Betty Love Burchell Matheney

Posted by | June 19, 2019 8:38 am

Betty Love Burchell Matheney, 87, of Sparta, passed away June 16, 2019, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mrs. Matheney was born May 30, 1932, in Rutledge, Tennessee, to Henry Lee and Mary Lou McDaniels Burchell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George W. Matheney; daughter, Gail Matheney; two sons, Buddy Matheney, Michael Matheney; and three sisters.

Survivors include her children,  Emma (Robert) Smith, Liz McGinty, Gary (Pam) Matheney, Pat (Rick) Hutchins, Ricky Matheney, Greg Matheney, Misty (Gene) Williams; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., June 19, 2019, at Hunter Funeral Home with burial in the Frasier’s Chapel Cemetery.  … Read More

Are you raising a relative child or need housing assistance?

Posted by | June 18, 2019 1:11 pm

For more information on assistance and support, please contact Melissa Allison at the Upper Cumberland Developments District toll free at 1-877-275-8233.

A support group meeting will be held for relatives that are caring for relative children during the month of June, 2019. Please contact Melissa Allison at 931-476-4127, if you are interested in attending this meeting.

For housing assistance while caring for minor child, contact Myra Walker at 931-432-4111.

Dale Farley – a true Warrior

Posted by | June 18, 2019 8:43 am

Dale Farley (Photo courtesy of West Virginia University)

Dale Farley, who was a standout athlete as a Warrior football player more than four decades ago and went on to a professional career in the sport he loved so much, has passed away.

Farley, 70, passed away June 13, 2019. Although he had traveled the country while playing professional football, Farley returned to his hometown of Sparta to raise his family.

After helping lead the White County High School Warriors under Coach Dee Harris to a very successful high school career, Farley went on to become an All American linebacker at West Virginia and later played in the pros for the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills.… Read More

Hey Dad! Build your wall

Posted by | June 18, 2019 7:50 am

Christpoint Church – By Steve Qualls

“Its gates are burned with fire, Its walls are destroyed. The city is in great trouble and distress.”

Some fathers in our country today may just find their role as husband and father in trouble and distress. The gates of communication that once swung freely on the hinges of relationship are seemingly burned from past hurts and new selfish desires. The wall that was designed by God to surround our children and family for many has been destroyed. When the wall of Godly righteousness crumbles, then the result will be an erosion of the family.

Nehemiah records in chapter 1 the very … Read More

Hear the saving gospel message

Posted by | June 18, 2019 7:48 am

By Derrick Coble – West Sparta church of Christ

The word “gospel” is often said but may not be really understood.  The literal meaning is “good message” or “good news.”  Our English word comes from two words:  “God” and “spell.”  With this in mind, you might say that the gospel is “good news spelled out by God himself!”

The New Testament uses the word numerous times in reference to the good news that Jesus himself came to the earth to die and be raised again for the salvation of mankind (1 Cor. 15:1-4), and He brought a saving message that we take into the world—the gospel (Mark 16:15).… Read More

All we have to fear is fear itself

Posted by | June 18, 2019 7:44 am

The Right Stuff- By Donald Holman

Let’s start off this week with the crisis at the border. We can all remember just a few months ago all the mainstream media were calling Trump’s warning of a crisis at the border a lie and worse. Fast forward to just a few weeks ago and when various Democrat administration figures from Obama’s time as president and all of a sudden…there’s a crisis at the border. But I thought it was a Trump lie to get “his” wall built? Have you ever noticed these media liars lie over and over and over again. and yet they are never called to account?… Read More

Doing the right thing for the right reason takes courage

Posted by | June 18, 2019 7:42 am

Democratic Dialog – By Debra Wines

Why would doing the right thing for the right reason take courage?  It would seem to be an easy thing to do.  Unfortunately, that isn’t the case in many circumstances.  Take for example the stories we hear about whistleblowers.  Those people don’t have it easy once they speak up against a wrong or injustice that they have witnessed.  Some have lost their jobs; others have been ostracized, and many have received various kinds of threats, including bodily harm to themselves and/or family members.

This isn’t a new tactic being used by people who don’t like or simply disagree with what others write … Read More

Fundraising for sports programs is questioned during board meeting

Posted by | June 18, 2019 7:38 am

By Ron Moses

Fundraising for a sports program is a timeless tradition in high school. Soon, however, the White County School Board will be digging deeper into sports programs’ fundraising efforts following a discussion at the June 14 meeting of the White County School Board.

The discussion stemmed from the approval of district fundraisers for 2019-20. Included in those request were the Quarterback Club’s request form for a countywide campaign to sell signs for football field advertisement to help pay for needed football equipment. The football program will look to raise $40,000. According to documents, as of April 12, the balance of the fund is $10,556.

During the … Read More

Chase Lewis qualifies for national cubing competition

Posted by | June 18, 2019 7:35 am

Chase Lewis is excited and ready to attend the CubingUSA Nationals, in August, where he will show off his highly-developed skills. (Photo by RACHEL AUBERGER)

By Rachel Auberger

Chase Lewis, a sixth grader at White County Middle School, will be competing in the CubingUSA Nationals, Aug. 1-4, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Lewis, who began competing in cubing competitions, in December 2017, when he was just 10 years old, is headed to the national competition for the second time. Last summer, Lewis traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah, to compete in the largest cubing competition in the country.

“It was a lot of fun,” Lewis said of the competition that hosted over 850 competitors of all ages.

According to Lewis’s mother, Relva Lewis, there is not a division of competitors at the cubing competitions.

“There … Read More

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