New office buildings feature coming attraction

The two buildings shown at 309 and 315 Second Avenue East across from Oneonta Tire Center are being completely renovated and they’re generating questions in the process. Q: What are they being renovated for? A: For law offices, primarily, but could be used for any other commercial business purpose, according to owner Jimmy Wester of West One Holdings. Q: How […]

‘Biggest shoe store for miles around’ open for business

Shoe Show had a ribbon cutting Saturday – not because it’s new, but because it’s BIG. It has nearly tripled in size recently to 8,000 square feet, according to manager Diane Evans. In fact, she said it’s the biggest shoe store in an area bounded by Cullman, Gadsden, and Center Point. Another indicator: it contains approximately 11,500 pairs of shoes, […]

Sports Briefs

ONEONTA REC SOCCER REGISTRATION is now open. Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 18 can register for the fall season. Go to or phone 274-3356 for more information. ONEONTA CITY POOL IS OPEN and hours are Monday – Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $5 per day, […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS LAKEVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH will have a youth revival on Friday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. with pizza and snacks, followed by the service at 7 p.m. Speaker is Eric Hixon, special music is by Jeremy Cox. The church is located at 117 Skyview Road, Oneonta. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have the annual […]

Lucille Bailey

LUCILLE BAILEY, 95, Oneonta, died July 28, 2017. She enjoyed working her garden and planting and caring for her flowers. Teased that she “worked for the state,” she cleaned and mowed her roadside. Predeceasing her were parents J.D. and Anna Moorehouse Fowler, husband William “Mutt” Nathaniel Bailey, son Louie William Bailey, and sisters Etoil Copeland and Faye Nell Weaver. Surviving […]

Erma Lois Needham Champion

ERMA LOIS NEEDHAM CHAMPION, 84, Cleveland, died July 25, 2017. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and the Bible on tape. She was fond of animals, especially her dogs Teddie and Freddie. Parents Samuel Asbury and Mary Belle Needham, son Marvis Ray Champion, and eight siblings predeceased her. Surviving are son Charles Edward (Sue) Champion; daughter Shelia Forristall; 12 grandchildren; […]

Calude Mason Coker Sr.

CLAUDE MASON COKER SR., 81, Gadsden, died July 24, 2017, at the residence. Parents Charles Washington and Aceneth Swope Coker predeceased him, as did sisters Ethel Crawford, Evelyn Yarborough, and Alma Coker and brothers Charles Coker, Raymond Coker, and Willie Coker. Surviving are wife Virginia Blackmon Coker; sons Mason (Anne) Coker Jr., Tim (Debbie) Coker, Michael Coker; four stepchildren; grandchildren; […]

Edward E. ‘Buck’ Copeland

EDWARD E. ‘BUCK’ COPELAND, 94, Bessemer, died July 15, 2017. He attended J.B. Pennington High School and served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was retired from Hayes International, raised cattle, and was known to have many talents. He enjoyed traveling by RV, hiking the high country of North Carolina, and working in his shop. Predeceasing him […]

Pearl Graves

PEARL GRAVES, 90, Oneonta, died July 16, 2017. She was predeceased by parents Julius and Lena Smith Haynes. Surviving are husband Millard Graves; children Millar D. Graves, Bearl Graves, Marva J. Bradley, Flora (Fred) Ball-Davis, Benny O. (Tina) Graves, Ruby G. (David) Thomas, Patricia K. Graves; grandchildren; great-grandchildren. Preston Nix officiated the 11 a.m. service held July 22 at Mt. […]

Billy Ray Hill

BILLY RAY HILL, 78, Oneonta, died July 21, 2017. He was a member of Allgood Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting, and recently had begun working on and repairing guns. Predeceasing him were parents J.C. and Ruby Lee Hill and brother Charles Hill. Surviving are wife of 57 years Jo Ann Cornelius Hill; sons Eddie Ray (Shonya) Hill, Marty […]

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