Archives for April 2017

Pepper Jelly Festival – April 29, 2017

The Alabama Rural Heritage Center and The Town of Thomaston invite you to its annual Pepper Jelly Festival on April 29, 2017. This event centers around the restoration of the Marengo County High School grounds. It is a family-friendly event with plenty of food, entertainment by local talent, arts and crafts, as well as a time to visit with friends and family. Come enjoy the famous Thomaston Bar-b-cue! Get your jar of the most delicious pepper jelly this side of the Tombigbee. Entertainment includes Mitzi Gates, Trey Webb, Kayla Gill, Dana Thompson, Rebecca Vick to name a few! Excitement is in the air! The Town of Thomaston extends an invitation for all to come and experience a real down-home, old fashioned small town event! We start at 10:00 a.m. and the fun lasts through 3p.m.

Comeback puts Marengo in state tournament

Marengo Academy rallied to sweep a doubleheader Tuesday to extend its season and qualify for the state tournament at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. The Longhorn softball squad fell 9-5 to North River Monday to put its back squarely against the wall for Tuesday’s series-deciding games.

North River 9, Marengo Academy 5

Riley Newton started the offensive fireworks in the first inning of game one with a single before she swiped a base to set up Macey Petrey’s RBI double to left-center. North River battled back to tie it 1-1 in the second inning. The Chargers pulled ahead in the fourth with a three-run inning to go up 4-1.

Trinity Wilkinson put her team right back in the game in the sixth with a double that set up Hannah Freeman’s RBI single to cut it to 4-2. The new life was short lived as North River hung five runs on the board to stretch the advantage to 9-2.

Undaunted, Marengo kept pressing with a triple by Mary Grace Sheffield. Newton was hit by a pitch and stole second to set up Petrey’s two-RBI hit to cut it to 9-5. The Longhorns could draw no closer despite also getting hits from Brittan Davis and Taylor Jordan in the contest.

Marengo Academy 25, North River 3

Marengo brought the thunder early and often in game two, a 25-3 victory. Newton singled in the first before Petrey launched a two-run shot. After the Chargers tied it 2-2, Mary Jordan Drake led off the second with a bunt single ahead of Sheffield’s single. Both runners scored on a series of errors to put the Longhorns up 4-2. Wilkinson added to the advantage in the third with a triple before scoring on an error to make it 5-2.

Jordan opened the fourth with a double before Sheffield’s double to move it to 6-2. Newton singled ahead of Petrey’s two-run double to stretch the lead to 8-2. Hannah Freeman opened the fifth with a single but the Longhorns were unable to score. North River scored one in th fifth to draw it closer at 8-3.

Marengo added three more runs in the sixth as Petrey was hit by a pitch before Wilkinson blasted a two-run homer. Davis tripled and then scored on Freeman’s single to make it 11-3 in favor of the Longhorns after six innings of play.

Newton opened the seventh with a double before another Petrey HBP. Wlkinson’s single pushed it to 12-3. Davis then singled to make it 13-3. Freeman singled to stretch it to 14-3 before Jessie Flowers hit a two-run single to make it 16-3. Jordan and Sheffield each roped RBI singles for the 18-3 advantage with nobody out in the inning. Newton, Petrey, Wilkinson, Flowers, Jordan and Drake each connected on RBI singles of their own to highlight a 14-run seventh inning. Marengo began leaving the bases early to account for three outs in the inning and get the game over with and give Mazzy Marlowe the win in the circle.

Marengo Academy 13, North River 8

With the series evened up, Marengo found itself in an early 5-0 hole after a series of defensive miscues. North River then added a run in the second to stretch the advantage to 6-0 and put the Longhorns’ season in dire straits.

Newton singled in the third and scored on Wilkinson’s RBI to cut it to 6-1. The Chargers got that run back in the third to move it to 7-1.

