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McCay plays for Lee University honor band


Oneonta High School junior Kendall McCay earned the honor of playing in the prestigious Lee University honor band Nov. 15 through Nov. 17. Under the direction of nationally renowned conductor/composer Dr. David Holsinger, McCay was one of six trombonists chosen. The journey for this honor began when McCay was selected to take part in the all-state band, which he has […]

Powell named paramedic of the year


Blount EMS operations manager Weslie Powell was named 2018 Paramedic of the Year at the annual BREMSS banquet held Nov. 13. The award is given to EMS personnel who demonstrate excellence through a specific incident or in general operations for providing consistent and outstanding patient care. Powell, who “officially retired” from full-time employment more than two years ago, did not […]

Turner – Godfrey

Gary and Donna Godfrey of Cleveland announce the upcoming marriage of their son Jared Lee Godfrey to Christina Shay Turner of Alexandria. The bride-elect is the daughter of Michael Turner and LeeAnne Turner Landers, both of Alexandria. She graduated from Alexandria High School in 2010 and from Samford University in 2018 with a master of science degree in nursing. She […]

‘This helped me a lot in life’


Brennan Browning, a Cleveland High School junior, is featured in a print advertisement and a video for the United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) because of a six-week program she participated in as a freshman. Cleveland’s principal Chris Lakey said that in the 2016-2017 school year, he had an opportunity to hire a math interventionalist thanks to a Bold Goals […]

Thomas graduates

Airman Christopher J. Thomas graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Tex. Thomas completed an intensive eight-week program that including training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. He also earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of […]

Johnson is ACC linebacker of the week


Georgia Tech senior and former Oneonta Redskin Jalen Johnson was named Atlantic Coast Conference Linebacker of the Week for his outstanding performance in Tech’s 27-21 win over Miami (Fla.) Saturday. Johnson, an outside linebacker, recorded eight tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage. Johnson’s two tackles for loss were a career high while his eight stops fell just one […]

Lyda-Graul engagement

Tim and Brada Graul of Altoona announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their son Jacob MacBrady Graul to Stephanie Lyda of Altoona. The bride-elect is the daughter of Carotta Hagie of Huntsville and Gregory Lyda of Gurley. She is the granddaughter of Bill and Linda Lyda of Huntsville. She is a nursing graduate of the University of Alabama at […]

Payne awarded firefighter of the year


Susan Moore Fire and Rescue firefighter/ advanced EMT Chance Payne was awarded firefighter of the year on Nov. 1. Payne is credited with saving the life of an individual, yet paying attention to details that ultimately gave investigators the needed information that led to an arson arrest. On July 9, Payne was the first responding unit to the scene of […]

Charity quilt winner

Sue Hill of Oneonta is the winner of the Blount County Quilters Guild ‘Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam’ quilt raffled during the Covered Bridge Festival. Proceeds fund Guild projects including high school senior scholarships, kid’s quilts for the sheriff’s department, and Quilts of Valor for military personnel. Best of show winners at the quilt show were Anne Barrett of Grove […]

70th anniversary

Ralph E. Johnson Jr. and wife Charlya celebrated 70 years of marriage. The couple was married on Nov. 6, 1948, in Riverside, Calif. They have three sons, Ralph E. Johnson III, Jan Johnson, and Jay Johnson, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Pictured at near right are the Johnsons on their wedding day in 1948. At far right, Ralph and Charlya […]


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