West Blount, Straight Mountain fire departments receive DHS grants

West Blount Fire and Rescue Department received a grant for $153,334 and Straight Mountain Fire and Rescue Department received a grant for $60,567 – both operations and safety grants awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it was announced last week. West Blount Chief J.J. Ivey said the funds will be used to purchase a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) […]

Montevallo gets past Locust Fork in overtime

A missed extra point proved to be the difference as the Locust Fork Hornets fell to visiting Montevallo 28-27 in overtime last Friday night. The Hornets had the better offensive numbers on the night – outgaining the Bulldogs 288 to 248 in total yards – and forced five Montevallo turnovers. Unfortunately, the visitors used a pair of big plays – […]

Indians too much for Mustangs

The Ohatchee Indians jumped out to a 41-0 halftime lead and rolled to a 48-0 victory over visiting Southeastern last Friday night. While Ohatchee junior running back Austin Tucker was rolling up 178 yards and three touchdowns on just nine carries, the Mustang offense was stuck in neutral. The Mustangs managed just 62 total yards – 59 on the ground. […]

Opening night – part two?


Blount County didn’t get off to a very good start last week as Locust Fork dropped a tough, 28-27 overtime opener at home to Montevallo while Ohatchee jumped all over visiting Southeastern and rolled to a 48-0 win over the Mustangs. This week, the other six teams in the county kick off the season while it’s Week 2 for the […]


ONEONTA YOUTH BASKETBALL REGISTRATION will be from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day, Monday through Thursday, at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration is for girls and boys in grades one through six and the cost is $25 per player, due the day of registration. The registration fee does not include the cost of […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS CENTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will have RSVP Dulcimer Jammers in concert on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. The church is located at 185 County Road 36. COMMUNITY CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN will have Homecoming services on Sunday, Aug. 30, with lunch following. The church is located on Ala 79. Allen Cunningham is the guest pastor for the 11 […]

Nursing assistants honored

Golden LivingCenter Oneonta joined in the celebrations honoring nursing assistants throughout the country recently.‘We appreciate the dedication with which they perorm their duties. They work hard to provide great healthcare, comfort, and support to improve our patients’ quality of life,’ said Amanda Horton, director of nursing at Golden LivingCenter.‘Our nursing assistants are not only excellent caregivers, they are are also […]

Ballew honored

The Alabama Department of Senior Services congratulates Ralph J. Ballew of Horton on his recent induction to the Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created by the Alabama State Legislature in 1983 to recognize Alabamians aged 60 and over for their outstanding contribution to the lives of older Americans. Individuals are honored and recognized for their […]

74-Year Milestone

Sara and William Bowers of Hayden celebrated 74 years of marriage on Aug. 9. Mrs. Bowers is the daughter of the late Ras and Emma Williams of Hayden. She graduated from Samford University and taught school at Hayden for more than 40 years. Mr. Bowers is the son of the late Zetella Good Bowers of Blountsville. He worked with U.S. […]


Olivia Williams celebrated her first birthday Aug. 26 with an elephant party attended by family and friends. She is the daughter of Michael and Rebekah Williams of Pinson and granddaughter of Gary and LuAnne Stidham of Remlap and Mike Williams of Palmerdale. Great-grandparents are Sherman and Edith Stidham of Remlap and the late Johnnie and Rosa Nell Brown of Locust […]