Holiday tournaments this week

The high school basketball season is almost at the halfway mark of the season and holiday tournaments always mean good basketball. The only tournament in Blount County this week is at Hayden where the Lady Wildcats will host the Hayden Varsity Girls Christmas Classic. The tournament runs from Thursday, Dec. 26, through Saturday, Dec. 28. Games will begin at 4 […]

Five Generations

Brewer graduates as nurse practitioner

Erica Brewer graduated Dec. 13 with a master’s of science in nursing degree, adult gerontological primary care nurse practitioner, with honors, from the University of South Alabama. She is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is scheduled to compete her doctorate of nursing practice with a sub specialization in […]


by Lawrence W. Althouse Background Scripture: Luke 2:21-40. Devotional Reading: Isaiah 49:8-13. At first examination, it may seem that this week’s passage, Luke 2:21-40, is an odd assortment of unrelated themes: Jesus’ circumcision and purification in the temple precinct (11-24); the encounter with the “righteous and devout” Simeon (1:25-32); and the encounter with an aged prophetess, Anna, daughter of Phanuel, […]


Remlap, died Dec. 15, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. A retired paint manager with 30 years of service with NAPA, he owned and operated Bishop Motors Autobody Repair, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Mother Mildred Inez Hitt Bishop, brother Dale Bishop, and niece April Michele Brady predeceased him. Surviving are father Benjamin Aubrey Bishop, White […]


Cleveland, died Dec. 16, 2013. A member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, she enjoyed rose gardening and taking care of her home. Predeceasing her were parents W.F. and Ina Mae Fortson Sorrow, husband Rosco L. Green, four brothers and two sisters. Surviving are brother Frank James (Diane) Sorrow; sister Jo Ann Brothers, many nieces and nephews. Eric Stone and […]


Oneonta, died Dec. 17, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She owned and operated Oneonta Supermarket and shoe stores in Oneonta and Boaz, and was a member of the Eastern Star, Garden Club, and Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Parents Hal and Kathleen McKee Gooch, husband W.T. “Dub” Hitt, and son Hal Hitt predeceased her. Surviving are son Mark […]


Oneonta, died Dec. 17, 2013. A 1963 graduate of The University of Alabama, he was a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Surviving are wife Ginger King; sons Brittian Edward King, Douglas Graham (Deanne) King, Timothy Neil ( Jennifer) King; stepdaughter Samantha Carol Peacock; grandchildren Abigail and Madeline King. Barry Hallman officiated the 11 a.m. service Dec. 21 at […]


Hayden, died Dec. 17, 2013, at the residence. Mrs. Leach was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed reading, riding, and crossword puzzles. Parents George Verbon and Pearl Gulledge Edwards predeceased her, as did son James Endsley, daughter Jane Mount, and brothers Jerry “Bud” Edwards and Conrad Edwards. Surviving are daughter Melba (David) Johnson; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers Rayburn Edwards, […]


Wartrace, Tenn, died Dec. 16, 2013, at Harton Regional Medical Center, Tullahoma, Tenn. Mrs. Oden was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and was a teacher for Meigs County Able Center. Father Charles Keith predeceased her. Surviving are husband Steve Oden; sons Zachary Keith Oden, Athens, Ohio, Isaac Marion Oden, Wartrace, Tenn.; mother Annelle Taylor Keith, Birmingham; sister Cindy […]