GIRL SCOUT COOKIES The Girl Scouts of North- Central Alabama will launch direct sales across the area this cookie season. Instead of taking preorders, Girl Scouts will have cookies to sell immediately. Booth sales at local supermarkets and stores have begun. LOCUST FORK BAND BOOSTERS will present the 2013 “Rock of Ages” lip sync contest on Saturday, Feb. 23. Entry […]

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The Southern Democrat February 19, 1981

Rec director hired by town Blountsville Town Council voted Monday night to hire Pennington assistant coach Danny Day as recreation director to coordinate programs and use of facilities for the town. Day was hired at a small salary that will be increased at the end of the school year to cover the summer months. He will provide direction for a […]

Sub-region games this week


The area basketball tournaments ended late last week (or earlier this week), and several girls teams from the county have qualified for the next round. However, only one boys team from the county remains alive. Appalachian, Hayden, and Oneonta won girls area tournament titles while Locust Fork was the 4A Area 13 runner-up to Oneonta. In the 4A Area 13 […]


THE BIBLE SPEAKS Already in Heaven?

Background Scripture: Colossians 3:1-17. Devotional Reading: Psalms 107:1-9. When I was in high school there was a member of our class, George, “a preacher’s kid” and later a preacher himself. George was known for two things: an almost ever-present grin and an alarmingly unexpected habit of coming upon solitary fellow students with a face like the wrath of God and […]


Altoona, died Feb. 2, 2013, at Riverview Regional Hospital, Gadsden. A charter member of Snead Baptist Church, she served as church pianist and organist for 35 years. Parents Vernon Arnell and Wilma Cleo Thurmond Scruggs predeceased her. Surviving are husband John Conner; son Ben Conner, Chelsea; daughter Katie Carol Roden, Albertville; granddaughter Christia McKaela Conner, Guntersville. Justin Waddle and Perry […]


Pinson, died Feb. 4, 2013, at East Glenn Facility, Birmingham. Known as “Al, the battery man”, he worked for many years as a salesman with Automotive Batteries. He was predeceased by parents James Carl and Dixie Delores Fendley Crouch; daughters Karen Faye and Sharon Mae Crouch; and six siblings. Surviving are daughter Tina Fritz, Remlap; brothers Joe Crouch and Dillard […]


Decatur, Ga., died Feb. 10, 2013. Parents John and Jennie Graves predeceased her, as did son Jimmy DeSana, brother and sister in-law Julian and Thelma Graves, and sister Mary Kathleen Graves. She graduated from Woodlawn High School and Howard College with degrees in Spanish and English. She resided in Decatur, Ga., and worked for Emory University and the Coralwood Center […]


Altoona, died Feb. 3, 2013, at the residence. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Altoona. Parents Chesteen and Aline Mann Hilburn predeceased her, as did son Darin Paul Epperson and granddaughter Lyla Giuliana Epperson. Surviving are husband Tommy Epperson; sons Brian Keith (Laura) Osborne and Dustin Carl Epperson, both of Altoona, Kevin Patrick (Amy) Epperson, Attalla, […]


Locust Fork, died Feb. 7, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Mr. Farmer was a former Grand Master of the Walnut Grove Masonic Lodge and a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. He was retired from GFA and Redwing Transportation as terminal manager. He was a muscle car and antique car enthusiast and loved Alabama Football. He was known […]


Pinson, died Jan. 13, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She was of the Holiness Faith and retired from Meadowcraft as a machine operator. Parents Guy and Mary Helen Hallmark Richey predeceased her, as did husband Earl Hafley, grandson Benny Darrel Gilley, five brothers, four sisters. Surviving are sons Robert Earl (Lola) Hafley Sr., Pinson, and Dwight Nelson Hafley, […]

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