Rib Rally proves to be success



Terry Sligh Automotive hosted the first-ever Rib Rally last Saturday and it proved to be a success – both for those in attendance and for the Blount County and Oneonta City school systems. The pig above, prepared by Double H Freight, proved be to a novelty – a delicious novelty, actually – but it wasn’t enough to bring home the […]

Season ends short of title for Hayden and Locust Fork



The run to the state tournament for Hayden and Locust Fork was a good one but it ended short of a state title for both schools. Each team won the first game in Montgomery but then dropped the second game and that meant that a slow grind through the loser’s bracket would be needed to get close to a state […]

Church Briefs



EVENTS FORREST HOME CEMETERY will have Decoration on Sunday, May 28. The cemetery is on Forrest Home Road, west of Boaz on Ala 168. ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH will have a friends and family singing on Sunday, May 28, beginning at 2 p.m. The church choir will also sing. PINE GROVE METHODIST CHURCH will have memorial services on Sunday, May […]

Ellen Allison



ELLEN ALLISON, 65, Gibbs Chapel, died May 14, 2017, at Cullman Regional Hospital. She was a member of Hendrix Missionary Baptist Church and a former member of the Red Hat Club. Surviving are husband Michael Allison; daughter Paula Mortenson; son Daniel Allison, all of Gibb’s Chapel; granddaughter Lacey Smith, Mobile; mother Mary Able, Blountsville; father Ottis (Bonnie) Thomas, Blountsville; sister […]

Barbara Ferguson



BARBARA FERGUSON, 70, Locust Fork, died May 10, 2017. She was predeceased by parents Hugh and Mary Petty Eades. Surviving are husband of 50 years C.D. Ferguson; sons Calvin Davis Ferguson III, David Allen Ferguson; daughter Sharon Ann Ferguson; two grandchildren; brothers Donald Eades, David Eades; nieces, nephews. John Smith officiated the 11 a.m. service held May 16 at Valley […]

Charles E. Hill



CHARLES E. HILL, 75, Locust Fork, died May 11, 2017. Predeceasing him were parents J.C. and Ruby Stephenson Hill. Surviving are wife of 55 years Carolyn Hill; son Charles E. Hill Jr.; daughter Mary (Mart) Gray; grandchildren Will Gray, Savannah (Clint) Goodlett, Charlie Hill, John Gray; great-granddaughter Lily Ann Gray; brother Billy Ray ( Jo Ann) Hill; sisters Jean Evans, […]

Lucille Hill



LUCILLE HILL, 80, Arab, died May 16, 2017, surrounded by family. She was retired from Humana/Huntsville Hospital as a registered nurse after 35 years of service. She was an avid Alabama football fan and enjoyed sports, gardening, and traveling. Parents Talmadge and Agnes Endsley Blakely, son Franklin Clements, and brother Marvin E. Blakely predeceased her. Surviving are son Ricky Clements, […]

Walton Labert Johnson Jr.



WALTON LABERT JOHNSON JR., 81, Guntersville, died May 14, 2017, at Shepherd’s Cove Hospice, Albertville. A native of Oneonta, he earned a master’s degree from The University of Alabama and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He traveled the world during his 35-year business career and enjoyed all sports and remained a loyal Alabama fan. Daughter Rachel Leigh […]

Bertram Gregory Junk



BERTRAM GREGORY JUNK, 85, Locust Fork, died May 20, 2017, at Cullman Health and Rehab. Known as a very kind-hearted person, he enjoyed Alabama and Notre Dame football, Wheel of Fortune, and feeding the birds outdoors. Parents Frank Joseph and Florence Marie Junk predeceased him, as did son Phillip Junk, daughter-in-law Kay Junk, five siblings, and grandchild Jeremy Junk. Surviving […]

Clarence D. Sims



CLARENCE D. SIMS, 91, Enid, Okla., died May 15, 2017, at Greenbrier Nursing Home, Enid, Okla. Formerly of Oneonta, he was a World War II veteran with the U.S. Army. He was a member and elder of Cleveland Church of Christ. Parents Arthur and Anna E. Vaughn Sims predeceased him, as did wife Jean Truitt Sims, son Mike Sims, one […]


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