Archives for July 2013

Kemp commits to Southern Miss

Demetrius Kemp committed to Southern Miss over the weekend.

Demetrius Kemp committed to Southern Miss over the weekend.

After receiving more than a dozen offers from Division I programs, Demetrius Kemp verbally committed to Southern Miss over the weekend.

“I like the coaching staff. I mean Coach [Todd] Monken, Coach [John Wozniak] and Coach [Andrew] Thacker, they’re all real nice guys. I talked to at least one of those three guys just about every day,” Kemp, a Demopolis High senior safety and receiver, said of his developing relationship with the coaching staff at the Hattiesburg, Miss. school.

Kemp said the Southern Miss coaching staff gave him the option of playing either offense or defense, a difficult decision made easier by the temptation to take part in the Golden Eagles’ wide open attack.

“They said it was up to me whether I play offense or defense,” Kemp said. “But I think I’ll play slot receiver and get a chance to run in that passing offense they have.”

“I think it is a great fit for him,” Demopolis head coach Tom Causey said. “I think it is one of the up-and-coming programs. I think Coach Monken and his staff are there for the long haul and I think his ability fits what they want to do really well.”

Kemp has seen marked improvement over the course of his high school career, stepping into his own as a junior. The 2012 campaign saw him score eight total touchdowns in five different ways as he starred on offense, defense and special teams for the Tigers.

“He has always been a good athlete,” Causey said. “He has worked hard at fine tuning his skills. He has stepped up as an individual and has steeped into that leadership role.”

“It’s a great opportunity,” Kemp said of the offer. “I know it is a rare opportunity for a lot of kids, so I feel like I’m very blessed. I cherish it.”

Kemp becomes the third member of the Demopolis senior class to commit to a Division I program, joining Cortez Lewis and Tyler Merriweather in that category. Lewis committed to Northern Illinois last week while Merriweather committed to Georgia Tech earlier this summer.

“I think it has a lot to do with genetics and their parents and who they are and where they’re from,” Causey said of the opportunities available to his trio of standouts. “We’re proud. Don’t get me wrong. But we can’t take credit for that. That comes out of their houses that they grew up in and the youth league coaches and middle school coaches, all the way up to us. We’re really excited for the kids and our school and our town.”

Causey also pointed to the academic prowess of the trio of seniors as a significant factor in the collegiate opportunities that have been extended to them.

“Demetrius is an honor student. He is a guy that is in the National Science Honor Society, he and Tyler Merriweather both,” Causey said. “They’re all three carrying over a 3.0 in their core classes and the ACT was a qualifying score the first time they took it.”

Kemp had offers from Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee among others.

Photo of the Day: July 31, 2013

lemonade picJackson Hutton operated a street-side lemonade stand in Demopolis Tuesday, doing his part to help find a cure for diabetes.

DHS student schedule pickup Aug. 14

Demopolis High School has announced its student schedule pickup date and times.

Schedules for the 2013-14 school year may be picked up at the high school at the following times on Wednesday, Aug. 14:

9th grade – 1:30 p.m.

10th grade – 8:30 a.m.

11th grade – 9:30 a.m.

12th grade – 10:30 a.m.

RedZone 2013 to debut soon

Redzone cover Cortez TEASER

Demopolis High School senior receiver and Northern Illinois University commit Cortez Lewis figures to spend plenty of time in the red zone this season, but he will begin his campaign by gracing the pages of The West Alabama Watchman’s inaugural edition of RedZone.

The magazine will feature insights, breakdowns, rosters and schedules for all of Marengo County’s high school football programs in addition to assorted other bonus content that helps to make RZ the most well-rounded, informative local publication of its kind.

Find out who else will be featured, when the magazine will release and where you can get your free copy in the coming weeks as The West Alabama Watchman, your Marengo County high school sports authority, continues to count down the days to kickoff of the 2013 season.

Photo of the Day: July 30, 2013

scrimmage picDemopolis High and Sweet Water got a taste of things to come in a light scrimmage in Demopolis Monday. High school football season kicks off one month from today.

First Bank of Linden’s Etheridge graduates from banking school

The First Bank of Linden would like to congratulate Ruth W. Etheridge on her graduation from Alabama Banking School. During the three year program, Ruth served as Class Secretary.

Ruth Etheridge

Ruth Etheridge

Etheridge joined the First Bank of Linden in 2008 and is currently an Executive Assistant. She has also worked as a Teller and Loan Recovery Officer.

She is a graduate of Faulkner University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Since graduation, she has worked in banking and has participated in Leadership Marengo.

Ruth is married to Trey Etheridge of Thomaston, and they have two children Layne 5 years old and Walt 4 years old. Her parents are Rev. and Mrs. Tom Williamson of New York.

Ruth and her family are active members of the Thomaston Baptist Church. She also serves on the Thomaston Industrial Board.

The First Bank of Linden congratulates Ruth on her accomplishments.



Sybil Smith

Helen Sybil Smith age 95 of Linden, AL died July 29, 2013 at Marengo Nursing Home. She was born October 31, 1917 in Thomasville, AL. She was a retired seamstress with Vanity Fair, Inc. and a member of the Linden Baptist Church. She is survived by her daughter, Helen S. Nichols of Linden, AL; two sisters, Margaret Broome of Mobile, AL; Sandra Gayle Johnson of Aliceville, AL; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, William Jefferson Smith and Woodrow Wilson Smith, grandson, Kenneth Wayne Nichols. Visitation will be held at Linden Baptist Church on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 from 1:00 pm until the 2:00 pm service time with Dr. Randy Creel officiating. Burial will be at Rosemont Cemetery in Uniontown, 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.

Photo of the Day: July 29, 2013

wagon picCarol and Elijah Halkias enjoy an afternoon stroll.

Photo of the Day: July 28, 2013


Donnie Lowe locks the door of Lowe Jewelry for the last time on Saturday afternoon.

Lowe Jewelry closed after 66 years of business in Demopolis.

Photo of the Day: July 27, 2013

porch picJason Richardson and Nikki Singleton of Linden enjoy a front porch conversation.