Gray crowned 2017 Miss Junior COTR (with gallery)

10-9-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — LaCher Sincere Gray was crowned Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2017 by Molly Katherine Harrison, who was Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2016.

Monday night saw 16 beautiful young ladies compete in the Miss Junior Christmas on the River at the Demopolis Civic Center. They all presented their beauty, poise and confidence in hopes of being named this year’s winner. The top 11 chosen were Caylee Madison Jones, Anna Katherine Sellers, Madelyn Baty Singleton, Meredith Gray Patrenos, Taylor Mills Quinney, Abbie Grace Cameron, Wesley Elizabeth Craft, Megan Lindsey Roe, LaCher Sincere Gray, Leah Beth Stewart, and Cassidy Claire Crawford.

After a second parade of contestants, the top 5 were chosen and took the stage to answer the question “What makes you you happy or laugh?” The judges then debated and took in consideration the contestants answers and ability to speak in public, along with their poise and beauty to name the new Miss Junior COTR and her royal court.

Fourth Alternate was Meredith Gray Patrenos wearing a white chiffon dress with lace and crystal detailing on the bodice. Cassidy Claire Crawford was awarded third Alternate donning an emerald evening gown with beading at the waistline. In a Christmas red ball gown, Caylee Madison Jones was chosen as second Alternate. Taylor Mills Quinney earned the first Alternate position wearing a golden hued gown with lots of shine and sparkle.

This year’s Miss Junior Christmas on the River is LaCher Sincere Gray. LaCher was wearing an elegant white off the shoulder ball gown encrusted in crystals. She is the daughter of Henry and LaTara Jones and is in the seventh grade at Demopolis Middle School. LaCher said she was “super shocked but very excited to be named Miss Junior COTR.” She said she’d like to encourage other young ladies to participate in the pageant but to always have an open mind when competing. Miss Gray is looking forward to riding in this year’s COTR parade of floats.

Be sure to come to the Demopolis Civic Center and support more young ladies as they compete in the remaining COTR pageants.
Young Miss COTR Tuesday October 10th at 7pm.
Little Miss COTR Wednesday October 11th at 6pm.

Jones crowned Alabama’s Homecoming Queen 2016


(Photo courtesy of Laura Clements)

Tuscaloosa, Ala. – 4/17/2016 – Shoni Jones of Demopolis High School was crowned Alabama’s Homecoming Queen 2016 at the Capstone Inn in Tuscaloosa on the evening of April 17, 2016.  Miss Jones will represent Alabama in the America’s Homecoming Queen Pageant in Memphis, TN at the end of July 2016.

Jones and Warren set to compete for state DYW title

Shoni Jones (left) will represent Marengo County and Madeline Warren (right) will represent Perry County in this year's Distinguished Young Woman state competition. (Photos by Clements Creative Images)

Shoni Jones (left) will represent Marengo County and Madeline Warren (right) will represent Perry County in this year’s Distinguished Young Woman state competition. (Photos by Clements Creative Images)

Demopolis High School will be represented well in the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama. DHS seniors Shoni Jones and Madeline Warren packed up Friday and traveled to Montgomery to prepare for the 2016 competition to be held Jan. 15 and 16 at Frazer United Methodist Church along with 50 other representatives.

Shoni will be representing Marengo County while Madeline is the Perry County representative.

Participants will compete for $41,000 in cash scholarships and over $2 million in college granted scholarships as well as the opportunity to represent the state as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama for 2016.

The 52 young women competing will be evaluated by a panel of five state judges in the following categories: Scholastics (25 percent), Interview (25 percent), Fitness (15 percent), Self-Expression (15 percent), and Talent (20 percent). The participant selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Alabama will advance to the national level at the 59th Distinguished Young Women National Finals in Mobile in June of 2016, where she will join with 49 other state representatives in competing for cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America.

While in Montgomery, Jones will be staying with Josh and Jayme James, who are one of the program’s host families. Her roommate for the week will be 2016 Escambia County distinguished Young Woman, Morgan Manning. She is the daughter of Sheri Allison Jones, Shone Jones and step-mother Lisa Jones.

Warren will be staying with host family Bryan and Sabrina Hubbard. Her roomate for the week will be the 2016 DeKalb County Distinguished Young Woman, Ashleigh Gwaryanski. She is the daughter of Louise Warren and granddaughter of Tom and Jacki Belcher, all of Uniontown.

