Archives for October 2015

Keen Chiropractic Postgame Report: DHS vs Auburn – 10/30/2015

BWWMH pumpkin decorating contest

BWWMH held a pumpkin decorating contest among its various departments. Pictured below are a cottage pumpkin that won Best in Show for the Wellness Center.

ET took first place in carved pumpkin and is by Physical Therapy. Billing took second place for carved pumpkin with its Cookie Monster, and the voodoo face won honorable mention for the Wellness Center.
H-best in show H-ET H-Monsters

UWA presents “Building Bridges to Other Cultures” conference for educators and librarians

The University of West Alabama’s Julia Tutwiler Library and College of Education has announced a half-day conference for area educators and librarians. “Reading Across the Curriculum: Building Bridges to Other Cultures” will feature a slate of professionals from both fields, including two presenters. The workshop is set for Friday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the UWA campus.

The first workshop on reading across the curriculum will be led by Dr. Amanda Pendergrass, assistant professor of early childhood education at UWA. A second workshop will focus on story time and storytelling techniques and will be led by Mr. Benji Martin, elementary librarian at St. James School in Montgomery, Ala.

The workshop is designed for educators interested in utilizing children’s literature to promote cultural awareness in the classroom and library. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to participants. The event is open to the public, with registration of $5 for UWA students and $25 for others. Lunch is included.

Pendegrass will focus on incorporating trade books in an integrated learning environment. She has 13 years of experience as an educator, including a year spent teaching in Okayama, Japan.

Over the course of her career Pendergrass has implemented a constructivist philosophy of education in her classrooms. This philosophy has been strengthened and refined through her international travel and study in Reggio, Emilia, Italy.

Pendergrass received a master’s degree in elementary education and a doctorate in early childhood education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Martin’s workshop will provide tips and techniques for captivating a younger audience during story time. He is a kid lit blogger at “Tales of and Elementary School Librarian” and is currently a fiction picture book judge for the Cybils Awards.

Martin holds a master’s degree in library information studies from the University of Alabama and lives in Prattville, Ala.

For more information on the event, call 205-652-3453 or email

ChiLLy Fest schedule of events

ChiLLy Fest –Dec. 11th & 12th

Schedule of Events

Nov. 21st

Miss Central Alabama Model ChiLLy Fest Pageant
Starts at 3pm at Marengo Academy

Dec. 11th

Christmas Carnival -All Evening
Anything But -6pm – 9pm (People’s Choice)
Chili Cookers Party! -8pm – 11pm
Telluride will rock Linden this ChiLLy Fest!
(Free Concert)

Dec. 12th

Local Food Vendors/Arts & Crafts -8am – 2pm
Food Vendors -4pm Gazebo (Optional)
ChiLLy Chili Run (Run, Walk, & Fun Run) -9am
Christmas Music -10am -2pm
Christmas Carnival -All Day!
ChiLLy Fest Cruise In Car Show -9am – 3pm
Chili and Cornbread Cook Off
Judging -11am
Public Serving -12pm (Noon)
Christmas Parade of Lights -6:30pm
Fireworks Extravaganza!!! -After Parade
Best Viewing Area will be ChiLLy Fest Park!

Happy ChiLLy Fest & Merry Christmas!!!!!

Longhorns thump Jackson in final regular season tuneup (gallery included)

10-30-15 -- Jackson, Ala. -- QB Davis Petrey (9) punches it in from 3 yards out for a touchdown during Friday night's game against Jackson Academy. (Photo | Collin Sheffield)

10-30-15 — Jackson, Ala. — QB Davis Petrey (9) punches it in from 3 yards out for a touchdown during Friday night’s game against Jackson Academy. (Photo | Collin Sheffield)

After Jackson Academy took an early 6-0 lead, Marengo Academy found its stride and never looked back en route to a 45-6 thumping to close the regular season Friday night.

Hayden Huckabee scored the first of his five touchdowns with 6:42 to go in the opening frame when he sprinted 36 yards for a score. The Robert Tutt PAT put MA up for good but the scoring was far from over.

Huckabee struck again with 1:18 to play in the frame when he returned an interception 81 yards for a touchdown. Andrew Martin added his own Pick-6 with five seconds left in the quarter.

Huckabee scored on a 78-yard run with 10 minutes to go before half to stretch the lead to 27-6 before adding touchdown runs of 5 and 34 yards to set the halftime lead at 39-6.

Davis Petrey punched in a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to punctuate the Longhorn scoring.

