It’s now up to the county commission

Save - or lose - Rickwood Caverns

First, I’m going to tell you what to do to avert a disaster. Then I’ll explain the situation. Every citizen in this county who doesn’t want a major outdoor recreation facility we enjoy to be closed forever – talking about Rickwood Caverns – needs to contact their Blount County commissioner and commission chairman immediately and tell them they want Rickwood […]

Redskins take down Hornets


Oneonta 16, Locust Fork 6 (6 innings) The showdown for supremacy in 4A Area 10 Monday started off rough for the host Oneonta Redskins. Locust Fork pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the first with three hits and a costly Redskin throwing error. The Redskins answered with three in the bottom half of the inning and […]

Spring Sports Schedule

Thursday, April 2 Baseball Locust Fork at Appalachian (JV) 4 p.m. Softball Locust Fork at Hayden (V, JV) 3:30 p.m. Brindlee Mountain at J.B. Pennington (JV) 4:30 p.m. *Cleveland at Cold Springs (DH) 4 p.m. West End at Appalachian 4 p.m. *Oneonta at St. Clair County (V, JV) 4:30 p.m. Track Oneonta JV at Guntersville Invitational Tennis Cherokee County at […]


APPALACHIAN YOUTH BASEBALL REGISTRATION has begun. Players (ages 4 – 12) can register any day of the week at Whispering Pines Golf Course. For more information, contact Brent at 205-601- 8198. ONEONTA YOUTH CHEERLEADER ASSOCIATION is taking applications for coaches for the upcoming season. For more information, contact Mamie at 625- 3534. LOCUST FORK ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB PANCAKE BREAKFAST will […]

Weather washes out most of week’s schedule


Last week’s on-again, off-again (but mostly on) rain proved to be a major problem for our local high school softball schedule. Most teams were forced to cancel at least a couple of games and some of the local teams never got on the field at all. The schedule heats up this week with the Blount County Softball Tournament scheduled to […]

Three from county named to All-State Team

Three high school basketball players from the county have received postseason honors, as awarded by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Cleveland’s 6’4 senior center Colton Bearden was named honorable mention All-State in class 2A. Bearden, also a standout on the football field, helped to lead the Panthers to a 24-8 record and a berth in the Northwest Regional Tournament […]

Big Springs Hunting Preserve and Sporting Clays to open Saturday in Brooksville

A new sporting clays shooting range will open Saturday, April 4, located off Ala 79 north of Brooksville, near the Marshall County line. Two shelter buildings provide 10 shooting stands, with seven traps serving one building and a wobble trap serving the other. The wobble trap is mounted to provide eccentric release positions whereby various, impossibleto anticipate flight paths can […]

Sullivan – Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Sullivan of Oneonta announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Margaret Sullivan of Birmingham, to Christopher Clay Gordon of Hoover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Gordon of Oneonta. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Sullivan of Trussville and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Baldwin of Mobile. She graduated from Oneonta High School […]

Franks – Ragsdale

Taylor Brittany Ragsdale and Tyler Justin Franks were married March 7, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Mathews Manor in Springville with Bishop Rick Luman officiating. A reception followed at Grace Hall. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ragsdale of Oneonta and the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Johnny Evans of Oneonta and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur […]

50th Aniversary

The children and grandchildren of Herman and Sue Byram invite friends and relatives to join them in the celebration of the Byrams’ 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, April 5, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Cleveland First Baptist Church. The couple asks guests to bring no gifts and say, “Your love is a treasured gift; we […]