Year-long murder investigation continues

It has been more than a year since the death of Rhonette Lyles, 77, a retired Cleveland Elementary teacher, who was found Feb. 8, 2014, in her burned-out house on Moman Road in the Horton community near Snead. Her death is still under investigation by the Blount County District Attorney’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, and the Blount County […]

Lady Hornets to play for region title


The Locust Fork Lady Hornets are the only Blount County team left standing after the semifinals of the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University. While the Appalachian, Cleveland, and Oneonta girls and the Cleveland boys all bowed out in the first game, Locust Fork got off to a hot start and pulled away from Hokes Bluff for an easy 60-43 […]


LILLA TERRY JOLLY EASTER, 82, Remlap, died Feb. 14, 2015, at the residence. She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed birds and the outdoors. Predeceasing her were parents Nathaniel and Mable Jolly, husband James Buford Easter, son Jerry Easter, brothers Eugene “Bobby” Jolly, Paul Jolly, and John Jolly, and sister Jeanette Boyd. Surviving are sons James Easter, Danny Easter, Davy […]


CAROLYN J. DORNING, 78, Remlap, died Feb. 11, 2015. Retired from the U.S. Postal Service, she was a member of Bethlehem Methodist Church, rescued and loved many animals, and was known as “The Mamaw.” Husband J.D. Dorning and grandson Kevin Wooten predeceased her. Surviving are son Randall (Wendy) Dorning; daughter Deloris (Fred) Tanner; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brother John […]


NANCY WILLIAMS CREWE, 72. Altoona, died Feb. 11, 2015, at TLC Nursing Center. She worked for Lee Manufacturing for several years in Virginia before moving to Alabama to be closer to her family. Parents Clarence and Eula Mae Lynn Williams predeceased her. Surviving are brother James Williams, Jacksonville; sisters Charlotte (Nathanael) Helms, Altoona, Irma (Stan) Langford, Gardendale. Ed Lambert officiated the […]


BOBBY GUY CHAMPION, 65, Birmingham, died Feb. 11, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. He was of the Baptist faith, sold produce, and enjoyed spending time with his family and his dog. Predeceasing him were parents Robert Madison and Helen Crow Champion and brother Nelson Champion. Surviving are son Robert Madison Champion III; daughter Lori Champion; grandchildren Zoe Champion, Kadence […]

Church Briefs

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST ASSOCIATION will have a Music Festival on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at Oneonta First Baptist Church. Member churches are encouraged to participate. Phone the office at 274-2879 to register. MOUNTAIN POINTE MINISTRIES has new worship times: Sunday worship begins at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday school and small groups begin at 11 a.m. For more information, visit […]

Area Champions


Northeast Regional 4A Girls Final

Locust Fork (20-11) vs. Jacksonville (27-4)

The old saying that styles makes fights pertains to boxing but it also applies in other sports, especially basketball. On the surface, this appears to be a tough match-up for Locust Fork and in some ways it definitely is. First of all, Locust Fork tallest player is junior forward Jaime Gail Hudson, a warrior and rebounding machine listed at 5’8. […]