Over-the-top experiences at Career Expo

Cleveland’s Tristan Rittenhouse was among more than 700 10th-grade students from the county who attended the second-annual Career Expo hosted at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center last week. Rittenhouse checked out the MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected) vehicle from the Oneonta Police Department while others got the chance to experience 3-D technology, virtual welding, banking, healthcare, cosmetology, and many other […]

Redskins and Tigers make second round

Six of the county’s eight high school baseball teams made the playoffs but only Oneonta and J.B. Pennington survived the first weekend. Appalachian and Locust Fork went on the road and were eliminated in two games. Cleveland and Southeastern played at home and were knocked out in three games. Home-standing Oneonta and J.B. Pennington each made the second round. Pennington […]

Elliott reigns again as 4A Player of the Year

Oneonta’s Destiney Elliott, shown with Alvin Briggs of the Alabama High School Athletic Association, was named the 4A Player of the Year for the second year in a row. Elliott, a 5’11 senior, helped to lead the Lady Redskins to a 33-6 record and a second-straight state title. As a senior, she averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. […]

Locust Fork’s Hood ties state record

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) record book shows there are 15 girls that hold the record for home runs in one game with three. Make that 16 now. Locust Fork’s Anna Hood, just an eighth-grader, blasted three home runs in last week’s 19-9 win over Cleveland. Her eight RBIs in the game are tied for fourth-most in state […]


FORE FRIENDS OF THE ARC A golftournament benefiting the ARC ofJefferson County will be held Friday,May 2, at Limestone Springs.Registration is at 9:30 a.m. with a 10a.m. shotgun start. The tournamentformat is a four-man scramble and thecost is $150 per golfer and $600 perteam. Corporate sponsorships areavailable for $350 and a title sponsorship is $1,000. Golfers and teams canpreregister at […]

Of the Spirit

Also to me

Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12-20. Background Scripture: Hosea 6:1-3; Luke 24:1-12. It was only 115 days ago that we were celebrating Christmas and the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. Five days ago was Good Friday and we relived the darkest day in the history of our faith. But, as I said in December, “Christmas and Easter are part of […]


Oneonta, died April 16, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. Predeceasing him were parents Isaac and Viola Rose Glass Barnett, children Randy Barnett, Cary Wayne Barnett, and Larry Barnett, grandson Ryan Christopher Davis, sisters Lena Mae Orton and Ruby Bailey, and brother Junior Barnett. Surviving are wife Brenda Barnett; children William Carroll Barnett Jr., Oneonta, Cindy Barnett, Florida, Debbi Barnett, […]


died April 14, 2014. Mr. Cole was a decorated Vietnam and Persian Gulf War veteran. Wife Annie B. Cole, father David L. Cole Sr., and mother Doris L. Cole predeceased him. Surviving are sons David (Stephanie) Cole III, Jonathan (Crystal) Cole; grandchildren Riley Cole, Jonathan Cole Jr., Chloe Cole, Kason Cole; sister Diana ( Tommy) Knight. Dave Roberts officiated the […]


Oneonta, died April 12, 2014, at Golden Living Center. She was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were husbands Chalmer Pinyan and Lloyd Hayes, parents Walter and Annie Morgan Haynes and eight brothers and sisters. Survivors include daughters Wanda Pinyan Ridings, Oneonta, Myra Pinyan (Lendell) Benefield, Albertville; son Dearl ( Janie) Pinyan, Blountsville; stepsons Dr. Edwin (Martha) […]


Oneonta, died April 10, 2014, at the residence. He was police chief at Riverside for five years before moving to Oneonta as fire chief where he retired after 27 years of service. He also retired from the City of Birmingham as Lt. Fire/Medic. One of the original members who put the first rescue truck in service in the State of […]

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