Two advance to second round

Five Blount County teams qualified for the high school baseball playoffs and two advanced out of last week’s first round to play this week. Oneonta enjoyed a comfortable two-game sweep over Lincoln – winning 7-2 and 13-0 – while Cleveland was forced to go to a third game after splitting last Friday’s doubleheader – losing the first game 10-6 before […]

Gilliland resigns at Oneonta

After five years as head coach of the Oneonta Redskins, Gardner Gilliland resigned yesterday (Tuesday) morning. “It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while,” he said. “I’ve got three young kids and I just didn’t want to look back in 10 years and regret the time that I had missed with them.” Gilliland, who has been at Oneonta for […]


ONEONTA REC LEAGUE CHEERLEADER REGISTRATION will continue through April 24 at the Oneonta Rec Center. Registration (for girls in grades K-6) will be Monday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The registration fee is $50 and covers insurance, clinic fees, and T-shirt. For more information, call 625-3534. J.B. PENNINGTON ALUMNI […]

‘Abigail Adams’ subject at Warrior Rivers luncheon

Sibyl Durrett Banks of Tuscaloosa will appear in “A Visit with Abigail Adams” at the Awards Banquet of the Warrior Rivers Chapter NSDAR on Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the Nineteenth Hole of Heritage Golf. Mrs. Banks’s costume is similar to the gown Mrs. Adams wore in a portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart ca. 1800. She will give […]

Book by local author seeking answers to life’s questions

In her latest book, Deciphering Amber, Pine Mountain author Dortha (Dot) Dickinson uses both fiction and her own real life experiences to answer the question, “Why am I here?” Deciphering Amy is the story of one woman’s attempt to discover her inner identity. Amber is the name the main character in the book assumes after sustaining a head injury that […]

April is National Occupational Therapy Month

Oneonta Mayor Darryl Ray displays the proclamation naming April National Occupational Therapy Month. With him at the signing April 16 were (left) Joan Thomas, occupational therapist, and Jennifer Maynor, certified occupational therapy assistant, from Golden Living Center, Oneonta. Occupational therapy helps patients regain functions of daily routine after a surgery or illness and provides adaptations and equipment that improve the […]

April photographer of the month

Cliff Saucier of Cleveland is doing with cameras what artists of old did with paints and brushes. He captures life like subjects on film instead of on canvas. Cliff’s photography is both amazing and unique: he does his work with only one arm. After the disease called myeloma, a form of cancer, claimed his entire right arm, he fabricated a […]


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, and those requested to be published as submitted but […]

News Brief

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SELF-HELP Oneonta-Blount County Self-Help Group of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold regular meetings the fourth Monday of every month from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. This month’s meeting will be Monday, April 26, in the private dining hall of St. Vincent’s Blount in Oneonta. Anyone who has multiple sclerosis or who is interested in the neurological […]

David Cochran seeks third term in District 1

David Cochran, 54, was born and raised in Trafford, attending elementary school in Warrior and graduating from Warrior High School in 1974. After entering the work force out of high school with a twoyear certification in welding, he later returned to Wallace State Community College where he earned an associate degree in liberal arts. He briefly attended Athens State University […]