Bull Fest 2014 kicks off this weekend

This Friday and Saturday, at the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center, the first-ever Bull Fest, presented by JL Productions and The Hitchin Post Western Wear, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Event producer Josh Latham, as a Blount County native, hopes to bring a high-quality event beneficial to this area. “We’re presenting Blount County with a newer, bigger, and […]

Wilson retires from 911

Locust Fork takes three of four county titles

Locust Fork’s Todd Goodwin hit a 15-foot jump shot in the closing seconds for the winning points as the Locust Fork Hornets upset the top-seeded Cleveland Panthers 53-51 in the finals of the varsity boys division of the Blount County Tournament. Locust Fork’s win brought an end to two weeks of basketball at Appalachian High School. The final tally of […]


THE CITY OF ONEONTA is now taking application for summer employment for the parks and recreation department. Applications will be accepted at Oneonta City Hall through Friday, Jan. 31. For more information, call 625-3534. CLEVELAND YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will be Saturday, Feb. 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Cleveland Town Hall. Registration fee is $85 […]

Barnett out at Southeastern

The Southeastern Mustangs will soon have their own football field. What they don’t have now is a coach. The Blount County Board of Education accepted the resignation of Drew Barnett last week. Barnett resigned from the job after just one year as head coach of the Mustangs. Under Barnett, the second-year program went just 1-8 but did pick up the […]

Unholy alliance: anger & gospel

Background Scripture: James 1:19-27 Devotional Reading: 1 John 3:14-20. The Letter of James was one of the last books to make it into the New Testament. It was not until the middle of the 4th century AD that it appeared among the church fathers. There was much controversy as to whether or not it should be regarded as authoritative for […]


Birmingham, died Jan. 16, 2014, at the residence. He was known to repeat a quote reminding family and friends to live in and enjoy the present. He also enjoyed bowling and had worked in sales. Father James Matthew Atkins Sr. predeceased him. Surviving are daughter Julie ( Tim Riddle) Atkinson, Center Point; sons Jeremy Atkinson, Hueytown, Bret Atkinson, Foley; mother […]


Oneonta, died Jan. 24, 2014, at the residence. She is preceded in death by mother Jeane Robinette Lowry. Mrs. Blakely was a lifetime member of Oneonta First Baptist Church and she retired from First Baptist Church Child Development Center with 19 years of service. She served as assistant director and director in most all positions in the church involving children […]


Morris, died Jan. 18, 2014, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. A 1986 graduate of Locust Fork High School, he worked as a carpenter. Father Buford Bradford predeceased him. Surviving are mother Katie Bradford, Morris; son Donovan Bradford, Selfville; daughter Alysa Bradford, Selfville; brother Danny Bradford, Lincoln; sister Debra (Herman) Krack, Pell City. Jerry Hackney officiated the 2 p.m. memorial […]

A.B. BROWN, 83,

Blountsville, died Jan. 22, 2014, at the residence. A retired self-employed mechanic, he was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. Parents Carl and Jessie Phillips Brown predeceased him, as did daughter Donna Moore and brother Paul Brown. Surviving are wife Charlotte Brown; daughters Bonnie (Donald) West, Alabaster, Julia (Michael) Barbee, Holly Pond, Mary (Dennis) Jenkins, Blountsville; seven grandchildren; five […]

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