Demopolis High volleyball schedule

Demopolis High School Volleyball Schedule

Sept. 2 – Sweet Water Tournament – TBA

Sept. 5 – vs. Jackson – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 – @ Clarke County Tri-Match – 4:30 – p.m.

Sept. 11 – @ Greensboro Tri-Match – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 – @ Sumter Central – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 – vs. Greensboro – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 – vs. Central-Tuscaloosa – 6 p.m.

Sept. 19 – vs. Thomasville – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 – vs. Sweet Water – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 – Thomasville Tourney – TBA

Sept. 28 – @ Linden Tri-Match – TBA

Oct. 3 – @ Central-Tuscaloosa – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 – @ Jackson – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 – @ Thomasville Tri-Match – TBA

Oct. 12 – vs. Sumter Central – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 – @ Selma Dig Pink Tournament – TBA

Oct. 19 – vs. Linden – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 – Area Tournament – TBA

Oct. 26 – Super Regional – TBA

Robertson Bank gives surprise gift to four DCS employees

Robertson Banking Company’s Katie Windham and Allen Bishop were on hand at Demopolis City Schools’ Institute Friday to present a $100 to a staff member of each of the four DCS campuses.

Business Spotlight: Shirts and More

 

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“We ask for two weeks, but 99.9 percent of the time, we turn it around a lot quicker than that. A lot quicker,” Evans, owner of Shirts and More, said of how fast his crew can process an order. “We haven’t turned any (order) away yet. We haven’t turned any away yet and will not turn any away. We’ll find a way to accommodate the customer whether it’s one shirt or 10,000.”

Located next to Smokin’ Jack’s on Highway 80 West in Demopolis, Shirts and More can handle any printing need ranging from vinyl banners to embroidery to promotional products to sports uniforms. They’ve take care of individual orders as well as family reunions, church groups, social clubs, sports leagues and many more.

Mike and his wife, Beverly, have assembled a talented team including Michelle Etheridge, Crystal Beason and Morgan McPherson, which can meet all of your needs from idea to reality.

Call 334-289-8350 today and let the team at Shirts and More bring your ideas to life.

 

New Sumter County Health Services Directory published 

A new Sumter County Health Services Directory has just been published under the direction of Dr. R.T. Floyd, a Livingston resident and longtime provider of athletic training services in the Black Belt region for more than 30 years. The publication includes a comprehensive listing of contact information and resources for a wide array of health services.

Lisa Adkins, a senior athletic training student at UWA, initiated and implemented the revisions and updates in this second edition guide. Floyd is director of athletic training and sports medicine at the University of West Alabama.

This updated edition reflects significant changes in Sumter County’s health services landscape over the last several years, with many new resources added.

“Lisa did a very good job of checking everything to ensure that all of the addresses, links, and phone numbers were updated,” Floyd explained. “A project of this size requires a significant amount of time and is very tedious. I am very grateful for Lisa’s attention to detail and her commitment to see the project through to completion.”

Sumter County residents can rely on the directory for emergency numbers, health services, social services, national help line resources for very specific needs and conditions.

The manual is available for viewing or download at http://healthdirectory.uwa.edu/ and a limited number of print editions are available courtesy of the Sumter County Commission and UWA. The online version of the manual is a living document, and Floyd intends to maintain the records therein.

“We have made every effort to include all the services relevant to the Sumter County Health Services Directory,” he said. “If a particular listing has not been included, was omitted by mistake, or is incorrect, we need people to keep us informed of those necessary changes.”

“After this update is out for a month or two and people have a chance to review and provide feedback, we intend to update again and perhaps distribute a further revision around the county,” Floyd said.

First published in 2009, the Sumter County Health Services Directory was compiled through a grant from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy through the National Association of Counties Project.  A focus of this work was to enhance the general public’s awareness of all of the local resources available related to health care. The original work was completed by two individuals from Oklahoma who worked with local authorities to research and assemble the content.

Following the initial publication, Floyd joined forces with UWA’s Information Technology department to finalize a version for web publication in the fall of 2010. Since that time, periodic updates have been made to the online version.

To provide any corrections, additions, or other feedback, sending them via mail to Dr. R.T. Floyd, UWA Station 14, Livingston, AL 35470. or via email to rtf@uwa.edu.

Tears and Laughter: School is starting, time to think and be kind 

She says she likes where I live because it’s green and country and different. She says she thinks she wants to live in Florida one day when she is older. She likes palm trees and sunsets and she thinks she remembers being happy there once when she was younger. It was the last time she remembers seeing her dad. And she thinks her mama might have been happy there too…for a little while. 

She has a natural ear for tone and can change pitch effortlessly with her voice. She was singing with my youngest daughter in the backseat of my car. They are both 13, both are about to enter the eighth grade, and they know every song on Sirius. 

She likes to talk about Broadway shows I know nothing about, so I just listen. She does a Donald Trump impersonation about “the wall” and will start an impromptu slogan and commercial over any sign that catches her attention. I told her she should study broadcasting after she graduates. She laughed. She doesn’t take compliments well.  

She is ambitious and expressive and prettier than she can allow herself to accept right now. Prettier than she has been told. She has bright eyes and clear skin – barring a couple of childhood freckles fading fast across the bridge of her nose.  

