Awards roll in for Tigers


The 2017 high school football season was a good one for fans of the J.B. Pennington Tigers…make that a great one. The Tigers put together a 9-3 overall record, finished second in 3A Region 6 and claimed the school’s first playoff victory in 20 years with a 33-7 win over Lauderdale County in the first round. As a matter of […]

Redskins make Hokes Bluff finals; Locust Fork falls in Huntsville


The holidays mean good basketball for high school hoops fans but it also means that we have to deal with awkward timing because of holiday deadlines. While the paper is coming out on Dec. 27, this is actually being written on Dec. 22. So, while you may already know if Oneonta won the Patrick Ball Memorial Christmas Classic in Hokes […]

Four sign with Marion Military

The baseball program at Marion Military Institute will definitely draw a lot of interest from Blount and Jefferson counties next year as two players from Mortimer Jordan and one each from Gardendale and Hayden High schools signed with the college last week. Pictured, from left to right, are catcher Chase Batchelor and corner infielder Colby Harris (Mortimer Jordan), middle infielder […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a Watch Night service on Sunday, New Year’s Eve, beginning at 8 p.m. Guest singers will be The Singing Commodores. Refreshments will be served at 10 p.m., then the group will pray the old year out and the new year in. The church is located on U.S. 278, two miles east of […]

The tradition of the Epiphany

While some may think the holiday season ends once New Year’s Day comes and goes, for Christians, the season continues into January with the feast of the Epiphany. The Epiphany occurs 12 days after Christmas, which falls on January 6 (or January 19 for some Orthodox churches that celebrate Christmas on January 7). The Epiphany celebrates the Three Kings, also […]

Christine Carr Bartlett

CHRISTINE CARR BARTLETT, 90, Hanceville, died Dec. 15, 2017. She was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Allie and Aldie Crane Carr, husband Al Bartlett, three brothers, and one sister. Surviving are brother Frank (Martha) Carr, Blountsville; nieces and nephews. Doug Carr and Jeff Carr officiated the 11 a.m. service held Dec. 18 at Mulberry Baptist […]

Linda McIntyre Ellmore

LINDA MCINTYRE ELLMORE, 70, Remlap, died Dec. 11, 2017, at the residence. She was a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. Predeceasing her were parents Hugh and Neita McIntyre. Surviving are sons Kenneth James Cater, Jeffrey Hugh Cater; daughter-in-law Jheen; grandchildren Ashley (Anthony), Chelsea, Lindsay (Justin), Joseph, Mystie; great-grandson Corbin; sisters Judy Earle, Helen McIntyre; brother Jimmy McIntyre; sister-in-law Rosario […]

Steven Jackson

STEVEN JACKSON, 62, Oneonta, died Dec. 19, 2017. He attended Anchor Ministries Church and First Baptist Church of Village Springs. Predeceasing him were parents John Jackson Sr., and Annie Brewster Jackson, brothers Alfonzo Hill and John Robert Henry, and sister Melissa Gray. Surviving are daughter Jenine Latrece (Robert) Jackson, Jackson, Miss.; grandson Ahmad Trevon Pugh; sisters Mary Nell (Romero) Henderson, […]

Annice Crumpton Leatherwood

ANNICE CRUMPTON LEATHERWOOD, 74, Gadsden, died Dec. 18, 2017. She was a devoted Christian and enjoyed cooking and traveling. Parents Homer and Bernie Lee Knight Crumpton, husband Bill Leatherwood, son Dean Sheffield, sister Janice Dodson, and brother Leon Crumpton predeceased her. Surviving are daughter Dana (Steve) Handley, Oneonta; son Mike (Mary) Sheffield, Brewton; grandchildren Christopher Sheffield, Tiffany Sheffield, Nathaniel Sheffield, […]

Vera Belle McCoy

VERA BELL MCCOY, 97, Ashville, died Dec. 15, 2017, at Ashville Healthcare Facility. She was a lifetime member of Austin Creek Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, flower gardening, and crafting. Predeceasing her were parents Henry and Jenny Horton Marsh, husband James McCoy, four brothers, and two sisters. Surviving are daughter Shirley (Kenneth) McCay; son Charles (Robbie) McCoy; grandchildren Chad […]