The Longhorns amassed 324 yards of offense including 250 on only 24 carries. Huckabee accounted for 150 yards on the ground on only seven attempts. MA’s defense proved similarly impressive as it held Jackson to 10 yards on 27 carries.

Marengo (8-1) hosts Macon-East in the first round of the playoffs Thursday night.

Linden tops 5A Dora 38-24

10-30-15 -- Linden, Ala. -- Linden's Dequan Charleston (7) runs the ball against Dora on Friday in Linden, Ala. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

10-30-15 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Dequan Charleston (7) runs the ball against Dora on Friday in Linden, Ala. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

LINDEN, Ala. — Daquan Charleston amassed 126 yards over the span of three first-half touchdown plays to lead his and his fellow Patriots to a 38-24 victory over the 5A Dora Bulldogs Friday night.

“We knew they had bigger, more experienced guys than us up front coming into the game. We also knew they hadn’t won a game all season,” said Andro Williams, head coach of the Patriots. “Our guys came out a played solid football and as a result, their size and experience didn’t matter.”

Linden jumped out to an early lead when Charleston found the end zone from 17 yards out at the 10:18 mark in the first quarter. A failed PAT attempt made it 6-0.

Charleston again found himself putting points on the board when he broke loose for a 41-yard rush. A bad snap led to a failed two-point conversion and Linden led 12-0 with 5:37 to go in the first.

Junior Charles Blackmon made it 19-0 when he ran it in from 13 yards out, putting the Patriots up 19-0.

Charleston again broke through the Dora defense on a 68-yard touchdown run with 10:02 to play in the first half, giving Linden a comfortable 25-0 lead.

On the ensuing drive, a failed Dora field goal gave Linden the ball at their own 20 yard line. A Linden fumble on the first play of the possession was recovered by Dora on the 20, setting the Bulldogs up with excellent field position for what would become their first score of the night. With 1:32 to play in the half, Dora QB Alex Russell ran it in from 6 yards out on a quarterback keeper. At the half, Linden led 25-7.

The second half was marked by a Dora team that seemed to have found life during the half. Defensively, the Bulldogs were able to slow the Linden run game.

In their second trip to the red zone for the night, Dora came away with a 15-yard field goal at the 6:07 mark in the third, making it 25-10; however, Dora’s limited offensive game was no match for Linden. Davontae Poole reeled in a 53-yard touchdown reception from QB C.J. Robinson. Poole’s touchdown put the good guys up 32-10 with 4:01 left to play in the third.

Dora found the end zone twice more in the fourth with a 1-yard run by Caleb Danner and a 9-yard pass to Cody Parr. Linden punctuated their scoring for the night on a 35-yard touchdown pass to Poole.

“Getting this win tonight is big for us building up some momentum going into the playoffs,” said Williams. “Tonight was a great win for us.”

Linden plays host to McKenzie High School Friday night for the first round of AHSAA playoffs. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.

First Presbyterian welcomes Makari Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Demopolis (300 North Strawberry Street) invites you to “Come Home” and celebrate with us.  The featured speaker this year is Philip Makari, former pastor at FPC.  The events are as follows:
Sunday, 11/1     11:00 am Worship service with Rev. Makari

Luncheon to follow
7 p.m. Worship service with Rev. Maker
Monday, 11/2    7 p.m. Worship service with Rev. Makari
Tuesday, 11/3    7 p.m. Worship service with Rev. Makari

DHS Peer Leaders participate in Red Ribbon week

peerDemopolis High School Peer Leaders, a group organized in January 2015, now has 16 members at Demopolis High School.

The group focused this week on promoting Red Ribbon Week, in an effort to bring attention to the dangers of teen drug and alcohol use.

Pictured at the sign-up table where students signed a pledge to an alcohol and drug free life style, are left to right, the advisor, Mr. Barley, with members, Sally Mackey, Maggie Bradley and Sara Veres.

Demopolis comeback effort fizzles at Auburn

10-31-2015 - Auburn, Ala. - Demopolis' Russ Logan sacks Auburn's quarterback.

10-30-2015 – Auburn, Ala. – Demopolis’ Russ Logan sacks Auburn’s quarterback.

AUBURN — Demopolis saw its onside kick land harmlessly in the arms of a return man with 14 seconds to play Friday as it fell to Class 7A Auburn High 24-16.

10-31-2015 - Auburn, Ala. - Demopolis' A.J. Collier breaks away from would-be tacklers after a reception.

