2013 Year in Review

Published 9:46 am Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Community mourns loss of students in car crash

Former Linden quarterback Anthony Robinson Jr. and a 12-year old Demopolis student named Christopher “C.J.” Boykin lost their lives Sunday, Sept. 1 in a two-car accident on U.S. 43 just south of Linden.

Robinson, 19, collided with a semi-truck driven by Leonard Essex of Demopolis.

Robinson had recently signed to play college football at the University of West Alabama

Demopolis earns top honors in America In Bloom

Top honors for the prestigious 2013 America In Bloom program were given to Demopolis, on Sept. 21.

Demopolis earned a four-bloom rating and was the overall winner in the 7,001 to 12,000-population category. In addition the city received special mention for their floral displays.

“This says a lot about our city,” Demopolis horticulturist Barbara Blevins said. “Everybody is willing to pull together to make the city beautiful.”

Longtime restaurant closes doors

Mark and Sabrina Harrell, owners of Robert’s Family Restaurant, will no longer be serving their famous home cooking.

Robert’s, a staple in Demopolis since 1972, closed its doors as of the end of September .

Thompson takes home DYW title

The 2014 Distinguished Young Woman of Marengo County is Emily Thompson of Sweet Water High School.

Thompson is the daughter of Michael and Kim Thompson and was sponsored by Whatley Timber.

First alternate was Rachel England, second alternate was Riley King, and Baleigh Grace won the Spirit of Distinguished Young Women award, which is voted on by the candidates.


Tate steps down as Chamber director

Jennifer Tate resigned as director of the Demopolis Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tate said she was proud of her time with the Chamber, which saw growth in memberships.

“It’s been a great four years,” Tate said. “I will never forget my time at the Chamber or the relationships and friendships that were built. I couldn’t have done my job without these people. I wish I could thank them more.”

Webb, Martinez, Nettles, Patrenos earn Miss COTR crowns

Demopolis High student Mary Frances Webb was crowned the 2013 Miss Christmas on the River on Oct. 5. Alternates were: Anna Devon Taylor, first alternate; Mary Howerton, second alternate; Katelyn Elizabeth Beshears, third alternate; Camilla Tutt, fourth alternate; and Sydney Lane Stanridge, Miss Congeniality.

Alyssa Martinez was awarded Miss Junior COTR. Alternates were: Claudia Graycee Peppenhorst, first alternate; Mary-McClain Colgrove, second alternate; Shaelin Allise Jones, third alternate; and Harley Blake Johnston, fourth alternate.

The Young Miss COTR crown was won by Buckley Elizabeth Nettles. Alternates were Anna Katherine Sellers, first alternate; Cassidy Claire Crawford, second alternate; Sarah Kate Potter, third alternate; and Jordyn Nicole Bailey, fourth alternate.

Meredith Gray Patrenos was crowned Little Miss COTR. Alternates were: Lauren Olivia Tripp, first alternate; Anna Weber Jackson, second alternate; Avery Elizabeth Long, third alternate; and Sasser Elizabeth Braswell, fourth alternate.

Demopolis volleyball wins area championship

The Demopolis Lady Tigers volleyball team won the Class 5A, Area 6 championship on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The area championship was their second in three years. Demopolis defeated Greenville in straight sets (25-19, 25-6, 25-10) in the first match of the tournament. They faced Sumter Central in the final match and also won it in straight sets (25-3, 25-13, 25-18).

Jade Montgomery, Ivery Moore and Riley King helped lead the way in the tournament for Demopolis.

Winning the tournament landed the Lady Tigers in the Super Regional, where they were defeated by Faith Academy. They finished the season with a 14-8 overall record and a 5-1 record in the area.