24 – Robert M. Murdock, 42, for Theft of Property III – Front Street

• Feb. 24 – Jacob Nored, 18, for Possession of Marijuana II – Walnut Avenue

• Feb. 25 – Joseph A. Robertson, 36, for two counts Cocaine-Sell/Distribute and Contempt of Court-Failure to Appear – North Front

• Feb. 25 – Keenan D. Chaney, 28, for Enters/Remains In/On Premises – Crossgates Apt. 49

Linden Arrest Reports: Feb. 22

• Robert Moore, 31, of Linden was arrested on Feb. 22 for Harassment and Criminal Trespass III.

Linden vs. Brantley (gallery)

Chamber honors long-time Mayor, Vowell’s, among others

Award winners at Monday's Chamber of Commerce Celebration included Dondi Rohr representing Vowell's, Austin Caldwell, Deana Pritchett, Ben Sherrod and Chuck Smith.

Award winners at Monday’s Chamber of Commerce Celebration included Dondi Rohr representing Vowell’s, Austin Caldwell, Deana Pritchett, Ben Sherrod and Chuck Smith.

Long-time Demopolis Mayor Austin Caldwell received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Monday evening’s 97th Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce Celebration at the Civic Center.

Caldwell took over the city’s leadership in 1985 amid financial difficulty and when he stepped down 19 years later, the city had $5 million in reserves, said Demopolis businessman Woody Collins, who presented the award. Collins added that Caldwell’s tenure as mayor “was the beginning of Demopolis as the jewel of the Black Belt.”

Collins also noted that Caldwell was the original voice of Demopolis Tiger Football, among numerous other accomplishments and activities.

Caldwell thanked the crowd, praising the people of the city for making the City of the People great. “I did not accomplish anything by myself,” the former Mayor said. “It was done by the people of Demopolis. Demopolis is, in my opinion, the only place to be.”

Also honored at Monday’s event were Citizen of the Year Chuck Smith. “I see a lot of friends in the crowd tonight, but I really see a lot of family,” Smith said. “I’ve learned a lot from y’all. We’ve got a lot of great opportunities in Demopolis – some great things are coming.”

Demopolis businessman Ben Sherrod received the Chamber Volunteer of the Year honor. “This should be a group award,” Sherrod said. “So many people give their time and talents to this city. And if you’re not volunteering, you need to.”

Recognized as Business of the Year was Vowell’s Fresh Market. Accepting on behalf of the business, store manager Dondi Rohr told the audience, “We’re really glad to be here in Demopolis. We appreciate all the support the community has given us.”

Chamber Executive Director Jenn Tate said this year’s Business of the Year “really feeds this community.”

Also honored was Community Spirit Award recipient Deana Pritchett, who raised more than $12,000 for various causes, according to Chamber outgoing President John Scales, who passed the gavel to incoming President Elizabeth Etheridge at the event’s conclusion.