LETTER: Demopolis superintendent addresses school safety with stakeholders

Demopolis City School System Parents and Stakeholders,

On the evening of February 14, 2018, I would imagine every school administrator in America was thinking about school safety plans and how can we be more proactive. Schools are supposed to be the safe place for children, a place where adults will love and cultivate children despite the circumstances, and a place where hungry children can get at least two good meals each day. Schools should also be a place that is well lit, cool during the hot months, and warm during the cold months, as well as a place where children can grow intellectually and socially with college, work, or military being the end in mind.

As a school system, Demopolis City Schools will revisit their crisis plans and put additional measures in place on all four campuses to ensure student safety. In an effort to be more proactive, extra safety procedures will be studied and implemented in the coming months. Furthermore, we will continue to work with the Mayor and Chief of Police to lay the foundation for strengthening our School Resource Officer presence on all four campuses. However, the tragedy that took place in Florida on Valentine’s Day should serve as a reminder that we live in a different world than the one in which you and I were raised. There are bigger issues that are impacting how today’s youth think and act. Issues that must be addressed before and after the seven hours children attend schools.

As parents, it is imperative to monitor children’s social media accounts and question them about posts or friends that are not appropriate. Most likely it is the parent or guardian that pays the cell phone bill in the first place. As parents, if our children are acting abnormal at home, we need to have the uncomfortable discussions with them. We cannot rely on the school or church to initiate the mental, spiritual or behavioral health assistance children may need. Parents are encouraged to go through text messages and check book bags daily. Do not be afraid to eliminate the violent video games. Ask yourself, do these games encourage kindness and respect for humanity, or do these games encourage aggression and viciousness.  Children may say that they need their space, but remember, it is your space in which they live.

As adults, often times we have to think for children and teens. It is important to remember what brain research tells us. The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25 or so. In fact, recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently.  Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part of the brain. In teen’s brains, the connections between the emotional part of the brain and the decision-making center are still developing—and not necessarily at the same rate.  That’s why when teens experience overwhelming emotional input, they can’t explain later what they were thinking. They weren’t thinking as much as they were feeling.

As with all other facets of education, school safety is best implemented with the tri-pod approach (student, school, home). Let’s work together to be proactive in ensuring that our schools and community continue to be safe places to learn, work, and live.


Kyle Kallhoff

Superintendent of Education, Demopolis City School System

Demopolis High FBLA holds emblem ceremony

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the world’s largest Career Technical Student Organization. Four years ago, Demopolis High School reactivated its chapter and it has been growing rapidly ever since.
FBLA of Demopolis conducted its inaugural Emblem Ceremony for its members Tuesday, Feb. 13 at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Demopolis.

“The presentation of the FBLA Emblem Ceremony is an important tradition used to inform and inspire audiences about the purposes of the organization while providing an opportunity to develop presentation skills for members,” DHS FBLA sponsor Kelly Gandy, explained.

There were 42 members in attendance as each officer explained the significance of each component of the crest. As the crest was displayed for all to see, officers explained the importance of service, education, and progress. While each syllable of FBLA was explained in detail. Each member was asked to stand and recited the FBLA Pledge and the Creed before concluding the ceremony.

A special part of the ceremony was the recognition of Chapter Officers as well as individual members that achieved different levels of the Business Achievement Award (BAA). Each level of the BAA covers these core activities and concepts:

Service—Uncover the link between a community and the success of a business. Members focus on activities that improve their school, area businesses, community, and state.

Education—Understand business and the world of work. Members focus on activities and curriculum that prepare them for corporate America, develop an appreciation of entrepreneurship, and understand the benefits of continuing education. With input from business educators, industry professionals, and college educators, members will be more prepared for their futures at college and at work.

Progress—Explore the local, state, and national levels of FBLA-PBL and how they complement one another. Members focus on activities that promote FBLA-PBL at the local, regional/district, state and national levels.

Future Level students

Level 1, Future, focuses on basic business skills, introduces members to community service, and emphasizes the importance of FBLA involvement at the local level. Seventeen members achieved the BAA for Future and received a certificate along with commemorative pin.

