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The Blount Countian, January 19, 2005

Oneonta authorizes mayor to buy Wrangler plant Praising the work of local chamber of commerce president Charles Carr and Vanity Fair (VF) officials, Mayor Danny Hicks advised the Oneonta City Council of purchase plans for the former Wrangler – Blue Bell plant. During extended negotiations, North Carolina company officials reduced their original million dollar asking price to an agreed upon […]

All County First Team named

There is no doubt that the Oneonta Redskins’ run to the 4A championship game was fueled by talent and that talent is reflected on the All County Football Team selected by The Blount Countian. Schyler Walker capped off a great career at Oneonta with a tremendous senior season and he is the winner of the Larry “Pod” Patterson Player of […]

Redskins roll on

The Oneonta Redskins and Lady Redskins continued their strong play this past week with important victories in Class 4A Area 12. The Oneonta boys – ranked No. 10 in 4A – rolled over Douglas 67-48 and Springville 63-44 last week and then came from behind to knock off Locust Fork 61-53 Monday night on the road. Oneonta improved to 14-4 […]


CLEVELAND SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL REGISTRATION will be on the following Saturdays – Jan. 21, 28, and Feb. 4 – from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the town hall. Cost is $85 for the first child, $65 for the second child, and $55 for each child more than two. For more information, contact Cassie Nichols (softball) at 447-3140 or Cassie […]

In the place of God

Background Scripture:Genesis 50:1-26.Devotional Reading:Deuteronomy 7:6-11. Genesis 50 is a chapter of endings: the end of the Book of Genesis, the end of Part One of the Hebrew-Israel story, the end of the life of Jacob and finally of Joseph himself. It is also a chapter of contrasts. For one thing, the contrast between mighty Egypt and the lowly seeds of […]


88, Springville, died Jan. 11, 2012, at the residence. Son of the late Harry Franklin and Odessa May Gerber Hoover, he was a retired automotive machinist and a Navy veteran. Surviving are daughter Lisa ( Jerry) Smith of Blountsville; one son; and Nila Hoover, mother of his children. No funeral details were provided.


83, died Jan. 9, 2012, at the Veterans Hospital, Birmingham. Mr. Hughey joined the U.S. Army after high school and received both the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal. After leaving the Army, Mr. Hughey joined the Marine Corps, and was stationed in Korea. One of the few survivors in his division at the battle at […]


100, died Jan. 11, 2012, at TLC Nursing Home, Oneonta. Born in Blount County, she was owner of a mercantile store and a member of Locust Fork Baptist Church. Known as a kind and encouraging person, she loved knitting, crocheting, and had traveled extensively. Mrs. Marsh was predeceased by husband Paul C. Marsh, and parents Finnis Johnson and Pernie Tawbush […]


58, Oneonta, died Jan. 9, 2012, at Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. A retired cosmetologist, she worked with many Oneonta salons during her 25 years in the business, most recently owner-operator of Eclipse Hair Salon in Pleasant Grove. Surviving are parents Robert Fred and Bessie Juanita LeFlore Martin, Springville; brother Robert Lynn (David Moss) Martin, Fultondale; sister Kellie Ann (Ricky Lynn) […]


79, Straight Mountain, died Jan. 12, 2012, at Trinity Hospital, Birmingham. A lifelong resident of Blount County, he was born to the late John Henry and Elvie Leota Blackwood Phillips. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by daughter Carolyn; son Carlton Lee; brothers Joseph H., J.C., Ernest A., and Houston Douglas. He is survived by wife of 56 years Linda […]