Archives for October 2013

Suspect arrested, charged in Lomax murder

Travis Doniel Wesley, who was wanted for the murder of Lequinton Montrell Lomax, has been arrested.pic - wesley

Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese reported that Wesley turned himself in to Demopolis Police and the U.S. Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force on Thursday morning around 4:30 a.m. Wesley was arrested without incident.

According to police reports, Lomax was murdered at approximately 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, on Wolf Circle in Demopolis.

The suspect was processed at DPD following his Thursday morning arrest and later transported to the Marengo County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

Reese thanked the family of Wesley for their assistance in bringing him into custody, and also thanked the members of the Demopolis Police Department as well as the U.S. Marshal Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force.



Shooting suspect arrested, charged with first degree assault

Christopher Banks, who was wanted for the first degree assault on Joe Vaughn, has been arrested.

pic - banksDemopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese said that Banks turned himself in to the Demopolis Police Department on Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. Banks was arrested without incident.

Banks was processed at DPD and later transported to the Marengo County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

Reese expressed his appreciation to the members of the Demopolis Police Department for their hard work in the case.

Banks, 27, has resided in both Gallion and Greene County.

Banks allegedly shot Vaughn Saturday, Oct. 26 at approximately 5:50 p.m. Vaughn was transferred to Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the leg.



DHS-Hillcrest game postponed

Due to the threat of inclement weather, tonight’s Demopolis High School football game against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has been postponed.

The game will be played Friday night at 7 p.m. at Hillcrest.

Photos of the Day: October 31, 2013

The Blackbelt Christian Ministerial Association sponsored a Harvest Fest Wednesday evening at George "Pop" Franks Field. The event proved to be a huge success. In the photo above, Madison Ford tries her hand at the ball toss.

The Blackbelt Christian Ministerial Association sponsored a Harvest Fest Wednesday evening at George “Pop” Franks Field. The event proved to be a huge success. In the photo above, Madison Ford tries her hand at the ball toss.

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Breanna Bowden, Jackson Pruett and Candace Hannah

Breanna Bowden, Jackson Pruett and Candace Hannah


Sydney Kate Massey

Sydney Kate Massey


The Rivas girls - Anna Rene, Coleman, Tianna and Gabby

The Rivas girls – Anna Rene, Coleman, Tianna and Gabby


Melodie Hall and Madelyn Williams

Melodie Hall and Madelyn Williams


Lexi Morgan

Lexi Morgan

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Friday Night Preview: Week 10

Week 10 rolls in with non-region matchups all around as Marengo County’s six remaining high school football teams wrap up their regular season and eye the playoff matchups that sit six days away.

Demopolis (6-3) @ Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (5-4)

The Tigers can rest a little easier as their playoff berth was sealed Tuesday with the announcement of Greenville’s three-game forfeiture. But playoff implications are not, Demopolis wants nothing less than a win over what has become one of its fiercest rivals. Hillcrest has won 12 of 18 meetings against Demopolis all time, a series that has included three straight Patriot wins. Hillcrest’s four losses are to a tough Hartselle squad, and three premiere 6A programs in Hoover, Bessemer City and Tuscaloosa County. Hillcrest has the potential to set up as every bit of a physical opponent as Jackson was last week. The Tigers will have to replicate last week’s intensity in order end its losing streak in this rivalry.

A.L. Johnson (7-2) @ Sunshine (4-5)

ALJ hasn’t lost to Sunshine since 2003 and the Eagles have no designs on changing that trend this season. The Sunshine Tigers have won three of their last five, but are running into an ALJ team that is fresh off a big rivalry win against Marengo and is aiming to get its starters out early this week in view of next week’s playoff matchup at Autaugaville. Look for ALJ to accomplish just that Friday night.

Sweet Water (7-2) vs. T.R. Miller (9-0)

There will be a combined 15 state championships represented at Nolan Atkins Stadium Friday night when Sweet Water hosts T.R. Miller. The Bulldogs enter the contest after having clinched the Class 2A, Region 1 title while T.R. Miller is the Class 3A, Region 1 champion. Last year’s matchup saw T.R. Miller steal one with a 28-27 come-from-behind win that left the Bulldogs stunned. It may take everything in Sweet Water’s bag of tricks, but Stacy Luker’s bunch would like nothing less than to avenge that loss this week.

Marengo Academy (9-0) @ Southern Academy (2-7)

This is a growing rivalry that has seen the teams split their 14 meetings against one another. But Southern has lost five in a row and it looks like there is very little that can slow the Longhorn train. Marengo has yet to trail in a game this season and has had no margin of victory less than 22 points. Marengo has also outscored opponents 402-60 this season. We’re calling the Longhorns to get their starters out by the end of the first quarter as they look to get ready for the first round playoff matchup against chambers Academy.

Linden (7-2) @ Southern Choctaw (4-5)

A traditional rivalry that took a long hiatus saw Southern Choctaw beat Linden 33-13 last season. It’s a safe bet the Patriots haven’t forgotten that one and are poised to get their first victory in the series since 1987. Still, SCHS has won three in a row and will be anything but a pushover against a Patriot squad that has scarcely been tested in the last few weeks. Southern Choctaw has basketball season around the corner and Linden has a first round playoff matchup with Keith. The safe money is on the Pats handling their business Friday night.