Marengo found some mojo in the fourth as Drive opened with a single. Sheffield then dropped down a bunt single before Newton’s single loaded the bases. Petrey drew a walk for one RBI to cut it to 7-2. Sheffield scored on Wilkinson’s RBI sacrifice to cut it to 7-3.

Marengo rallied again in the fifth as Flowers and Jordan opened the frame with singles. Sheffield dropped down a bunt single to load the bases before Newton drew a bases-loaded walk to cut it to 7-4. Petrey doubled in Drake and Sheffield to narrow the gap to 7-6. Wilkinson put her team on top with a single to score Petrey and Newton for the 8-7 lead.

Marengo stretched the advantage in the sixth as Freeman singled and Jordan was hit by a pitch to set up Sheffield’s three-run shot to left-center for the 11-7 lead. Wilkinson ignited a seventh-inning rally with a single ahead of Freeman’s RBI double. Flowers then singled to set up Jordan’s RBI fielder’s choice for the 13-7 lead.

The Chargers added one run in the seventh but Jordan slammed the door to preserve the win.

George Curtis Pugh

George Curtis Pugh age 91 of Thomasville, AL died April 27, 2017 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital. He was born April 12, 1926 in Morvin, AL to Howard and Lela Pugh. He was a retired service technician with Nichols Service Station and a member of Midway Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Claire “Sister” Pugh, son, George Monroe (Janice) Pugh, two granddaughters, Twilla Suzanne Jackson and Brooke Pugh Comer, and three great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Midway Baptist Church on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 1:00 pm until the 3:00 pm service time with Dr. James Best officiating. Burial will be at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville, 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.

Willie Mae Harrison

Willie Mae Harrison, 90 of Grove Hill, AL., died April 27, 2017 at Fellowship Home in Valdosta, GA. She was born in the Chilton Community on September 20, 1926 to Ellis and Nellie White and raised by her grandparents, Charles and Vicy White.

Upon graduation from Clarke County High School, she worked at the Mobile shipyard as a riveter, building ships during World War II. After the war, she married her community sweetheart, Bealie Harrison upon his return from his military service. Willie Mae was always content as wife and mother, helping her family and neighbors. She loved her flowers, sharing the bounty of their vegetable garden and fishing in her catfish pond. She was a faithful helper on the farm and in Chilton Baptist Church. She cared for her grandfather in his last years as he lived with her family.

During the forty years in the ministry, she was a constant help mate, singing in the church choir and the family quartet, serving in women’s groups or ministering quietly at her kitchen table. She could fill a table with delicious food on short notice and her gift of hospitality was always felt in their home. Even in her struggle with Alzheimers, she never lost her sweet spirit.

Survivors include her daughter, Ann (Jimmy) Whatley of Valdosta, GA; son Eric (Sonya) Harrison of Mobile, AL; and daughter-in-law Cheryl H. Wright of Grove Hill, AL. Grandchildren: Rita H. Williams, Arkansas; Keith (Mike Dorris) Harrison, Birmingham, AL; Darla H. (Chris) Burbank, Vestavia, AL; Wendy W. (Francois) Fineberg, Dadeville, AL; Wesley Whatley, New York City, NY; Jennifer Harrison & Lance Harrison of Mobile, AL; and five great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Leona H. Hutto, Grove Hill, AL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Rev. Bealie Harrison, parents, grandparents, three children, Rita, Rebecca, and Eddie Harrison, brother Elvin White (Kitty), and beloved sisters/brothers-in-laws, aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 1, 2017, 11:00 am in the chapel of O’Bryant Chapel Funeral Home, Thomasville, AL., with visitation at 10:00 am. Rev. Leon Harrison and Rev. William Gibbons will officiate. Burial will be at Smith Cemetery in the Chilton Community.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that gifts be made to Chilton Baptist Church, 6365 Chilton Road, Grove Hill, AL 36451.

The family would like to express our love and appreciation to the caregivers of Fellowship Home for the unselfish, dedicated care to both our parents.

