Swim team at state

Oneonta’s Deondre Elliott stretches for the water at the start of the backstroke during last week’s state swim meet at Cullman. More information about the Oneonta Swim Team’s performance at the state meet will be in sports next week.

North Blount team reaches World Series

Head coach Marc Owens and assistant coaches Tommy Glass, Jason Edwards, and Randy Kent recently led their 11-year-old North Blount Sluggers all-star baseball team to the World Series in Commerce, Ga. “Our team was pumped and ready to play,” said Owens. The Sluggers got strong pitching and opened the tournament by beating a team from Villa Rica behind a threehit […]

Blount County Sports Hall of Fame taking nominations

The Blount County Sports Hall of Fame is now taking nominations for new members. The induction ceremony will be Thursday, Sept. 24, at Twin Oaks in Oneonta. Nomination forms may be picked up at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, located across from the Blount County Courthouse, or by calling Oneonta Rotary Club president Barbara Andersen at 559-2206. The induction […]


BLOUNTSVILLE YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION continues. Players (ages 6 through 13) may register at Blountsville Town Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. Registration fee is $90. For more information, call Diane at 429-2406. ONEONTA YOUTH SOCCER will host individual skills camps through British Soccer and Alabama Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), July 27 – 31 at the Oneonta Rec […]

Wilbert – Gullo

Cheryl Shepherd of Locust Fork and Lee Wilbert of Talladega announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Amber Nicole Wilbert to Sean Matthew Gullo, son of Leah Marks of Cleveland and Tommy Gullo of Locust Fork. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Rev. Caroll and Harolyn Calvert of Locust Fork and the late Gladys Wilbert of Altoona. She […]

Beyond a boy

“People look their whole life to see a miracle, but we get to live one.” – Crystal Studdard

In a time of unstable economy, insurmountable debt, and increasing unemployment, something unexpected presents itself, reminding us to count our blessings. Oneontan Austin Studdard is such an unexpected gift. The 13-year-old’s story began at birth, when he was diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia. The hernia pushed all of his internal organs to the left of his chest, where his lung […]


HOLLEY SMITH represented Susan Moore High School at the 2009 session of Alabama Girls State at Troy University in June. For one week, she became a citizen of an imaginary state and took part in the political life of her community. She ran for governor while at Girls State, which is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, and speaks to […]


PATELYN BATTLES celebrated her second birthday June 20 with lots of friends. She is the daughter of Carl and Brooke Battles and the granddaughter of Larry and Bobbie Battles and Randy and Sarah Hall. Great-grandparents are Irene Battles and the late Pharon Battles, Irene Hall Freeman and the late Lowell Hall, Helen Pate and the late Ebbin Pate.

Montana UM grad

Jessica Ann Montana graduated with honors May 9 from the University of Montevallo with degrees in mass communications and communications studies. She graduated from Locust Fork High School in 2005 and provided some articles and photographs for The Blount Countian while there. Daughter of Mike and Sonia Montana of Locust Fork, Jessica is now employed with Ross Bridge in Birmingham.


JULIANNA HARVEY was the 2009 winner of the Carl Coleman-Friend to Animals scholarship given annually by Blount County Animal Shelter, Inc. A dedicated volunteer at the Animal Adoption Center since 2006, she graduated from Oneonta High School and plans to attend Jefferson State Community College, where she will study veterinarian technology. In addition to her activities helping animals, Julianna was […]