Centuries in a nutshell

Leslie and Ann Kelley of Oneonta were married for 63 years before his death this spring. Sometime during those years they became owners of a wealth of historical and ancestral documentation preserved on rolls of microfilm: 222 reels in fact. Honoring her late husband’s request, Ann Kelley has donated the entire colleciton and a viewing machine to the Blount County […]


Kenneth and Connie Wren of Pinson announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Kathryn Grace Wren, to Torrance Ashton Hayes of Remlap, son of Shannon Woods of Remlap and Daryl Hayes of Argo. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bobby and Betty Wren of Birmingham and Larry and Kathy Wilson. She is a teacher at Noah’s Park in […]


Bruce and Paula Hall of McClarty announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Ashley Morgan Hall, to Tyler Heath Garrison, son of Charles and Vickie Garrison of Boaz. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Pauline and Floyd T. (Sonny) Evans of Cleveland, Irene Freeman of Oneonta, and the late Lowell Hall. She graduated from Susan Moore High School […]

75th anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Louie “Spud” Evans will celebrate their 75th anniversary following church services Sunday, Sept. 13, with a luncheon at their home at 106 Azalea Trail, Oneonta. Lucille Inmon and Louie Evans were married Sept. 7, 1934, in a ceremony performed by a Rev. Vaughn. They have lived in Oneonta most of their lives. Mr. Evans is the son […]

Oneontan receives grant-in-aid

Emily Bender, a 2009 graduate of Oneonta High School, has received a grant-in-aid awarded by the Beta Delta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She attends The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she plans to major in elementary education. Emily comes from a family of educators. Her mother, Melinda Bender, is a teacher at Locust Fork High School, […]

People News

SAMUEL SIDES of Cleveland was among the first wave of graduates in the Ready to Work Program at Snead State Community College. The program is a free workplace development course that includes Workkeys Certification and AIDT training in applied mathematics, workplace ethics, workplace behavior, computer training, manufacturing, job acquisition skills, statistical process controls, precision tools training, and problem solving techniques.


ZACHARY FULENWIDER graduated with honors from West End High School, where he was a member of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and Senior Beta Club. He scored 30 on his ACT and will be attending Gadsden State Community College on an honor scholarship. Zachary is the son of Jennifer Faulkner of Oneonta and Derrick Fulenwider of Altoona.

Back in the saddle

Some 30 years ago, Major Jeff Thompson traded in his parachute, g-suit, and fast jet for horses, saddles, and his home on the range. Jeff spent his long military career flying Air Force planes and enjoying an occasional horseback ride. Fast jets and fast horses had equal billing on his favorite-things-to-do list. While stationed at Columbus Air Force Base, he […]


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 persons requesting them will pay for […]


BACK-TO-SCHOOL AMNESTY PERIOD at Oneonta Public Library through Sept. 30 when fines will be forgiven for library materials more than 30 days overdue still in circulation condition (no water or moisture damage, chewed and/or torn items, or items with odor or insect infestation problems). Book drop open after hours. In the last year, the value of the library’s unreturned, lost, […]