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

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

DPD accepting applications for Youth Leadership Academy

The Demopolis Police Department is currently accepting applications for this summer’s Youth Leadership Academy offered by the department.

The Youth Leadership Academy is open to all Demopolis City School students. The Youth Leadership Academy is a continuation of the Explorer Police Academy and is designed to continue the students’ training and preparation for becoming tomorrow’s leaders. The program turns an ordinary summer week into an extraordinary adventure and turns seemingly unattainable challenges into very achievable successes.

The primary objective of the Youth Leadership Academy is to continue the students’ growth process from child to adolescent to adult leader. The motto of “leadership, discipline, and honesty” is still the foundation of all daily activities. Teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills are the core curriculum.

Each child will learn about the incredible power of teamwork, the importance of respect for self and others, and build the confidence to achieve the impossible.

The program is open to students of the Demopolis City School System ages 11 to 15.

Two sessions are available for the summer. Session one runs June 5-9, with session two running June 12-16.

Applications must be submitted online by May 26 at 5 p.m. For more information or to submit your application, click here.


Tears and Laughter: Let’s not mess with Alabama swamp people

At some point this attraction, or jealousy, The Daily Show has toward the state of Alabama is necessarily going to have to be addressed. I don’t know if it’s healthy anymore.

I think they want to be more like us. We seem to know how to have more fun than they do. We are happy and content and comfortable with Jesus while they are stuck up in New York City polishing their big apples and wishing they were down in Dixieland.

Like most Alabamians, I don’t typically watch The Daily Show. The fact that Alabamians don’t watch the show is what made them to decide to produce this whole “Alabama Week” series in the first place. They claim they want to get to know us better, but that’s not it. They were just put off because we would rather watch sharp dressed men squawking for ducks on Duck Dynasty than The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

Maybe Trevor Noah should host the show from a duck blind. It might help ratings. Then again, people in Alabama tend to value their 10 o’clock time slot, so it would need to be seriously entertaining to compete.

I have followed the first two nights of the “Alabama Week” series and have been neither impressed nor repelled. It is difficult for correspondents unfamiliar with Alabama to accurately portray our culture, the issues we find important, or who we are as people. It’s as if they are coming in wanting to dislike us, but once here they are realizing they don’t hate us after all.

At the end of the first or the four-part series, correspondent Desi Lydic offered a half-ass prayer asking God to help her with her struggle to believe in Alabama. She admitted she had held a lot of preconceived notions about people here. She thought we were all real “swamp people.”

I take it that correlation refers back again to the ratings between Duck Dynasty and The Daily Show, but what’s wrong with swamp people? Come to Alabama. Conduct your interviews. As far as politics go, hey – there are no holds barred. It’s pretty much the same with religion, because we know God has got us. But…don’t make light of Alabama swamp people. They are some of the best of us.

Those overpriced, ridiculous jeans at Nordstrom’s designed to look muddy are probably trying to emulate swamp people. If things turn stormy, if the situation suddenly shifts and reality gets really real – if the power goes and cell batteries die and no one can post prayer requests on Facebook. If destruction surrounds and strength and perseverance are required to start again, it will be swamp people who rise like a phoenix out of the wetlands. Swamp people are survivors. They know how to live off the land and water, and most of them tell better stories than The Daily Show.

The Mobile-Tensaw River Delta consists of almost 260,000 acres of swampland making it second in size only to the Mississippi River Delta. The Daily Show crew should go have supper with some of these characters of the swamp. Catch a sunset. Listen to the hush between day surrendering to night. Chirping birds and daytime buzzing subside to silence before a cadence of frogs and crickets play against a damp breeze, drowning out all but nature.

Alabama has its problems. Our swamp people aren’t one of them.