Business Level students

Level 2, Business, focuses on local and district/regional and state FBLA involvement, helps members develop intermediate business skills, and highlights community leadership. Six members achieved the BAA for Business and received a certificate along with another commemorative pin.

Leader Level students

Level 3, Leader, focuses on local, district, regional, state, and national FBLA involvement, develops advanced business skills for members, and helps them members become community leaders. Two members achieved the BAA for Leader and received a certificate but will get their pins at the State National Conference in Birmingham on April 13.

Level 4, America, focuses on FBLA leadership at all levels, helps members hone advanced business skills, and instills a spirit of community involvement in members.  Currently we do not have any members that have completed level 4. This award can only be received at the National Leadership Conference which is this Summer in Baltimore, Md. July 2.

Overall, the inaugural Emblem Ceremony was a success and very informative and rewarding for FBLA members. Members celebrated their successes with refreshments, drinks, and Valentine games at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Patrician standout Sturdivant signs with Judson College

(Photo courtesy Choctaw Sun)

Patrician Academy senior Charlie Sturdivant will continue her softball career at the collegiate level next season after signing with Judson College. Sturdivant is a former West Alabama Watchman All-County volleyball and softball player from her time at Sweet Water High School. Since transferring to Patrician, she has been an All-County and All-Region selection in volleyball and was the Choctaw Sun Player of the Year as a junior.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Feb. 19, 2018

Feb. 10 – Patrick A Griffin, 29, for Throwing/Shooting into Occupied Vehicle – DPD

Feb. 10 – Jeremy Griffin, 26, for Domestic Violence III – Tosco Road

Feb. 10 – Ashley S. Spencer, 23, for Assault-DV or Domestic Violence – East Pettus Street

Feb. 10 – Lakeisha Mullens, 26, for Contempt of Court – Mr. G’s

Feb. 11 – Lenzo Jones, 41, for Domestic Violence III/Simple Assualt and Contempt of Court – Creekridge Apartments

Feb. 11 – Denisha D. Dailey, 30, for Possession of Marijuna II – Buddy Griffith Drive South

Feb. 12 – Maurice L. Lynch, 29, for Theft of Property Fourth – Homeplace Suites

Feb. 15 – Tamaryon E. Smith, 28, for Domestic Violence III/Assault – Creekridge Apartments

Feb. 16 – Willie J. Reese Jr., 53, for Contempt of Court – Highway 43 South

Feb. 16 – Cledeshawn Charleston, 33, for Contempt of Court – East Monroe

Feb. 16 – Johnny L. Jackson, 48, for Contempt of Court – East Lyons Street

Canebrake Players to present Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Canebrake Players to present Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Demopolis students commemorate FBLA week

Demopolis High School FBLA members along with thousands of FBLA-PBL members across the nation participated in the FBLA-PBL week activities. The idea of FBLA can be traced back to 1937 when Hamden L. Forkner proposed to business teachers across the country that a national organization was needed for high school and collegiate business students across the nation.

Then, in 1940 the National Council for Business Education (NBEA) sponsors the proposed student organization. Finally, on February 3, 1942 an experimental chapter is chartered at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, Tennessee. Marking the beginning of the Future Business Leaders of America. Since then, FBLA has grown to be the largest business student organization in the world. The same spark Hamdem L. Forkner had over 70 plus years ago, still lives with the members and advisers across the globe today. Demopolis FBLA planned and participated in the following activities last week.


Funday Sunday – Posted picture on social media of a FUN time in FBLA with #fblapblweek

Member Monday – Members received candy pop rocks and and were told how much they are appreciated and how they “rock”. Taylor Vail was recognized as the January Member of the Month.

T-Shirt Tuesday – Students wore their favorite FBLA shirt.

Wonderful Wednesday – Members hosted a brunch for all the wonderful teachers at DHS and recognized their club advisor, Kelly Gandy with flowers and a gift. FBLA also served biscuits and special treats at the principal’s meeting with Superintendent Kyle Kallhoff.

Think to the Future Thursday – DHS career tech student organizations and advisors dressed up as their potential profession.

Field Day Friday – Postponed due to a high number of students with the flu. The club will make the event up in early March.

