2018-10-10 E-Edition

Bringing light to the darkness of cancer

In an effort to pay tribute and bring hope to people battling cancer, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will hold their annual Light the Night walk and fundraising event at Railroad Park in Birmingham on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Those walking carry an illuminated balloon – white for survivors, red for supporters, and gold for those who have […]

Is this you!

My name is Becky. I’m trying to get in touch with two ladies that saw a wreck in front of Marvin’s and O’Riley’s on Thursday, October 4, around 9:30 or 10. You were on your way to Boaz, and you talked to my daughter, Cindy, and my granddaughter-in-law, Leah. I’m in great need to speak to you. Please get in […]


Symptoms of preeclampsia are dangerous and not always apparent. It affects pregnant women and usually presents itself on or after the halfway point in pregnancy. When caught in time and treated, preeclampsia risks are minimal and easily avoided. When caught too late or not treated, however, it can be fatal! The only cure for preeclampsia is to deliver the baby. […]

Between the Lines

I was a total band kid in my high school years. Starting in the seventh grade, I played the trumpet and transitioned to the cymbals my junior year. As a senior, I was the OHS mascot. With that being said, it’s been years since I was in a football stadium for the sole purpose of marching in the band. Saturday […]

Journalism matters. Communities matter. People matter.


Oct. 7 through 13 is National Newspaper Week. This year’s theme is “Journalism matters. Now More than Ever.” I’m obsessed with newspapers. Always have been. I’ve loved reading the stories of people, places, and things as long as I can remember. Today, with the world now at our fingertips, I get to read newspapers from all over the world. And […]

More than just a coach

For 33 years, Bruce McAfee, or Coach Mac as he’s affectionally known by so many, served Susan Moore High School as a teacher, baseball coach, football coach, basketball coach and principal. While he may have stepped away from the sidelines and the hallways, his heart never left. He’s been their biggest fan and advocate as he continues to mentor not […]


BAMACARRY OF BLOUNT COUNTY will meet tomorrow, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at Mio Sogno Ristorante in Cleveland. All gun rights enthusiasts are invited. BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB will meet tomorrow, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. U.S. House 6th District candidate Danner Klein will speak. HAYDEN LIONS CLUB BREAKFAST will be Saturday, Oct. 13, […]

Beware the grandparent scam

“Con man” is an old term used to describe people who attempt to separate others from their money by means of deception. The word “con” refers to a person who accomplishes their task by gaining the confidence of their victim. The first use of the term was in an 1849 New York Herald article. The first con game, however, probably […]

‘Just a good young man’

The first Latino deputy will soon be patrolling the highways and roads of Blount County. Juan Chavez is a 2015 Oneonta High School graduate who was hired by Blount County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy. He recently completed the law enforcement academy where he finished first in physical fitness. After high school, Chavez attended Wallace State where he received an […]