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The Blount Countian, January 21, 2009

New sheriff, Loyd Arrington, has Blount County ties Loyd Arrington, 62, who retired a year ago as captain and assistant chief of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation in Montgomery, was sworn in last Thursday afternoon as Blount County sheriff. Arrington was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to fill the unexpired term of former sheriff Danny Morton, who resigned effective Jan. […]


Blount County Tournament this week

Hayden is the host for this year’s Blount County High School Basketball Tournament with all seven schools competing – eight if you include Southeastern in the junior high divisions. The junior high tournaments wrapped up Saturday and the varsity divisions got underway Monday evening. On the first day of varsity play, J.B. Pennington defeated Susan Moore 29-23 in B-team girls […]


Are you a ‘fair weather’ exerciser? Shorter days and lower temperatures can slow down even the most dedicated fitness buff. Choosing the right workout and staying motivated is the key to year-round fitness. I know I hate exercising when it’s cold. I would like to just hibernate for the rest of the winter and wait till warmer temperatures arrive, but […]


BLOUNT COUNTY SOFTBALL registration has begun at parks throughout Blount County. Parks participating this year include Royal, Snead, Oneonta, Cleveland, Appalachian, Blountsville, Southeastern, and Locust Fork. For more information, contact a park representative. The league is open to players ages 5 and up. BLOUNTSVILLE T-BALL, BASEBALL, AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 12. Players – ages 4-12 […]


Oneonta wins pair of titles

Two weeks of Blount County basketball tournament action tipped off last week at Hayden High School with the junior high boys and girls from Oneonta taking home both championship trophies. The top-seeded girls from Oneonta rolled through three opponents by an average score of 47-24 with the closest game being a 54-34 victory over Locust Fork in the semifinals. The […]


Cornelius wins player of the year award

Chas Cornelius Cleveland High School quarterback Chas Cornelius has been named the Larry “Pod” Patterson Player of the Year. The 6’1, 160-pound senior accounted for almost 3300 yards of offense and 39 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to a 9-3 record and a trip to the second round of the 2A playoffs. The Panthers fell in overtime to Tanner 21-20 […]


Healing stripes

Background Scripture:Isaiah 53.Devotional Reading:2 Corinthians 5:16-21. A number of years ago I was able to get in touch with the guy who, until his family moved to the far end of the state, had been my best friend in childhood. On one of my periodic visits to my place of birth and childhood, I decided to go to see him. […]


71, of Susan Moore, died Jan. 22, 2011, at UAB Hospital. An Alabama native, she was a member of Mt. Zion Church of God, Susan Moore. Predeceasing her were husband Clarence H. Bailey; parents Bloyce Dewitt and Gladys Allsup Pitts; and brother B.D. Pitts Jr. Surviving are daughters Kellie Sims of Margaret and Tracie Bean of Oneonta; sons Joey (Karen) […]


94, died Dec. 24, 2010. He was born Sept. 29, 1916, on Straight Mountain in Blount County to Mary Ann Hullett Buckner and Walter Sidney Buckner. A resident of Hueytown since 1938, he retired from U.S. Steel in 1978 after 42 years of service. He was a member of Hueytown Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, Mr. Buckner was […]


68, died Jan. 19, 2011, at her residence in Oneonta. Born in Blount County, she was the daughter of Ruby Hathcock Green of Oneonta and the late Pat Barnes. She was a lifelong farmer and a retired inspector for Blue Bell and Wrangler. Surviving in addition to her mother are sons Johnny ( Tonja) Gladden of Bonaire, Ga., Gerald (Lisa) […]