Smith signs with Wallace State

Ashley Smith, Susan Moore High School Senior, signed a scholarship with the Wallace State Lady Lions to play softball. Her primary position with the Lady Lions will be catcher. Ashley has a high school career batting average of .421 (grades 9 through 11). She has been All-Area catcher each of her high school years and was MVP of the 2013 […]

That’s a big leaf!

Serving the kind of food ‘people grew up on’

Owning a restaurant has been a long time coming for Stephen Hill who, during his senior year in high school, first began working in the food service industry. “It was always in the back of my mind to own my own restaurant,” Hill said. “I’ve worked for a lot of different food companies throughout the years, and I felt it […]

Locust Fork, Oneonta advance to Wallace State

Eight schools from the county made it out of areaplay into the sub-region last week but only two will playin this week’s region tournament. The girls from Locust Fork and Oneonta won subregion games Friday night and will play in the 4A bracket of the Northwest Region Tournament beginning tomorrow (Thursday). Locust Fork (19-9) will meet Priceville (26-4) at 3 […]

Northwest Regional Preview

Thursday, Feb. 20 4A Semifinals 3 p.m. – Locust Fork (19-9) vs. No. 5 Priceville (26-4) The Lady Hornets were the runnerup to Oneonta in Area 13. Locust Fork lost to Oneonta three times this year but gave the Lady Redskins all they win in a 45-43 loss in the area final two weeks ago. Locust Fork defeated J.O. Johnson […]

Bean and Rylant left off

The All-County First Team was named last week and there were a couple of omissions. Oneonta defensive lineman Blake Bean was an easy choice for first team – he actually was very much in the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year – but his name was inadvertently omitted. Bean (6’3, 249) finished third on the Redskin defense with 103 […]

All-County Honorable Mention

Appalachian – DE Crescencio Hernandez Sr, LB Dylan Payne Jr, OL Austin Ellis Jr Cleveland – WR Emanuel Terry Sr, WR Kyle Blackwood Sr, OL Tyler Branham Sr, LB Brett Erwin Fr, TE John Michael Lauderdale Jr, DE Wyatt Self Sr Hayden – DB Pat Hargett Sr, RB Dillon Putnam Sr, LB Reid Trimble Jr, DE Walter Finley Sr Locust […]

Sticks and stones

Background Scripture: James 3:1-12. Devotional Reading: Proverbs 18:2-13. I imagine that most of you remember the old, taunting jingle: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me!” We all have probably lived long enough to learn that the old jingle was wrong: yes, “sticks and stones can break your bones,” but cruel words can hurt […]


died Feb. 13, 2014. A lifelong resident of Cleveland, he was a student of baseball, a lover of nature, a protector of animals, and an avid reader. Parents Carl and Irene Blackwood Head, brothers Jerry Head and Carlton Head predeceased him. Surviving are sisters Sarah A. Hendrix, Janey Head; brother Tommy Head; sister-in-law Ruth Head; nieces and nephews. W.C. Green […]


Horton, died Feb. 9, 2014. A member of Grace Baptist Church, she retired from Cleveland Elementary School, where she taught second grade for 30 years. Parents Oren and Mildred Jewel Branham Lyles and infant brother Joel Allen Lyles predeceased her. Surviving are daughter Kathy (Andrew) Boyd, Pelham; grandchildren Robby Armstrong, Ashley Armstrong, Chase Armstrong, Lauren Boyd, Victor Boyd; great-grandchildren Krista […]

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