Blount resident is grandparent of year

Blount County resident Patricia Griffin is one of seven in the state recently honored as Grandparent of the Year. She received her award at UAB’s annual celebration of life award reception, which highlights the value of older adults’ contributions to society. The Grandparents of the Year award celebrates grandparents who have inspired young people to have positive outlook on aging, […]

Five generations will celebrate this year

The Ezra Hamm family of Blountsville will enjoy holiday gatherings with five generations – from one year old to 88 years young. Family members pictured are (seated) Ezra Hamm holding his great-greatgrandchild Kayden Collins and (standing, from left) Hamm’s granddaughter Denise Clark, his greatgrandson Jason Collins, and his son Milo Hamm.


JOSHUA A.WEBB, son of Dennis and Liz Webb of Remlap, has received congratulations for winning awards in his Air Force unit. Col. John W. Probst praised him in a communication to his parents, saying that in winning the 20 third- and fourth-quarter AFSF awards, 1st Lt. Webb had set the standard high and represented Malmstrom Air Force Base very well.


RENEE DAILEY wears her cap and gown as she holds her grandson Hayden Hitt. Dailey shows off her graduation gear after earning her master’s degree in elementary education from UAB. She teaches sixth-grade math and science at Hayden Middle School and has been nationally board certified since 2003. Offering her their proud congratulations are parents Wayne and Jean Brannon of […]

Oneonta students perform in The Nutcracker

Two local students are still delighted to have been a part of Birmingham Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker this year. The role of a Chinese Lantern Carrier was performed by Mary Meg Brewer (above right), daughter of David and Ramona Brewer. The role of a Candle Angel was performed by Justice Brown (left), daughter of Barry and Stacy Brown. More […]

A holiday legacy: Cherry Spice Cake

One of Bobby Friday’s favorite childhood memories is of sitting on a stool in his mother’s kitchen and watching her bake his favorite holiday dessert. He was one of four children who received a special homemade cake baked by his mother every year during the holiday season. When she was finished, his mother, others called “Mama” Friday, ignored the flour […]

Locust Fork resident receives gardening award

Mary Mathews of Locust Fork received the Jefferson County Master Gardener intern of the year award at the graduation event held recently at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. She completed the master gardener course in Jefferson County, where a night class is offered, but she volunteers her time in Blount County. In order to earn her award, Mathews traveled to Botanical Gardens […]


APPALACHIAN BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION has begun for players in grades two through eight. For more information, phone 625-3910. The season will begin in February. ONEONTA BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION will continue through the end of January. Players can register each day Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Oneonta Rec Center. For more information, phone […]


Oneonta’s Hunt, Susan Moore’s Diaz named to All-State Team

Oneonta offensive lineman Judd Hunt and Susan Moore punter Jose Diaz were named first team all-state in their respective classes last week by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). The 6’5, 255-lb. Hunt was a leader on both sides of the ball for an Oneonta team that finished 8-3 on the year and advanced to the 4A first round before […]


Tournament starts next week

The 46th edition of the Oneonta Holiday Classic will tip off Monday at Oneonta High School’s O.R. Ratliff Gymnasium and this year’s field may be as balanced as any in the tournament’s history. No out-of-state teams are in this year’s tournament but a couple of south Alabama teams will make their first appearance. 3A Luverne and 4A Dallas County play […]