Revill, Garcia acquitted

Two Birmingham attorneys who were arrested over a year ago just outside the Blount County courthouse in Oneonta were tried and acquitted Thursday, March 29th. Attorneys Victor Revill and Megan Garcia were taken into custody on Feb. 23, 2017, after leaving the courthouse with their client, Loyd Edwards, who was appearing that day in court in reference to a Protection […]

Wildcats reign over Hornets

This year’s Blount County Softball Tournament brought cooler temperatures and ended with a drencher. However, that did not stop the Hayden Wildcats (above) from prevailing. Tori Knighten led the Wildcats offensively, going 6-of-10 from the plate. Savannah Painter was also phenomenal, pitching 11 1/3 innings without giving up an earned run. Coach Simmons attributes their 15-0 win to their “defensive […]

Craig Brannon retires from OTELCO

Josh Smith to sssume role as director of outside plant operations

ONEONTA AND WALNUT GROVE, Ala. Today OTELCO announced that after a 32-year tenure, Craig Brannon has retired from the company. Brannon, a resident of Walnut Grove, AL, most recently held the position of Director of Alabama Region Outside Plant Operations at OTELCO. Brannon joined the company in 1985 as a field technician and continually advanced, with responsibilities ranging from daily […]

Southeastern announces new football coach

Southeastern named Kevin Byrd their high school head football coach last week. Byrd comes from Clark County (11-3) where he served as defensive coordinator, linebacker and running back coach. Before Clark County, Coach Byrd assisted Sweet Water High School in winning three state championships. After Southeastern’s 2-8 season, Byrd “wants to be different.” He believes defense wins games. Byrd plans […]

Church Briefs

PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH There will be a singing on Sunday, April 15, at 6 p.m., with Bama Blu-Grace performing. The church is located two miles east of Holly Pond on U.S. 278. Phone 256-796-5986 for more information. MT. CARMEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m. nightly. Prayer band begins at 6:45 […]

Charles William Chambers

CHARLES WILLIAM CHAMBERS, 73, Blountsville, died April 6, 2018. He was a member of Oneonta First Baptist Church and had served with the U.S. Army National Guard. Parents Bethel and Elizabeth Chambers predeceased him, as did sister Barbara Jean Fitzgerald and mother-in-law Doris Worsham. Surviving are wife Marguerite Chambers; children Deborah (Chris) Murphree, Lynda (Tommy) Rhymes, Kim (Nik) Pratikakis, Natasha […]

Jean Polk Johnson

JEAN POLK JOHNSON, 78, Oneonta, died April 2, 2018. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on April 7 at Sand Valley Church of Christ with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery. Valley Chapel of Oneonta directed.

Joseph ‘Joe’ Johnson

JOSEPH ‘JOE’ JOHNSON, 27, Allgood, died April 6, 2018. Predeceasing him were father Frank Johnson, brother Timothy Blackwood, and grandfather Ervin Dobbs. Surviving are mother Sherie Johnson; stepfather Dan Thomas; brother Eric Blackwood; grandmother Barbara Dobbs; three uncles; one aunt. Curtis Alexander officiated the 1 p.m. graveside service held April 10 at Tidwell Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Christinia McKinnon

CHRISTINIA MCKINNON, 29, Cleveland, died April 6, 2018. She was predeceased by husband Andy Smith. Surviving are children Jacob, Summer, Katience; parents Raymond and Betty McKinnon; brothers Kevin (Terra) McKinnon, Michael Wilson. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

Joni Neely

JONI NEELY, 59, Trafford, died April 1, 2018. Hue Thomas officiated the 11 a.m. graveside service held April 4 at Bethlehem Cemetery. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

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