Archives for February 2015

Demopolis baseball blasts Clarke County

GROVE HILL — Demopolis wasted little time getting the bats going Saturday, downing Clarke County 13-1.

The Tigers (2-2) scored a run in the first inning, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth and six in the sixth while allowing a single first inning run to Clarke.

Luke Yelverton (2-0) allowed one earned run over five frames while scattering four hits and striking out four to pick up the win. Tripp Perry walked one and struck out one in a scoreless sixth inning.

Edward Bennett took the loss for Clarke County, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits over four and two-thirds innings of work. He struck out six Demopolis hitters. Robert Smith gave up six runs, two earned, over an inning and two-thirds.

Ryan Schroeder had four hits, three runs scored and four RBIs on the day to lead a Demopolis lineup that saw all nine starters record hit.

Demopolis is set to play again Tuesday at Sipsey Valley.

DHS 1 0 2 1 3 6 x 13

CCHS 1 0 0 0 0 0 x 1



DHS 13 15 1 9

CCHS 1 4 2   3



WP – Luke Yelverton (2-0) – 5IPs, 4Hs, 1R, 1ER, 0BBs, 4Ks

LP – Edward Bennett – 4.67IPs, 8Hs, 7Rs, 7ERs, 4BBs, 6Ks

— Tripp Perry (DHS) – 1IP, 0Hs, 0Rs, 1BB, 1K

— Robert Smith (CCHS) – 1.33IPs, 7Hs, 6Rs, 2ERs, 0BBs, 0Ks



Ryan Schroeder – 4-5, 2B, 4RBIs, 3Rs, ROE, SB

Jamarcus Ezell – 2-5, RBI, R, SB

R.J. Cox – 2-4, RBI, R, SAC

Jacob Rodrigues – 1-3, 2B, RBI, R, BB, HBP

Wil Stephens – 1-3, RBI, R, BB, SB

Jay Craig – 1-4, 2B, 2RBIs, R

Tripp Perry – 1-4, 2B, RBI, R

Seth Aiken – 1-2, 2RBIs, 3Rs, 2BBs

Luke Yelverton – 2-3, SAC

— Clay White – R



Jacorey Snell – 1-3, SB

Dax Dozier – 0-3

Hunter Spidle – 1-2, R, 2B

Edward Bennett – 1-3, RBI

Dylan Moore – 1-1, SAC

Michael Pace – 0-1

— Robert Smith – 0-1

Keagan Guthrie – 0-2

RaShon Horn – 0-2

Anthony Taylor – 0-2

Beck Holloway

William Beckom “Beck” Holloway age 78 a heavy equipment operator of Sweet Water died February 27, 2015 at Thomasville Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Pensacola, FL. He is survived by his son, Clark Holloway of Needham, AL; sister, Pauline Huckabee of Sweet Water, AL; 4 nieces, Nell Waldrop, Vickie Austin, Joyce Daniels, and Belinda Herrin; 3 nephews, Jerry Huckabee, Dale Holloway and Terry Holloway. Visitation will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Monday, March, 2, 2015 from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will be held at O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 2:00 pm with Rev. Larry Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Paynes Chapel Cemetery in Dixons Mills, AL. Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

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

Photos of the Day: February 28, 2015

potd - lhs-brown_edited-1Linden High School students who have expressed an interest in healthcare careers toured Bryan Whitfield Memorial Hospital last week. Students are shown above with Pharmacy Director Marty Brown and below with Radiology Tech Ronnie Abrams.

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Demopolis soccer downs UMS

The Demopolis High School soccer team hit the road Friday night to pick up a 3-1 win over UMS-Wright.

Austin Brooks scored the first goal of the night off an assist from Tony Velez. Adam Brooker connected on the second goal with another helper from Velez.

The final goal of the evening came off the foot of Velez, who cashed in on a Brooker assist for the scoring chance.

The Tigers (3-1) are set to play again Wednesday when they host Hillcrest.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Feb. 27, 2015

Feb. 22 – Kenneth N. Harris, 42, for Criminal Trespass III and Possession of Dangerous Drugs – A. Street

Feb. 22 – Charlie Chaney, 29, for Enters/Remains In/On Premises – Rainbow Circle

Feb. 22 – Jaketha L. Gilbert, 30, for DUI – Cedar Avenue

Feb. 27 – Katie B. Clinton, 29, for Possession of a Controlled Substance – Arcola Road

Fairhaven Wild Game Supper and Expo set for March 7

Wild Game Bulletin

Fairhaven Baptist Church in Demopolis will host its Wild Game Supper and Expo March 7.

UWA trustees to meet Monday

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting Monday, March 2 at 1 p.m. in the Bell Conference Center on the Livingston campus.

In addition, five committees will meet Monday, March 2, prior to the board meeting:

Student Affairs Committee
Bell Conference Room
8:00 a.m.

Academic Affairs Committee
Bell Conference Room
8:45 a.m.

Institutional Advancement Committee
Bell Conference Room
9:30 a.m.

Facilities Committee
Bell Conference Room
10:15 a.m.

Finance Committee
Bell Conference Room
11:00 a.m.

Two Rivers Arts Council to host Don Irwin concert

The Two Rivers Arts Council will present pianist Don Irwin in concert on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Demopolis High School Auditorium.

Don Irwin continues to thrill music connoisseurs across the United States with his unique and innovative one man show. Irwin’s passionate show stopping musical prowess creates an atmosphere that is both warm and invigorating; leaving audiences spellbound and overjoyed. While playing, the artist communicates the sentiments of his heart and soul, touching the spirit of the listener and causing them to experience an array of emotions. Few musicians are able to make such a connection.

