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Smith signs with Arkansas State


Noah Smith, senior offensive lineman at Locust Fork High school, officially signed on Dec. 19 to play football at Arkansas State for the Red Wolves. Smith ultimately decided on Arkansas State after considering offers from other teams, including the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Central College Dutch (IA). Smith says, “It just felt like a family [at Arkansas State]. That’s […]

Five players named All-State football


The Alabama Sports Writers Association released its 2019 All-State football teams over the weekend. The teams are voted on by the ASWA’s prep committee after receiving nominations from coaches across the state. Congratulations to five players from Blount County and Oneonta City schools who were recognized for their accomplishments on the field this season. Susan Moore’s Anthony Cervantes was named […]

Cleveland graduate to compete in new season of Biggest Loser


Micah Collum, 23, is among 12 contestants scheduled to compete on the newest season of Biggest Loser. Collum, a 2014 graduate of Cleveland High School, was always on the heavier side despite being a dual-sport athlete in high school (football and basketball). However, his weight did not begin to balloon until after graduation; he gained almost 100 pounds. Collum will […]

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Sessions hits the trail

Former Sen. Jeff Sessions was in full-blown whistle-stop mode when the campaign trail led him through Oneonta as one of the last of a dozen or so stops last week. The meet and greet at The Little Brick Church was delayed slightly by a detour by Session’s host, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey, to meet her 7-month-old son Glen […]

Merry Grinchmas

In lieu of swapping gifts among themselves, third grade students at Oneonta Elementary were asked to grow their hearts two sizes and bring a gift to donate to the Hope House this holiday season. Students spent an entire day celebrating Grinchmas and completing fun crafts and activities. They discussed how important it is to sometimes give rather than receive. “The […]