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DCHS Football Cheerleaders Attend NCA Camp

June 22, 2022
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The DCHS Football cheerleaders attended NCA camp in Lagrange, Georgia June 16th-19th. While at camp, they learned and performed new material and received awards as a team and as individuals. They are coached by Amanda Fuller and Taylor Chapman.

As a team, they received superior blue ribbons for every evaluation. This is given to teams that display strong technique and lead the crowd well. They also earned the spirit stick each day for showing sincere spirit and enthusiasm. They received certificates for technical excellence in stunts, jumps and safe stunting. They were also selected by other teams at camp to be given the Herkie Team Award for demonstrating all the qualities of an ideal team. In the final day competitions, they won the Top Team Cheer Trophy for performing with the best cheerleading technique, skill incorporation and performance ability.

As individuals, our team had 14 cheerleaders nominated to try out for the All-American team. These individuals are selected by NCA instructors for displaying superior cheerleading techniques. The All-American nominees are Hannah Trapp, Morgan Walker, Carlee West, Reese Williams, Ellie Dillard, Ally Fuller, Chloe Lawson, Jade Mabe, Elaina Turner, Annabella Dakas, Madeline Martin, Deanna Agee, Lily McDerman and Addyson Swisher. Five members of our team were selected for the NCA All-American team based on their score in the All-American tryouts, judged by the NCA staff. They are Carlee West, Ellie Dillard, Ally Fuller, Deanna Agee and Lily McDerman. This prestigious award is given to outstanding individuals who exemplify the best cheerleading skills. Lily McDerman was awarded the Top All-American medal for earning the highest score in All-American tryouts. Annabella Dakas was selected by the staff to receive the Pin It Forward award. This award is given to individuals that have great spirit and enthusiasm. They are each given two pins so they can give one to a member of another team that stands out to them. Carlee West and Ally Fuller received pins from members of other teams. In addition to this, all four of our seniors were invited to try out for NCA staff.




Arrests made in recent domestic incidents

June 22, 2022
By: Dwayne Page

In his weekly report on county crime news, Sheriff Patrick Ray reported Monday that 34-year-old Gary Christopher Ponder of South College Street, Smithville is charged with violation of an order of protection. His bond is $3,500 and he will be in court June 30. Sheriff Ray said that on June 5 a deputy went to a location on South College Street looking for a possible wanted person when he spotted a bicycle he knew belonged to Ponder outside the home of a woman who had an active order of protection against him. The woman inside the residence came to the door and when asked admitted that Ponder was there in the bedroom. Ponder was placed under arrest.

43-year-old Benjamin Theodore Taylor of Lee Braswell Road, Smithville was arrested twice last week for offenses against his girlfriend. In the first case Taylor was arrested on June 14 charged with domestic assault. His bond is $5,000 and he will make a court appearance June 30.

Sheriff Ray said that a deputy responded to Mount Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church to speak with a woman regarding being involved in a domestic violence situation. According to the woman, her boyfriend, Taylor grabbed her by the lower left forearm leaving a scratch and bruising and that he ripped her shirt. Taylor was arrested as the primary aggressor.

Taylor was arrested again on June 16 for violation of bond conditions. His bond on this charge is $7,500 and he will be in court June 30. Sheriff Ray said that on June 15 a deputy met with Taylor’s girlfriend who said that Taylor had contacted her in violation of a no-contact order under bond conditions set out for him. According to the woman, Taylor went to her cousin’s home while she was there and threatened her.




Chorus & Clogging at Evins Park

June 21, 2022
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To kick-off the Jamboree in perfect red, white and blue style, come to downtown Smithville’s Evins Park (located across from Justin Potter Library & the Smithville Post Office) on Thursday, June 30th. The schedule is as follows: Community Chorus will perform their patriotic-themed concert beginning at 6:00 PM. The Smithville Select Dancers and DeKalb Dancin’ Delights led by Mary Ann Puckett is immediately after. Parking will be provided after 5 PM by the Smithville Review, 106 So. 1st St., Smithville. Bring a lawn chair, and come enjoy some great local entertainment. The Jamboree You Love Just Keeps Getting Better!




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