ANNA GRACE LONG arrived at 4:42 p.m. May 12, 2009, at Baptist Medical Center in Montgomery. She weighed 5 lbs. 14 oz. and measured 18 1/4 inches. Proudly welcoming her were parents Chris and Candy Long of Auburn; grandparents Don and Martha Jones of Blountsville and Wayne and Lyda Long of Collierville, Tenn.; and great-grandparents Marvin and Mavis Hale of […]


ALLISON GRACE BUTTS, daughter of Vicki and Daniel Butts of Blountsville, was born May 6, 2009, at St. Vincent’s East weighing 8 lbs. 1 oz. and measuring 20 1/2 inches. Allie is the granddaughter of Brenda and Johnny Thomas of Blountsville and Kay and Perry Butts of Rosa and the great-granddaughter of Alma L. Burttram of Rosa and Wilma Gene […]


If there appears to be a disagreement among family members about information to appear in an obituary, The Blount Countian reserves the right to decline to publish any of it. The newspaper takes pride in not charging for publishing obituaries except for those of persons without direct connection to this county, in which case the person requesting it will pay […]



I am grateful to Brian Kaylor, a contributing editor at, for making me aware of a recent development at the Thomas Nelson publishing house. Thomas Nelson is one of the largest Christian publishers in America, and one of the leading publishers of Bibles. It’s their most recent Bible product that is a source of concern. Billed as “The American […]


“BE CREATIVE @ YOUR LIBRARY” is theme of this summer’s reading programs at Oneonta’s and Blountsville’s public libraries. Oneonta’s program, which begins today, June 3, and ends July 15, is open to young people, preschool through sixth grade, with programs, prizes, story hours, and more. For more information, call the library at 274-7641. All programs are free of charge and […]

Cleveland students ace grad exam

Cleveland High School tenth-grade students pose with principal Denise Martin (center) to celebrate their $100 prizes for placing tops in the state in the Alabama High School Graduation Exam USA TestPrep SMACKDOWN contest. Marvin Milner (right) placed first in the state with 121,500 points and 228 practice tests passed. Katelyn Shostak earned 53,000 points in the contest and passed all […]


Army Pvt. Jenifer L. Vaughn has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed […]


Last week in a page two article on the upcoming summer reading program at Oneonta Public Library, the newspaper reported that each child who registers will receive a free book and a summer reading Tshirt. The book is free – that’s correct – but the T-shirt is not. It costs $5. We regret the error and any inconvenience it may […]

Horsley asks for old swimming pool site

Speaking for his newly formed committee, Eugene Horsley asked Oneonta City councilmen to donate land at the city’s former swimming pool location for a Blount County war service memorial. Horsley reported a friend’s request for help in obtaining recognition for Korean Conflict veterans spurred him into action. He said Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray had suggested the old swimming pool site […]

Gubernatorial candidate Sparks runs stealthily at chamber breakfast

To be a candidate for Alabama’s next governor, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Ron Sparks gave an unusually subtle speech to chamber members and guests attending the monthly breakfast meeting at Twin Oaks last week. He didn’t specifically mention his candidacy during the speech, although he summarized his accomplishments as agriculture commissioner, emphasizing the importance of agriculture to the state’s […]