From the Archives

Rescue squads recover body Blount County Rescue Squad and squads from Allgood and Remlap searched for an hour Monday before recovering the body of a young man drowned in Inland Lake. Michael Patrick McCombs, 22, of Pinson and a friend were fishing when McCombs apparently fell from their boat and drowned. Both were said to be without life preservers. Blount […]

Holiday tournaments this week

Oneonta and Hayden will be the hosts this week for holiday high school basketball tournaments. The Hayden girls tournament started Monday and the host Lady Wildcats got off to a good start with a 61-41 win over Homewood. In other games at Hayden, Holly Pond blitzed Hueytown 70-41, Good Hope took down Mortimer Jordan 66-43, and Arab handled Fairview 59-42. […]

Three from county named first team all state

The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released its all state football teams over the Christmas holidays and three players from Blount County were named to the first teams. Appalachian’s Billy Frederick was named to the 1A first team as tight end. The 6’2, 175-lb. senior led the Eagles with 32 receptions for 815 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had four […]


Something good

Devotional Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. Background Scripture: Genesis 39:1-23. In recorded history there appears the theme of the hero who is entirely good and the villain who is just as entirely bad. Once we have determined who is a hero, we tend to ascribe to that person nearly unlimited virtues. And similarly, with villains we believe them to be villainous […]


93, died Dec. 20, 2011, at TLC Nursing Center, Oneonta. A Susan Moore resident and member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, he was son of Turner Claude and Grace Hughes Garner, who predeceased him. Mr. Garner served as a machinist’s mate First Class in the United States Navy, having served on the U.S.S. Denebola, Melville, and Richard E. Kraus. He […]


86, died Dec. 21, 2011, at TLC Nursing Center, Oneonta. Born in Blount County to the late Bartow and Athelene Smith Evans, she was retired from Blue Bell where she worked as a seamstress for 30 years. She was also predeceased by daughter Carolyn Grigsby, son Robert “Jim” Huie, grandson Scott Grigsby, great-granddaughter Hailey Nicole Grigsby; brothers Jeff, Louie “Spud”, […]


78, Oneonta, died Dec. 23, 2011, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. Born in St. Clair County, Mrs. Hobson was predeceased by husbands J.T. Robertson and Bill Hobson; parents Arthur Hood and Rosa Lee Morgan Burns, and infant brother, Arie Burns. She was a retired seamstress of many years, working at Blue Bell and Wrangler. She attended Oneonta Bible Church and […]


61, died Dec. 20, 2011, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. A resident of Odenville, Mrs. Holder was born in Blount County to Elsie Mae Hunt Johnson of Hayden, and the late Alfred Loyd Johnson. She was predeceased by her father, husband Clifford Holder, and brothers Keith and Benny Johnson. Survivors include her mother, son Clifford “C.J.” Holder Jr., Argo; daughters […]


86, died Dec. 23, 2011 at Noland Hospital, St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. A former resident of Oneonta, Mr. Horsley resided in Bessemer where he was owner of Horsley Television and Radio Sales and Services for 50 years. Predeceasing him were parents William E. and Fronie Isabell Tyler Horsley; wife Ruth Horsley; and son Randy Scott Horsley. Surviving is daughter LaNiece […]


78, Oneonta, died Dec. 20, 2011, at Dade Health & Rehab Center, Georgia. A saw mill worker, Mr. Lee greatly enjoyed his work, rebuilding old cars, and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was predeceased by parents Claud and Bernice Henderson Lee; brothers Dewey and Truman Lee; and sister Margie Henderson. Surviving are daughters Fatima ( Thomas) […]