Alacare Home Health & Hospice settles in at new location

Alacare has just completed its sixth move in Oneonta since it first began operating in Blount County in 1989. During that time it expanded from about 10 employees and fewer than 20 patients to its present size of 42 employees providing home health care and hospice services to 185 patients in Blount and surrounding portions of Jefferson, Etowah, and Marshall […]

‘Like a monkey on your back’

It was a handsome plant, maybe assigned a new horticultural application – as a foundation plant to hide the junk under the porch. In reality it was marijuana – Cannabis sativa – one of about 45 such illegal plants discovered Sept. 2 at a house in northwest Blount County, near the Cullman County line. The rest of the plants were […]


BLOUNT COUNTY HOMES FEATURED The 18th annual National Solar Homes Tour will once again feature four Blount County homes. Tours are Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3. Featured are a straw-bale home, a clerestory home, an underground home, and an expanded yurt home where solar hot water, solar electricity, and solar home design are utilized. Also featured are solar […]


16, of Trussville, died Sept. 11, 2010. A student at Hewitt Trussville High School, Brandon enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding dirt bikes and 4-wheelers. Relatives say he loved his family and was a loyal friend of those for whom he cared. He was predeceased by his mother Shannon Smith of Trussville, grandfather Preston Morrell Cornelius of Clay, and aunt Stephanie […]


66, of Pinson, formerly of Blountsville, died Sept. 15, 2010, at her residence. She was a 1962 graduate of J.B. Pennington High School and worked as an accounting clerk with Regions Bank 44 years before retiring. Predeceasing her were parents Edward and Pauline Thomas Cornelius, husband Hollis Leon Mahaffey, and brother Hugh Allen Cornelius. Surviving are stepchildren Chad (Cortney) Mahaffey […]


77, died Sept. 14, 2010, at her Cleveland residence. A native of Alabama, she was a member of Pine Island Missionary Baptist Church in Guntersville. Her parents, James Noah and Jennie Lou McElroy McCay, predeceased her. Surviving are husband Paul Robbins; sons Ernest Lee Robbins of Guntersville, Virgil Lynn Robbins of Illinois, and Walter Owens Robbins of Kentucky; daughters Emma […]


90, formerly of Blountsville, died Sept. 15, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Trussville. She was born in Blount County and lived here many years before moving to Jefferson County. She worked as a waitress and was a member of Huffman Baptist Church, which she attended faithfully as long as her health permitted. Predeceasing her were parents Ercy and Mary […]


75, of Oneonta, died Sept.18, 2010, at Golden Living Center. Born in Murray County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Claude and Jayne Ogles Kisselburg. She was a member of New Life Ministries Church of God and worked as a cook at Oneonta Manor Nursing Home and as a presser for Wrangler. Others predeceasing her were husband […]


96, of Oneonta, died Sept. 20, 2010, at Golden Living Center. He was a member of Southside Methodist Church and a retired machinist with Lamson Session. A native of DeKalb County, he was the son of the late Frances Marion and Cora Smith Vick. Surviving are sister Alice Vick of Oneonta and nephew Neil (Sharon) Vick of Boaz. Predeceasing Mr. […]

101st birthday celebration

Lula Mae Stevenson eyes her delicious birthday cake and says she thinks that now, at 101 years of age, she has earned the right to eat only food that has sugar as the main ingredient! Her new perm, lipstick, rouge, and red dress make her look especially pretty for her birthday celebration Sept. 9 with her six daughters – Joan […]