Archives for January 2016

Forkland man killed in crash south of Linden

A single-vehicle crash at  3:45 a.m.  Jan. 31 claimed the life of a Forkland man. Carl Fitzgerald Johnson, 25, was killed when the 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred  on U.S. 43 near the 107 mile marker, approximately 15 miles south of Linden.

Preliminary investigation indicates that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash. Nothing further is available as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Jan. 29, 2016

Jan. 23 – Ralph L. Langley, 19, DUI, US Hwy 43 South

Jan. 23 – Amber L. Self, 30, Held for Hanceville Police Dept., McDonald’s

Jan. 24 – Latoya R. Jackson, 35, Carrying a Pistol without a Permit, US Hwy 43 North

Jan. 24 – Korey James, 21, Marijuana – Possession II, Creekwood Apt. Parking Lot

Jan. 26 – Melanie Beverly, 20, Theft of Property III, Walmart

Jan. 27 – Alex Brown, 77, Theft of Property III, Washington County Jail

Wilma Joyce McClusky

Wilma Joyce McClusky, age 85, of Demopolis, passed away January 28, 2016, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Riverside Cemetery in Demopolis with Rev. Carl Williams officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis directing.

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

Linden girls upend Demopolis in low-scoring affair

The Linden Lady Patriots limited Demopolis to single digit point totals in each of the first three quarters Friday night en route to a 29-27 win over one of Class 5A’s top teams.

The Lady Tigers managed only seven points in the first eight minutes of the contest and five in the second frame. Despite the slow start, Demopolis clung to a 12-11 advantage heading into the locker room. Linden took the lead in the third, out-pacing Demopolis 8-6 for the 19-18 advantage.

Through three quarters of play, Amber Richardson had 15 of Linden’s 19 points.

Free throws made all the difference for Linden in the game’s final period as it held off a rally from Demopolis that included a three-pointer from DeeDee White.

The Lady Patriots proved steady enough at the charity stripe, connecting on six of their 10 free throw attempts to help ice the win.

Richardson led all scorers with 17 points. Imya Agee added six and Tomysha Boykin finished with five in the effort.

White led Demopolis with nine points while Erica Bennett had eight.

The loss dropped Demopolis to 18-2 while Linden moved to 12-6.

Photo of the Day


Sue Allen retired from Windham Motor Co. on Thursday after 37 years of service. She is pictured here with owners Al (left) and Tyler Windham at her retirement celebration. (Photo by Emily Windham)

Hospital board discusses 340B program

“It’s a very complex program but of great benefit to the hospital,” Marty Brown, director of pharmacy at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, told the board at its meeting Thursday.

Because of its complexity, however, the 340B Contract Pharmacy Program still has glitches being worked out, she continued. Once it is fully implemented more eligible patients will be able to get the drugs they need. Brown has been working on the startup of the program for a year.

The hospital has been part of the 340B program since 2005. The program allows hospitals that have a disproportionate number of indigent patients to buy drugs at a discounted price. Only last fall did BWWMH enter into contracts with CVS and the Wal-Mart stores in Demopolis and Thomasville. Those stores benefit from lower drug replacement prices.

The hospital opted to contract with local pharmacies instead of setting up its own to keep from competing with them, said Brown.

Confusion has arisen because of the restrictions on who is eligible and the how to identify them so that Capture RX, the company that administers the program, can review prescriptions and reimburse the providers.

No Medicaid patients are included in the program, and no generic drugs are eligible for reimbursement, she went on.

Prescriptions “must be written for our patients by our physicians,” she said.

So far the reimbursement figures from prescription drug sales has been “disappointing,” but when the kinks are worked out, the benefits should be realized.  She told the board the program’s promise is worth continuing for the next few months. Then it can be reviewed.

Because of a law passed by Congress last November, the hospital no longer can consider using John Essex School as a facility for the Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). It now is housed in the Holified Clinic but is rapidly outgrowing the facility.

