Clearly Speaking

Why Purchase Life Insurance?

We’ve all heard about the importance of having life insurance, but is it really necessary? Usually, the answer is “yes,” but it depends on your specific situation. If you have a family who relies on your income, then it is imperative to have life insurance protection. If you’re single and have no major assets to protect, then you may not […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, December 13, 1979

Commission to study indigent patient care “Our entire budget might not be enough to pay for one extended care case,” Probate Judge/Commission Chairman Frank Green said in discussing indigent patient care. Green’s remark came when he recommended Dec. 10 that commissioners give careful study to the effect of Alabama Health Care Responsibility Act No. 79-808. He said the act makes […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

The Christmas season is here, bringing with it thoughts of good meals and luscious treats. Recipes used this week include punch, veggies, stuffing, goodies, and even snacks for pets. As space allows, The Blount Countian features recipes from cookbooks produced by groups within the county. Recipes below were printed in Tail Wagging and Paw Licking Good from the Blount County […]

Reader writes

'What is Heaven like?'

The other day a fine young Christian person asked me, “What will Heaven be like?” That question can’t be answered to suit everybody, so I told him I would tell him the story of Buford and Elvira in hopes it would give him a basis for answering to his own satisfaction. Now Buford and Elvira were known as pioneer stock. […]

Assume responsibility before receiving benefits

Teenage pregnancy is on the increase here in Alabama. I believe the fathers of these teenage pregnancies should be made responsible, along with the mothers, for the cost of upbringing and education of the children. The mothers should identify the fathers of the children or use DNA tests before they receive benefits from the state. Margie Self Oneonta

While I was away…

by Rob Rice

First of all, apologies are in order. I apologize for bouncing down my steps and breaking my wrist. A little minor surgery and a continuing period of convalescence meant that I missed a few things: Oneonta and Appalachian were able to extend the football season three weeks into the playoffs. Each fell on the road in the quarterfinals — the […]



    The first step on the path to becoming physically fit is to seek information on how to get started. The next step is to decide that you want to be physically fit. The decision to carry out a physical fitness program cannot be taken lightly. It requires a lifelong commitment of time and effort. Exercise must become one […]


Nolen Smith - 4A Back of the Year

Oneonta wide receiver Nolen Smith is a nightmare – at least for opposing defenses. The 6’4″, 190-lb. junior was the big-play threat in a Redskin offense that totaled more than 5100 yards on the year en route to a 10-3 record and a trip to the 4A quarterfinals. For his play, which included a record-setting performance, Smith has been named […]

Stewart receives award

Marjorie Stewart received a plaque of recognition Nov. 12 at the annual Alabama PALS Governor’s Awards luncheon in Montgomery. Stewart is current president of PALS of Blount County. PALS stands for People Against a Littered State, and its members work to make Blount County and Alabama cleaner and more beautiful. Blount County PALS nominated Stewart for this award because of […]


Shown are great-great-grandmother Verna Hays (seated) holding Brilee Hays, daughter of Dustin Hays (standing, middle); Dustin’s mom Elaine Hays Mantooth (standing, right); and Elaine’s mother Sue Young (standing, left).

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