Archives for April 2013

Lady Tigers overcome Tuscaloosa County

The Demopolis Lady Tigers (13-13-1) rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat Tuscaloosa County 4-3 Tuesday evening.DHS vs TCHS-1439

Demopolis took the lead with a two-out rally in the home half of the sixth inning when Courtney Lawrence hit a line-drive single to right with two outs. Jade Montgomery reached on an infield single before both runners advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch. Lawrence came in to score the eventual winning run on a passed ball.

“I’m proud of the way they battled today,” Demopolis coach Joey Browder said. “And they’ve been that way all year.”

The Lady Tigers tied the game in the fifth when Olivia Brame drew a walk ahead of a Victoria Washburn single. A Danielle Tatum single loaded the bases and allowed a two-RBI base hit by Sydney Colyar to knot the score at 3-3.

Demopolis got its first run in the second inning when Zoe Lewis singled and gave way to courtesy runner Jessica Adams, who scored on a RBI single by Montgomery.

Riley King also had a hit in the game for the Lady Tigers.

DHS vs TCHS-1450TCHS got its runs in the first, second and fourth innings. Lewis picked up the win in the circle for Demopolis, working seven innings and surrendering only one earned run.

“Zoe pitched a great ball game,” Browder said. “I think she anchored the win today. She kept going at them and made seven defensive plays herself.”

The Lady Tigers are scheduled to host the area tournament against Selma and Greenville Friday.

Tiger soccer bows out of playoffs

The Demopolis soccer team’s season came to a screeching halt Tuesday evening as Moody banged in three second-half goals to down the Tigers 4-1 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs.DHS vs Moody-1528

“We made a few mistakes, but we should have been able to overcome that,” DHS coach Keith Jackson told his team following the loss. “They deserved it. They shut down what was our one weapon. We didn’t do what we were supposed to do.”

The Tigers trailed 1-0 early before Jeremy Chu delivered a helper to Austin Brooks to knot the contest at 1-1.

Moody shifted tactics in the second half, leaving most of its players back on defense and relying on well-placed passing to ignite offensive opportunities. The strategy worked to perfection as the visiting squad cashed in on three chances to put the Tigers away.

“We had our chances,” Jackson said. “We just didn’t capitalize on it.”

DHS vs Moody-1545Despite the loss, the 10-11-1 campaign still stands as a milestone season for the Tigers as they hosted a playoff game for the first time in program history.

“In order to keep the soccer program going, in order to make it better, we’ve got to get in the mindset that it is a year round sport,” Jackson told his players. “I’m proud of how the season went. I expected us to do a little better than we did. But we can build on that.”

Retiring Methodist minister reflects on 19 years in Demopolis

Rev. Art Luckie says God’s grace led him to Demopolis as Pastor of First United Methodist Church, and that same grace allowed him to stay far longer than he expected.

“God put us together for a reason,” said Rev. Luckie, who is retiring in June after 19 years at the church and 43 years in the ministry. “I came to Demopolis having never been to Demopolis, and I soon realized it is the best-kept secret in the (Alabama-West Florida) Conference.”

luckie picThe Conference is made up of Methodist churches in the lower half of Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. While in years past it was commonplace for Methodist Conferences to move pastors regularly – generally every four years or so – Rev. Luckie said the mutual love he and his wife Rosemary share with the people of First Methodist allowed him to be an exception to that pattern.

“Today, if a church is happy with you and you are happy, then you stay,” he said. “Still, 19 years is unusual. But that’s due strictly to God’s grace.”

The Pastor called it “an honor” to serve the people of First United Methodist. “Their willingness to trust and serve God has been the biggest blessing to me,” he said. “Some of my fondest memories are of watching people grow spiritually, seeing the church grow numerically and watching some of our programs expand.”

He noted in particular that, to his knowledge, First Methodist is the only area church that holds both a contemporary and traditional Sunday morning service.

“The people of First United Methodist have also allowed me to grow spiritually,” he continued. “They have allowed me to develop my leadership skills, my Biblical knowledge, and they have allowed me the freedom to say, ‘I don’t know’. They understand that we are on a journey together.”