Distinguished Young Women of Alabama sponsors include — Silver: ALFA, Auburn University at Montgomery and Robert Trent Jones. Bronze: LogoBranders, PrimeSouth Bank and Sterling Bank. Other Sponsors include Buses Unlimited, AUM Office of Orientation and Transitions, Paul Robertson Photography, Alabama Cattlemen’s Association, Kiwanis Club, Montgomery Chamber of Commerce, Debra Wiggins, Nancy’s Italian Ice and Wintzell’s Oyster House.
For more information on Distinguished Young Women of Alabama, please contact Committee Chair, Carna Triftshauser at 334-538-4451 or

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Shoni Jones is crowned Homecomign Queen 2015 by Emmy Cameron, DHS Homecoming Queen 2014.

Shoni Jones is crowned Homecoming Queen 2015 by Emmy Cameron, DHS Homecoming Queen 2014.

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Shoni Jones has been selected by the DYW Alabama State Committee as Marengo County’s Distinguished Young Woman 2016. She will represent Marengo County in the 2016 State competition in January. For more information on Marengo County’s DYW 2017 program being held next August, please contact Marengo County’s DYW Chairman, Laura Clements at

Photo of the Day: November 18, 2014

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There were a few warm spots on Linden Athletic Field last Friday night. Shoni Jones works with two fire batons during a halftime performance by the River City Starlets.

Jones Needs Your Votes!! (video)

Who? Jones Colgrove.  What? The  Senior Bowl Superstar 2013.  Where? Online.  When? 8:00 am Friday, January the 11th through 11:59 pm Sunday, January the 13th.  Why? Because not only is this 9 year old a very talented singer from Demopolis but, if he wins, he will be the youngest winner in Senior Bowl history.  How? Log on to or and vote this Friday through Sunday for Jones as many times as you can!

Jones Colgrove performs at the Clements Talent Coaching concert in December. Colgrove will be competing for the opportunity to sing the national anthem before the 2013 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on January 26, 2013.

On Saturday, January the 5th, Jones competed among 102 contestants vying for the coveted position as the national anthem vocalist for the 2013 Senior Bowl which is played in Mobile. He was selected as one of the three finalists, making Senior Bowl Superstar history. Jones is not only the youngest of the three but he is the only one not from the Mobile area. He will be competing against two Mobile area school teachers. It is important for us to log on and vote as many times as we can to give this young man a fighting chance to be the next Senior Bowl Superstar.

Jones is the son of Candace and Edmund Colgrove of Demopolis, Alabama and he attends U.S. Jones Elementary School. He plays the piano and is a vocal student at Clements Talent Coaching.

Colgrove will appear on Mobile’s WKRG-TV5 morning show Tuesday morning, January the 8th.

The program airs from 5 to 7 a.m. All three performances will re-air on Friday, Jan. 11, and will be presented on the station’s website. Then comes a round of internet voting, which runs from 8 a.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at and

The winner will be announced on the WKRG morning show on Monday, Jan. 14. More than 300,000 votes were cast in last year’s competition.

If Colgrove wins, he will be singing the national anthem in front of thousands of fans at the 2013 Senior Bowl Game in Mobile, Alabama on January the 26th.

So don’t forget, vote for Jones Colgrove from Friday to Sunday as many times as you can to get one of our own singing at the Senior Bowl.


Jones overcomes apprehension to shine for Tigers

Tucker Jones readily admits apprehension was a factor for him two weeks ago when his team faced Sweet Water in a preseason Jamboree contest.

The game represented the first real contact Jones faced since sustaining a significant leg injury in the fifth game of the 2011 season, an ailment that kept him sidelined for the remainder of the campaign.

“Probably the first two weeks of full pads and two-a-days, I was a little nervous about coming back. It kind of went through my mind every day before practice, ‘What if I twist my leg wrong or hurt it or something?’ But, now that things are kind of getting back into the swing, I feel a lot more comfortable every day,” Jones, Demopolis High’s starting quarterback, said. “I think it was just, me being out so long and not playing, I was afraid I was going to make too many mistakes at Sweet Water. And then, once I kind of got the hang of things and figured out what was going on last week, things just started to click. Coaches have been talking to me (telling me to) relax, take my time. That’s what I did.”

The difference in Jones’ comfort level – and, subsequently his performance – from the Sweet Water contest to last week’s season opener against American Christian Academy was nothing short of remarkable.

“It was a huge difference. You could tell he worked a lot harder in practice,” Demopolis offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kyle Williams said of Jones. “He made the plays that we wanted him to make in the Jamboree and made the right reads in our first game against ACA. He’s come a long way in just one week. We expect him to keep going and keep growing.”

Jones settled in early against American Christian, completing his first pass of the season to Cortez Lewis for a touchdown.

“That’s huge, especially when one of the first few passes of the game turns out to be a touchdown,” Jones said of the confidence boost he received on the play. “It felt good. It calmed me down a lot. And you’ve got your teammates there to support you too.”

