Archives for December 2013

Memorable Photos of 2013

Being our first full year of service, it was suggested that I pull together a short list of memorable photos from 2013.  While there are many photos that I have taken that I like, the following are the ones that stuck out to me as I thumbed through the photos that I have taken over the last year.

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Donny Lowe

Donny Lowe locking the door of Lowe Jewelry on their last day was something that I never thought I would see. I’ve only been around for 44 years, but Lowe Jewelry had been in business for 66 years. Ivy Lowe was one of my science teachers in high school. I bought my wife’s engagement and wedding rings from Donny and Ivy. My wife worked there for a few months right after we got married. Sometimes, good things do come to an end.

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Jones Colgrove

Jones Colgrove singing the national anthem at the 2013 Senior Bowl in Mobile was an awesome experience. Not only did I get to talk to former Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson a few times and be on the field with and get photos of several current NFL players, I got to hear one of the best renditions of The Star Spangled Banner that I’ve heard. I’m not quite sure who was more nervous – Jones or me. My video camera felt like there was an earthquake happening from my heart pounding. But, Jones nailed it and it was very heartwarming to hear all those big, tough football players showing their appreciation to an eight year old boy as he walked off the field.


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Tony Nicholson

Tony Nicholson pinning an opponent during a martial arts competition was a sight to behold. Having lost most of his lower left leg due to a gunshot wound, Tony has proven that even when your circumstances aren’t the best, you don’t have to sit around and feel sorry for yourself. It does me good to see a young person, who has been dealt a serious mental and physical setback, make the choice to go on with life and make the most of it. Tony also played the part of the Cowardly Lion in Demopolis High School’s performance of The Wizard of Oz.

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Anthony Robinson

Year Photo-2- Webb

Cody Webb (right)

The West Alabama area lost two athletes to traffic accidents last year. Cody Webb of Demopolis High School was lost in May. Anthony Robinson of Linden High School was lost in September. These images are memorable because these are the last two images that I personally took of both of these young men. I didn’t know Anthony all that well, but I admired his work ethic and the fact that he was always smiling when I saw him. I knew Cody better, since I’ve been around his family for most of my life. Cody had already dealt with one accident that left him with physical scars. As strange as it sounds, I always smiled when I photographed soccer games and was close enough to hear Cody huffing and puffing down the field chasing the ball or defending another player. It was a reminder of the fact that he wasn’t going to let life’s complications get the better of him. He was there, giving it all he had. Some people don’t understand what it is to truly overcome.

Year Photo-1-HaleAs many of you may know, I’m a photographer, not a photojournalist. So, I don’t always get the images that portray a great deal of emotion. However, I happened to be in the right place at the right time at least once this year. After the Marengo Longhorns pulled off a perfect season, I was shooting some of the celebration that ensued. Wyatt Hale has had somewhat of a roller coaster during his last three school years. Originally attending Marengo Academy, he transferred to Demopolis High School for his junior year. He returned to Marengo for his senior year. Wyatt also has a younger sister, Ryan, who has been along for the ride. Also, Wyatt suffered a neck injury that threatened him being able to actually play in the championship game. Knowing the history and the fact that he was cleared to play in what would be his last high school football game, I wanted to get a shot of Wyatt after the game. I didn’t realize until after I started going through the photos that I had actually gotten a photo of Wyatt being hugged by his “little” sister. There’s a lot going on in that photo.


Photo of the Day: December 31, 2013


Linden head basketball coach Andro Williams checks the clock during a timeout during a recent game.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Dec. 30, 2013

Dec. 26 – Demarcus A. Sims, 23, for Possession of Marijuana – Demopolis Villas Apartments

Dec. 27 – Kendall Hildreth, 20, for Theft of Property III – Highway 80 West Texaco

Dec. 27 – Maron E. Burton, 53, for Appears in Public Place Under Influence – Jefferson Road

Dec. 28 – Marquita M. Murdock, 30, for Failure to Obey a Police Officer – U.S. Highway 80 West

Dec. 29 – Kejuan J. McGhee, 22, for Domestic Violence III/Criminal Mischief III – Demopolis Villas Apartments

Dec. 30 – Jacob Coats, 50, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace and two counts of Contempt of Court/Failing to Appear – Cedar Avenue

Linden Arrest Reports: Dec. 27, 2013

• Antonio Bennett, 24, of Thomaston was arrested on Dec. 26 for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana II.

