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COVID-19 cases rise as additional testing becomes available

The total confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus continue to rise, according to the Alabama Department of Public ... Read more | Add your comment

Marengo’s COVID-19 cases, deaths increase; more testing available

Marengo County has surpassed the century mark of COVID-19 cases with the Alabama Department of Public Health reporting ... Read more | Add your comment

WSCC names Hathcock director of Demopolis campus

Plans announced to create ‘full-service’ community college for Demopolis area During a press conference Tuesday, officials with Wallace ... Read more | Add your comment

Early online presence prepared WCCS for COVID-19 crisis

In 2002, while most community colleges’ primary focus was adding new technical and traditional programs, Wallace Community College ... Read more | Add your comment

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Collins announces candidacy for Demopolis mayor seat

Lifelong Demopolis resident and businessman Woody Collins announced Friday his candidacy for mayor of Demopolis. Collins is a former member of the city council, serving ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Friday, May 29, 2020 4:17 pm


Demopolis council approves polling places; discuss lighting projects

The Demopolis City Council has approved polling places for the city election to be held August 25. With several previous polling places no longer available, ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Friday, May 29, 2020 12:42 pm


DCSS considers revised calendar; safety procedures for summer, upcoming school year

Proposed calendar calls for later school start; embedded remote learning days Demopolis City Schools are preparing for the next school year amidst measures to ensure ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Thursday, May 28, 2020 5:16 pm


Man charged with murder of Dixons Mills resident

A suspect has been charged with the murder of a Dixons Mills man. James Startley, 56, of Blountsville, Alabama was arrested and charged following the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 12:51 pm


UWA first university in Alabama to become Registered Apprenticeship sponsor

Nationally recognized program will offer workforce development opportunities for students LIVINGSTON—The University of West Alabama (UWA) is the first university in the state to be ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 2:06 pm


UWA announces free online ACT prep sessions

Sessions to offer testing information and prep tips at no cost to students LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama is extending a helping hand to ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 2:21 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

Hathcock resigns as DHS principal

The Demopolis Board of Education approved Monday the resignation of Demopolis High School Principal Blaine Hathcock. Hathcock has served as the DHS principal for four ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Monday, May 18, 2020 6:27 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

Cahaba Medical holding free COVID-19 testing

Cahaba Medical will be conducting COVID-19 testing at two locations in Marengo County. The first will be Thursday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, May 18, 2020 3:12 pm


Lodging tax suspended in Demopolis

The City of Demopolis will suspend its lodging tax for the remainder of the year following a vote by the city council. According to Mayor ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Thursday, May 14, 2020 3:13 pm


Pine Belt, Trilogy extend Edge Cloud computing deep into rural Alabama

Pine Belt Cellular, Inc. and Trilogy Networks, today announced plans for a strategic alliance to accelerate the digital transformation deep into the “Heart of Dixie”. ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 2:58 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

DCSS sets tentative graduation date of June 26

The Demopolis City School System has announced that it will hold a Class of 2020 graduation ceremony on Friday, June 26, if local and state ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Monday, May 11, 2020 1:54 pm


Governor revises ‘Safer At Home’ order to allow more businesses to open

Governor Kay Ivey on Friday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Friday, May 8, 2020 4:01 pm


Demopolis Library providing certain services through phased re-opening plan

The Demopolis Public Library began a phased re-opening on Monday, May 4, as COVID-19 restrictions were lifted through- out the state. Library patrons were able ... Read more

by Andrea Burroughs, Friday, May 8, 2020 3:43 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

DPD Chief: Shooting incidents will not be tolerated

Demopolis Police Chief Rex Flowers has released the following statement regarding a string of firearm crimes within the city. “Since April 17, the Demopolis Police ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:57 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

First COVID-19 in-patient released from Whitfield Regional

A Marengo County woman has fully recovered from COVID-19 and was discharged from Whitfield Regional Hospital on Saturday, April 25. Mary Brothers is the first ... Read more

by Andrea Burroughs, Thursday, May 7, 2020 9:06 am


UWA plans for students to be on campus in the fall

LIVINGSTON, Ala.—This week marks a milestone for the University of West Alabama, one that has seemingly been a major goal for many weeks now—the end ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Wednesday, May 6, 2020 11:48 am

Blackbelt Gazette

Woman shot and abandoned; Suspect facing attempted murder charge

A Demopolis man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police received a call from a victim who had been shot multiple times and ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Friday, May 1, 2020 11:01 am

Blackbelt Gazette

DCSS accepting enrollment applications for 20-21 school year

Those who live in Demopolis and are registering for school for the first time in the Demopolis City School System will need to complete the ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 30, 2020 4:09 pm


Additional COVID-19 testing sites coming to Demopolis, Linden

There will be additional COVID-19 testing sites in Marengo County and other communities. On Wednesday, a mobile COVID-19 testing initiative launched in Alabama to set-up ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Thursday, April 30, 2020 8:11 am


COVID-19: Marengo County cases up to 45; Governor issues ‘Safer At Home’ order

A third Marengo County resident has died from COVID-19 and the total number of positive cases has increased to 45, according to a Wednesday update ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Wednesday, April 29, 2020 4:51 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County sheriff charged with domestic violence

Marengo County Sheriff Richard Bates has been arrested on charges of domestic violence. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office served a warrant for Bates on Friday, ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 7:30 pm

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis Boy Scout aims to ‘Unpack Hunger’ with Eagle Scout project

Caring for others is one of the core values of the Boy Scouts of America, and one Boy Scout took that value to heart and ... Read more

by Andrea Burroughs, Tuesday, April 28, 2020 12:01 pm


Domestic dispute leads to murder charge

A domestic shooting in Linden left one man dead and another facing murder charges. According to Linden Police Chief Robert Alston, Josh Cannon, 36, and ... Read more

by Staff Reports, Saturday, April 25, 2020 5:01 pm


Barge drifts onto Demopolis Dam

A string of six barges lost control Thursday morning and ultimately came to rest on the Demopolis Lock and Dam. The barges were exiting the ... Read more

by Robert Blankenship, Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:37 pm



Although the typical school year has been interrupted due to COVID-19, the Demopolis City School System’s (DCSS) progress is not slowing down. DCSS continues to ... Read more

by Kyle Kallhoff, Thursday, April 23, 2020 8:52 am