‘Time to sign up for Part D’

From now until Dec. 31, Medicare Part D is offering an open-enrollment period when seniors can change their prescription drug coverage to pick a new plan that better meets their needs. Seniors should jump at this once-a-year opportunity. Instead of being forced into a one-size-fits-all plan run by the government, Part D participants can choose among a variety of private […]

‘Honest appraisal of our property?’

It’s tax time again. This time I want to get something off my chest. The “assessed value” of my home and property has been raised again; thus the taxes are over a hundred dollars and some change more than the year before. Maybe the millage rate has changed also; I don’t know if that accounts for some of the increase. […]


Readers will note there is no sports information in this week’s issue due to an accidental injury to the sports editor. Look for more sports in December.


OFFENSE Rushing Attempts Yards Average TD Long Devyn Murphree, JBPHS 202 1429 7.1 18 54 William Phillips, OHS 125 1053 8.4 11 74 Colton Armstrong, LFHS 132 854 6.5 6 92 Coty Tawbush, AHS 76 630 8.3 8 56 Colby Harvey, AHS 87 611 7.0 10 32 Blake Weaver, SMHS 105 519 4.9 6 51 Isaac Veitch, HHS 75 442 […]

COPD is not DOA

Many diagnosed with a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may think it is a signal to check their wills, buy cemetery plots, and get right with their maker. We all should do these things, but not solely because of that diagnosis. “COPD is not a death sentence,” says a popular website. COPD is a broad category used to describe a […]

Ragsdale – Franks

Jack and Stacy Ragsdale of Oneonta announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Taylor Brittany Ragsdale, also of Oneonta, to Tyler Justin Franks of Hoover, son of Mike and Susan Franks of Muscle Shoals. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Johnny Evans of Oneonta and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ragsdale of Cleveland. She is a […]

It’s her 90th!

Barbara Blythe Allcorn celebrated her 90th birthday with a party at the home of her sister, Louise Carroll. More than 50 of her friends and family were there for lots of good food and fun. Her pastor, Dr. Charles Baker, read the 90th Psalm in her honor. Until her recent move to Blount County, Allcorn lived in Jefferson County where […]


Ireland Quinn celebrated her first birthday Sept. 7 with her family. Ireland is the daughter of Guy and Jan Quinn of Springville and the granddaughter of Garvis and Polly Dover of Oneonta and the late Eugene and Ann Elizabeth Quinn of Dalkey, Ireland. Big brother is Brandon Henry.


Strength and weakness

Background Scripture: 2 Corinthians 11:16–12:10. Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. Our scripture passage is intriguing one because of Paul’s use of satire to get across his message. There is a sarcastic playfulness about his words, but nevertheless a deep seriousness, too. In 2 Corinthians 11 and 12 he uses the word “boast” 12 times, one of them in the past […]



At midnight on Thanksgiving Day, the Christmas shopping season officially begins. Many shopping malls will actually open at midnight. And even in this tough economy there will be folks who will be there when the doors open. You should know that these folks don’t just go and leisurely shop. They are more like shopping storm troopers battering down the doors […]