10-30-2015 – Auburn, Ala. – Demopolis’ A.J. Collier breaks away from would-be tacklers after a reception.

“It was tremendous effort. I thought for four quarters we had great effort,” Demopolis coach Stacy Luker said. “In the third quarter and part of the fourth, they did what they needed to do to win the football game. They came out after us and started moving the football.“

The teams played to a 3-2 Auburn lead by halftime on the strength of a 31-yard Sage Ledbetter field goal with 3:54 left in the opening quarter. At the 10:08 mark in the second frame, Travares Hall chased down the Auburn quarterback in the end zone for a safety and cut it to 3-2.

10-31-2015 - Auburn, Ala. - Demopolis' Travares Hall sacks Auburn's quarterback in the end zone for a safety.

10-30-2015 – Auburn, Ala. – Demopolis’ Travares Hall sacks Auburn’s quarterback in the end zone for a safety.

Cedric Clark ran for touchdowns of 13 and 1 yard in the third quarter to up the Auburn lead to 17-2. Garrett Morris scored with 11:32 left in the game to stretch the advantage to 24-2.

Jay Craig took a short pass from Jamarcus Ezell and sprinted 45 yards for a score with 18.4 seconds left to cut the deficit to 24-16 and set up the onside kick attempt.

At the 6:53 mark in the fourth quarter, Keishaun Scott scored on a 23-yard run to end a stretch of three consecutive Auburn scores.

10-31-2015 - Auburn, Ala. - Demopolis' Jamarcus Ezell (15) fires a pass to William Wilkins (23).

10-30-2015 – Auburn, Ala. – Demopolis’ Jamarcus Ezell (15) fires a pass to William Wilkins (23).

Demopolis had its chances early in the contest, driving inside the Auburn 2 on two occasions before coming away with no points each time.

Demopolis amassed 376 yards of total offense in the game including 197 through the air on 9 of 15 passing by Ezell.

“I’m proud of our guys. Surely something positive will come out of this.”

Demopolis (8-2, 7-0) opens the Class 5A playoffs next Friday when it hosts Charles Henderson.

10-31-2015 - Auburn, Ala. - Demopolis' Jay Craig heads downfield against Auburn High School.

10-30-2015 – Auburn, Ala. – Demopolis’ Jay Craig heads downfield against Auburn High School.

Hospital passes 2016 budget

Estimating gross revenues of $67,865,378, the Board of Directors for the Tombigbee Healthcare Authority passed the 2016 budget at its meeting Thursday, Oct. 29.

CEO/Administrator of Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital Art Evans said after expenditures and contractual adjustments with insurance companies, the hospital is expected to realize a slight profit for the year.

The hospital board voted to expedite a bridge loan from the City of Demopolis by authorizing Evans to write a letter of intent. The letter will state the THA will use other properties as collateral for the loan.

The City Council voted at its last meeting to approve the loan of just under $1 million until the $926,000 grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture comes through in about six months, said Evans.

With the loan the hospital will be able to begin work on hospital improvements. The city owns the hospital building and grounds, but the THA has other property surrounding it that can be used as collateral.

The board also gave approval to hiring a firm to study the hospital’s strategic planning and make recommendations for eliminating or adding services. However, the proposal was approved only if a third party will pay for the study.

Evans said officials from the county have expressed an interest in hiring Quorum Consultants to assess the hospital. The board’s Public Partnership Committee, headed by Thomas Moore, will meet with city and county officials to see if they would be willing to pay for the service.

In other action, the board approved a resolution to authorize a separate checking account at Robertson Banking Company for the hospital’s gift shop. The move will make it easier for the shop to purchase merchandize and pay bills.

In his report to the board, Evans encouraged board members to obtain trustee certification from the Alabama Hospital Association.

He bragged on the nine-member board who are “very engaged and very involved,” he said.

Evans said the second floor of the hospital now houses only the Geri-Psych and Self Recovery units and the ICU in anticipation of work to be done for the 10-bed psychiatric ward. All other patients have been moved to the third floor.

The hospital is doing all the work it can until plans for the new ward are approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health and actual construction can begin. He said the unit should be operational in April or May of 2016.

The board also approved the reappointment of Dr. Laura Bunch, oncology; Dr. Gregory Broughton, urology; and Drs. Adam Harris and Maria Oquendo, emergency medicine.

To accommodate the holiday scheduling, the next board meeting will be Dec. 10.