Next of kin

Background Scripture: Ruth 4:13-17; Matthew 1:1-17. Devotional Reading 2 Samuel 7:8-17. It is often said that, “Somewhere in everyone’s family tree there is a horse thief.” I’ve enjoyed searching my genealogy back to the three Althaus brothers who landed in Philadelphia in 1738 from Elsoff, a little town in Germany, where, on one of my trips, I found their names […]



This past Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. Our church, as is true for many, will begin a month-long reflection on the meaning of Jesus’ birth. We will light candles, sing great Advent hymns such as O Come O Come Emmanuel, and use an Advent wreath to remind us of God’s life-giving presence in this world. We will read words […]


SINGINGS JONES CHAPEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have a singing Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. with The Daily Bread as specials. Pastor is Dan Owen, and singing chairman is Fay Owen. Church located in the Holly Springs community. NORTH BROAD STREET CHURCH OF CHRIST in Albertville will have an open-book congregational singing Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. SPECIAL […]

Alabama Scene

Alabama Democrats upset with White House on appointments

Alabama Democrats are becoming increasingly upset with the Obama White House over federal appointments here and are fearful the President is about to nominate a person who does not hold a license to practice law in the state as the U. S. attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Alabama has three federal judicial districts, the Northern District, based in […]

Chamber breakfast to be festive occasion

Update from the chamber of commerce

The Reverend Bert Goodwin will be our featured speaker at the monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. and will include scripture readings and Christmas music by a variety of local talent. And, I am sure that the staff at Twin Oaks will be preparing holiday […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, November 24, 1993

Blount Redskins Whip Blountsville 6 To 0 The Blount High Redskins finished the 1939 season in a blaze of glory Thanksgiving Day when they defeated their ageold rival, Blountsville, by a count of 6 to 0 in the Homecoming Day game, which was played in the new stadium at Oneonta. One of the largest crowds ever to witness a football […]

Hayden’s Myrick signs with UAH

Hayden senior Tiffany Myrick (pictured with parents Lamar and Pam Myrick) signed a basketball scholarship with the Lady Chargers of the University of Alabama in Huntsville last week. Myrick, a 6’2 center, averaged 8.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game last year for a Lady Wildcat team that finished 22-6 and advanced to the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State University. […]

The bookworm sez

Redheaded Robbie’s Christmas Story

For about three months, you’ve been making a list. On it, you’ve got small items like miniature cars or dolls, stocking stuffers, that kind of thing. You’ve got medium-sized toys, the battery-run ones or gifts you’d be happy getting but it’s no big deal. Then you added in the things you really want Santa to bring you and a few […]

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