Lady Hornets are No. 1



For the first time in school history Locust Fork High School has a state champion as the Lady Hornets jumped out to a big early lead and then held off Pisgah down the stretch for a 72-62 victory in the 3A championship game Friday at Legacy Arena at the BJCC. Locust Fork came out firing early and built a 29-18 […]

Locust Fork Hornets



3A Area 11 ChampionsBlount County Tournament ChampionsNorthwest Regional Champions3A State Champions35-1 Locust Fork 76, St.Clair Co. 13Locust Fork 71, Hayden 41Locust Fork 69, Springville 37Locust Fork 69, Cleveland 31Locust Fork 56, Ashville 6Locust Fork 75, J.B. Pennington 44Locust Fork 83, Susan Moore 45Locust Fork 74, American Christian 20Locust Fork 72, Hanceville 24 AL.COM Classic, James Clemens HighSchoolLocust Fork 68, Hartselle […]

Church Briefs



OAK GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. nightly. Evangelist is Junior Garmon, pastor is Ernest McKinnon. The church is located on County Road 9 near Hayden. NEW EMMAUS MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, March 10, at 7 p.m. nightly. Prayer begins at 6:30 p.m. Evangelist is Stanley Jones, pastor […]

Henry ‘Hank’ Fells



HENRY ‘HANK’ FELLS, 51, Altoona, died March 4, 2017. He was born in Blount County and worked in the poultry construction business. Parents Henry and Mildred Thompson Fells and brother Trennon Fells predeceased him. Surviving are beloved companion Ruby Priest; sisters Shirley ( Jack) Price, Altoona, Barbara (Lonzo) Williams, Snead, Ann (Bud) Hilburn, Oneonta, Lynn ( Johnny) Robinson, Altoona, Kathy […]

Velma Walker Gillihan



VELMA WALKER GILLIHAN, 98, Oneonta, died Feb. 26, 2017. She attended Robin Hill Missionary Baptist Church for 62 years. Predeceasing her were husband Edgar Andrew Gillihan, parents Ollie and Jessie Phillips Walker, son James Edgar Gillihan, son-in-law Daniel Blythe, and five siblings. Surviving are daughters Barbara Blythe, Wanda (Wade) Hutchens, Brenda (Leonard) Milam, Mavis ( Jimmy) Phillips, Sue (Mike) Hill, […]

Carolyn Ratliff Hoffman



CAROLYN RATLIFF HOFFMAN, 79, Birmingham, died Feb. 26, 2017. She served with the U.S. Air Force and was retired from the Lee Plant in Holly Pond after many years of service. She enjoyed cooking, canning fruits and vegetables, and sewing. Husband Lee Hoffman and nine brothers and sisters predeceased her. Surviving are sons Paul Ratliff, Maryland, Stephen Hoffman, Birmingham; daughter […]

Michael Reid Kent



MICHEAL REID KENT, 65, Blountsville, died March 2, 2017, at the residence. He was a machinist with Tyson Foods and attended Austin Creek Baptist Church. Parents James Edward Kent and Eddie Mae Smith Kent predeceased him. Surviving are wife Sandra Kent; son Evan Kent, Blountsville; daughter Shastanie (Anthony) Grigsby, Oneonta; grandchildren Kallie Grigsby, Holly Grigsby, Allie Grigsby; brothers Johnny (Connie) […]

Regina Danette Tawbush



REGINA DANETTE TAWBUSH, 52, Cleveland, died March 4, 2017, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She was salutatorian of the Cleveland High School class of 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and master’s from UAB. She taught science for 29 years at Hayden and Cleveland schools and also coached volleyball. She enjoyed gardening and was […]

Ricky Whittington



RICKY WHITTINGTON, 60, Gallant, died March 3, 2017. He was a member of Straight Mountain Mennonite Church and he enjoyed fishing and collecting Hot Wheels. He was known as an excellent handyman. Predeceasing him were parents Andrew and Nellie Whittington, brothers Joe Whittington, James Whittington, twin brother Randy Whittington, brothers-in-law Vernon Wilkerson and Bill Moore, sister Linda Morton, and mother-in-law […]

Author Cross to speak at two events next week



Alabama journalist and author Kim Cross will review her book “What Stands in a Storm” for students and others, Thursday, March 16. Cross, a University of Alabama journalism major, worked for various newspapers in Alabama and the Southeast before assuming a position with Southern Living in Birmingham. In that position, she enlisted another Alabamian, Rick Bragg, as a regular columnist […]