Archives for September 2014

Demopolis Area Business Council makes impact in first year

Since its first meeting in July, 2013, the Demopolis Area Business Council’s presence has been felt throughout Demopolis and West Alabama. What began as a simple idea has already grown into force for progress in the Demopolis area.

The key factor has been the overwhelming response of business owners and leaders who shared a common vision and were willing to invest in that vision,” according to the Council’s latest newsletter. “Currently, nearly 60 individuals call themselves DABC members.”

As members, they have aligned themselves with the vision of addressing the needs and desires of Demopolis businesses. Many of these individual businesses have 10 or fewer employees, but collectively, the DABC membership represents the economic interests of the largest employment base in West Alabama.

“Because of the unified efforts of the DABC membership, our elected officials have heard constructive feedback to issues including additional sales taxes, business license collections, city financial budgeting and economic investment concerns, highway routing and unmet workforce development needs,” the newsletter states. “The DABC has also been instrumental in the development of a business recruitment database that will aid in getting relevant information in a concise and inviting format into the hands of the decision makers.”

The most visible effort from the DABC during the past year was the “Shop Local” campaign launched at the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. With stickers passed out at the schools and prizes donated by its members, the DABC was able to raise awareness among school children and their parents of the importance of shopping local.

Six-hundred sixty-three unique entries were received in the contest, a number that greatly exceeded organizers’ expectations. DABC anticipates Year Two of that campaign to be even better!

At present, Demopolis Area Business Council membership is continuing to identify issues where the voice of the small businesses can make a big difference. Organizers say they are encouraged by the recent activity by UWA, Shelton State and Demopolis High School at the New Era Building, and believe their combined efforts will make a positive difference in developing a world-class workforce.

“We believe there are unmet retail opportunities in our area,” leaders say. “We are encouraged by recent discussions regarding the growth of an agriculture-based industry in West Alabama, possibly creating as many as 1,100 jobs in our area. Our membership feels strongly about committing its resources, including both time and money, to turning these things from talking points into sources of community pride.”

Melvin Knott

Mr. Melvin Knott of Tishabee, Alabama entered into eternal rest September 30, 2014 at DCH Regional Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, AL. Funeral services for Mr. Knott are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

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

Elizabeth Wheeler

Ms. Elizabeth A. Wheeler, age 68 of County Road 44, Linden, Alabama entered into eternal rest September 29, 2014 at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis, Alabama. Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. from Pine Grove Baptist Church, Demopolis, AL. Rev. Alfred Hudson, pastor and officiating minister. Interment will follow in the adjoining church cemetery. Public viewing will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the funeral home chapel from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. The remains will repose at the church one hour prior to funeral services. Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama entrusted with all arrangements.

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

June Tucker

June Gray Tucker age 62 of Demopolis, AL, died September 29, 2014 at Woodhaven Manor Nursing Home. She was born June 5, 1952 in Clarke County, AL. She last worked at Guys & Dolls Beauty Shop in Demopolis, AL and was a member of Dixons Mills Baptist Church. She is survived by her mother, Jessie Lee Stringer of Thomasville, AL; and sister, Rose Maree Breitling of Gallion, AL. She was preceded in death by her father, John Bragg Tucker, Sr., sister, Alice Jeannie Barrow, brother, John Bragg Tucker, Jr., grandparents, step father, Winston Stringer, uncles, Dr. John Clyde Dunn, Woodie Dunn, John Tennyson Dunn, Jr., Larry Dunn. Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Funeral service will be held at Thomasville Baptist Church on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm.. Burial will be at Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville, AL. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Fund. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

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

Dickie McPherson

Frank Richard “Dickie” McPherson age 74 of Gallion, AL, died September 29, 2014 at his home. He was born July 4, 1940 in Demopolis, AL. He was a retired trucking terminal manager and a member of the Providence Baptist Church. He is survived by two sons, Rickie (Pamela) McPherson of Gallion, AL; Gregg (Donna) McPherson, Demopolis, AL; two brothers, Jack (Barbara) McPherson of Demopolis, AL; Buddy (Betsy) McPherson, Demopolis, AL. Graveside funeral services will be held at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm with Rev. Jeremy Griffith officiating. 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: September 30, 2014

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Jackie Traina watches Elly Brown’s form as she pitches. Traina was in Demopolis last week to lead a softball clinic.

Lady Tigers go unbeaten in Selma tournament win

DHS VballThe Demopolis High School volleyball team swept its way to the championship of the Selma High School Invitational Tournament Saturday.

DHS (14-4) opened the day with a 2-0 win over Class 6A Stanhope Elmore that saw the Lady Tigers take the first game 25-14 and the second game 25-22.

“We didn’t rise and fall,” Demopolis coach Angela Sanders said. “We stayed consistently high the entire day. It was a good side of the team to see.”

The Lady Tigers moved on to a 2-0 win over Billingsley, downing BHS 25-14 and 25-18. In the championship round, Demopolis beat Selma 25-19 and 25-21.

“I think it gave them a lot of confidence that they can do this,” Sanders said. “That’s something to build on. They can go pretty far.”

The Lady Tigers are set to host Hale County Tuesday with the junior varsity playing at 5 p.m. and the varsity following.

Photo of the Day: September 29, 2014

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Watch out folks – there’s a new officer on the force!

VFW Post 5377 to hold October meeting

VFW Post 5377 Surgeon Phillip Spence sends greetings to all VFW members and those who are eligible for membership in one of this nation’s oldest veterans organizations.

“This announcement is to notify you of the next scheduled meeting, on Oct. 14th at 6 p.m. in the Conference Room at Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital,” said Spence. “We sincerely hope that you will come and join with us in our new meeting location. We’re really looking forward to seeing you all. Don’t forget to bring a friend and come and join us.”

Photo of the Day: September 28, 2014

potd - lemonadeSeveral Demopolis youngsters spent part of their Saturday selling lemonade to raise funds for Demopolis youth Jacob Browder, who was recently injured in a bull riding accident. Shown above are Bradlee Cannon, Lizzie Cannon, Tayler Pipkins, Lizzie Hathcock and Caroline Hathcock.