Playoffs start this week

The high school baseball season has come to an end for three schools – Hayden, Locust Fork, and Susan Moore – but that means things are just getting interesting for five other schools. Appalachian, Cleveland, Oneonta, J.B. Pennington, and Southeastern qualified for the playoffs and the Eagles, Redskins, and Tigers won area titles and will host the first-round series this […]

Oneonta Shooting Stars win title

Susan Moore takes first and second


will be Thursday, April 25, at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Tickets are $100 each and include a steak dinner for two. Only 300 tickets will be sold and only a few remain. Tickets can be purchased at Hicks Floral Design, from the high school office, or from any of the high school coaches. For more information, contact Patrick Adams at […]

Lady Wildcats win county title

The Hayden Lady Wildcats came into last week’s Blount County Softball Tournament as the only team ranked in the top 10 by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). After the tournament wrapped up Saturday at Appalachian, there is no doubt that John Simmons’s team deserves the spotlight. Hayden received a bye in the first round before pounding Susan Moore 7-0 […]


The payoff: suggested varieties of vegetables

Planting time is here and hopefully you have made your variety selections and purchased your seed. If not, let’s take a look at some varieties to consider because it’s time to plant your summer garden right now. To emphasize that time is of the essence, I’m going to minimize the chitchat and cut to the chase below. In case that’s […]

Alive and immortal


Background Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11. Devotional Reading: Psalms 39:1-18. I’m certain that in the 47 years I’ve been writing this column I have told this story before, perhaps several times. On one of my seven trips to the Holy Land, as we were descending the stairs from the traditional second story site of The Last Supper, we heard bitter, angry, […]


70, Guntersville, died April 10, 2013. A native of Oneonta, she was a retired contract specialist with Redstone Arsenal, with more than 28 years of service. Surviving are husband of 48 years Jerry Abston; sons David Abston, Russell Abston; brother John (Elaine) Beasley; nieces and nephews; beloved pet Ellie Mae. There will be no service and the family requests donations […]


16, Boaz, died April 6, 2013. A junior at West End High School, she was a member of FBLA and FFA clubs, and was said to be friends with everyone she met. Grandfathers Buddy Baldwin and James Green predeceased her. Surviving are parents Laura and Tim Green, Boaz, and Steven Brian Baldwin, Altoona; brothers Cody Baldwin, Altoona, and Josh Green, […]


80, Oneonta, died April 1, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter. A healthcare sitter, she was predeceased by father Gilbert Jacques, daughter Doris Black, great-granddaughter Candace Beard. Surviving are son Davey Black, Michigan; daughter JoAnn Black, Oneonta; granddaughters Stephanie ( Jay) Hicks, Remlap, Dorothy (Rodney) Whittington, Springville, Lisa Black, Michigan; great-grandchildren Danielle Beard, Devon Beard, Cayman Whittington, Gracie Whittington, Jude Whittington, and […]

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