Archives for April 2014

Demopolis High golf advances to sub-state round

The Demopolis High boys golf team advanced through sectionals Monday with a third place finish and punched its ticket into sub-state play.

“The sectionals featured some of the best teams in the south and were stronger than any teams we have played all year,” Demopolis coach Mike Black said.

Braden Spiller was the low medalist for the Tigers followed by Sam Yeager, Blake Bryant, Jordan Williams and Chandler Stuedeman. The team totaled a 320 score.

The Tigers will go to Montgomery on Monday May 5 to play in the sub state at the Lagoon Park Golf Course.

The lone female golfer on the squad, Anna Reid, also advanced to sub-state play when she worked her way through sectional play in Mobile.

“I believe the boys and Anna will advance to state if they play their best golf and play within themselves,” Black said. “We will see come Monday if the Tigers can break that state bracket that has eluded them for the past two years.”

Reid is also set to play at Lagoon Park Golf Course in Montgomery on Monday.

The Tigers wrapped the regular season April 24 with a defeat of Thomasville in an 18-hole match.

The Tigers shot a 300 for the first time this season with Braden Spiller leading the way with a 66, five under par. The win was the 27th victory of the season for Demopolis.

Demopolis soccer falls to Walker 3-2 in playoffs

20140430 DHS soccer-0915Demopolis (13-4-1) saw its season come to a halt in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Wednesday night as Walker High pulled out a 3-2 victory.

“Walker attacked the ball with a gusto. They’re a very good ball program. They took advantage of every miscue we had because they were hustling,” Demopolis coach Brad Daniels said. “That last half (Demopolis players) played just as hard as they could. It was just miscues. I had the wrong people in the wrong place sometimes. I take full credit for that. These guys played their heart out. I’m proud of each and every one of them. They were just better than we were tonight.”

20140430 DHS soccer-0936The Tigers unleashed two shots on goal in the final 71 seconds that narrowly missed. The offensive spurt followed a sequence in which Walker shanked a penalty kick effort with 3:09 to play.

“The last 10 minutes is what this soccer team can do,” Daniels said of his team. “This squad is that good. They waited a little too late to turn it on tonight.”

Adam Brooker pulled the Tigers to within a goal at the 24:11 mark when he dribbled through the Walker defense in a crowded box and connected on an unassisted attempt to cut the deficit to 3-2.

20140430 DHS soccer-0954Walker scored the decisive third goal with 27:04 to play when Victorhugo Santana pushed up the right side and sent a shot across the face of the net and into the left pocket for the 3-1 advantage.

Demopolis trailed 2-1 with 33:19 left when Oscar Valdivia’s penalty kick attempt bounced off the hands of the Walker keeper.

Demopolis opened the scoring with 38:15 remaining in the first half when Austin Brooks scored an unassisted goal. With 22:28 before intermission, Julio Sebastian worked his way down the Demopolis goal line and tapped in a shot to tie the game.

20140430 DHS soccer-0975James Archer III gave Walker a lead it would never lose with 16:47 left in the game’s opening period.

Walker moves on to face Pinson Valley Saturday.

Demopolis business owner arrested on Homeland Security warrant

The Demopolis Police Department arrested Sophal Cheng Sunday on a warrant issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

Cheng, 27, of Demopolis is a Cambodian native and is charged with marriage fraud. Cheng is the proprietor of U.S.A. Donuts in Demopolis. She was transported to the Marengo County Detention Center to await federal pickup and transport.

DPD arrests two in Robertson Bank robbery

Tommie Williams

Tommie Williams

The Demopolis Police Department arrested two suspects Tuesday in connection with the Robertson Banking Company robbery that took place April 22.

The robbery occurred at 11:48 a.m. at the Main Branch of Robertson Banking Company in downtown Demopolis.

The DPD arrested Tommie Lee Williams, 48, of Tuscaloosa and Roderick Moore, 49, of Tuscaloosa charging both with Robbery in the Second Degree.

Both suspects were taken into custody with the assistance of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Roderick Moore

Roderick Moore

Moore and Williams were transported to the Demopolis Police Department for processing before being moved to the Marengo County Detention Center to await a bond hearing.

Reese praised both his officers and those of the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Department and Tuscaloosa Police Department for their work on the case.

Demopolis teacher Lisa McHugh needs your vote!

Demopolis Middle School teacher Lisa McHugh is one of three finalists for the WAKA-TV’s Golden Apple Teacher of the Year award.

pic - mchughVoting continues through noon Friday, May 2. To vote for Lisa, go to,  click on the Features tab, scroll down and look for the word “POLL” on the right side.

McHugh, a special education teacher, was named a weekly Golden Apple Award recipient by the Montgomery television station earlier this school year. She has been teaching for eight years.

