Oneonta’s John Tyler Hedricks was the only wrestler from Oneonta High School to make it to the state tournament held earlier this month in Huntsville. Hedricks, the son of Paula and John Hedricks of Oneonta, placed fourth in the Section 2 Class 1A-4A meet to qualify for the state tournament. Tyler is a senior and percussion co-section leader in the […]


ONEONTA YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players can register Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The registration fee is $95. The final day for baseball registration is Saturday, March 21. Oneonta baseball has aligned with Dizzy Dean for the coming year and will play in a league with Locust […]

Volunteers at kick-off

Participants in the 2009 Blount County Relay for Life Kick-off are shown at the meeting Jan. 20 at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, where they gathered to learn about the event. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event and is held in more than 100 communities in Alabama. The ACS furthers its mission through research, education, […]


Charles and Kay Mann of Cullman announce the engagement of their daughter, Melinda Renea Mann, to Timothy Clay Smith, son of Larry and Kathy Smith of Blountsville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Esther Collier and the late Charles and Willodean Collier of Cullman and the late Elbert and Vera Mann of Cullman. She is a 2000 graduate of Holly […]


Gary and Teresa Wilkerson of Straight Mountain and Roland Johnson of Hayden announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Tracie Michelle Johnson, to Tommy Ray Tidwell Jr., son of Tommy and Marie Tidwell of Cleveland. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Thomas and Janet Diggs of Straight Mountain, Elsie Johnson of Hayden, and the late Alfred Johnson. She […]

Students create birdhouses

Who can build a better birdhouse? Locust Fork High School junior master gardeners can! Participants won cash and prizes in the school’s first annual birdhouse contest. Winners were (from left) eighthgraders Amy Fuller, second place, and Leigh-Ann Peoples, first place, and seventh-graders Paige Kent, third place, and Brittney Payne, most original design. All birdhouse entries were also entered in the […]


PADRAIG QUINN was born Feb. 4, 2009. He weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 in. long. Guy and Jan Quinn of Springville are parents of Padraig, whose full name is Padraig Guinness Collum Quinn. He is the grandson of Garvis and Polly Dover of Oneonta and the late Eugene and Ann Quinn of Dalkey, Ireland. Padraig has a […]

Scholarship given

Amanda Horsley of Remlap has received a four-year UAB Collegiate Honors scholarship valued up to $20,000. She is the daughter of Brian and Sondra Horsley. A senior at Oneonta High School, Amanda is a member of the National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American High School students, varsity softball, Mu Alpha Theta, and Spanish Club. She will major in premed […]


WESLEY GREEN of Hayden made the fall President’s List at Jefferson State Community College. One of only 162 students to achieve this honor, he is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and plans to transfer to UAB this fall to pursue a civil engineering degree. He is the son of Barry and Debbie Green and the grandson of […]

More than just a hobby

Quilting & Such

Donna Blackwood has been quilting ever since she was a little girl. While she still quilts for fun, her hobby has now become a business. “I still love to quilt for fun,” she says, “and here’s the list to prove it.” The list is eight or nine projects of her own that she will be working on for the next […]