As a reward for their hard work all previous “Members of the Month” will travel to Birmingham as they tour a Innovation Depot, an affiliation of UAB, and then participate in a “Break Out” team building experience. They will be given a 60-minute life-sized game of twist and turns to escape a room by cracking codes, solving puzzles, and following clues.

Service Saturday – Members received a list from the Demopolis Food Pantry of items requested each month. For the month of January, FBLA collected grits to be donated.

Linden varsity squads top Marengo to host sub-regionals

Linden will host a pair of sub-regional games next week after its varsity squads swept Marengo Friday in the finals of the Class 1A, Area 4 tournaments.

The Linden girls opened the night with a 57-35 victory. Amber Richardson scored 31 points to lead the Lady Patriots while Tyroneisha Charleston led 11. Scotiana Harris finished the night with 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead Marengo.

Linden will host Georgiana Monday at 6 p.m. in the sub-regional round. Marengo will travel to Brantley.

The Linden boys followed with a 52-37 victory over Marengo. Graderius brown had 13 points to pace Linden. Isaiah Scott, Zackree Bishop and Kevin Greene scored 10 points apiece for the Patriots. Roosevelt Thompson headed Marengo with 12 points, nine rebounds, three assists and five steals. Linden hosts Brantley Tuesday at 6 p.m. for sub-regional action while Marengo travels to Georgiana.

UWA football signs 25 for National Signing Day

Coming off a Gulf South Conference championship in 2017 and a trip to the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs, Coach Brett Gilliland and his staff received signatures from 25 football players Wednesday.

Fourteen offensive players were added to the fold, along with nine defenders, a kicker/punter and an athlete. The Tigers signed six wide receivers, five offensive linemen, five defensive backs, two defensive linemen and two linebackers. UWA inked one player each at running back, fullback, athlete, kicker/punter and quarterback.

“It’s a great day to be a Tiger as we have reloaded our roster with some great young men,” Gilliland, the 2017 GSC coach of the year said. “Our staff has worked tirelessly in order to put together a signing class that fits specific needs on our roster and includes young men who will fit within the culture of our program.

“These young men will be a great addition to our returning players and we look forward to working toward the fall,” Gilliland said.

The Tigers open the 2018 season with three straight home games, beginning Thursday, Aug. 30 against Lenoir-Rhyne. Miles College and Valdosta State round out the homestand to open the season.

Spring drills for the Tigers are expected to begin Feb. 22.

Following brief thumbnail sketches on the February signees, followed by the mid-year signees:

2018 West Alabama Football February Signees

McKane Atkins, DL, 6-3, 217, Beauregard High School, Opelika, Ala.
Recorded 84 total tackles, 25 solo … Helped lead BHS to 10-2 record … Had six sacks, a caused fumble and recovered two fumbles … Helped lead BHS to Class 5A state championship … Also participated in track and field in 100m, 200m, javelin and long jump.

Sam Armstrong, OL, 6-7, 270, Lawrence County High School, Courtland, Ala.
Multi-year starter … Helped pave the way for LCHS for three straight postseason appearances … All-region and all-area selection.

Jared Averette, OL, 6-4, 315, Bibb County High School, Centreville, Ala.
Helped lead Bibb County High to a playoff berth in 2017 and an 11-2 record … Played both offensive and defensive tackle.

Deveon Ball, DB, 6-4, 208, Hinds Community College, Noxubee County High School, Macon, Miss.
Recorded 33 tackles and intercepted four passes in eight games for Hinds … Had 27 solo tackles … Averaged 4.1 tackles per game … Recovered one fumble … All-State South.

Demetrius Battle, RB, 6-1, 230, John Carroll High School, Birmingham, Ala.
Rushed for 881 yards as a senior and 1,851 career yards at John Carroll High School … Scored 31 career rushing touchdowns and averaged 4.0 yards per carry … Averaged 5.7 yards per carry as a senior … Had 29 career receptions for 446 yards and two TDs … Also had 25 tackles as a defender this season, including one sack … Also played at Restoration Academy.

