Oneonta man charged with rape commits suicide in Missouri

Jason Thomas Bates, 35, of Oneonta, was found dead, after apparently committing suicide, outside his mother’s home in Missouri, according to authorities. Bates was charged with the rape and sexual abuse of a young girl earlier this month and is also a suspect in nine other cases. On Dec. 5, he was charged with two counts of firstdegree rape, two […]

Dulcimer group performs for diners


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplin Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email for more information. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION Booth applications are […]

Lady Redskins ranked No. 6

Only one Blount County high school basketball team is ranked as the season reaches the holidays – traditionally, the halfway point of the schedule. The Oneonta Lady Redskins, the two-time defending 4A champions, have moved up to No. 6 in the latest poll by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Oneonta posted wins over Hokes Bluff (42-41) and Cleburne County […]


ONEONTA YOUTH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION continues through Jan. 30 at the Oneonta Rec Center. Players – ages 4-12 – can register Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the fee (due by Feb. 14) is $100. Players must bring a copy of their birth certificate. Phone 625-3534 for more information. CLEVELAND YOUTH FOOTBALL will hold a fundraiser turkey […]

Three from county named to first team

Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Team

Football players from Cleveland, Oneonta, and Southeastern have been named first team all-state selections by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). Cleveland junior quarterback Peyton Gilliland and Southeastern senior punter Austin Cates were named first team in Class 2A while Oneonta junior linebacker Riley Cole was a first team selection in Class 4A. Gilliland rolled up 2186 yards on the […]


BLOUNTSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have the Christmas Eve service tonight at 8 p.m. CLEAR SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have Christmas Eve come-andgo communion at the church tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. THE CHURCH AT ONEONTA and the Carpenter’s Ministry will offer the community a free lunch on Christmas Day at 1 p.m. at the church. Phone […]


WILLIE RUTH CHAMBLEE, 86, Dallas/Selfville, died Dec. 19, 2014, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital. She was a member of the Tawbush Holiness Church. Predeceasing her were husband Luther Chamblee, Jr.; daughter Joan Johns; and grandson Brandon Harp. Surviving are son Derrell Chamblee, Florida; daughter Cheryl (Eddie) Harp, Springville; grandchildren Danny (Lorie) Johns, Sandy (Mark) Youngblood, Scott Chamblee and Cole; Mandy […]


JANIE ELOISE EDMUNDS, 92, died Dec. 16, 2014. She was a retired hotel operator and member of Aynor Pentecostal Holiness Church, South Carolina. Predeceasing her are parents William and Ola Todd Rabon, four brothers, and three sisters. Surviving are sons William Charles (Elsie) Edmunds, North Carolina, John Richard (Barbara) Edmunds, South Carolina, Joseph Boyce Edmunds, North Carolina; daughter Judith Ann […]


WALTER RANDY EUDY, 63, Crane Hill, (formerly of Blountsville), died Dec. 14, 2014. He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired shipping clerk for Chrysler Corporation. Parents Vernon and Guelda Dye Eudy, brother Ronald Eudy, and step-mother Polly Eudy predeceased him. Surviving are wife Ronda Sullins Eudy; sister Robin Malito, Blountsville; step-sister Sandy (Bobby) Standridge, Nectar; neices and […]