Staying fit during the holidays The holidays are a time to celebrate and boy, do we make the most of it. We eat, we drink, we indulge and then we end up feeling like bloated whales by the time it’s all over. It’s almost an unspoken rule that the holidays must come with unlimited eating and uncompleted workouts. However, this […]

Chiefs too tough for Eagles


For one half, the Appalachian Eagles looked one of the more talented 1A teams in the state right square in the eyes and never flinched. In the blink of an eye, though, the Eagle season was over as visiting R.A. Hubbard rolled in the second half for a 34-0 victory in last Friday’s quarterfinals. The first half was a defensive […]


1A Quarterfinals for second year in a row

Appalachian 31, Spring Garden 14 Appalachian 42, Jacksonville Chr. 13 Appalachian 30, Coosa Chr. 6 Appalachian 53, St. Bernard 6 Westbrook Chr. 32, Appalachian 6 Victory Chr. 27, Appalachian 23 Appalachian 67, Jefferson Chr. 6 Appalachian 54, Parkway Chr. 6 Appalachian 39, Ragland 13 Appalachian 28, Cleveland 27 OT Appalachian 41, Gaylesville 6 Appalachian 35, Cedar Bluff 7 R.A. Hubbard […]

A few team off to impressive starts


The high school basketball season has tipped off and several teams are off to impressive starts. Girls The Hayden Lady Wildcats appear to have picked up where they left off last year. John Simmons’s team finished 22-6 and made a trip to the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State last year and this year’s version of the Lady Wildcats seems to […]

Hayden’s Myrick signs with UAH

Hayden senior Tiffany Myrick (pictured with parents Lamar and Jeanette Myrick) signed a basketball scholarship with the Lady Chargers of the University of Alabama in Huntsville last week. Myrick, a 6’2 center, averaged 8.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last year for a Lady Wildcat team that finished 22-6 and advanced to the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University. […]


CLEVELAND YOUTH BASEBALL will hold officer elections on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at Cleveland Town Hall. For more information, contact Tammy Mc- Alpine at 625-5029. ALABAMA AVENGERS, A SEMI-PRO FOOTBALL TEAM RELOCATING TO BLOUNT COUNTY, will hold registration for those interested in tryouts on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, from […]


Offense Rushing Attempts Yards Avg. TD Long Dylan Schuman, AHS 160 1190 7.4 15 89 Wesley Stephens, JBPHS 165 1135 6.9 8 67 Taylor Hughes, LFHS 188 897 4.7 7 67 Justin Hawkins, SMHS 120 914 7.6 6 66 Vernarr Hughes, OHS 118 828 7.0 9 60 Dusty Cornelius, CHS 160 785 4.9 6 34 Isaac Veitch, HHS 175 780 […]

‘My name is Sophia’

Eddie Powers, physical therapy director at St. Vincent’s Blount, and his wife, Nina Martin-Powers, adopted a daughter 12 years ago. Two years later, they returned to Bolivia and adopted two more children. Their oldest daughter, Sophia, has “a heart for orphans and for the unborn babies.” She wrote the following poignant letter, which the Powerses hoped could be published, along […]


NOAH ALEXANDER DECICCO, son of Joseph and Kristen DeCicco, was born Sept. 25, 2009, in Groton, Conn. His father, Joseph, is a lieutenant in the Navy on a nuclear submarine stationed in Groton. Grandparents are Tony and Pat DeCicco of Hayden and Richard and Judy Holloway of Waterford, Conn.


JENNA FALLIN was one year old July 22, 2009. She celebrated her birthday with a ladybug party at Palisades Park. Jenna’s parents are John Roy and Jennifer Fallin of Cleveland, and her big brother is Jensen Fallin. Grandparents are Kenneth and Patricia Leathers of Berry Mountain and Ezekiel and Carol Fallin of Brooksville. Great-grandparents are Jo Dunn and the late […]