*Ian Blake, OL, 6-5, 310, West Blocton High School, West Blocton, Ala.
Played both sides of the line of scrimmage at West Blockton … Had 21 tackles and a sack as a junior

Nathan Cobb, K/P, 5-11, 169, Florence High School, Florence, Ala.
Averaged 40.5 yards per punt and had 44 touchbacks as a senior kicker … Helped the Falcons earn a spot in 6A playoffs … Florence TimesDaily’s Class 4A-6A first team all-area punter … Five-star rating as a punter by Kohl’s Professional Kicking Camps, 4.5-star kicker.

Lawson Darden, OL, 6-6, 305, Bibb County High School, Centreville, Ala.
Played tackle and guard on offense … Doubled as a defensive end …

Trey Elston, DB, 6-2, 180, Auburn High School, Auburn, Ala.
Averaged 14.8 yards per reception … Also played basketball at AHS, averaging 7.7 points, 2.3 assists and 2.8 rebounds.

Gavin Griffin, QB, 6-2, 190, Southside High School, Southside, Ala.
First-team All Etowah County … Helped lead SHS to a third-place finish in the region … Honor Roll and National Honor Society.

Brody Guin, LB, 6-1, 215, Sipsey Valley High School, Buhl, Ala.
Played middle linebacker and tight end at SVHS … Also plays baseball at Sipsey Valley.

Collin Herring, FB, 5-10, 225, Gordo High School, Gordo, Ala.
Helped lead the Green Wave to a 10-2 record and a trip to the playoffs … Three-time ASWA All-state, twice as a linebacker and once as an athlete … Also played baseball at GHS, hitting .281 with 24 runs batted in … Had a 10-3 pitching record with a 0.91 earned run average … Went 3-for-3 with two RBI in state championship baseball game as a junior.

Joshua Jolly, 6-1, 192, LB, T.R. Miller High School, Brewton, Ala.
Rushed for 400 yards and four TDs … on 52 carries … Averaged 7.7 yards per carry … Completed 16-of-43 passes for 281 yards and two touchdowns … Recorded 42 total tackles, 35 solo. Had an interception and five passes defended … Also played basketball at T.R. Miller as a shooting guard and small forward.

Mike Kidd, DB, 6-1, 180, Baker High School, Mobile, Ala.
Helped lead BHS to a second-place regional finish … Played on high school varsity team since seventh grade.

Jamarcus Knight, WR, 6-2, 180, Auburn High School, Auburn, Ala.
Helped lead Auburn High to a 10-2 record and state playoff appearance … Team’s leading receiver with 400 yards and 4 TDs … Long catch of 50 yards … Opelika-Auburn News All-Area Team.

Shamar Lewis, ATH, 5-11, 178, Sweet Water High School, Dixon Mills, Ala.
First-team all-state … Helped lead SWHS to a 14-1 record and a 1A state championship West Alabama Watchman Player of the Year … … Rushed for 1,205 yards and 12 touchdowns on 129 carries … Averaged 9.3 yards per carry as a senior … Recorded 94 tackles on defense … Had 32 tackles for loss, returned two fumbles for TDs … Had three sacks and five PBUs … Was Most Valuable Player in state championship game, rushing for 95 yards on 16 carries … also had a 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the state title game to go along with four tackles, an interception and two passes broken up … Also played baseball, hitting .375 … Played guard on the basketball team, averaging 10 points per game

RayRay Maye, WR, 5-10, 180, Excel High School, Excel, Ala.
Caught 39 passes for 487 yards and four touchdowns … Averaged 12.5 yards per reception … Had 70 carries for 248 yards and two TDs … Completed 17-of-35 passing attempts or 316 yards and five touchdowns … 793 all-purpose yards and 1,051 total yards … Punted 10 times for a 26.7 average … Averaged 11.6 yards per kickoff and punt returns.

Dalton McKenzie, WR, 5-9, 180, Monroe Academy, Monroeville, Ala.
ASWA All-State selection … Three-year starter at Monroe Academy … First Team all-county, Second-team all-state … Helped lead his team to a regional championship and a runner-up state championship finish … Four-year starter, all-county and AISA Allstar in baseball … All-county and defensive player of the year in his one season of basketball.

