They’re ‘giving’ girls!

The smiling faces of Junior Girl Scouts in Locust Fork Troop 1281 reflect the girls’ pride in creating 20 lap quilts for residents of Oneonta’s Olive Home. The 17 Scouts delivered the quilts Feb. 9. Pictured are (front, from left) Abbigail LaRue, Susanna Calamusa, Layla Buckner, Stephanie League, and Hannah Warren; (second row) Alexis Williams, Ciera Byrd, Jordan Clevenger, and […]

Fausts celebrate 60th anniversary

Paul and Peggy Moore Faust were married February 5, 1950, at the Moore residence in Oneonta. They celebrated their 60th anniversary Feb. 7, 2010, with a reception at the home of their son and daughter-in-law Randy and Carol Faust in Vestavia. Co-hosting the event were their daughter Paula and husband Lloyd Sterling.

The Easter tree

An Easter tree? Of course. Why not? It can be a breathtaking vision of the season, as shown by this lovingly created art piece displayed at the Blount County Memorial Museum. It is the work of Vivian NeSmith of Oneonta. The tree, on loan to the museum, is adorned with hundreds of colored eggs, figurines, and other symbols related to […]


TYLER ABBOTT is the recipient of a four-year University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Golden Excellence scholarship valued up to $24,000. Son of Ricky and Brenda Abbott of Hayden, Tyler is a senior at Hayden High School where he is a member of the Beta Club. At UAB, he will major in engineering. JARED JONES, 10th-grader at Hayden High School, […]


EMILY REESE DEWALD was born March 2, 2010, at St. Vincent’s Birmingham weighing 6 lbs. 14 ozs. and measuring 19.5 inches. She is the daughter of Rebecca Walker Dewald and Tim De-wald of Oneonta and the granddaughter of Stan and Debbie Walker of Oneonta and the late C.H. and Wilma Dewald of Vonore, Tenn. Emily’s great-grandparents are Grady and Genevieve […]


BRADEN CHASE STEPHENSON was a year old Oct. 12, 2009. He is the son of Bret and Pamela Stephenson of Altoona and the grandson of Susan Stephenson of Springville, Randall Stephenson of Springville, and Lamar and Jeanette Blackwell of Altoona. Great-grandparents are John and Evelyn Helms of Altoona, Gwendolyn Hodges and the late Melbourne Hodges of Springville, Arlin and Opal […]


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On Palm Sunday, churches around the world celebrated that fateful moment when Jesus rode a borrowed donkey into Jerusalem. This event is ironically dubbed the “triumphant entry.” An enthusiastic crowd certainly cheered him on that day, but another crowd would angrily jeer at him only a few days later. It’s that second crowd that concerns me. The occasion was a […]


ONEONTA FIRE DEPARTMENT will be testing fire hydrants Monday, April 5, through Friday, April 30, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. The testing is necessary to remove sediment in the lines and to check the functionality of the hydrants. 205-274-2752. HANDS ON BIRMINGHAM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is seeking a Blount County volunteer in service to America. This federal […]

Local candidates begin qualifying process

Eight candidates for local office have filed with the Blount County probate office forms designating themselves chairmen of their campaign committees. To qualify for the June 1 primary election, candidates must also file with their respective party organizations by April 2 paperwork that will be turned in to the probate office to trigger the priniting of candidate names on the […]