Archives for September 2013

Frank Cole

Frank Clifford Cole, Jr., age 86 a cattle farmer of Demopolis, AL, died September 29, 2013 at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital. He was born December 5, 1926 in Demopolis, AL. Mr. Cole was a member of the Linden Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Sara Schroeder Cole of Demopolis, AL; 2 sons, Clifford (Claire) Cole of Tuscaloosa, AL; Randy (LaNell) Cole of Mobile, AL; brother, Jesse Cole of Pinhook, AL; 9 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be held at Jefferson Cemetery on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00 am with Dr. Randy Creel officiating. Memorials may be made to the Linden Baptist Church Building Fund. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

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

Tigers Climb to 14 in AFCA Top 25 Poll

UWA vs Concordia-2607WACO, Texas – On the heels of a 71-14 dismantling of Concordia College last week, the University of West Alabama football team climbed one spot to No. 14 in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll.

The Tigers are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Gulf South Conference play heading into a Thursday night showdown with GSC rival Delta State. The unranked Statesmen are also 3-1 overall, but are 2-0 in conference play.

Valdosta State (3-0) held on to the top spot in the polls for the fifth consecutive week and is the only other GSC team ranked in the coaches’ top 25.

Thursday’s game against Delta State features two of the most prolific offenses in NCAA Division II football. West Alabama is fifth in the nation in both scoring (50.0 ppg) and total offense (571.8 ypg). The Statesmen are 11th in total offense (523.8 ypg) and 34th in scoring (37.5 ppg).

Tiger fans can hear head coach Will Hall’s thoughts on the rankings and Thursday’s GSC-TV matchup with Delta State by tuning in Tuesday evening to the UWA Coaches Show. The show airs live from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday from Austin’s Steakhouse in Livingston. It can be heard locally on ESPN 104.9 and is also streamed at

The AFCA Coaches’ Poll for Sept. 30, 2013 is as follows:

Rank Team Record

1 Valdosta State 3-0

2 Minnesota St.-Mankato 4-0

3 NW Missouri State 4-0

4 West Texas A&M 4-0

5 CSU-Pueblo 4-0

6 Missouri Western State 4-0

7 Indiana (Pa.) 4-0

8 Henderson State 4-0

9 Bloomsburg (Pa.) 4-0

10 Pittsburg State (Kan.) 4-0

11 Minnesota-Duluth 3-1

12 Shepherd (W. Va.) 4-0

13 NC-Pembroke 4-0

14 West Alabama 3-1

15 Washburn (Kan.) 4-0

16 Winston-Salem St (NC) 3-1

17 West Chester (Pa.) 4-0

18 St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4-0

19 Chadron State (Neb.) 3-1

20 Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 3-1

21 Indianapolis (Ind.) 3-1

22 Tarleton State (Texas) 3-0

23 Ohio Dominican 4-0

24 Emporia State (Kan.) 4-0

25 Grand Valley St. (Mich.)3-1

Ivanov wins singles consolation

rp_primary_TN_13-03-17_022bPENSACOLA — Anton Ivanov became just the second player in University of West Alabama men’s tennis history to win an USTA/ITA South Region title by defeating Gulio Gomba of Lynn University Monday at the Ralph ‘Skeeter’ Carson Tennis Complex. Ivanov’s teammate Nestor Vargas turned the trick in 2011.

Ivanov, the No. 8 seed, downed Gomba 6-3, 6-4 to improve his fall record to 5-1. West Alabama’s Simon Bardell also defeated Gomba 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the event on Friday.

“Lynn University is the fourth-ranked team in the nation, so anytime we can earn a win over anyone in that program it is strong,” UWA head coach Glen Fanelli said. “Simon (Bardell) was our No. 6 singles player last year, so those were huge wins for both he and Anton.”

Tiger fans can hear Fanelli’s recap of the 2013 USTA-ITA Division II South Region Championship Tuesday evening on the UWA Coaches Show. Tiger tennis player Adam Drysdale is also expected to be a guest on the show.

The radio show airs live from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday from Austin’s Steakhouse in Livingston. It can be heard locally on ESPN 104.9 and is also streamed at

Photo of the Day: September 30, 2013

pic - twnsTwins Morgan and Madison Gibson of Linden combine two of Fall’s biggest happenings – football and Halloween.

Helen Janice Barton

Helen Janice Fisher Barton, age 80, of Demopolis, died September 27, 2013, at home. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Demopolis with Dr. Allen Atkins and Carl Williams officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing. Visitation was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Survivors include her daughters, Cathy Barton Adams and Janis Barton Baty (Van) of Gallion; son, William Michael Barton (Heather) of Tuscaloosa; sisters, Frances Snyder Madison, Barbara Fisher Sexton (Marvin) of Northport, Billie Fisher Armstrong (James) of Tuscaloosa, Margie Fisher Lovett (Billy) of Austin, Texas, Martha Fisher Hall (Charles) of Northport, Jane Fisher Evans (Larry) of Northport and Darlene Fisher McDaniel (Johnny) of Tuscaloosa; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Parker Adams, Joseph Lanier, Connor Adams, David Sexton, Skylar Wilson, Joseph Halkias, Broughton Rogers, and Mike O’Neall. Honorary pallbearers are Comfort Care Hospice, BWWMH Auxiliary Pink Ladies, and Campers on Mission.

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

Demopolis vs. Thomasville – Post Game interviews

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9-27-2013 Demopolis vs Thomasville (gallery)

9-26-2013 UWA vs Concordia (gallery)

Photo of the Day: September 29, 2013

pic - fallFall is beginning to make itself known in Demopolis’ Confederate Park.

Emily Thompson proves to be a Very Distinguished Young Woman

Eight lovely ladies from Marengo County showed off their poise, strength, and talent, proving it takes more than beauty alone to be a Distinguished Young Women.

2013 Marengo County Distinguished Young Woman Emily Thompson

2013 Marengo County Distinguished Young Woman Emily Thompson

The competition, formerly known as Junior Miss, was held tonight at the Demopolis High School Auditorium at seven o’clock. Representing Demopolis High School were Ali Cristwell, Riley King, Rachel England and Baleigh Grace. The Sweet Water High School representatives were Chynna Ernest, Andrea Landrum, Shelby Thompson and Emily Thompson.

$7500 was divided and awarded to the contestants who won in each division along with a first and second alternate to the winning Distinguished Young Woman.

Baleigh Grace was awarded the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women by the other young ladies in the competition.

Riley King received second alternate and a $1,000 scholarship.

Rachel England won first alternate along with being awarded the Scholastic Achievement Award and winning the Signature Contest.

(L-R) Rachele England, Emily Thompson, Riley King and Baleigh Grace.

(L-R) Rachele England, Emily Thompson, Riley King and Baleigh Grace.

Emily Thompson from Sweet Water High School proved she was Marengo County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2014 by not only winning the title but winning three of the four categories. Thompson won Talent with her vocal performance of “I Just Want To be a Star” from the off-Broadway show Nunsense. She was also awarded the Physical Fitness and Self-Expression scholarships, bringing her total earning for the night to $3,750. Emily plans on using  her scholarship money to attend Mississippi State University and major in Child Psychology.

Emily is the daughter of Michael and Kim Thompson. She is the Captain of the Sweet Water Cheerleading squad, a UCA All-American Cheerleader, a member of FCA, the Co-Editor of the High School’s Yearbook, a member of the Beta Club and a youth member at Sweet Water Baptist Church.

Thompson is excited to represent Marengo County in the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama competition next year.