Locust Fork comes up short

The Locust Fork Lady Hornets gave Jacksonville all it could handle in the Northeast Regional championship game last Wednesday. However, in the end, the team with more size – and more seniors – came away with the 75-70 win. Jacksonville opened up a 12-4 lead midway through the first quarter and led 16-8 after the first quarter. The second quarter […]

Blount Oneonta Aquatics compete

Two from county make championship match


Two wrestlers from Blount County battled their way to the championship match of last week’s state wrestling tournament at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville. Both came up short but each earned valuable points for their teams. Hayden’s Chase Phillips ran into a buzzsaw in the 1A- 5A 120-pound final. Montgomery Catholic’s Zachary Van alst capped off a perfect […]

2015 Northeast Regional Runner-Up

Locust Fork Lady Hornets

Our job is to LOVE

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy.” – Thomas Merton I read this quote on Toby Mac’s Facebook page this week and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I am quite guilty of frequently giving my love to those I think deserve it. What’s so great about my love that I should […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS 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. NEW BEGINNINGS BAPTIST CHURCH will celebrate its sixth anniversary on Sunday, March 8, with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m., and lunch […]


PAULINE THOMPSON ARRINGTON, 89, Douglas, went to be with the Lord Feb. 16, 2015, following a brief illness. She was a retired librarian with Snead State Junior College, lived on the farm where she grew up, and loved her family, friends, Alabama football, and crossword puzzles, in that order. She was preceded in death by husband of 58 years, A.C. […]


JOSHUA ALLEN CASEY, 30, died Feb. 19, 2015, at the residence. A graduate of Clay Chalkville High School, he earned an associate degree in applied science from Wallace State Community College, was an avid Alabama football fan, and enjoyed reading and writing poetry. Surviving are daughter Alexis Reeves, Shelby County; mother Tracy (Walter) Tipton, Trussville; sister Alexandria Smith, Trussville; grandmother […]


SANDRA DALE FRANCIS, 62, Susan Moore, died Feb. 19, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Called Aunt Sandy by many in the community, she was known as a person who went above and beyond to help others. Husband Kenneth Francis and mother Myrtle Smith Allred predeceased her. Surviving are daughter Sharon (Mickey) Sheppard, Blountsville; grandchildren Heather Knue, Snead, Blake […]


PEGGY LYNN GOBLE, 66, Remlap, died Feb. 17, 2015, at St Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She retired from Kroger Foods in Atlanta, and was an avid Alabama football and Atlanta Braves baseball fan. Predeceasing her were parents RJ and Jeannette Gibson Goble and husband Harvey Hill Copeland. Surviving are son Josh Goble, Remlap; sisters Beverly Goble Sullivan, Trussville, Jan Goble […]