“Very important. Just a confidence thing off the top,” Williams said of the importance of getting Jones in rhythm early in the contest. “That first pass for any quarterback is just always huge for him. It’s just always a big thing.”

Jones went put together one of the biggest games of his high school career after completing that pass to Lewis, finishing that night with three touchdown passes and a 28-yard score on the ground.

“That’s one of Tucker’s best games he’s had since he’s been here,” Demopolis head coach Tom Causey said. “I think Tucker wants to do as good as anybody else and he’s been a great teammate. Things have gone the other way for him sometimes and it is easy for a player to kind of get inside himself and be selfish. He’s never done that. He’s always stepped up.”

With plenty of opportunities ahead of him, Jones hopes to improve upon last week’s performance, a feat that will come much more easily since he left his uneasiness somewhere between Sweet Water and Tuscaloosa.

“I feel tons better. Nothing is bothering me right now,” Jones said. “I know I’ve got good support from the guys on the team. I feel really good right now.”

Tigers to retire Tre Jones’ No. 19 Friday

Tre Jones jogs onto the turf at Bryant Denny Stadium before the 2009 5A State Championship game.

Demopolis High School will honor the memory of Tre Jones Friday night when the football program officially retires the No. 19 jersey.

Jones, who died in April when he drowned during a gathering of University of Alabama students on a riverboat in Tuscaloosa, was a member of the Demopolis High School Class of 2010 and played on the 2009 team that won the Class 5A state championship.

“I think everybody in this community knows what kind of young man Tre Jones was. He was a fantastic kid, always had a smile on his face. Always willing to do whatever we asked him to do. Probably the greatest compliment I could ever give a player is to be able to say he was a great teammate and Tre was a great teammate,” Demopolis head coach Tom Causey said of Jones, who started on defense for the Tigers. “It wasn’t about Tre. It was about Demopolis. That’s the epitome of what we’re looking for out of players each day, to make it about team and not about you. And that’s what Tre did. You love coaching those kind of guys. He wasn’t the most talented guy in the world, but he’d give you everything he had every second of the day he was there.”

The Tigers will retire Jones’ No. 19 during a ceremony before kickoff of Friday night’s home game against Citronelle. The ceremony will also feature a number of Jones’ former teammates.

“We’re going to do a small token to try to remember Tre and really to hope the future Demopolis players see that No. 19 and understand what it means. It’s not about Tre Jones the player so much as it is Tre Jones the selfless person,” Causey said. “We may go back to one day putting 19 on a kid. But, it’s got to be something special. When you see 19, it may be a defensive lineman or a defensive back or a quarterback or a receiver or a running back at some point down the line in the future, not any time soon. Make that be a special thing if you get to wear 19.”

Tre Jones (19) assists Michael Davis (33) on a tackle during the 2009 Championship season.

City elections give hope for progress

Change. Probably the most common word thrown about in the weeks leading up to the municipal elections in Demopolis, change is what occurred Tuesday evening.

Whether or not that change is good and just how much of an impact it will have has yet to be seen. And there are as many opinions on the matter as there were voters.

The city did not get wholesale changes. Mike Grayson retained his mayoral office while Mitchell Congress kept his seat at the head of District 2. Couple that with the fact that incumbent Bill Meador ran unopposed in District 4 and you have half of the city’s governing body returning.

But there are three fresh faces that will take their seat at the council table. Charles Jones Jr. will represent District 1, D. Harris Nelson will sit atop District 3 and Cleveland Cole will represent District 4.

It is impossible to predict exactly what the next four years will hold for the six men that lead the council. Will their administration be considered an abject failure? Will they make the progress for which many have been clamoring?

The one thing that is almost for certain is the city should finally have some fresh ideas. The newly-elected individuals all seem eager to sit down and do what is best for the city. And, the idea of doing what is best for the city seems to have been a foreign concept for the last several months.

It will be refreshing to see what someone as young and as enthusiastic as D. Harris Nelson can bring to the table. It will be nice to see someone as level headed as Charles Jones Jr. helping to make decisions to improve the city.

And it will be nice to Mike Grayson get some vigor back in his vision. Grayson has not been a perfect mayor during his first term, but he has presented great ideas and helped to lay out plans that would prove good for the city long term. But, personal agendas began to trump the city’s agenda. Good ideas grew stale and were tabled indefinitely and we came to a virtual standstill as a city.

Maybe now, Grayson can succeed or fail of his own volition and the new city council can learn lessons from its predecessor. Egos and personal agendas have no place on the city agenda. If our new council can agree on that, we can finally get somewhere as a community.