Last three of seven District 17 candidate profiles

Seven candidates are running for the Alabama Senate District 17 seat. Profiles of the first four, taken alphabetically, appeared in the March 5 edition of the paper: Joe Cochran of Pinson, Gayle Gear of Mt. Olive, Brett King of Locust Fork, and Jim Murphree of Oneonta. This week the remaining three appear: Adam Ritch of Bagley/Corner, Jim Roberts of Gardendale, […]

Adam Ritch

Age: 33 Born/resides in: Born in Birmingham; resides in Bagley/Corner Family details: married to Charlene Caffee Ritch with three children: Brianna Darna, 12; Madison Layla, 9; and Travis Sawyer, 17 months Education Graduated Dora High School, 1999. Graduated Bevill State Community College as emergency medical technician, 2003. Graduated Miles College with bachelor’s degree in chemistry, 2005. Received Master of Management […]

Jim Roberts

Age: 60 Born/resides in: Born Webb Air Force Base, Texas; resides in Morris Family details: married to Amanda Hodge Roberts, with five children: Jamey Roberts, Rachel Roberts, Ian McKinnon, Joe Roberts, and Grant Kutz. Education Graduated Thomas Stone High School in Maryland, 1972. Attended University of Maryland; transferred to U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduated with bachelor’s degree in […]

Shay Shelnutt

Age: 46 Born in and resides in: born in Center Point; resides in Trussville. Family details: married to Paige, a teacher at Pinson Elementary school; two daughters: Lexie, 13, and Lacie, 8 Education Graduated Pinson Valley High School in 1986. Graduated University of Montevallo with bachelor’s degree in business/finance (1990); later earned master’s degree in education (1997). Work background •part […]

Free Korean War books available for veterans

Susan Moore third-graders win county

Cleveland wins Blount County Tournament

The Cleveland Panthers rallied from a 5-0, sixthinning deficit to knock off Hayden 6-5 in the Blount County Tournament championship game Saturday at Hayden. Cleveland got four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to take the lead but then had to hold off the Wildcats in the seventh. Hayden got two runs in the first inning […]

Redskin roll continues

The Oneonta Redskins improved to 13-0 on the high school baseball season with wins in three close games last week. Oneonta held off Sardis 6-3 last Tuesday and then squeaked by Fort Payne in a doubleheader sweep Saturday. The sweep of Fort Payne – by scores of 4-3 and 3-2 – was big for the Redskins and also for Tanner […]


WELCOME #2 BAPTIST CHURCH will feature The Hoggle Family at the singing Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m. The church is located on Terry Heights Road in Palmerdale. James Burgess singing chairman, Tommy Riggs, pastor. LIBERTY HILL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival services Sunday, March 16, at 5 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Jeff Landers will […]


Royal, died March 5, 2014, at Cullman Regional Meical Center. A lifelong resident of Royal, Mr. Alldredge was predeceased by parents Steve and Lorena Lewis Alldredge and 12 siblings. Surviving are daughters Delene ( Johnny) Denney, Blountsville, Cecilia (Kevin) Hamman, Tennessee, Marie ( Ware) Roberson, Snead, Lori (Steve) Kaiser, Huntsville; son Tony (Kathy) Alldredge, Holly Pond; grandchildren DeAnna (Lee) Mork, […]