Media Day 2018


Blount County made a strong showing at the North Central Alabama High School Football Media Day held at Swamp Tails in Oneonta last week. All Blount County football programs were in attendance and had much to talk about. Appalachian Rob Beard is entering his first season as head coach at Appalachian. During his time at the podium, he introduced his […]

Nick’s Kids awards grant to Children’s Center


For the ninth year in a row, the Blount County Children’s Center has been awarded a grant from the Nick’s Kids Foundation. This year’s grant totaled $2,000 and will be used for operational costs to further the center’s mission to prevent child abuse, help victims, and strengthen families. According to director Jim Ed Clayton, Nick and Terry Saban host a […]

Sports Brief

UPWARD FLAG FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING at Cleveland First Baptist Church for boys and girls in first through sixth grades is open through Friday, Aug. 10. $90 per child. Discounts available for families with multiple children. First game is Saturday, Sept. 8. Contact Rex Branham at 353-1425 or the church office at 274-0581 for more information or to register. Online registration […]

Marlana Matthews takes helm at Cleveland Elementary


Marlana Matthews reported to work July 25 as the new principal at Cleveland Elementary School and will assume those duties decidedly and in real time when the 2018-2019 school term begins tomorrow (Aug. 9). Matthews, 47, comes to the job from her assignment as a reading coach at Hayden Primary School last year. She has 18 years experience as an […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS WARRIOR RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH will have revival through Friday, Aug. 10, with services at 7 p.m. and prayer at 6:45 p.m. Roy Miller is pastor, Sam Johnson is evangelist. The church is located on U.S. 278, west of Walnut Grove. GOD’S LITTLE CHURCH will have a gospel singing on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 1:30 p.m., featuring Jeremiah’s Call from […]

Boonrat ‘Penn’ Adams

BOONRAT ‘PENN’ ADAMS, 68, Hayden, died Aug. 4, 2018, at the residence. Harold Rhodes officiated the 11 a.m. service held Aug. 7 at Gethsemane Baptist Church with burial at the adjoining cemetery. Blountsville Funeral Home directed.

Wanda Louise Gillihan Hutchens

WANDA LOUISE GILLIHAN HUTCHENS, 69, Robin Hill Community, died Aug. 1, 2018. Predeceasing her were parents Edgar and Velma Walker Gillihan and an infant brother. Surviving are husband Larry Wade Hutchens; children John (Teresa) Hutchens, Nedra (Ricky) Graves, Daniel (Teresa) Hutchens, James (Amy) Hutchens, Jacob (Catie) Hutchens; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Barbara Blyth, Brenda Millam, Mavis Phillips, Sue Hill, […]

W.A. ‘Bill’ Kornegay

W.A. ‘BILL’ KORNEGAY, 90, Friday’s Crossing Community of Susan Moore, died Aug. 5, 2018, at Diversicare. He was known for whistling “Happy Birthday” and giving away $1 bills. He was a retired foreman with Blount County and served as a county commissioner for 12 years. He served with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. Predeceasing him were wife […]

James Michael McAfee

JAMES MICHAEL MCAFEE, 46, Centreville, died Aug. 1, 2018, at UAB Hospital, Birmingham. Surviving are wife Kari McAfee; daughters Kaylie (Tyler) Bynum, Blountsville, Bella Claire McAfee, Maleigha Rose McAfee, both of Centreville; parents Bruce and Sara McAfee, Snead; brother Daniel McAfee, Opelika; father-and mother-in-law Charles and Darlene Waddle, Arab; aunt and caregiver Alice Hamby, Snead. Shamus Drake, Justin Waddle, and […]

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