66, Snead, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Gadsden Regional Hospital. Mr. Wright was predeceased by parents Rev. W.E. Wright and Ruthie Leona Campbell Wright, a sister, two brothers, a nephew, and a brother-in-law. Surviving are wife Ida Mae Bailey Wright; children Rick L. Wright of Atlanta, Kathy Wright Alldredge of Holly Pond, and Gary Eldon Wright of Oxford; grandchildren […]


EXPERIENCING HUNGER I have been an advocate for the poor, both the relatively poor of our nation, and the desperately poor in the rest of the world, for my entire ministry. There are several reasons why this is so. First of all, I grew up near poverty. My immediate family was not poor primarily because my Dad was in the […]


WELCOME #2 MISSIONARY BAPTIST on Terry Heights Road, Palmerdale, will have its monthly singing Sunday, March 20, at 2 p.m. Specials will be the Royal Masters. James Turner is singing chairman, and Johnny Allred is pastor. SINGINGS WESTSIDE BAPTIST will have homecoming Sunday, March 20, with services at 10 a.m., lunch at 12 noon, and singing in the afternoon. The […]


Billy and Susan Blankenship of Oneonta announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Casey Leeann Blankenship to Richard Taylor Whitson, both of Tuscaloosa. The prospective groom is the son of Mack and Martha Whitson of Tuscaloosa. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Elvie Brown and the late J.N. Brown of Horton and Margaret Blankenship and the late William […]


RYLEE CLAIRE TOLBERT was born on Feb. 2, 2011, at 1:49 p.m., weighing 6 pounds 6 ounces and measuring 20 inches long. She is the daughter of Kyle and Jada Tolbert of Oneonta. Rylee is the granddaughter of Andy and Angie Whittington of Straight Mountain and Randy and Lisa Sherrer of Berry Mountain. She is the greatgranddaughter of Bennett and […]

Resident marks 87th birthday

Barbara Blackwell marked her 87th birthday March 7 and celebrated Sunday, March 6, with a party hosted by her family at Palisades Park. Music and singing were provided by her nephews Charles and Eugene Singleton. Many friends and family members attended. Mrs. Blackwell is an Oneonta resident. She was married to Hillman L. “H.L.” Blackwell, who died in 1986. Their […]


Volunteers name Fireman of the Year

Straight Mountain Volunteer Fire Department members unanimously voted Rob Southern their Fireman of the Year during the annual spaghetti supper March 4. The award was made before an audience of more than 200. The packed cafeteria at Appalachian High School erupted with applause and cheers when the award was made to Southern for his dedicated service. He responded, “Any of […]

Highland Lake library opening

Author T.K. Thornton will join townspeople and guests at Highland Lake Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. for the grand opening of the new library. Thornton’s book Noah’s Wife will be available for purchase and autograph during the event. Highland Lake’s library has been stocked with many contributed books and is ready to be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays […]

INVITATION from Blountsville UMW

Do you know what to look for if someone in your community is abusing or selling drugs? Blountsville police chief Ray Baxley will speak on this community problem Tuesday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Blountsville First United Methodist Church. All adult men and women are invited to attend the Drug Awareness Meeting. As this is […]