Amanda Walker is a blogger and contributor with, The Thomasville Times, West Alabama Watchman, and Wilcox Progressive Era. Contact her at or at

Hale County star signs with UWA hoops

LIVINGSTON, Ala. – Kaddell Perry, a point guard from Hale County High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his basketball career at the University of West Alabama.
Perry comes to Livingston decorated in athletic and academic achievement, grabbing a second-team All-State nod at the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A level just before being named Hale County’s 2017 Salutatorian and an AHSAA leadership program inductee.
“(We) got a steal when we signed Kaddell Perry,” UWA head coach Allen Sharpe said. “He is a state champion and state tournament MVP. He is a first class young man that comes from a great family.
“Kaddell is a perfect example of the term student athlete. We expect him to have a great career at UWA and he should compete for playing time immediately.”
An Area All-Tournament and Regional All-Tournament selection, Perry was named the Most Valuable Player of the Class 4A State Tournament, leading the Wildcats to the first AHSAA State Title in school history after defeating Monroe County 67-56 on March 3.
In the title game, Perry posted 31 points, going nine-of-18 from the floor and 12-of-17 from the line, along with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. On the season, Perry averaged 13 points, six assists and two steals per game.

Florence C. McClendon

Florence C. McLendon 95, of Demopolis, passed away April 26, 2017, at home. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday April 27, 2017, from Jefferson Cemetery with Rev. Richard Scott officiating and Kirk Funeral Homes Demopolis Chapel directing.

Ms. McLendon was born March 28, 1922, in Demopolis, to Robert Simmons and Rebecca Reynolds Compton.

She was preceded by her parents; husband, Oliver E. McClendon; daughter, Roberta “Robbie” Elizabeth Hines; son Harold Douglas Meadows; sister, Reba Adel Mayton.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Florence Meadows; grandchildren, Vicky Meadows, Harold Meadows, Eddie Mac (Niki) Hines and Ashley Hines; 4 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be employees of ST Bunn Demopolis plant.

In lieu of flowers memorial may be made to the Jefferson Cemetery Fund C/O George Norris

Immediately following the service there will be a reunion celebration of Ott and Florence McClendon at the Jefferson Community Club.

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

Demopolis Singers offer history of Demopolis in White Bluffs Pageant

For 200 years the people who have called Demopolis home have looked over the white bluffs of the Tombigbee River.

To celebrate the history of the city, the Demopolis Singers will present a spring concert of narration, music and photographs highlighting different eras its past.

The White Bluffs Pageant will be held Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. and Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the First Baptist Church. There is no admission to the concert, which was made possible through a donation by the Alabama Power Greene County Steam Plant.

Directed by Ed Rush, the pageant will touch on events in Demopolis history, from the first Native Americans who lived along the river, to the French exiles who tried to start a vine and olive colony, the German Jews who settled in the rough frontier town, slavery and the Civil War, the Rooster Auction, the Depression, World War II, Civil Rights and the 21st Century.

Narrators dressed in period costumes will introduce each section, and the Singers, soloists and musicians will perform songs honoring the era.

As the pageant unfolds, photos of Demopolis and its people will be displayed in a photo montage prepared by Tim Hall. Janelle Baker is the accompanist for the Singers. Other musicians will join her for instrumental compositions.

Narrators dressed in the garb of the time include Bill Baker, Christopher Hoven, Sandra Booen, Jan McDonald, Jaclyn Figeroa, Brian Tripp, Lee Jordan, Tommy Carr, Ann Taylor Wood and Alex Williams. Soloists are Tristan Mullens and McDonald.

Linden police seeking assistance in locating elderly resident

UPDATED: Authorities located Sylvia Horn unharmed Wednesday morning.

UPDATE, Apr. 26, 8 a.m.

Sylvia Horn of Linden has been located according to the Linden Police Department.

Original Story

The Linden Police Department is seeking the assistance of the public in locating Sylvia Horn of Linden. She was last seen a little after 1 p.m. Tuesday and was driving a 2006 white Nissan Frontier SE Crew 4wd with tag number 48AG234. The vehicle has a big Alabama “A” on the driver’s door. She may have traveled to Tuscaloosa.   Those who have seen Mrs. Horn or the vehicle are encouraged to call 911.