• Joseph M. Miles, 23, of Thomasville was arrested on Dec. 26 for Theft of Property III.

• Devante D. Lewis, 20, of Demopolis was arrested on Dec. 27 for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana I.

Marengo crash kills Thomasville woman

A two-vehicle crash yesterday, Dec. 30, claimed the life of a Thomasville woman and injured three others. Eliz Downey, 74, was killed when the vehicle in which she was a passenger collided with another vehicle. The crash occurred at 12:40 p.m. on Alabama 69, two miles south of Putnam.

Downey was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Both drivers and another passenger were transported to area hospitals. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

Samuel “Sammy” Scott

Samuel “Sammy” Kayne Scott age 3 of Pine Hill, AL., died December 27, 2013. He was born December 27, 2010 in Selma, AL. He is survived by his mother, Patrice Kathleen Russell of Pine Hill, AL; father, Joseph Allen Scott of Pensacola, FL; brother, Joseph Allen Scott, Jr. of Pine Hill, AL; sister, Clarabelle Faith Scott of Pine Hill, AL; grandfather, John Champion Jr. of Pine Hill, AL; grandmother, Philina Champion of Pine Hill, AL; grandfather, John Allen Scott of Pensacola, FL; grandmother, Bobby Sue Crenshaw of Tampa, FL; great grandfather, John F. Champion Sr. of Scyrene, AL; great grandmother, Susie Crenshaw of Tampa, FL; uncle, John “Trey” Champion, III of Pine Hill, AL. Visitation will be held at Salem Baptist Church on Thursday, January 2, 2014 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am service time with Rev. Harvey Hutto officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery in Scyrene, AL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sammy Scott Fund, c/o First United Security Bank. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

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

Lena Tutt

Lena Wade Tutt age 92 of Wiggins, MS, died December 26, 2013 in Wiggins, MS. She was born September 8, 1921. Visitation was held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Monday, December 20, 2013 from 1:00 PM until the 2:00 PM service time. Burial followed at Linden Memorial Park in Linden, 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.

Jimmy Haywood II

Mr. Jimmy Haywood II entered into eternal rest December 28,2013 at the Vaughn Medical Center, Selma, Alabama. Funeral services for Mr. Jimmy Haywood II are incomplete, and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors.

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

DMS teacher earns Golden Apple Award

Lisa McHugh said she was “completely overwhelmed” recently when she learned that she had received WAKA-TV’s Golden Apple Award for her efforts as a special education teacher at Demopolis Middle School.

pic - mchugh“I was going to the office and Ms. Freddie James from the office met me in the hall,” McHugh said. “She was on her way to tell me that the television station had called.”

McHugh has been teaching for eight years, and said the Montgomery station’s recognition is an honor, but her real reward comes in the classroom.

“It doesn’t feel like work to me,” she said of her daily experiences with the multi-disability students. “The class I’m teaching now is what I got into teaching for. I look forward to it every day.”

McHugh’s students range from the 6th to 12th grades. She teaches them basic social and life skills “so they can be as independent as possible,” including such tasks as basic hygiene, cooking and washing clothes.

“You learn to appreciate the little things in life,” she said of working with her students. “Some of my students are completely dependent on someone else. But we enjoy working with every student. And I couldn’t do it without my two aides. We all work hard every day, but we all enjoy what we do.”

City council reschedules meeting

Demopolis City Council has re-scheduled the Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 council meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at 5:15 p.m. at Rooster Hall.