Griffin McKenzie, WR, 5-8, 180, Monroe Academy, Monroeville, Ala.
Played quarterback at Monroe Academy … First-team all-county … First-team all-state … ASWA All-State … Helped lead his team to a regional championship and a runner-up state championship finish … Four-year letter winner in baseball … All-county and AISA Allstar in baseball.

Cordell Plott, DB, 5-10, 170, Auburn High School, Auburn, Ala.
Played cornerback and wide receiver for Auburn High … 10th rated player in state of Alabama by MaxPreps … Averaged 11.0 yards per reception … Helped lead AHS to 10-2 record and state playoff appearance.

Kornelius Rogers, OL, 6-5, 280, East Mississippi Community College, Magee High School, Magee, Miss.
Helped lead EMCC to a junior college national championship.

Callahan Saggus, DL, 6-5, 300, Opelika High School, Opelika, Ala.
Recorded 22 tackles, 14 solo … Had a half sack and recovered a fumble.

Jay Thomas, DB, 6-2, 183, Hale County High School, Moundville, Ala.
Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State player … Recorded 66 total tackles … Had three interceptions and caused one fumble … Averaged 6.4 tackles per game … Caught 33 passes as a receiver for 525 yards and three TDs … Averaged 15.9 yards per reception … Averaged 20.8 yards per kick return.

Tremayne Tolbert, WR, 6-2, 197, College of Siskiyous, Troup, Ga., West Point, Ga.
Had 32 receptions for 402 yards and two touchdowns at Siskiyous … Averaged 12.6 yards per reception … Played football, baseball and basketball at Troup County High School … Had 51 receptions for 886 yards at TCHS … Averaged 17.4 yards per reception
Jam Woods, WR, Gadsden City High School, Gadsden, Ala.

Jam Woods, WR, 6-1, 185, Gadsden City High School, Gadsden, Ala.
Averaged 26.3 yards per reception with three touchdowns,

2017-18 Mid-Year Signees

Jordyn Bowlin, LB, 6-1, 205, Ackerman, Miss., Starkville (Miss.) High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Jones County Junior College
Played in 10 games as a sophomore at Jones County JC, making 45 tackles, 34 solo … Recorded three sacks and recovered three fumbles as a JCJC sophomore … Played in eight games as a freshman at Northeast Mississippi Community College, recording 27 tackles … Appeared in 10 games recorded 39 total tackles as a junior at Starkville High School … Helped lead SHS to 2014 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 2, Class 6A championship … Had 56 tackles in 12 games as a senior … Played in annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game in Gulfport.

Jon Michael Edwards, DL, 6-4, 250, Montgomery, Ala., Carver (Ala.) High School, Southern Miss
Appeared in four games as a redshirt freshman at Southern Miss, making one tackle … Named to the 2014-15 Conference USA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll … Did not compete during the season, taking a redshirt … Three-star recruit coming out of Carver (Ala.) High School … according to Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com … Ranked 121 in the nation according to Scout.com … 52nd ranked defensive end and 29th best player in the state of Mississippi according to 247sports.com … Helped the Wolverines to a 39-12 overall record in four years … Named First Team All-Metro as a senior and Second Team All-Metro as a junior … Registered 152 total career tackles (101 solo), 16.5 sacks, one forced fumble and six quarterback hurries … As a senior, made 77 total tackles (56 solo) with 12.5 sacks, one forced fumble and five quarterback hurries … As a junior, made 45 total tackles (24 solo) with 2.0 sacks and a quarterback hurry … As a sophomore, made 30 total tackles (21 solo) with 2.0 sacks in seven games played … Played in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in December 2013 in Dallas.

Lavorciay Gaddis, DB, 5-10, 180, Foxworth, Miss., West Marion (Miss.) High School, Southwest Mississippi Community College
Played in nine games and recorded 59 total tackles and an interception as a sophomore at SWCC … Played in eight games as a freshman at SWCC, recording 39 total tackles, two broken up passes, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles … First-team all-state defensive back as a senior and all-state receiver as a junior at West Marion High School … Recorded 131 tackles and had 17 touchdowns as a senior at West Marion High.

