BURNING CALORIES It is difficult to calculate how much activity it takes to burn calories from a certain food. For example, how far would you have to walk to burn the calories from a burger? Although you see such calculations frequently, they are approximations. Calories burned in activity depend on the size of the individual as well as the intensity […]

Five Blount County teams make sub-region round


Only five Blount County teams have qualified for this week’s sub-region round of the high school basketball state playoffs. The biggest surprise coming out of the area tournaments was that the Hayden girls didn’t come out of the 5A Area 11 tournament. The Lady Wildcats, ranked No. 8, built a 31-28 halftime lead but couldn’t hold on as Mortimer Jordan […]

Three Redskins sign scholarships

Oneonta football players (from left) Nolen Smith, Caleb Hullett, and Judd Hunt signed football scholarships last week in a ceremony held in the school’s media center. Hunt (pictured with parents Andy and Rhonda) signed with Middle Tennessee State, Hullett (with parents Keith and Leigh) signed with Samford University, and Smith (with parents Robert and Tena) signed with UAB. Also pictured […]


CLEVELAND YOUTH SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL will hold registration each Saturday through Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cleveland Town Hall. Registration fee is $85 for the first child, $64 for the second, and $55 each for three or more children. This fee does not include uniforms. For more information, contact Cassie Nichols (softball) at 647- 2630 […]

Oneontan among 10 honored by hospital

Virginia Pearl Fells, a surgical scrub technologist at St. Vincent’s Blount, is among 10 Birminghamarea hospital employees honored for their dedication to the healthcare industry. The occasion was a luncheon hosted by the Birmingham Regional Council of the Alabama Hospital Association (AlaHA)last month. This luncheon was one of seven regional awards presentations being held in January as part of the […]

Resident to reach 90

Mae Towns McDonald will be honored at a 90thbirthday reception Sunday, Feb. 14, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the dining hall of TLC Nursing Center in Oneonta. Friends and relatives are invited to attend. “Our ‘Muddy’ loves cards,” say nursing staffers. “If you are unable to attend our celebration, please mail her a card at: TLC Nursing Center, […]


PV2 SHAYNA D. TIDWELL (U.S. Army) graduated Nov. 25 from basic and AIT Bravo Company 795th MP BN Class 20-09 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. She graduated Dec. 18 from Airborne at Fort Benning, Ga., 1/507th B Co. 4th Plt, Class 07-10, and is now stationed with the 82nd Airborne division 3rd BSTB, Fort Bragg, N.C. A 2009 graduate of […]


ELLA KATE ALLDREDGE, daughter of Van and Jana Alldredge of Blountsville, marked her first birthday Jan. 26 and celebrated with a party attended by family and friends at Woodmen of the World in Oneonta. Ella has a big sister Madie. She is the granddaughter of Larry and Dianne Alldredge of Blountsville and Larry and Linda Dixon of Cleveland. Her great-grandparents […]


ELEVIA P. BENTON of Blountsville has been awarded a bachelor of science degree in paralegal studies from Kaplan University. Benton’s accomplishment was celebrated during a live graduation ceremony Jan. 30 in Miami, Fla. Gen. Colin L. Powell, the 65th secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was commencement speaker.

Love Lines

To my granddaughter, Meryn. Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, Nana To Doug, my first love and last love forever. Two hearts, one love, 44 years and counting! Linda Hey Melinda Hanson – I love you too much! Love, Ken Hanson My sweet Mary is the best thing that has happened to me and I treasure her more and more every day. […]