Only the strong survive

Four Blount County teams made the playoffs with two on the road and two playing at home. Cleveland, the No. 4 team in Region 7, has arguably the toughest trip as Mark O’Bryant’s Panthers will travel to Lexington to take on the No. 9 team in Class 2A. Oneonta, the No. 3 team in Region 6, is also on the […]

Balanced Bulldogs too much for Hornets

Susan Moore piled up 423 yards of offense and held visiting Locust Fork to just 157 total yards in a 33-14 victory last Thursday night. Susan Moore got a 1-yard run by Blake Weaver and a 9-yard pass from Justin Hawkins to Cody Sanders to take a 14-0 lead after the first quarter. Locust Fork answered early in the second […]

Cleveland comes up short at Appalachian

Appalachian won a 28-27 overtime thriller over visiting Cleveland last Thursday night by stopping a Panther two-point conversion try inside the 1-yard line. Appalachian’s Zach Blythe scored on a 10-yard keeper on the first possession of overtime and Junior Guerra’s kick put the hosts up 28-21. The Panthers countered on the first play of their possession with a 10-yard run […]

Hayden gets big win to end season

A late touchdown pass proved to be the difference as the Hayden Wildcats closed the year with a 21-14 win over rival Corner last Thursday night. Reese Butts hit Isaac Veitch on a 43-yard pass with just 1:39 left to play for the only points of the second half. Hayden took an early lead when Butts threw a 4-yard pass […]


SUSAN MOORE YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION has begun for players in grades 2 through 8. Registration fee of $60 includes uniforms, insurance, and end-of-season awards. All games will be played on Saturdays and the season begins in early December and lasts through Januars (there will be a break for Christmas). To register or for more information, call Beverly at 446-9017. HAVE […]

Redskins finish off Tigers

Home-standing Oneonta raced out to a 34-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 48- 20 victory over visiting J.B. Pennington last Thursday night. Oneonta got a 1-yard touchdown run from Vernarr Hughes and a 7-yard run from Brandon Evatt to take a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Tigers responded with a 12-play, 43-yard drive that […]


Offense Rushing Attempts Yards Avg. TD Long   Wesley Stephens, JBPHS 165 1135 6.9 8 67   Taylor Hughes, LFHS 188 897 4.7 7 67   Dyland Schuman, AHS 107 851 7.9 13 45   Isaac Veitch, HHS 175 780 4.5 4 26   Dusty Cornelius, CHS 152 741 4.9 6 34   Vernarr Hughes, OHS 106 732 6.9 9 […]

Benedikt’s: A gem in the hills

Nestled in the mountains of eastern Blount County is a restaurant of a rare sort. It is truly a family establishment. It is not one where cans are opened and their bland innards plopped into a steam table. Here, two sisters of Scotch, Irish, and German descent offer the epitome of southern dining. They are Ruth and Joice Benedikt, fourth […]

Marske – McDuffee

Marlene Renee McDuffee and Jason Thomas Marske were married Oct. 24, 2009. The bride is the daughter of James and Deborah McDuffee of Warrior, and the groom is the son of James and Janice Marske of Hayden. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Matron of honor was Laura Boler, and bridesmaids were Laura York and Danielle James. […]


DANIEL HOUSTON FALGOUT, son of David Falgout and Christie Sanders of Cleveland, was born Sept. 14. Grandparents are Bernard and Janice Crumpton of Locust Fork, Garrey and Linda Crow of Ashville, David and Shelia Falgout of Oneonta, and Jean Porter of Clanton. Houston has a brother Halen Falgout and a sister Kaitlin Sanders, both of Cleveland. Also welcoming him are […]