100th birthday celebration

Lula Mae Stevenson will mark her 100th birthday this Saturday, and her six daughters invite all family and friends to join a celebration in her honor. It will take place Sept. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Golden Living Center, 215 Valley Road, Oneonta. They say, “No gifts, please.” Lula Mae Dean grew up in the McClarty community […]

80th Birthday

JOE MASSEY will be 80 Sept. 8. His family says, “WANTED: Family and friends to attend his birthday celebration Sunday, Sept. 6, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Tommy’s Place at Locust Fork. Your presence is the only gift desired.” Joe still works every day driving trucks, hauling gravel, and doing many other things. He met his wife Ann […]

Roberson – Shelton

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ingram of Blountsville are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter Audra to Justin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Shelton of Lithia Springs, Ga. Justin proposed to Audra on April 24, 2009, at the top of the Sundial restaurant overlooking the city lights of Atlanta. They want friends and relatives to visit their web […]


Steve and Cindy DeBerry of Crossville announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Emily DeBerry, to James Wesley McKinney of Oneonta, son of Debbie Dean of Montgomery, Randy and Roxanna McKinney of Oneonta, and Jeff Dean of Oneonta. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Loyce and Chloe DeBerry of Crossville and Almous and Debbie Calhoun […]


Melanie Anne Homan and Carey Chadwick Paris were married June 6, 2009, in a 5 p.m. ceremony officiated by Dr. Art Luckie at First United Methodist Church in Demopolis. The bride is the daughter of Dan and Sylvia Homan of Demopolis and the granddaughter of the late Clermon Ovell Burkhalter of Gordo, the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ed Homan […]

Family recipes hard to beat

Etheleen Thomas Zirkle brought some very special recipes to The Blount Countian – four family recipes passed from generation to generation that she wanted to share with readers, something many cooks will not do. Etheleen Zirkle, who lives on U.S. 231 near Cleveland, says the recipes are very good and she thinks readers will enjoy them. Hashed Brown Potatoes 1 […]


ELOISE JIMMERSON, 82, was chosen to represent Golden Living Center of Oneonta in the state nursing home beauty pageant Aug. 3 at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. She was accompanied by the home’s activities director Eileen Hullett, her nurse Karen Catete, and her daughter Gwen Maltbie. She says it was an experience she will never forget. Many friends and relatives […]


RIVER JUDE MURPHREE, son of Clay and Tara Murphree of Nectar, was born July 14, 2009, at 4:55 a.m. He arrived at Cullman Regional Hospital weighing 6 pounds 9 ounces. He is the grandson of Terry and Betty Gilliland, Rodney and Charlotte Murphree, and Randy and Judy Underwood. His great-grandparents are Bobby and Shirley Hudson.


LUCY CHRISTINE BOYSEN, daughter of Soenke and Lisa Boysen of Erlangen, Germany, was born July 22, 2009, weighing 6 pounds 2 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. Her grandparents are Jean Lanier of Oneonta, Karl-Emil Boysen of Niebuell, Germany, the late Tom and Lucy Lanier of Oneonta, and the late Gunda Anna Christine Boysen of Niebuell, Germany.

Coincidental talents

Very rarely does one encounter people as multi-talented as Mike Naylor and Richard Davies. Very rarely do the talents of two people meld into a collection like the beautiful knives and sheaths the two make. By age eight, David had developed a passion for making useful things from almost nothing. Figuratively, he could “make a silk purse from a sow’s […]