Linden

Pay It Forward: Samuel Calhoun of Linden

The Vance Law Firm and Alabama News Network are honoring Samuel Calhoun. He lives in Linden, but serves in the nearby Thomasville community. At 84 years young,  Samuel Calhoun was recognized as one of the longest living full-time African- American pastors in Thomasville. He retired this summer after a half-century in the ministry. That’s 50 years preaching and 49 years…

ASWA High School Football Rankings: Week Five

CLASS 7A Team (first-place); W-L; Pts 1. Thompson (21); 4-0; 269 2. Hewitt-Trussville (2); 4-0; 211 3. Hoover; 4-0; 184 4. Auburn; 4-0; 161 5. Austin; 4-0; 140 6. Central-Phenix City; 2-2; 103 7. Prattville; 3-1; 65 8. Fairhope; 3-1; 43 9. Oak Mountain; 4-0; 41 10. Daphne; 3-1; 25 Others receiving votes: Theodore (3-1) 22, Enterprise (3-0) 21, James Clemens…

First Black Mayor Elected in the City of Linden

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The city of Linden has elected the first black mayor — in the city’s 150 year history. Long-time Linden City Schools counselor Gwendolyn Rogers — is Linden’s mayor-elect. “I’m excited about it. I’m excited about the thing I have planned for our town, I’m excited about working with the members of our city council, I’m…

Editor Steps Down from Linden Newspaper that Recently Urged a KKK Revival

An African-American woman who took over the Linden Democrat-Reporter newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to “ride again” has stepped down. The New York Times reports that Elecia R. Dexter said she stepped down because of continuing interference from the newspaper’s owner who had published the KKK editorial. Dexter says she wanted to maintain her “integrity and…

Black Woman Replacing Alabama Editor Who Endorsed KKK

A white Alabama newspaper editor who advocated for a revival of the Ku Klux Klan is turning over control to a black woman. The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama, announced Friday that Elecia R. Dexter is taking over as the paper’s publisher and editor from Goodloe Sutton. That comes after Sutton published an editorial calling for a resurgence of the KKK….

Linden Residents React to Controversial Newspaper Editorial

From the West Alabama Newsroom– An editorial in a Linden newspaper has residents there defending their town. Residents say it’s the latest in a series of racially charged headlines and articles — to be published in the Democrat-Reporter. The editorial calls for the Klan to “ride again” and people to be lynched to clean up Washington DC. Many black residents have…

Head Start expanding in Alabama’s Black Belt

New sumter County Facility

Funding from the black Belt Community Foundation has allowed the Head Start/Early Head Start program in Linden to open in a new location.     The  13,350 square foot building includes four Early Head Start and three Head Start classrooms.   The new facility will serve infant to three years olds and three to five years olds. Finishing touches were…