As a classically trained musician, Don Irwin surprises many with his very versatile non-classical repertoire. He studied Piano Performance and received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Illinois. His expansive musical styling allowed him to work as a recording studio musician for artists such as Prince, Donna Summer, and many others.

During the 90s, he signed a three-year recording contract with South Africa Transistor Records, to produce an album for the European and African markets. The overwhelming success of that album led to guest performances at the Cannes Music Festival, appearances on MTV Europe and MTV Africa, and two music videos for the government of South Africa. At the request of the South African government, he toured many schools throughout South Africa and Zimbabwe giving concerts at various schools to expose students to different musical styles ranging from classical to original compositions. This experience was the impetus for the Caravaggio Foundation that Don Irwin founded to provide music education scholarships.

In the mid 90’s Irwin was asked to give personal appearances at Bloomingdale flagship store in New York City and at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. This launched a highly successful annual fall concert featuring Don Irwin on piano at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, which continues today.

Don Irwin’s works have become known around the world. His music is uniquely fused with varying blends and textures acquired through his travels and experiences in diverse world cultures. His beautiful melodies, sweeping ranges, unique sounds, and exotic rhythms are intertwined to form what has become the Don Irwin signature.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 and are free for Two Rivers Arts Council members. For more information, contact Morgan at 334-289-1595.

UWA to participate in Read Across America

LIVINGSTON — The University of West Alabama will participate in the annual nationwide literacy initiative, “Read Across America,” on Monday, March 3, at Livingston Elementary School and the UWA Campus School. The initiative is sponsored by faculty in the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education.

All members of the UWA community are invited to volunteer to read to area school children during the event.
Time slots are available from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for reading at Livingston Elementary School. At UWA Campus School, slots are available from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Individuals and groups alike are encouraged to participate at one or both schools.

Led by the National Education Association (NEA), Read Across America features the popular Cat in the Hat from the Dr. Seuss series of children’s books. Dr. Seuss is noted for encouraging childhood reading: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 53 percent of children ages three to five were read to daily by a family member. The NCES suggests that children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to aloud everyday than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty.

To learn more of volunteer to read to Livingston school children, please contact Dr. Esther Howard at by Friday, Feb. 27, to indicate your time preference(s).

To learn more or volunteer to read at UWA Campus School, contact Annie Upchurch at by Friday, Feb. 27 to indicate your time preference(s).

Marengo EDA unveils Business Development Center

SSgt. Reginald Cook returned to tour the facility to which he was once attached.

SSgt. Reginald Cook returned to tour the facility to which he was once attached.

SSgt. Reginald Cook didn’t recognize the place.

Cook was among some 100 people to attend the Grand Opening and Open House of the Marengo County Business Development Center in Linden on Friday. He had last been in the building in 2012 when the 440th Theater Opening Element of the National Guard shut down operations and moved to Selma.

The building’s original use isn’t being forgotten now that its purpose has changed. It will continue to be known as Ft. Hill-McManus-Boggs, named for Demopolis attorney Col. Thomas H. Boggs Jr. and the late Lt. Col. Bracey C. Hill and Col. Elwin L. McManus.

Marengo County Extension director Kathryn Friday recalled how the idea for the Business Development Center began and grew as she and the newly hired Economic Development Authority executive director Brenda Tuck toured the armory just after its closing was announced.

“Why don’t we move out there?” they mused.

Andrew Williams shows off the Deep South Foods processing facility housed in a building behind the armory. Two workers are preparing collard greens for sale to Red Diamond.

Andrew Williams shows off the Deep South Foods processing facility housed in a building behind the armory. Two workers are preparing collard greens for sale to Red Diamond.

With Tuck’s background as an incubator director and with the Alabama Extension Service resources through Auburn University and Alabama A&M, they believed the facility could provide training and assistance for people who were trying to start a business, Friday said.

The two women took their idea to Marengo County commissioners and asked them to consider purchasing the property.

Now, three years later, in addition to housing the offices of the county’s Economic Development Authority and the Alabama Extension Service, “It is being used by all kinds of groups,“ Friday said. “It is a program that’s working and we’re excited about it.”

Getting the resources and determining the direction for the center posed challenges. “It has not always been easy; we didn’t always agree,” said Commission Chairman Freddie Armstead. “But we always knew that at the end we’ll work together.”

Finding another purpose for the armory “is probably the most exciting thing that’s happened in Linden, Alabama, in a long time,” he added.

Jim Byard, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, complimented organizers on setting up the Business Development Center. It was an effort of local leadership and state partnership.

Col. Thomas Boggs Jr. stands next to photos of the three men for whom the center is named.

Col. Thomas Boggs Jr. stands next to photos of the three men for whom the center is named.

“You do not realize how important this facility is,” Byard told the group. “This is a normal happening in a larger community, but it is not usual in a smaller community. We don’t have these around the state.”

“You’ve got to have somewhere to start in order to grow,” said Ronnie Davis, state director for Rural Development of the US Department of Agriculture. “One of the big holdbacks for economic development in our area of the state is that people don’t have the facilities, the opportunities.”

With the incubator and the proven cooperation among its people, “people will want to become a part of Marengo County,” Davis said.

Already the repurposed facility is an incubator for several new businesses which are providing employment for county residents. Alabama Southern Community College also uses it to provide a third site for its Ready to Work Program.

The dedication program paid tribute to the men and women who served in the Linden armory. Special recognition was given to the three men whose names grace the facility.

“The history of this country has been the local militia,” said Boggs, who accepted a plaque for himself and for McManus.

“It is quite an honor to be here representing my father who lived and died for this armory,” said Steve Hill.

Others taking part in the program included Chaplain Col. Brooks Barkley, the Demopolis High School ROTC and Brig Gen. Allen Harrell.