CELEBRATING HER BIRTHDAY with Alexzandra Madison Lee Washburn are brother Ty (front), stepmom Lacie (back), and father Matt Washburn holding brother Isaac. Madison was 10 years old Sept. 25. A Cleveland Panther senior cheerleader, she and her 7-year-old brother Ty are on the AB honor roll at Cleveland Elementary School. Her 2-year-old brother Ty and her father were her escorts […]


Bald-faced secrets

Background Scripture: Philippians 3:3—4:9. Devotional Reading: Psalms 46 For about 20 years, Valere and I led seminars on “stress management.” After one of them, a man told us that the principles were some of the most profound and practical he had ever encountered. Asked about their source, I replied, “Well, most of them have come from the New Testament. And […]

Oneontan publishes book

Terry Sellers Jr., relative newcomer to Oneonta, is awaiting delivery this month of the copies of his just completed limited edition, Iron Butterfly, which includes references to family members in Blount County. Sellers began research while living in North Carolina on what resulted in a 286-page genealogical-type book. “After more than 45 years, tens of thousands of dollars, and much […]

Floral Creations in new location

Owner Sherry Blakely (left), along with Wanda and Gracie Gulledge, are ready for the holidays at the new location of Floral Creations. Blakely and partner Barbara Chastain are proud of the new building, which is the former Dogwood Inn on Main Street in Oneonta. Visitors will find a spacious showroom overflowing with all types of holiday decorating ideas – from […]

Students honor veterans

Oneonta High School students continue their standing ovation as United States military veterans respond from their front row seats. Students had risen in appreciation as the some two dozen veterans made the long, and for some slow, walk down an auditorium aisle. The combination of school choirs led by director Sara Towns presented three selections surrounding a roll call of […]

Agigaue Club auction tomorrow night

How would you like the chance to bid on some fabulous prizes in a beautiful relaxed setting, all while helping to raise money for a worthwhile cause? Did I mention that a barbecue meal is included? Well, you are invited to the 11th annual Agigaue Women’s Club charity auction tomorrow night (Nov. 13) at Twin Oaks in Oneonta. The meal […]

Redskins pound Patriots out of playoffs

The Oneonta Redskins used a sound defense and balanced offense to knock off one of the 4A favorites in a 26-14 win at Midfield last Friday night. Oneonta began the game with a 65-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard run by Casey O’Toole on 4th-and-2. Cody Hunt’s extra point sailed wide but Oneonta had a 6-0 lead with 7:39 […]

Late comeback sends Bulldogs into second round

The Susan Moore Bulldogs rallied from a 10- 0 halftime deficit to take an exciting 20-17 win over visiting Pleasant Valley last Friday night. The Bulldogs got on the board in the third quarter but things didn’t look much better headed to the fourth after the visiting Raiders scored to regain the 10-point advantage at 17-7. However, the Bulldogs rallied […]



Robert Parham, executive director of the Baptist Center for Ethics in Nashville, Tenn., posted an important editorial on the center’s website this week regarding the election of Barack Obama. Robert calls for what he describes as “theological realism” in assessing the outcome of the historic election. He notes that Obama is neither the Messiah nor the antichrist. And while I […]


A second birthday. That’s what Jordan Malachi Smith is looking forward to Nov. 14. He is especially excited about his party Nov. 15 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at The Gym where friends and relatives are invited to join him. Parents are Ashley Morton Smith and Joshua Michael Smith.