Best-of-thebest quilts chosen at show

The 2011 Blount County Quilters Guild Quilt Show, held annually as part of the Covered Bridge Festival, drew several hundred visitors from over the Southeast to Oneonta’s Palisades Park the weekend of Oct 21-Oct. 22. The judged show featured work in 14 categories by quilters from north Alabama. An outside team of experienced judges selected the winners. Best of Show […]

How to succeed in business by really, really trying

That wasn’t the title of Hatton Smith’s morning wake-up talk at the chamber of commerce breakfast last week, but it could have been – should have been. That was how it felt. Smith is president and chief executive officer of Royal Cup Coffee, headquartered in Birmingham. His talk was actually entitled “Building a Brand” and dealt with the history of […]

From the Archives

Sheriff raids still; arrests man, woman Mortimer Smith, 48, and Joyce Dale Isbel, 24, both of Guntersville, were arrested around 3:30 Monday afternoon by Sheriff J.C. Carr and charged with possession of a still. Both were taken to the Blount County Jail but were released around 10:00 Tuesday morning after $1000 bond was posted for each. Deputies Paul Small, Ezra […]

Oneonta shuts down Susan Moore

The Oneonta Redskins used a solid and opportunistic defense to pull away from Susan Moore for a 42-3 win last Friday night at Bulldog Stadium. Susan Moore started strong with a 66-yard drive that ate up almost five minutes of the first-quarter clock. The Oneonta defense finally held at the Redskin 7 but Susan Moore’s Nestor Hinojosa knocked home a […]

Appalachian gets past Cleveland

The Appalachian Eagles took advantage of five Cleveland turnovers to pick up a 22-7 victory over the visiting Panthers last Thursday night at Eagle Stadium. On Cleveland’s opening drive, the Panthers fumbled the ball away at the Panther 26 and on the first play of the ensuing possession Cameron Cox lofted a pass to Oziel Maldonado for the touchdown. Onaldo […]


J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL TEAM wants to help with your Thanksgiving or Iron Bowl meals…the baseball team is selling four pounds of pulled pork and one pint of barbecue sauce from Cam’s BBQ at Rainbow Crossing for $25 Wednesday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, with all proceeds […]

Hayden wins but misses playoffs

The Hayden Wildcats knew going into Friday night’s game at Locust Fork that they needed three things to happen to make the playoffs. Two-out-of-three ain’t bad but it wasn’t good enough as Hayden posted a 41-7 win but still lost the playoff tiebreaker when Curry beat Cordova. Locust Fork got out to an early lead when Geoffrey Bramblett connected with […]

Broncos beat Tigers

The J.B. Pennington Tigers battled the playoffbound Holly Pond Broncos on even terms for one half and trailed just 13-12 before giving up 18 unanswered points in the second half and falling 31-12 at Holly Pond last Friday night. The Wildcats got touchdown runs from Andrew Kaplan and Justin Philyaw in the first half and the Tiger defense kept the […]


OFFENSE OFFENSE Rushing Attempts Yards Avg. TD Long Preston Kent, SMHS 162 829 5.1 10 59 Trevor Yates, CHS 878266249696 760 7.9 50 Cameron Cox, AHS 97 730 7.5 80 Geoffrey Bramblett, LFHS 179 540 3.0 51 Justin Philyaw, JBPHS 132 459 3.5 77 Tyler Smith, OHS 56 419 7.5 43 Brett Glass, SMHS 86 406 4.7 54 Mason Campbell, […]

Tough trips for Eagles and Redskins

The regular season is over, the playoffs begin this week, and only two Blount County teams are still playing. And neither can be considered the favorite playing on the road this week. Appalachian, the No. 4 team out of 1A Region 6, travels to take on Region 7 champion Collinsville. The Eagles played solid football last week and will need […]