The law, which went into effect Nov. 2, prohibits setting up off-campus programs in buildings more than 250 yards from the hospital.

The law, said PHP Committee chair Rob Fleming, “snatched John Essex out from under our feet.”

The board approved the hospital’s pension plan updates required by the IRS and other agencies.

It also approved the following reappointments:

  • Active staff: Dr. Keith Roberts
  • Special limited staff: Pat Moore,CRNA, and Gayla Culpepper, CRNP
  • Courtesy staff: Dr. James Geyer
  • Consulting staff: Drs. Amit Shah, James Proctor, Shelby Sanford, Dmitry Zak, Ronald Stanton and Robert Williams.
  • Emergency room: Dr. Mohamed Khalaf through February.

The board also heard the following reports:

  • Judy Travis said the medical staff is reviewing its bylaws and will vote on them at its next meeting.
  • Assistant administrator Derrick Morrison said the hospital was inspected by the insurance carrier which recommended a roof inspection.
  • Morrison also reported that the guidelines on active shooter response was resent to all departments.
  • Thomas Moore said the Public Partnership Committee will discuss a strategic plan once all stakeholders are present. The committee’s next meeting is Feb. 10.
  • Hospital administrator Arthur Evans said a photo display of the Employee of the Month will be set up in the hall next to Human Resources.

Second half surge pushes Demopolis past Linden

(Photo by Michael Clements - WAW) Demopolis' Nelson Haskin hoists a shot on the road at Linden Friday.

LINDEN – Demopolis (11-8) pulled away in the second half Friday night en route to downing county rival Linden High 64-42.

The Tigers trailed 16-14 after one quarter of play thanks in large part to a pair of Dequan Charleston three-pointers. The Tigers took the lead in the second frame as Xavier Jowers hung six points on the board in the quarter, accounting for 12 in the first half. Shakari Williams and Tristian Jones each drained a triple in the period to help give the Tigers a 26-25 halftime lead.

Demopolis took over in the third quarter, getting five points each out of Jowers and Williams to spur a 15-5 run over the eight-minute stretch. Ladarius Adams added 14 points in the fourth quarter to help put the game out of reach.

Jowers finished the night with 21 points while Adams added 14. Williams scored eight in the effort.

Demopolis is set to play again Monday at Neshoba Central (Miss.) before hosting Greene County for Senior Night Thursday, Feb. 4. The regular season wraps Friday, Feb. 5 at Selma.

Linden's Dequan Charleston and Demopolis' Shakari Williams work against one another during Friday night's intra-county contest.

Linden’s Dequan Charleston and Demopolis’ Shakari Williams work against one another during Friday night’s intra-county contest.

Linden to open 2016 season at Hillcrest-Evergreen

10-30-15 -- Linden, Ala. -- Linden's Dequan Charleston (7) runs the ball against Dora during the 2015 season. Linden will open its 2016 season with HIllcrest-Evergreen.

10-30-15 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Dequan Charleston (7) runs the ball against Dora during the 2015 season. Linden will open its 2016 season with HIllcrest-Evergreen.

A week after facing Thomasville in a Jamboree exhibition, Linden is set to open its 2016 season Friday, Aug. 26 when it travels to Hillcrest-Evergreen. A Class 3A semifinalist in 2015, Hillcrest Evergreen finished 8-6 overall. The season opener will mark the first time the two schools have faced one another.

Linden shifts into Class 1A, Region 1 play Sept. 2 when it hosts Fruitdale. The Pirates, who were 3-7 in 2015, are winless against the Patriots in six tries and have been outscored 339-18 in those efforts.

Linden stays in region play Sept. 9 when it travels to McIntosh. The Demons finished 1-7 a season ago and last beat the Patriots in 1994. Linden is 6-2 overall in the series and has outscored McIntosh 200-8 in the four games during the Andro Williams era.