Marengo (5-4) @ Excel (4-5)

The Panthers have rolled up 398 points thus far this season and are coming in with plenty of unresolved anger issues after last week’s second half collapse against A.L. Johnson. Marengo has Maplesville on the horizon and needs to right the ship, get a lead and get this one into cruise control as quickly as possible.

Mary Smith

Mary Estelle Smith age 82 a former bookkeeper of Linden, AL, died October 28, 2013 at DCH Regional Medical Center. She was born January 31, 1931 in Hawkinsville, GA. She is survived by two sons, Lynwood Smith of Linden, AL; Mike Smith of Linden, AL; sister, Yvonne Harrell of Eaton, GA; seven grandchildren, Gray Smith of Thomasville, AL; Brandon Smith of Demopolis, AL; Cory Smith of Linden, AL; Hale Smith of Thomaston, AL; Michael Smith, Jr. of Linden, AL; Staci Smith Jordan of Linden, AL; Robbie Smith of Linden, AL; ten great grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be held at Linden Memorial Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:00 pm. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Linden, AL.

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

UWA jumps to No. 11 in poll

UWA vs UWG-1602LIVINGSTON — The West Alabama football team jumped three places to No. 11 in this week’s Top 25 Poll following the Tigers 45-14 Homecoming win over West Georgia.

West Alabama (6-2) is the highest ranked Gulf South Conference team in the poll. Valdosta State (5-2) is ranked No. 22.

West Alabama travels to Florence, Ala., Saturday to take on in-state and GSC rival North Alabama (5-2) at Braly Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CDT. UWA is 4-0 in Gulf South Conference play. UNA is 3-1.

Minnesota State (8-0) remained in the top spot this week as the top three remained unchanged. Northwest Missouri (8-0) is second, followed by CSU-Pueblo (8-0). Minnesota Duluth (7-1) and Henderson State (8-0) round out the top five.

To view this week’s poll in its entirety go to


McNeal gets BSN Player of the Week honors

rp_primary_Demetruce_McNeal_UWGLIVINGSTON — West Alabama safety Demetruce McNeal has been selected by Beyond Sports Network as one of six NCAA Division II national defensive players of the week.

McNeal had two interceptions and made three tackles in the Tigers’ 45-14 victory over Delta State. On the season he has recorded 45 tackles, three interceptions and five broken up passes.

Other BSN defensive players of the week include linebackers Sammy Siasia of Mars Hall, Alfy Hill of Winston Salem State and Tyler Thornton of Azusa Pacific, defensive end Josh Gordon of Minnesota State and cornerback Jack Moro or St. Cloud State.

The BSN Athlete of the Week is a national award given out for the top performances in the FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA.

Harvest Fest taking place tonight

The Blackbelt Christian Ministerial Association will hold Demopolis Harvest Fest Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the River Landing Field. Candy, food, games and inflatables will be available. The event is open to the public for ages 12 and under.

State Farm study shows Halloween is deadliest day for child pedestrian accidents

The study showing the dangers of walking the streets on Halloween was a key finding from a 2012 study by State Farm and Bert Sperling of Sperling’s BestPlaces that shed light on the risks surrounding trick-or-treating. To help make Halloween activities safer, whether you’re going door-to-door, driving or passing out treats at home, keep these tips in mind. “Going door to door on Halloween night can be a lot of fun, but families should always keep safety in mind,” says State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson.If you’re going door-to-door:

  • Always accompany young children.
  • Exercise great caution during the “deadliest” hours: between 5 and 9 p.m. The study shows that the hour between 6 and 7 p.m. is especially dangerous for pedestrian accidents.
  • Stick to neighborhoods with sidewalks. If you must walk on the street, keep to the far left, facing traffic.
  • Practice safe crossing procedures: Use crosswalks; wait for corners; and look left, right and left again before crossing.
  • Stick reflective tape onto costumes to make your child more visible. Also have him or her carry a flashlight.
  • Make sure costumes and shoes are the correct size to prevent tripping. Use face paint and leave the masks at home: They can obstruct vision.
  • If an older child is venturing out without supervision, ask that he or she go with a group, discuss the route and agree on a curfew. Give older kids cell phones so they can stay in touch.
If you’re driving:
  • Be alert for children and eliminate in-car distractions.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Practice extra caution at intersections and corners.
  • Pull in and out of driveways carefully.
  • Discuss these and other driving pointers with your teen driver. Drivers ages 15–25 were involved in around one-third of fatal accidents involving child pedestrians on Halloween, according to the study.
If you’re passing out treats at home:
  • Keep your home brightly lit indoors and outside.
  • Clear debris and other obstacles from your lawn, sidewalks and steps.
  • Opt for battery-operated candles in jack-o’-lanterns or other areas where costumed trick-or-treaters might stand.
  • Keep pets kenneled or in another room.
In addition to protecting children from accidents, remind kids of stranger danger on Halloween. Teach children to visit only well-lit homes, to avoid dark streets and to not enter homes that aren’t their own. Kids should show all their loot to parents before eating any of it. Homemade treats from people they don’t know shouldn’t be eaten.