Bill and Donna Parkins of Locust Fork announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Nicole, to Tyler Blake Pruitt, son of Gordon and Loretta Pruitt of Huntsville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Sue McCay of Locust Fork, the late Daniel Ray McCay, and Lee and Myra Parkins of Gardendale. She graduated from Locust Fork High School in 2004 and […]


HAYDEN RAY FRACHISEUR was born Nov. 3, 2008, at Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. He weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 1/2 in. long. He is the son of Dustin and Andrea Frachiseur of Union Grove and the grandson of Nicky and Sheila Shelton of Blountsville and Denny and Renotta Frachiseur of Union Grove. Great-grandparents are Junior […]


LARA LEE HAWKINS celebrated her first birthday Jan. 9, 2009. She is the daughter of Stacy and Martha Lee Hawkins of Remlap and the granddaughter of James and Martha Vaughn of Remlap, Benny Lowery of Robertsdale, Larry and Kay Cherry of Moody, Wayne and Deborah Hawkins of Henagar. Great-grandparents are James E. Smith of Greenville and Mary Lowery of Robertsdale.


RILEY MAKENZIE MASON, daughter of Richard and Susan Mason of Mount Hebron, celebrated her second birthday Feb. 5, 2009, with a Barbie tea party with family and friends. Riley is the granddaughter of James and Linda Mason of Boaz and Jerry and Sarah Smart of Snead. She is the greatgranddaughter of Estelle Downs of Boaz.

Local author joins writers group

After brief business, Pete Faust led a lively brainstorming session Feb. 14 at the Blount County Writers Circle’s meeting at Oneonta Public Library. The group welcomed William Odis and Gloria Epps, who joined the circle. Odis Epps is a local retired preacher and businessman turned writer. He shared with the group the details of his book, An Incredible Journey, and […]


Unfed sheep!

Background Scripture: Ezekiel 34. Devotional Reading: John 10:11-18. It is sometimes said that the analogy of the shepherd and his flock is too archaic for people today, most of whom have never seen either a shepherd or a flock. Still, the 23rd Psalm remains a favorite passage of the Bible for Christians, Jews and others. Even in this technological day, […]



If a few state senators in Arkansas get their way, Sunday church may become the most weaponized hour of the week. The Arkansas House has already passed a bill that allows parishioners to bring concealed weapons into church. The matter is before the Senate for final passage. So, seriously, if you shoot someone in a church in Arkansas, someone in […]


SINGINGS GRACE FELLOWSHIP ALLIANCE CHURCH will have a singing Sunday, March 22, at 1:30 p.m. Daily Bread from Concord Missionary Baptist Church, Lori Parker and family, Mack Franklin, and more will share their music. All are invited. Church located at 418 sixth street south (U.S. 231 south near Jep Pep and Eastwood). For further information, call 274- 8381. GETHSEMANE FAMILY […]


JAMIE MARIE COLBERT, 29, of Springville, died Feb. 26, 2009, in Blount County. A self-employed network specialist, she was born in Jefferson County. She was the daughter of Frances Blythe Colbert of Holly Springs and the late Thomas Colbert. She was also predeceased by a sister Pamela Frost. Surviving besides her mother are husband Joe Preston; son Joseph “Little Joe” […]

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