10-30-15 -- Linden, Ala. -- Linden's Christopher Robinson (3) runs the ball against Dora during he 2015 season. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

10-30-15 — Linden, Ala. — Linden’s Christopher Robinson (3) runs the ball against Dora during he 2015 season. (WAW | Stewart Gwin)

The Patriots are set to host region foe Millry Sept. 16 Millry was 7-4 in 2015 and bowed out early in the Class 1A state playoffs. The two schools have not met since the second round of the 2007 Class 1A playoffs. That was a 43-6 Linden win. Overall, Millry leads the series 3-2.

The Patriots are slated to travel Sept. 23 to Washington County, which went 10-3 last season. The perennial Class 2A power, lost 13-12 to the Patriots in 2015 before embarking on a run that ended in the 2A quarterfinals. The series is knotted at 2-2 overall with each Linden win coming by a single point.

Region play resumes Sept. 30 when Linden renews an old rivalry against Sweet Water. The teams have not played since 2011 but Linden leads the lifetime series 34-27-3. The Bulldogs return to Class 1A after four seasons at the 2A level. Sweet Water finished 5-6 in 2015 and lost to Elba in the first round of the state playoffs.

Linden continues the Marengo County portion of its schedule Oct. 7 when it travels to Thomaston to face region rival A.L. Johnson. The Eagles finished at 3-7 last season, falling to Brantley in the first round of the state playoffs. The schools have played every season since 1982 and Linden leads the lifetime series 30-7, last losing in 2004.

The Patriots host region rival Marengo Oct. 14. The Panthers were 7-5 in 2015, picking up their first playoff win in 15 years. Linden, however, leads the lifetime series 19-9 and last lost to MHS in 1997.

Linden finishes region play Oct. 21 when it travels to J.F. Shields, which finished 0-8 last season and enters 2016 riding a 16-game losing streak. Linden has not played Shields since 1997 and is a meager 1-8 in the overall series.

The Patriots wrap the regular season Oct. 28 when they host Class 2A Choctaw County. Linden leads the overall series 16-15-1 but the schools have not met since 1981. Choctaw County finished 2015 at 4-6.



               DATE         OPPONENT     2015 RECORD       

Aug. 26        @ Hillcrest-Evergreen    8-6

   Sept. 2     vs. Fruitdale        3-7

    Sept. 9     @ McIntosh         1-7

 Sept. 16    vs. Millry          7-4

Sept. 23      @ Washington County 10-3

  Sept. 30  vs. Sweet Water         5-6

 Oct. 7       @ A.L. Johnson       3-7

Oct. 14     vs. Marengo                        7-5

 Oct. 21     @ J.F. Shields             0-8

Oct. 28      vs. Choctaw County      4-6


Demopolis 2016 football schedule includes two 7A schools

11-5-2015 - Demopolis, Ala. - Demopolis' William Wilkins breaks free for a touchdown run against Charles Henderson.

11-5-2015 – Demopolis, Ala. – Demopolis’ William Wilkins breaks free for a touchdown run against Charles Henderson.

The Demopolis Tigers’ 2016 football schedule includes a pair of 7A foes and the renewal of one local rivalry.

A.J. Jackson makes a cut during the 2015 season. Demopolis is set to play two Class 7A foes in the 2016 season.

A.J. Jackson makes a cut during the 2015 season. Demopolis is set to play two Class 7A foes in the 2016 season.

As was announced by the AHSAA last week, the Tigers are set to open their season Thursday, Aug. 18 against Class 6A Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa in the Champions Challenge at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. That contest pits Demopolis against a team it has played 20 times since 1983. The Tigers and Patriots played every year from 2008 to 2014 with Demopolis going 2-4 over that span. The Tigers are 7-13 all time in the series. The Patriots finished 8-4 in 2015.

Demopolis has its home opener Friday, Aug. 26 when it hosts Class 4A Greensboro in the renewal of a long-standing rivalry that has not been played since 2007. Demopolis and Greensboro played from 1934 to 2007 without interruption with the Tigers going 46-24 in the series including a dominant run that included eight straight wins from 2000 to 2007. Greensboro finished 5-6 a season ago under Richard Bevill.