“It doesn’t feel like work to me,” she said after winning the award. “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.”

Demopolis library to offer computer classes

The Demopolis Public Library will offer basic computer classes for adults starting on Tuesday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the library.

A non-refundable registration fee of $5 is required for each class. Participants must have a Demopolis Public Library card to participate in the class. Classes will last one hour and be taught by library director Morgan Allen.

“Computer skills are vital in today’s world and I feel there is a need for these skills in our community,” says Morgan Allen. “Computer classes are one way the library can meet the needs of the community. Our computer classes will provide hands-on training to adults. We’ll make you more confident when using computers in the library, at work, at home or when looking for a job.”

For more information or to register for the class, visit the Demopolis Public Library or call 334-289-1595.

Demopolis City Council Agenda: May 1, 2014

Demopolis City Council Agenda

                                                                                                 May 1, 2014

Call to Order

Invocation-Pastor Wendall Charleston

Pledge of Allegiance

Roll Call

Approve of Agenda

Approval of Minutes-April 17, 2014


Reports from Departments




Public Works

Park & Recreation


Building Official


City Hall


  1. Dilapidated Housing

Unfinished Business

  1. Ordinance 2014-01

New Business

  1. Resolution 2014-25 Budget Adjustment-Police Security-Arbour Valley
  2. Resolution 2014-26 Budget Adjustment-Police Department-Arbour Valley
  3. Resolution 2014-27 Budget Adjustment-Police Department-Arbour Valley
  4. LeCroy, Hunter & Co. – Audit 2012-2013

Committee/Board Reports: 2nd meeting of the month

Council Discussion

Mayor Discussion

Executive Session


Demopolis Arrest Reports: April 28, 2014

April 24 – Jeremy J. Winston, 25, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace and Resisting Arrest – Civic Center

April 25 – Malcolm X. Jones, 48, for Rape I and Sodomy I – Ash Street and Gaineswood

April 25 – Timothy J. Bishop, 21, for Failure to Obey a Police Officer – Manson Drive

April 26 – Latoya E. Rogers, 29, for Theft of Property III – U.S. Highway 80 East Beauty Supply

April 27 – Richard Davis, 45, for Assault III – S. Cherry Street

April 27 – Marcus Burrell, 42, for Contempt of Court-Failing to Appear – DPD

April 27 Corderryl T. Wallace, 26, for Contempt of Court-Failing to Appear – DPD

April 27 – Russell W. McCray, 25, for Contempt of Court-Failing to Appear – Leatherwood Drive

April 28 – Sophal Cheng, 27, for Marriage Fraud – U.S.A. Donuts Shop

April 28 – Calvin Harmon, 56, for DUI – Rice Heating and Cooling

Linden Arrest Reports: April 27, 2014

• Bruce W. McIntosh, 41, of Thomasville was arrested on April 15 for NWNI.

• Larry Pettway, 40, of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on April 18 for Attempting to Elude Police.

• Richard Hoppins, 26, of Memphis, Tenn., was arrested on April 18 for Attempting to Elude Police.

• Joe L. Dixon, 41, of Demopolis was arrested on April 19 for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.

• Bertha L. Richardson, 27, of Linden was arrested on April 22 for Criminal Trespassing III.

• Sandra Hudson, 52, of Magnolia was arrested on April 25 for Contempt of Court.

• Mark J. Smith, 40, of Sweet Water was arrested on April 25 for NWNI.

• Alisha D. Long, 28, of Gallion was arrested on April 27 for NWNI.

• Russell W. McCray, 25, of Millbrook was arrested on April 27 for Contempt of Court.

Marengo E-911 reports minimal storm damage

A large tree at the intersection of Lake Lane and U.S. Highway 80 was felled by severe weather Monday night.

A large tree at the intersection of Lake Lane and U.S. Highway 80 was felled by severe weather Monday night.

Kevin McKinney, executive director of Marengo County E-911, indicated minimal damage after a significant storm system pushed through the county late Monday and into the early Tuesday morning hours.

McKinney said he had received reports of downed trees in Demopolis as well as others on County Road 19, County Road 57 and County Road 39.

Marengo County E-911 also received a call for a house fire in Forkland.

“It was one of those cell phone calls that got directed over here. It was a Greene County call but the fire department over there took care of that,” McKinney said.

All three public school systems in Marengo County as well as Marengo Academy released at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in anticipation of another round of severe storms bound for the area. As citizens brace for impact this evening, McKinney reiterated two very simple weather safety tips.

“No. 1 is have a weather radio,” McKinney said. “That is the No. 1 way to receive the warnings and then have a safe place to go.”