David O. and Sandra K. Powell Hicks of Hayden announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Davida Danielle Hicks to Brantley Fox Owens, son of Billy J. Owens of Montgomery and Fredia L. Montgomery Owens of Hayden. The bride-elect is granddaughter of Lorene Glover Powell and the late Billy Powell, Cullman, Doris Price Hicks, Hayden, and David M. […]


Mr. and Mrs. Daniel W. Robinson of Grant announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Elizabeth Thames Robinson, to James Michael Reuben BeShears, son of Larry Michael and Judy Chapman BeShears of Oneonta. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ruth Lippard Smith and the late Charles Littleton Smith of Asheville, N.C., and the late Robert and Charlotte Robinson. […]


ADALYN LEE HORTON was born July 19, 2012, at Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. and was 20 1/2 inches long. Welcoming Adalyn are parents Brandon and Jennifer Horton of Oneonta and big sister Emilee. Grandparents are Bruce and Joan Moody, Oneonta, Gary and Karen Freeman, Blountsville, Bobby and Janet Horton, Birmingham. Great-grandparents are Alma Horton, […]

Blount County Night of Bands

BLOUNT COUNTY NIGHT OF BANDS The 6th annual Blount County Night of Bands will be hosted by Locust Fork High School Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Bands attending will be Cleveland, Susan Moore, Oneonta, Hayden, J.B. Pennington, and Locust Fork.


BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOME TOUR The 17th annual Blount County tour is part of the National Annual Solar Tour. It is a three-plus hour guided walking tour through four houses with numerous solar and efficiency features. One house is insulated with bales of wheat straw, another one is a dodeca–yurt, one features clerestory windows, and another one is built underground. […]


Keeping at it

Background Scripture:Hebrews 12:1-11.Devotional Reading:James 7:5-11. I watched some of the events of the Olympic games in London and noted the correspondence of these events with the word-pictures of Hebrews 12:1-11. Although it will be a full month before you will read these words, perhaps your own recollections of the Olympics will help you to see some of the parallels. The […]


EVELYN BESHEARS, 91, Springfield, Tenn., died Sept. 2, 2012, at North Crest Medical Center in Springfield. She was born in Blount County to William Arthur and Anna Elizabeth Vaughn Sims, both of whom predeceased her. She was a member of the Unity Free Will Baptist Church and was retired from Southeastern Steel Container Co. Mrs. Beshears played guitar for the […]


STAN DAVIS, 48, Hixon, Tenn., died Aug. 25, 2012, at the residence. After graduating in 1982 from Oneonta High School, he began a lifelong career of education and instruction, receiving degrees and awards throughout his illustrious career. He was known to be a faithful member of the Church of the Nazarene and Gideons International, an avid runner, and never too […]


PATRICIA ANN KING, 49, Snead, died Sept. 4, 2012, at UAB Hospital. She was predeceased by father Isaac Max NeSmith; brother Gary NeSmith; and sister Donna Kay Sundburg. Surviving are husband Lynn King; daughter Jenna (Heath) McCay, Oneonta; son Jacob King, Snead; grandchildren Kaydence McCay and baby Charli to be born; mother Martha Willene NeSmith, Horton; brother Ronald (Brenda) NeSmith, […]


CLIFFORD EARNEST LOCHAMY, 80, Cleveland, died Sept. 6, 2012. He had served in the U.S. Army and worked as a welder at Stockham Valve. He was a member of Cleveland Church of Christ, loved woodworking, football, NASCAR, and his CB radio. Parents Earnest Luther and Jessie Ruth Roddy Lochamy predeceased him, as did wife Bertha Mae McGlaughn Lochamy, brothers Walter, […]