Lady Hornets to play for title

Locust Fork broke open a tight game by outscoring Montgomery Academy 21-7 in the second quarter yesterday (Tuesday) and then held off the Lady Eagles in the second half for a 57-47 victory in the Final Four at Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Locust Fork was led by Kimberly Horton with 20 points and six rebounds. Ashlyn Adkins had 12 […]

Missing no more

“I hope I’m just setting an example for my son,” says Oneonta Police Officer James Stephens. Not an unusual goal for many fathers, but for Stephens it is worlds away from his own upbringing. At the age of 1, Stephens was abducted by his non-custodial father and kept hidden his entire childhood from his mother who had court-ordered custody. That […]

Oneonta school board asks for and gets coach’s resignation

At the request of the Oneonta City Board of Education, and the recommendation of Superintendent Michael Douglas, head football coach Don Jacobs presented his resignation to the board at its regular meeting Monday night. Jacobs said in a talk to the board that he had been told he could resign or face termination. He said the board cited a number […]

Cleveland man arrested for murder in shooting death of nurse

A Cleveland man has been charged with the shooting death of his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Patrick Dorsett, 26, was arrested Saturday after the body of Bethany Evans, 23, was found just after mid-day at his home on Tuscaloosa Pike, in Cleveland. She had been shot multiple times. Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington and Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey jointly […]

‘When we carve away all the bad…’

A cross carved from a tree trunk sits by the parking lot of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. The old oak tree was felled by a storm in February and Blount County resident Fred McCarl offered to clean up the tree for the wood. When he finished, he says he was inspired to carve the cross from the remaining stump. […]

News Briefs

TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold a work session at 6 p.m. and the regular council meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB Oneonta native Cindy Lowry will speak to the club on Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., in the Frank Green Building auditorium. The subject is the […]

Unions and the BP settlement


We have unbelievable natural resources in Alabama starting with the Tennessee Valley and transcending to the beautiful white sands at Gulf Shores. Many of our natural resources have been exploited over the years. The prime example would be the exploitation of our rich vaults of iron ore discovered in Jefferson County in the early 20th Century. It created the city […]

Democrat club to welcome environment speaker

The Blount County Democrat Club will begin a new series designed to inform members and the public of important issues facing the area, state, nation, and globe. In the initial effort, titled Addressing the Issues Programs (ATIP), the club will welcome Cindy Lowry, Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m., to the Frank Green Building auditorium. The Oneonta native will speak […]

DAV/Operation Grateful Heart reap reward

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 28 of Blount County and Blount County Operation Grateful Heart reaped a joint reward recently for their partnering efforts as veterans helping veterans. From left: Lester Hallman, DAV Chapter 28 commander, Chase Moore, Blount County-Oneonta Agri–Business Center director, Donny Jackson, DAV senior vice-commander, and Richard Daviess, Fellowship of Christian Knifemakers representative and Outdoor Expo volunteer. […]

Blount County Spelling Bee winners

Blount County Spelling Bee winner Makenna Shirley (left), fifth-grade student at Oneonta Elementary School, and runner-up Mary Margaret Douglas (right), seventh-grader at Oneonta Middle School. The event was held Feb. 9 in the J.B. Pennington High School auditorium. It was a magical year for Makenna. It was her first year to participate and she won the county championship. The winning […]