After the White House



This week our 39th president, Jimmy Carter, turns 90 years old. In my lifetime, he is the most ethical, moral, and Christ-like president to occupy the Oval Office. Most, if not all, of our presidents have espoused to be Christians. However, Jimmy Carter truly walked the walk. There is no spectre of hypocrisy surrounding his life. Everything he did while […]

Another successful Radio-thon



The 16th Radio-thon for the Blount County Education Foundation was truly amazing. The final total was $285,729.92, the largest ever and a huge increase over the previous year’s total.We are thrilled and excited with this response and look forward to putting the programs in place that these funds make possible. It means the Foundation will support and/or sponsor: • The summer program for 2015. […]

Will Ainsworth



Personal profileAge: 32Born/resides in: born in Boaz, resides inGuntersville.Family details: married to Kendall withtwin boys, Hunter and Hays, 4, and a daughter, Addie, 2.EducationGraduated from Westbrook ChristianSchool in 1999; attended Auburn University,graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degreein marketing.Work background2004-2006 – youth pastor, GraceFellowship Church2003-present – partner in Dream RanchLLC since 2003 (a hunting and fishing resortin Guntersville) and founding […]

Jeff McLaughlin



Personal profileAge: 54Born/resides in: Born in Decatur, residesin GuntersvilleFamily details: married to Stacy withthree children: Frank, 17; William, 14; andMary Crawford, 11.EducationGraduated from Guntersville High School1978; bachelor’s degree in history fromBirmingham-Southern College 1982; RotaryFellow, 1985-86; law degree from HarvardUniversity, 1990.Work background1975-1982 – various high school/collegejobs: gas station, chicken plant, lawn care,restaurants, home repair.1982-1987 – John Carroll High school,taught history, government, […]

Shovel shortage?



Some 50 people showed up to celebrate the groundbreaking for Cleveland’s new community center, but shovels were in short supply, even for those more or less directly involved in the project. Wielding the shovels are Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones, (behind) and grantmeister Eldridge Bynum. Others associated with the project are, from the left, Councilman Doug Hill, water department superintendent Steve […]

Recipe Corner

Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients1 package yellow cakemix1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin,divided1/2 cup milk1/3 cup oil4 eggs1-1/2 teaspoonspumpkin pie spice,divided1 package (8 oz.) creamcheese softened1 cup powdered sugar1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip,thawed1/4 cup caramel icecream topping1/4 cup choppedpecans Directions 1. Heat oven to 350ºF. 2. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. spice in large bowl with mixer […]

Panthers pull away from Bulldogs



The Susan Moore Bulldogs built an early 14-0 lead but it wasn’t nearly enough as the visiting Cleveland Panther came storming back to take a 49-35 victory last Friday night. Susan Moore came out quickly and seized control, taking a 14-0 lead on touchdown runs of 19 yards by Keith Jackson and 41 yards by Jay Williams. Cleveland answered on […]

Lincoln hammers Hayden



The homecoming game was moved up a day but that didn’t matter as the visiting Lincoln Golden Bears muscled their way to a 48-0 victory at Hayden last Thursday night. The Hayden offense had picked up a little bit of momentum the last couple of weeks against Moody and Lawrence County but the physical Golden Bear defensive front wreaked havoc […]

Locust Fork runs over Good Hope



The Locust Fork Hornets rolled up almost 400 yards on the ground and pounded visiting Good Hope 49-13 last Friday night. Locust Fork rushed 43 times for 382 yards, averaging almost 9 yards per carry. Micah Stephens led the Hornets with 169 yards and three touchdowns on just 12 attempts while Shiloh Biles hammered out 142 yards and a pair […]

Oneonta pounds Priceville



The Oneonta Redskins used a high-powered offense and stingy defense to shut down visiting Priceville and roll to a 47-15 victory last Friday night. Zach Dimmock continued to throw the ball well, completing 16 of 21 passing for 261 yards and four touchdowns. Dimmock spread the wealth. In his first game back from injury, Trevor Smith caught a game-high five […]


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