Dorsett Johnson, LB, 6-1, 220, Memphis, Tenn., Memphis Central High School, Samford University
Played in five games in 2017 at Samford, recording Recorded 11 total tackles, six solo … Saw action in 10 games in 2016, finishing the season with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops … Redshirted in 2015 … Was an All-State linebacker at Memphis Central High School … Also named All-District and All-Metro … Selected to play in the East-West Tennessee All-Star Game … As a senior, tallied 64 tackles, 13 sacks, eight tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one interception … Also competed in basketball and track at Memphis Central.

Anfernee Jordan, DB, 6-0, 170, Hazlehurst, Miss., Hazlehurst High School, Southwest Mississippi Community College
Recorded 34 tackles and had two interceptions as a sophomore at Southwest Community College … Returned one interception for a touchdown …  Saw action in six games & had an assisted tackle as a freshman at SWCC … Played at Hazlehurst (Miss.) High School … Helped lead HHS to 12-1 record as a senior … Recorded 118 career tackles, 87 solo … Had seven career interceptions and broke up five passes … Scored eight rushing and four receiving touchdowns in HHS career.

Tyriq Martin, WR, 6-3, 185, Goose Creek, S.C., Goose Creek High School, Palmetto Prep
Played last season at Palmetto Prep in South Carolina after playing at Goose Creek (S.C.) High School … Caught 64 passes for 831 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior a Goose Creek … Had 84 career receptions for 1,093 yards and 11 TDs … Also rushed the ball 79 times for 993 yards and eight touchdowns at GCHS … Averaged 12.6 yards per carry and three touchdowns of 100-plus yards … 2,402 career all-purpose yards … 2017 South Carolina Class 5A 200-meter state champion, winning in time of 21.60 … All-region selection and North-South All-Star choice … Had two catches at Palmetto for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Dorrean McLaurin, WR, 6-2, 190, Collins, Miss., Collins High School, East Mississippi Community College
Had 11 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore at EMCC, averaging 10 yards per catch … Had five receptions for 53 yards as a freshman at EMCC … Averaged 10.6 yards per reception as a freshman at EMCC … Had 72 career receptions for 1,461 yards at Collins (Miss.) High School … Had 18 career prep receiving touchdowns, averaging 20.3 yards per catch.

Chase Mitchell, DB, 5-11, 190, Jacksonville, Fla., Oakleaf High School, Southwest Mississippi Community College
Had 19 tackles, all solo stops, and an interception in eight games as a sophomore at Southwest Community College … As a freshman at SMCC he appeared in all nine games, returning 12 kickoffs for 188 yards and one punt for 14 yards … As a high school senior recorded more than 50 tackles, had one interception and 10 pass breakups … Set a school-record with a 99-yard rushing touchdown

Christian Saulsberry, WR, 5-8, 180, Southhaven, Miss., Northpoint Christian High School, Itawamba (Miss.) Community College
Had 41 receptions for 510 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore at Itawamba (Miss.) Community College … Averaged 12.4 yards per reception … Caught 14 passes for 148 yards as a freshman at ICC … As a senior at Northpoint Christian High School, he earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association first-team all-state as an athlete … Helped lead Northpoint Christian to state championship game and 13 consecutive wins … Had 1390 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns and caught 22 passes for 315 yards while adding three scores as a high school senior … Had 872 combined kickoff and punt return yards, with six returned for touchdowns … As a defender had 33 tackles and five interceptions, two of which were pick sixes.

La’Thomas Sharp, OL, 6-3, 315, Woodville, Miss., Wilkinson County (Miss.) High School, Mississippi Delta Community College
Recorded 46 career tackles in two seasons at Wilkinson County (Miss.) High School, 44 solo stops … Also played basketball in high school, averaging 5.0 points and 3.2 rebounds over 46 games.

