76, died Oct. 7, 2010. She was a member of Tenbroeck Baptist Church, where her late husband, Rev. Hobert Koger, served as pastor in the ‘70s. She had worked for the DeKalb County Board of Education but retired in 1993 from the Water Board of Section and Dutton in Rainsville. Predeceasing her, in addition to her husband, were parents Ossie […]


66, of the Sugarland Lake community, died Oct. 6, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East. Born in Alabama, she was a longtime member of Oneonta First Independent Church. Parents predeceasing her were Joseph Wesley and Sudie Pennel King.   Surviving are husband Dan Howard Henderson; sons Charles Terry (Robin) Harris, Robert Earl (Debra) Harris, Paul Jeffery (Sharon) Harris, and Anthony (Patricia) […]


61, died Sept. 29, 2010, at his Blountsville residence. Born in Marshall County, he was a truck driver and an Army veteran. Predeceasing him were parents Fonda and Marie Poole Hardy and brother Jerry Hardy.   Surviving are wife Darlene Self Hardy; daughters Dana (Eddie) Gonsalez of Florida and Tonya Hardy of Cullman; grandchildren Caleb Foust and Celina Gonsalez of […]


64, Ashville resident and Blount County native, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. Mrs. Fuller was a retired state employee of the Baptist faith. She was predeceased by parents Harvey and Gladys Kirk McGlaughn, husband Howard A. Fuller, brother Freddie McGlaughn, and sister Bertha Lochamy.   Surviving are her children, all of Ashville, Phillip Howard (Tammy) […]

Memorial Museum to host ‘Haunted Blount County’

Just in time for Halloween, Jonathan Odom of Hayden will present “Haunted Blount County,” a onehour program of Blount County history featuring “unusual stories of strange happenings” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. at Blount County Memorial Museum. Odom is owner of SandCastle Multimedia, an advertising agency he operates from his home in Hayden. Oral history, especially history with […]

Infant formula recall

A voluntary recall of certain Similac brand powder infant formulas has been made by manufacturer Abbott. According to a news release from Abbott and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Abbott is recalling certain of its formula products following an internal quality review which detected the possibility of a small common beetle in the product. The FDA says the formula […]


to be held Monday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of Oneonta City Hall. Your input is encouraged to identify problems and offer solutions toward the revitalization of downtown Oneonta. Sponsored by The Blount Countian, the meeting will be in openforum format and will be dependent on questions and ideas from those in attendance. Everyone is welcomed, […]

Remember the days

Virgle Hazelrig, a 1955 graduate of Cleveland High School, holds up photos from his past. Hazelrig was generally considered one of the better all-around athletes from the county for his time period. After graduating from Cleveland, Hazelrig served in the army as a tank commander for two years before returning home to marry and start a family. During his time […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, October 10, 1990

ARC breaks ground for new facility Clients of Blount County Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) adult training center broke ground for a new building Monday. The 6,000-square foot structure is due to be completed in March of 2001 and will allow the present center to extend services to 25 additional clients. Added to the 20 clients now served, these 45 […]

A publisher ponders


Growing up without nearby visiting relatives doesn’t nourish an interest in family and genealogy. That’s doubly so when your father, who entertained with tall tales the veracity of which one could never be sure, always said your family sprang from England’s crazy Queen Ann. I mean, who wants to pursue such a heritage? Thus it was that I had little […]