She makes too many self-deprecating comments. Old words seem to play like a tape in her mind, ruminating. They interrupt her sometimes, even when she is miles away and smiling. She is tenderhearted and will stand-up for others quicker than she will defend herself. 

Our route out of the city took us by her school. It is a magnet school. She starts back in a few days. I asked her if there was anything she needed to do in order to get ready. She said it wasn’t anything you could prepare for. It is just something you have to make yourself do.  

She said she wishes she never ever had to go back. “Not because of the work,” she quickly added. “I can do the work. It’s just the people.” She offered no further explanation.  

We passed a church with a sign out front that read “Black lives matter here” beside a small rainbow flag. “Look at that,” she said. I guess it is okay for anybody to go to church there. I like that. Everybody ought to be able to worship don’t you think?”  

I nodded, although I really hadn’t given it much thought. I was still just listening. We were at a crawl in traffic. There was an accident ahead of us on the Interstate. We were two miles out from our exit. 

“You know my mom has been staying at the women’s shelter, right?” 

I nodded. I did know. 

“Well I hear she has started going to church some too and I figure that can’t hurt, do you?” 

She waited for an answer. A nod wouldn’t do.  

I told her not to worry, that one of the greatest mysteries in life is how God can take the most complicated of problems, even the ones people can’t see any solution to, and working them out for the good. 

Content with my response, she settled back, and they started singing again.  

For her sake…I just pray I’m right.

Amanda Walker is a blogger and contributor with AL.com, The Thomasville Times, West Alabama Watchman, and Wilcox Progressive Era. Contact her at walkerworld77@msn.com or athttps://www.facebook.com/AmandaWalker.Columnist

Pride, Headley earn preseason All-Conference team bids

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – TeMia Pride and Aleah Headley have been named to the 2017 Gulf South Conference Women’s Soccer Preseason All-GSC Team in an announcement on Thursday. West Alabama is ranked fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll.
Pride, a forward from Huntsville, Alabama, returns to the Tiger attack after a standout freshman campaign in 2016. The Tigers’ striker led the team in goals (13), game-winners (4), points (28), shots (71) and shots-on-goal (42). Pride’s offensive stats also rank in the top five across the GSC, earning the rising sophomore a First Team All-Conference nod.
Headley, a midfielder hailing from Tilbury, England, was also awarded a spot on the preseason All-GSC squad after leading UWA in the middle third of the pitch a season ago. Headley transitioned from defender to attacker, dispossessing opponents and setting up the UWA attack.
Defending league champion West Florida was picked to repeat their success in 2017, receiving 12-of-14 first-place votes and 168 points. Lee grabbed the remaining two first-place votes, following the Argos with 155 points.
Mississippi College (141) and North Alabama (129) sit third and fourth in the poll, while West Alabama (121) rounds out the top five.
Incoming Tiger defenders Brianna Forrest and Lexi Pund were selected as two of the GSC’s Top Newcomers for the 2017 season. Forrest, a Canadian transplant, is a two-time Most Valuable Player and Student Athlete of the Year at St. Stephens’ Catholic in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Pund, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, took home First Team All-Area and Offensive MVP honors in 2016, netting 26 goals for Tupelo High School.
West Alabama opens the 2017 season under the lights at Tiger Stadium, facing off against South Atlantic Conference co-champions Tusculum College on Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.

Sweet Water baseball holds ring ceremony

(Photos by Johnny Autery)

Sweet Water’s Jonah Smith receives his state championship ring from head coach John Gluschick.

Sweet Water alum Will Huckabee receives his state championship ring from head coach John Gluschick.

Band Boosters, QB Club hosting Cow Patty Bingo fundraiser

The Demopolis Quarterback Club and the Demopolis Band Boosters are pairing for a first-time event designed as both a fundraiser and a community meet-and-greet. Meet the Tigers Night is set for Friday, Aug. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. on the side lawn of Demopolis High School.

Billed as “fun for the whole family”, the event is set to feature concessions and bounce houses for kids while participants wait for the centerpiece attraction to be completed.

At the core of the event is Cow Patty Bingo, a fundraiser in which individuals who have purchased a ticket eagerly await for a cow to defecate in one of 225 sectioned squares.

Participants can purchase a ticket for $100. If the cow relieves itself in the square that corresponds to a given ticket, the individual holding the ticket wins one of four prizes.

The first “plop” is worth $250. The second “plop” is worth $500. The third “plop” is worth $1,000. The fourth “plop” is worth $5,000.

Only 225 tickets will be sold. Those seeking more information are encouraged to call 654-0831 or 287-1006.

River City Blue preview Thursday

The 2018 edition of the River City Blue, Demopolis High School’s marching band, will host a Preview Night on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. at the band practice field in the parking lot next to the stadium. The band has prepared a Motown themed show for the 2017 season. 

Demopolis Elite, UWA teams holding Soccer Fest Sunday

The University of West Alabama men’s and women’s soccer programs are teaming with Demopolis Elite for a special event. The entities will pair for Soccer Fest and a training session Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Demopolis Sports-Plex.

The event is open to children ages five and up and is free of charge.