Rev. Luckie does not care to discuss “accomplishments,” stating plainly, “I’ll let someone else tell that story. Let me just simply say that we have been proud to be a part of it. It has been a 19-year adventure.”

In fact, Rev. Luckie calls his entire 43-year ministry an adventure, but in the most positive sense. “I was a senior in college, and planned to go to work for the phone company, and God changed my plans. It’s hard to explain. I call it an adventure because I have been living by faith my entire ministry. And there is no greater adventure than when a person lives by faith and lives in God’s will, and not just in full-time ministry. If you want to live an exciting life, live in the will of God.”

Rosemary Luckie, who taught in Demopolis City Schools for 18 years (following a 20-year tenure as an educator in Florida) said the people of First Methodist have gone above and beyond the call of duty in caring for their pastor and family.

“Art has had three back surgeries, and each time we didn’t have to prepare a meal for two full weeks,” she said. “The people of First Methodist are amazing.”

Art Luckie added, “And the people of the entire community have been so gracious. The people of Demopolis have truly embraced us. People I don’t even know have walked up to me in the grocery store or the gas station and said, ‘It’s good to see you’ or ‘I’m praying for you’.”

Another example of the kindness extended to him, he noted, is his opportunity to become and accomplished deer hunter, thanks to several members of his church. “When I came to town, I didn’t even own a rifle. Now, deer hunting has become therapy to me. And people have been gracious enough to say, “Go hunting, Brother Art. Here’s the key to the gate – go any time you want to.”

Rev. Luckie’s years of service at First Methodist will end on June 23 with a single 10 a.m. worship service. “It will be painful, but I’d rather it be painful than be a celebration,” he said. “We love these people so much, and we know we’re loved in return.”

While leaving Demopolis is one of the most difficult decisions he’s ever made, the minister said a new chapter awaits he and Rosemary as they move to Crestview, Fla., to be closer to family. “Our children and grandchildren need us, and we need them,” he said. “But I’m still going to be involved. I may teach Sunday School and I may supply preach some. I am open to what God wants me to do. One thing’s for sure, He’s not through with me and I’m not through serving Him.”

Linden sends 17 to weight meet

Linden High School student competitors who participated in the Thomasville Area Weight Meet pictured here are (front row, l-r) Eric Monroe, Christopher Henton, Terrance Sanders, and  Kynard Craig; (second row, l-r) Patrick McIntosh, Henry Lee, Jamon Evans, Jeffery Stacy, Cordarius Scruggs, and Demarcus Gilmore; (back row, l-r) Jalen Bell, Samuel Monroe, Devontae Knox, and Javaris Goins. Not pictured are LHS student competitor Prentiss McCuiston and  George P. Austin junior high student competitors Jonathan Biggs and Christopher Robinson.

Linden High School student competitors who participated in the Thomasville Area Weight Meet pictured here are (front row, l-r) Eric Monroe, Christopher Henton, Terrance Sanders, and  Kynard Craig; (second row, l-r) Patrick McIntosh, Henry Lee, Jamon Evans, Jeffery Stacy, Cordarius Scruggs, and Demarcus Gilmore; (back row, l-r) Jalen Bell, Samuel Monroe, Devontae Knox, and Javaris Goins. Not pictured are LHS student competitor Prentiss McCuiston and  George P. Austin junior high student competitors Jonathan Biggs and Christopher Robinson.

Linden High School football coach and athletic director Andro Williams recently took 17 student athletes to compete in the Thomasville Area Weight Meet at Thomasville High School. Linden’s young men came home with 10 trophies.

Jonathan Biggs (eightth grade) won Seconnd Place in his weight class (up to 125), and Christopher Robinson (eightth grade) won thirrd place in the same weight class.

In the 126-139 weight class, LHS junior Terrance Sanders brought home the First Place title and trophy and LHS junior Christopher Henton won Second Place.

In the 140-149 weight class, LHS sophomore Demarcus Gilmore won the Second Place trophy.

In the 160-170 weight class, LHS sophomore Cordarius Scruggs won the Second Place trophy.