Demopolis begins Class 5A, Region 3 play Friday, Sept. 2 at Central-Tuscaloosa. The ever game Falcons went 5-5 in 2015. The schools have met four times since 2010 with Demopolis going 4-0 with an average margin of victory of 31 points.

Logan McVay makes a move during the 2015 season. The Tigers play Greensboro (4A), Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A), Enterprise (7A) and Auburn (7A) in their non-region schedule next season.

Logan McVay makes a move during the 2015 season. The Tigers play Greensboro (4A), Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (6A), Enterprise (7A) and Auburn (7A) in their non-region schedule next season.

Friday, Sept. 9 has Demopolis hosting Class 5A, Region 3 newcomer Marbury. The Deatsville-based Bulldogs, who are riding an eight-game losing streak after finishing the 2015 campaign at 2-8, have never played Demopolis.

Friday, Sept. 16 has Demopolis back on the road as it travels to Calera to face another region foe. The Tigers are 2-0 in the series, which began in 2014. Calera finished at 7-4 last season.

Demopolis takes an open date Friday, Sept. 23 before hosting region opponent Dallas County Friday, Sept. 30. Demopolis is 15-0-1 in the lifetime series. A much improved Dallas County team finished at 6-5 in 2015.

The Tigers host Sumter Central Friday, Oct. 7, marking the fifth straight season the two schools have met. Demopolis is 4-0 overall and has outscored the Jaguars 156-21. Sumter finished 2-8 in 2015.

Demopolis steps out of region play Friday, Oct. 14 when it takes one of its longest trips of the season to face Class 7A Enterprise. Some 89 miles apart, the schools have never met before. The Wildcats finished 5-6 in the inaugural season the AHSAA Class 7A play.

Traveling some 360 miles in a two-week span, Demopolis hits the road again Friday. Oct. 21 when it travels to face Class 5A, Region 3 foe Jemison. Demopolis is 4-0 overall against Jemison, defeating the Panthers 70-0 last season. Jemison was 2-7 in 2015.

Demopolis wraps the regular season Friday, Aug. 28 when it hosts Class 7A Auburn. Demopolis fell to Auburn 24-16 last season, the only meeting between the two schools. Auburn finished the campaign at 7-5.



               DATE         OPPONENT     2015 RECORD       

Aug. 18        vs. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa    8-4*

Aug. 26      vs. Greensboro                   5-6

   Sept. 2     @ Cental-Tuscaloosa     5-5

    Sept. 9     vs. Marbury                 2-8

 Sept. 16    @ Calera                      7-4

Sept. 23      OPEN

  Sept. 30  vs. Dallas County         6-5

 Oct. 7       vs. Sumter-Central       2-8

Oct. 14     @ Enterprise                        5-6

 Oct. 21     @ Jemison                     2-7

Oct. 28      vs. Auburn                          7-5


Paul Anthony DeRouen

Paul Anthony DeRouen age 45 of Thomasville, AL died January 27, 2016 at J. Paul Jones Hospital. He was born October 9, 1970 in Monroeville, AL. He was a maintenance worker with International Paper and a member of Thomasville Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Carey K. DeRouen of Thomasville, AL; two sons, Caleb DeRouen and Grant DeRouen of Thomasville, AL; his mother, Elizabeth Ann DeRouen of Franklin, AL; sister, Paula Harris of Excel, AL; grandfather, W. C. Stabler of Franklin, AL; grandmother, Nell McKenzie of Franklin, AL

Visitation will be held at Thomasville Baptist Church on Saturday, January 29, 2016 from 11:00 am until the 1:00 pm service time with Rev. Ty Parten officiating. Burial will be in the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville, AL.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Phone Number (800) 533-2873

Arrangements by O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville, AL.

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