Guilty verdict returned in 2012 wreck

An Altoona man was found guilty of manslaughter by a Blount County grand jury last week for his part in a 2012 crash that killed a 72-year-old Rainbow City man and injured his wife. Jeremy Umphrey, 34, of Altoona, was indicted by a grand jury in 2013 in connection to the crash where he crossed the double yellow line while […]

Where are they now?


A good friend and loyal reader suggested to me that he would like to see a column entitled, “Where Are They Now?”Then I ran into former Gov. Albert Brewer at a Birmingham restaurant and it prompted me to do that column. Gov. Brewer has always been admired by Alabamians as one of the finest people to have ever served in […]

Locust Fork wins Blount County Baseball Tournament

The Locust Fork Hornets swept through the Blount County Baseball Tournament last week to take the title. Locust Fork survived the first round with a 4-3 win over J.B. Pennington (the Hornets trailed the Tigers 3-0 at one point) and then knocked off Cleveland 6-3 in the second round. In the semifinals, the Hornets got up big but then held […]

Redskins take two from Fort Payne

Oneonta improved to 7-4 on the year after a one-run loss at 7A Oak Mountain and a doubleheader sweep at 6A Fort Payne. Thursday, March 10at Oak MountainOak Mountain 4, Oneonta 3 (10 innings) Trailing 3-2 after six innings, the Redskins got an RBI single from Ko Powell in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Oak Mountain […]

SPORTS briefs

UMPIRES ARE NEEDED for spring rec league baseball. For more information, phone 205-601-3803. THIRD ANNUAL SOUTHEASTERN ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT will be Saturday, April 23, at Whippoorwill Golf Course. The event features a four-man scramble format and entry fee is $60 per golfer – green fee, cart and meal are included. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the tournament […]

2016 Blount County Baseball Tournament

Church Briefs

EVENTS & SINGINGS TURNING POINT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will sponsor The Big Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m., at the Locust Fork ballpark. There will be four age-appropriate hunting areas with prizes for each area. The free event also includes nachos, snow cones, popcorn, balloons, and games. BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH in Snead will have the annual yard […]


MILDRED ‘MICKEY’ ASHWORTH, 92, died Feb. 15, 2016, at the residence. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling and working in her flower bed. Husband Berval Ashworth predeceased her, as did parents Herbert and Lydia Gunnels Cooper, grandchildren Lesley Anne Ashworth and Colton Bicknell, brother Herbert Cooper Jr., and sister Irene Ingram. Surviving are daughter Naomi Ashworth, […]


TRACY TIDWELL BEAUCHAMP, 50, Albertville, died March 9, 2016. She was of the Methodist faith, a member of the Keep Albertville Beautiful Board, and an alumnus of Auburn University. Predeceasing her were mother June Murphree Tidwell and brother Bruce Tidwell. Surviving are husband Dale Beauchamp; daughters Lauren Beth Beauchamp (Matthew Stankiewicz), Greenville, S.C., Kaley Beauchamp (Cahmon Holder), Birmingham; son Cole Beauchamp, […]


MICHAEL RAY FULLER, 48, Ashville, died Feb. 12, 2016. Born in Oneonta, he was predeceased by parents Howard and Nancy McGlaughn Fuller and brother Phillip Fuller. Surviving are daughter Jasmine Fuller; sisters Sheila Blackmon, Sherrie Fuller, both of Ashville; nephews Stephen Fuller, Keith Rice-Thompson, Eric Fuller; nieces Kimberly Fuller, Jennifer Fuller. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., on Feb. […]