Boaz boys and Hayden girls win holiday tournaments

The Boaz boys held off Alexandria 64-62 to win the Oneonta Holiday Classic while the Hayden girls won a 79-71 slugfest with Holly Pond to claim the title of their own tournament. Hayden sprinted through the first two rounds of the Hayden Christmas Tournament without a struggle with convincing wins of 75-48 over Fairview and 76-49 over Good Hope. The […]

Lady Hornets drop two at DAR

The Locust Fork Lady Hornets dropped two of three games in the DAR Christmas Tournament. The Lady Hornets defeated Scottsboro 65-57 but came up short against DAR (60-56) and Hewitt- Trussville (62-54). Alyson Burke was the most consistent scorer for the Lady Hornets with 19 against DAR, 21 against Scottsboro, and 14 against Hewitt-Trussville. Emily Minck had 23 against Scottsboro […]


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 […]

Longshore – Bauza

Shannon Leigh Bauza and Charles Kirksey Longhore were married July 25, 2009, at 1 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla., in a ceremony officiated by Rick Crook. A reception followed aboard the Carnival cruise ship Fascination. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Bauza and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Conner, all of Jacksonville, Fla. She is […]


James and Anna Bailey of Oneonta announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Leigh Bailey of Birmingham, to David Lee Horsley, son of James and Leigh Horsley of Homewood. The couple will be married Saturday, January 16, 2009, at 5 p.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church. A reception will be held immediately following the wedding at Twin […]


MARY GRACE WATKINS celebrated her fourth birthday Sept. 20. She is the daughter of Vanessa Watkins of Oneonta and Scott Watkins of Pinson. Her grandparents are Judy Watkins, the late Johnny Lynn Watkins, and Jerry and Valinda Kent, all of Oneonta. She is the great-granddaughter of Mary Gene Cornelius, Onette Watkins Phillips, and Don Tielking.


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Candidates scheduled to appear through May

Update from the chamber

The speakers at the monthly Blount- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfasts have been scheduled through May 2010. Bradley Byrne will speak on January 28; Bill Johnson, February 24; Artur Davis, March 31; and Roy Moore, April 20. The candidates for Blount County District Attorney will speak at the May 26, breakfast. This schedule includes the remaining major candidates seeking the […]

Warrior council postpones police jurisdiction/tax vote until next town meeting

The above headline is accurate, but misleading. The Warrior town council did defer a final decision on whether to rescind an ordinance imposing a 1.5 percent sales tax within its police jurisdiction – which includes an area of west Blount County – until its next meeting on Jan. 18. However, they first voted not to rescind the ordinance originally passed […]

‘Warming centers’ set up locally

Overnight shelter will be provided at two local churches for persons who need a warm place to sleep during the approaching period of unusually cold weather. The two churches are World Outreach Center in Oneonta and Locust Fork Baptist Church in Locust Fork. World Outreach Center will provide heated areas for overnight sleeping during the hours of 6 p.m. to […]