Jonnas Spivey, WR, 6-2, 190, Louin, Miss., Bay Springs High School, Mississippi State University, Jones County Community College
Caught 18 passes for 340 yards and a touchdown as a sophomore at Jones County (Miss.) Junior College … Averaged 18.9 yards per reception as a sophomore … Three-star athlete out of Bay Springs (Miss.) High School … Played on both sides of the ball and was quarterback at Bay Springs, which advanced to the second round of the 2014 Class 2A playoffs … Ranked No. 22 in the state of Mississippi by 247Sports Composite, No. 23 by Rivals.com, No. 26 by Scout.com and No. 19 by ESPN.com … In 2014, completed 80-of-112 passes for 1,431 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and 133 rushes for 1,002 yards and 13 touchdowns … Notched 17 tackles (five solos) and eight interceptions (three returned for a touchdowns) as a senior … Also had offers from Tennessee, Arkansas State and Southern Miss following senior year at BSHS.

Chancie Tidwell, TE, 6-0, 221, Clinton, Miss., Clinton High School, Jones County Junior College
Had eight receptions for 126 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore at JCJC … Averaged 15.8 yards per reception … Had six receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown as a freshman at JCJC … All-MACJC South second-team.

Xavier Williamson, DB, 6-0, 175, Paulding, Miss., Heidelberg (Miss.) High School, East Central (Miss.) Community College
Played in nine games and recorded 30 total tackles as a sophomore at ECCC … Played in 10 games as a juco freshman, recording 50 tackles … Had 3.5 career tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, one interception (pick six) and six broken up passes at ECCC … Played both defensive back and quarterback at Heidelberg (Miss.) High School … First-team all-county selection.

Three men qualify for Marengo County sheriff’s race

As qualifying for primary season closed Friday it became apparent that Marengo County would have a handful of local races culminating in June.

The June ballot will be highlighted by a three-man race for Marengo County sheriff. Incumbent Richard “Ben” Bates of Linden qualified to run again. He will be opposed by James Rick Jones of Sweet Water and Clint Sumlin of Demopolis.

There will also be a pair of races for seats on the Marengo County Commission. Freddie Armstead is the lone qualifier in District 1. Linden’s Terry Hinton Sr. will oppose John Crawford Jr. of Gallion in District 3. Incumbent Michael Thompson of District 5 will face Pettis Lockett, Mark Davis and Thomas Rodgers – all of Sweet Water – in the county’s largest race.

Freddie Charleston of Demopolis and Mike McAlpine of Gallion each qualified for Marengo County Board of Education seats. John T. Scott of Demopolis will return to his role as Marengo County Coroner as he is the lone qualifier in that race. Laurie S. Hall of Demopolis is again the lone qualifier for probate judge.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Feb. 10, 2018

Jan. 25 – Dorian A. Murphy, 32, for Domestic Violence Criminal Mischief – Arcola Road

Jan. 28 – Leslie A Valenciaga, 42, for Theft of Property Fourth – Walmart

Jan. 29 – Javiya McGrew, 20, for Attempting to Elude a Police Officer – Quail Meadows

Jan. 29 – Tacorey Jefferson, 26, for Disorderly Conduct/Disturbing the Peace – Rainbow Circle

Jan. 30 – Telisa S. Coleman, 25, for Theft of Property Fourth/Giving False Identification to Law Enforcement – Highway 80 West

Jan. 30 – Jessica Hall, 28, for Theft of Property Fourth – Highway 80 West

Jan. 30 – Colby D. Lewis, 19 ,for Rape-Strong Arm/Sodomy 1st/Burglary-Residence-Force – Abe Brown Court

Jan. 31 – Brianna B. Brown, 23, for Robbery-Business-Other Weapon – DPD

Feb. 1 – Mark K. Gamble, 32, for Alias Writ of Arrest – Home Place Suites Apt. 54

Feb. 2 – Annie P. Adams, 29, for Marijuana-Possession – Holiday Cleaners

Feb. 2 – Jikayla C. Hardy, 18, for Disorderly Conduct/Distrubing the Peace – Tiger Lane

Feb. 3 – Kealan W. Whitt, 27, for Domestic Violence III – Crossgates Apt. 65

Feb. 4 – Jackson W. Ross, 25, for Failure to Appear – Hale County Jail Greensboro, Ala.

Feb. 5 – Walton E. Prescott, 32, for Assault-DV or Domestic Violence – Marengo Drive

Feb. 8 – Jose A. Velez, 43, for Domestice Violence III – Rosedale Drive