In the 171-180 weight class, LHS sophomore Samuel Monroe won the Second Place trophy and LHS junior Patrick McIntosh won the Third Place trophy.

Christopher Rogers, a junior at LHS, was the most highly decorated Linden Patriot competitor, bringing home two titles and two trophies. In the 241-260 weight class, Rogers was the top competitor, winning First Place.

Rogers also received the Highest Power Clean title and trophy with an impressive lift of 315 pounds.

Linden Arrest Reports: April 27

• Dennis E. Lucy, 48, of Linden was arrested on April 19 for Failure to Appear in Court

• John W. Jones, 42, of Linden was arrested on April 19 for Assault III.

• Joeyonia D. Thompson, 32, of Linden was arrested on April 27 for Domestic Violence II.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: April 29, 2013

April 27 – Timothy T. Eason, 36, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace – North Ash Avenue

April 28 – Marcus McGrew, 26, for Domestic Violence III and Contempt of Court – Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital

April 28 – Juanita S. Boone, 23, for Assault II – Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital

April 28 – Robert A. Phifer, 28, for Possession of Marijuana – Laura Street

April 29 – Ashley D. Sharpe, 27, for Insufficient Funds Check – DPD

April 29 – Tevin M. Brown, for Possession of Marijuana I, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Distribution of a Controlled Substance – Blacks Drive

April 29 – Tremaine Richardson, 31, for Criminal Trespass I – Cedar Crest

Photo of the Day: April 30, 2013

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Marengo Academy senior Reesa Holifield readies to cross home plate after stroking a grand slam in the final at-bat of the final home game of her prep softball career. Marengo Academy plays in the state tournament this weekend.

Florence Spidle

Florence Elliott Spidle, age 72, of Belmont, died April 27, 2013, at Infinity Hospice in Meridian, Mississippi. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Old Belmont Church with Rev. Scott Jones and Rev. Carl Sudduth officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. Visitation will be Tuesday one hour prior to services at the church.

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

 

Ruth Ulakovits

Ruth Ulakovits age 69 of Linden, AL, died April 28, 2013, at her sister’s home. She was born September 21, 1943 in Linden, AL. She was a former tax accountant with H & R Block and a member of the Linden Baptist Church. She is survived by two grandchildren, Kelvin and Taylor Roulaine of Linden, AL; son, Morton Ulakovits of Hoover, AL; daughter, Marcie (Michael Perez) Ulakovits of Linden, AL; two brothers, Arthur (Minette) Henson; Mark (Sandy) Henson; two sisters, Alice Cannon; Margie Vice of Linden, AL. Visitation will be held at Linden Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 30, 201 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am service time with Dr. Randy Creel officiating. Burial will be at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Gallion, AL. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

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

Two UWA players sign with Kansas City

LIVINGSTON – University of West Alabama safety Otha Foster and defensive end Ridge Wilson have signed free agent contracts with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League.

Both were first team All-Gulf South Conference and All-America performers after helping lead the Tigers to the 2012 GSC championship. Wilson was named the 2012 GSC Defensive Player of the Year.

Wilson led UWA in tackles with 69, tackles for loss with 18 and sacks with 11. In addition to his all-conference, all-region and all-America honors, Wilson was twice named the GSC defensive player of the week and was one of only two defensive players in the final 24 for the Harlon Hill Trophy. He led the GSC in tackles for loss.

“Ridge really helped raise our program to another level since he stepped on campus. He came in with a humble mindset and dominated from day one,” Hall said. “The Chiefs are getting two quality people.”

Foster finished the 2012 season with 54 total tackles, 37 solo stops. He led the team and the GSC in interceptions with six and was third in the league with 12 passes defended. Foster also returned a fumble 41 yards for a touchdown. He was named the GSC defensive player of the week after a three-interception performance in a victory over eventual national champion Valdosta State.

“I am so thrilled for these two young men. Otha is such a fantastic player and an even better person,” UWA head football coach Will Hall said. “A guy that showed up every single day with an attitude to be the best he could be.

“This is another huge step for our program,” Hall said. “Our program is so thankful to have had these two young men in it.”