BELIEVERS BASKETBALL LEAGUE will begin Jan. 13 at the Worship Center in Oneonta. Eight teams are needed for the independent league. Phone 527-1358 with questions. VALLEY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH will have a singing Saturday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. with The Believers performing. A meal will be served afterward. Randy Hathcock is singing chairman; pastor is Jeff Logan. ANGELIC PRAYER […]

NEWS briefs

SUPER CHILI BOWL COOK-OFF The third annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off sponsored by the Oneonta Business Association will be Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Family Life Center of Park Avenue Baptist Church. First place will win $200; second place $100; and third place $50, with a $50 award each for people’s choice and best table decor. Entry fee is $10 […]


The lawgiver

Background Scripture: Luke 6:1-47.Devotional Reading: John 2:5-17. Viewed some 2000 years after Jesus’ clash with the Pharisees over the sabbath law, it may help us to reconsider the role that law played in Jewish daily life. Judaism evolved into a legalistic religion. Living the Jewish life was a matter of doing what God commanded and not doing what he forbade. […]


64, Blountsville, died Dec. 22, 2013, at the residence. She was predeceased by husband Gerald Ray Atchley and parents J.W. and Margie L. Humphree Steed. Surviving are sons Ray (Sandy) Atchley, Nathan (Amber) Atchley, both of Blountsville; stepson David Atchley; grandchildren Amber Atchley, Brad Atchley, Quentin Atchley, Priya Atchley, Eli Atchley, Jai Atchley; brothers Bobby (Sandra) Steed, William (Debra) Steed, […]


65, Hayden, died Dec. 24, 2013, at the residence. A member of Nectar First Congregational Methodist Church, she worked for many years in the banking industry with local banks. Parents Ulus and Annie Mae Herndon Hays predeceased her. Surviving are husband Milburn Best; daughters Tanya (Heath) Mead, Renee (Daniel) Smith; granddaughter Cassidi Mead; sisters Linda Posey, Kathleen Johnson, Eleanor Jean […]


69, Walnut Grove, died Dec. 22, 2013, at the residence. Parents Tennon David and Julia Elizabeth Broadhead Byrd predeceased him, as did son Michael Byrd. Surviving are wife Carolyn McDonald Byrd; daughter Robin Ishee, Walnut Grove; grandchildren Tyler (Lydia) Windham, Tanner ( Julia) Windham, both of Mississippi, Tayler Ishee, Walnut Grove; sisters Dorothy Moore, Mississippi, Patsy (Thomas) Hawks, Georgia. Dan […]


66, Trafford, died Dec. 24, 2013, at UAB Hospital. She was a member of Grace Community Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were mother Bertie Joe Self Prince, brother Nelson Prince, sister Rita Kimrey, and husband Doffice “Doc” Carty. Surviving are sons K. Allen White, Melbourne, Fla., Brian Kiley, Trafford; sister Renee (Michael) Moro, Trafford, Susan (Mike) Garrett, Oneonta; father Cainie S. […]


62, Trafford, died Dec. 22, 2013, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Parents Peyton and Dorothy Zeitvogel predeceased her. Surviving are daughters Kyla ( Jason) Sweatt, Trafford, Sonya (Michael) Guadagno, Huffman; grandchildren Brianna Guadagno, Jason Sweatt Jr., Haylee Sweatt. Lemley Funeral Home directed.


79, Irondale, died Dec. 23, 2013, at the residence. Predeceasing her were parents Carl Luther and Opie Lucille Standridge Hayes, husband Dewey Forester, and 10 siblings. Surviving are daughters Kathy Coffey, Irondale, Kaye (David) Ponce, Odenville, Karen Forester, Irondale; sons Kerry (Kate Congdon) Forester, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Kevin (Brooke) Forester, Albuquerque, N.M.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother Ralph (Shirley) Hays, […]


71, Oneonta, died Dec. 26, 2013, at the residence. He was a retired heavy equipment operator with Cherry Brothers Construction and of the Baptist faith. Predeceasing him were parents Oscar and Mary Lois Champion Gladden, wife Mary Jeanette Gladden, sister Peggy Sue Gladden Gilliam, brother David Houston Gladden, and daughter Kathy Lee Gladden Killough. Surviving are children Andy (Dana) Gladden, […]