Countians win ag recognition

Two Blount County residents – Zac Marsh of Locust Fork and Kirk Smith of Strawberry – were recognized for their contributions to the agriculture industry at the recent Annual Commodity Producers Conference in Huntsville. Marsh was first runner-up in the overall Excellence in Agriculture competition for his Powerpoint presentation highlighting his efforts to promote the industry in his daily life, […]

Veterans Parade

Applications now available

Members of Operation Grateful Heart met last week to discuss the Veterans Day Parade scheduled for Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. Applications for those interested in participating are available at the Blount County Memorial Museum in Oneonta, by phoning 625-6905 and talking with Amy Rhudy or visiting Due date for applications is set for Oct. 16. The annual dinner […]

Opening night for some, Week 2 for others

The high school football season officially gets underway this week for fans of the Eagles, Panthers, Wildcats Redskins, Tigers, and Bulldogs. Of course, this is the second week of the season for Hornet and Mustang fans. Remember, all games kick off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 283A Susan Moore (2-8) at 2AWest End (0-10)Last year – SusanMoore 44, West End […]

Locust Fork runs over Montevallo

The Locust Fork Hornets opened the 2014 season in style last Friday night with a 47-0 thrashing of home-standing Montevallo. Locust Fork led 13-0 after one quarter, 26-0 at the half, and 40-0 after three quarters. The Hornets dominated the Bulldogs the old-fashioned way – by controlling both lines of scrimmage. Locust Fork piled up 421 yards on the ground […]

Lighthouse drops debut to Ballard Christian

The Lighthouse Homeschool Warriors traveled to Auburn to open the season last Friday night. Unfortunately, the Warriors fell 49-14 to Ballard Christian in the debut of eightman football for a Blount County school. Ballard led 18-0 after one quarter and 36-6 at the half. Lighthouse got some offense – the Warriors finished with 194 total yards – but Ballard rolled […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION is looking for officials for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in officiating youth or high school football is asked to attend meetings which are held each Sunday at 5 p.m. at Cleveland High School. For more information, phone 237-4065. SNEAD STATE BASEBALL TEAM GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at 9 a.m. at the […]

Ohatchee too much for Southeastern

The Southeastern Mustangs hung with Ohatchee for awhile but eventually the Indians wore down the smaller school and rolled to a 37-0 victory last Friday night at Locust Fork. Ohatchee got the ball to start the game and moved quickly down the field before Southeastern’s Avery Jones intercepted a pass deep in Mustang territory to end the drive. The Mustangs […]


EVENTSUNION HILL BAPTIST CHURCH will feature PoetVoices in concert on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. REVIVALSBLOUNTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH willhave revival services Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. with ayouth-oriented service and Monday, Sept. 8, throughWednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. each evening featuringevangelist Joe Thorn. WARRIOR RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH will have revivalservices Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. […]


Hanceville, died Aug. 18, 2014, at Hanceville Nursing and Rehab. She was a member of Hopewell Road Church of God. Parents Tom R. and Dollie Butts Husser predeceased her, as did daughter Martha Murphree, four sisters, and three brothers. Surviving are husband of 44 years, James Garvie Bennefield; sons Boyd Mason, Rick (Latrelle) Mason; Johnny ( Terri) Bennefield, Jimmy (Shirley) […]


Armstead, died Aug. 17, 2014, at Altoona Health Care. She was known for her fried pies at We-Tote-Em in Blountsville and was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, traveling, fishing, and camping. Predeceasing her were parents Jay Evans and Amie Smith Payne, husband Junior Blackmon, children Thomas James and Jay Wayne Blackmon, brothers E.J. Evans […]