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Panthers, Redskins headed to State

With their 21-14 win over Mars Hill, the Cleveland Panthers are headed to the school’s first football championship. Cleveland running back Tyler Smith scored all three Panther touchdowns and  finished with 145 yards on 24 carries. Logan Washburn completed eight of his 11 passes for 65 yards while rushing for 90 yards on 13 carries. Kartar Adams led the defense […]

People of Blount County: Patrick Dalstra


Unchurched. Following the crowd. School dropout. Bad decisions. Loose living. These words pretty much sum up the early life of Patrick Dalstra, today’s people of Blount County. Patrick grew up in a single parent home in and around Grand Rapids, Mich., with three brothers. The family moved around a lot and he attended many schools while growing up. Patrick had […]

People of Blount County — Jonathan Ledbetter


When you have a desire to serve, you will let nothing stand in your way. Jonathan Ledbetter, today’s People of Blount County, can attest to that.  When he was denied entrance into the military due to poor eyesight, he could have easily given up.  But, he didn’t. Because Jonathan had no positive influence during his younger years and had basically […]

People of Blount County — Ricardo Saucedo


“This is just the beginning.”  These inspiring words from Ricardo Saucedo, today’s People of Blount County, are uplifting. Ricardo, who was originally a self-taught barber, grew up in the Susan Moore community. In September, he and co-owner Juan Sanchez opened Cuts N’ Fades Barber Studio in Oneonta. Juan and Ricardo have been friends for several years. Even though Juan is […]

People of Blount County — Gene Small


“Just a plain ole Blountsville boy blessed by God.” Those are the words of Gene Small, today’s People of Blount County.  This year Gene will have “hung up the badge” and been retired 25 years after a 25-year career working in law enforcement. During his tenure, Gene may have been writing a warning ticket to helping someone change their tire […]

People of Blount County — Birdella “Skipper” Gilbert


“Now what do I do?”   These words come at a time many of us will never experience.  Birdella “Skipper” Gilbert turned 100 a couple of weeks ago and asked herself this question.  She had never really thought about it until recently.  It is definitely something to ponder. Looking back over her life, Skipper can tell you some stories that […]

Coming together as One


Everybody can be great because anybody can serve…. you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. — Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Millions of lives have been touched through Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse. Shoeboxes full of toys, pencils, crayons, toothbrushes, flashlights, and lots of other fun and useful things […]

People of Blount County — Brandon and Jeanette Kilpatrick


There are people throughout the county who simply do good and want no recognition.  They have a desire to bless others and in turn are blessed themselves.  Today’s People of Blount County features a couple who do these random acts of kindness not only for others, but many of their acts of kindness focus on special needs children.  Brandon and […]

People of Blount County — Darlene Driggers


25, 23, and 4… These numbers may seem unimportant to most, but to Darlene Driggers, today’s People of Blount County, they are extremely important.  Darlene has been married to Dan Driggers for 25 years, she has been teaching at Appalachian High School for 23 years, and she and Dan have four wonderful children.  Noah is named after his father. Number […]

People of Blount County — Tyler Cardwell


The “best seat in the house” and “up close and personal” is how Tyler Cardwell, today’s People of Blount County, gets to see Auburn football each week.  Tyler, a 2018 graduate of Appalachian High School, began his collegiate career on the sidelines, but not as a player.  He is a graduate assistant who has various assignments assisting the Tigers’ football […]


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