The Old Oak Tree

Counseling service for veterans and their families

Robert has mixed feelings about his father returning from Iraq. He was sad when his dad left and relieved when he returned safe. But things are different now. Dad is either bossing him around or blowing up at just anything. He’s hard to be around. Robert remembers he and his mom had struggled but learned to manage okay with dad […]

Holiday tournament ends


The Alexandria Valley Cubs rode the 28 points of tournament MVP Ethan Vinyard to a 79-65 victory over Gordon Lee in the championship game of the 2008 Oneonta Holiday Classic. All three Blount County schools had solid tournaments with Cleveland, Locust Fork, and Oneonta each finishing 2- 2. 2A Cleveland made it to the fifth-place game but went cold on […]

Sports Briefs

ONEONTA GIRLS REC LEAGUE BASKETBALL REGISTRATION continues at the Oneonta Rec Center through Thursday, Jan. 15. Players can register Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, phone 625-3534. GIRLS REC LEAGUE BASKETBALL COACHES will meet Sunday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Oneonta Rec Center. Each meeting will begin at 2 p.m. and […]

High School Basketball Schedule

Thursday, Jan. 8 Hayden at J.B. Pennington (JG, JB 9G, 9B) 3:30 p.m. Locust Fork at Cleveland (7/8G, 7/8B, 9G, 9B) 3:30 p.m. Arab at Oneonta (7G, 8G, 7B, 8B) 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9 *Hayden at Mortimer Jordan (BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. Locust Fork at Cleveland (BG) 3 p.m. *Falkville at Cleveland (BB, VG, VB) 5 p.m. J.B. […]

Recently arrived in Iraq

Stephen Chase Hawkins, shown here with his grandfather James, arrived in Mosul, Iraq between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The younger Hawkins graduated from J. B. Pennington High School in 2002, and trained at the Army base at Fort Benning. He is a squad leader and expects to be in Iraq for an 18-month tour, although he could be […]


Kayee Alanna Petitt, daughter of Jamie and Stefanie Pettit, weighed 6 lbs. 10 ozs. and was 20 inches long when born Nov. 20, 2008. Kaylee is the granddaughter of Lane and Jane Pettit and Annette Smith, all of Blountsville, and Randy and Trecia Smith of Holly Pond. She is the great-granddaughter of Tommy and Glenda Pettit, Fred and Earlene Taylor, […]


JAMES BRIAN DAVIS has accepted a position as an adjunct professor at Texas State University – San Marcos, where he will begin teaching in the spring of 2009. Working with some of his doctoral student colleagues, he was a founding partner of the software company Peoplenetz and will remain involved with company operations and software development at the corporate headquarters […]


Risky commitments

Background Scripture: Joshua 2; 6:22-25. Devotional Reading: Hebrews 11:23-31. One doesn’t hear many sermons, if any at all, on the story of Rahab and the Israeli spies sent by Joshua. The primary reason is that the “heroine” of the story is someone whom we would label as an unsavory character whose profession should not even be mentioned within the four […]



Late last month a federal judge issued a temporary order against the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles for issuing a faith-based car tag with the words “I Believe” featured prominently. The judge is of the opinion that the tag unconstitutionally promotes Christianity. The State Attorney General disagrees, and so Jesus will have yet another day in court. The whole […]


SPECIAL EVENTS PARK AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH invites all to hear Dr. C.P. Davis teach a Bible study on Exodus “Standing in the Awe of God” on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in January and February. For more information, call 274-8457. EVANGEL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH invites those interested to attend its weekly Bible study at Charlie B’s. Phil Rich says the group meets […]

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