72, Pine Mountain, died Jan. 9, 2012, at the residence. Born in Carrollton, Ga., he was predeceased by parents James B. and Katherine Johnson Reeves. He was a retired truck driver who loved his family, friends, and his hunting club. Surviving are his wife Brenda Reeves; sons Michael and Jeffrey Reeves, Nokomis, Fla., Len (Heather) McKinney, Gadsden; daughter Ashleigh Reeves […]


83, died Jan. 10, 2012, at the Dallas/Selfville residence. Born in Blount County, Mr. Reid was a retired mechanic with over 39 years of service with Alabama By-Products, and a member of Faith Chapel Mennonite Church. He was was predeceased by parents Sylvester William and Maybell Chandler Reid and brothers Curtis Franklin and Ertis Joe Reid. He is survived by […]


83, a retired farmer, died Jan. 15, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital, Oneonta. He was born in Blount County to John Franklin and Cora Ethel Keener Tolbert, who predeceased him. Also predeceasing him were brothers Louie, Shorty, and Ott Tolbert; sisters Dorothy and Thelma Tolbert, Annie Lou Morton, and Mary Ruth Robison. Surviving are daughter Linda ( Johnny) Johnson, […]


89, died Jan. 11, 2012, at TLC Nursing Center, Oneonta. A former resident of Remlap, Mr. Wheeler was born in Cherokee County to Dr. J.A. and Dora Mae Teague Wheeler, and was husband of Jeannette Wheeler, all of whom predeceased him. He was also predeceased by brothers Robert and Joe Wheeler and sister Ruth Bollen. He proudly served in the […]


96, Oneonta, died Jan. 10, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. She was born in Blount County to Freeman W. and Stella Mary Jane Collet Whited. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by son Joseph George Hathcock; brothers Doyle, Floyd, David, Johnnie and Freeman Whited; sisters Della Bellew, Vada Bayne, and Myrtle Lowe. Surviving are daughter Irene ( Johnny) […]


ROYAL FRIENDS WORSHIP GROUP holds a Quakerstyle “Meeting for Worship” every Sunday at 11 a.m. For more information, phone Sara Rose at 429-3088 or visit FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH ONEONTA will host An Evening with Ivan Saturday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. One of gospel music’s best known vocalists, this will be Ivan Parker’s first Oneonta performance. Tickets are $15 […]

50th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Rex Blackmon of Snead were honored by family and friends with a 50th anniversary party on Aug. 26, 2011. The couple were married Sept. 1, 1961. Carolyn Blackmon is the daughter of the late W.F. and Irene Sims Edwards of Oneonta. Rex Blackmon is the son of the late Charley and Mary Snead Blackmon of Snead. The […]

Need a conversation piece? Voila! Alabama-shaped rock…

Elsie Johnson of Sugar Creek points out the approximate location of Blount County on an Alabama-shaped rock originally found a few years ago in the bed of a Locust Fork tributary. It passed from hand to hand among the finders until it fetched up in her front yard on Ala 160. She would like to donate the rock to a […]

Distinguished professor dedicates Blount Springs Chapel

Wayne Flynt, professor emiritus of history and distinguished professor of long standing at Auburn University gave the dedication address at Blount Springs Chapel Sunday, Jan. 8. Flynt’s life work has focused on Southern culture, Alabama politics, Southern religion, education reform, and poverty. He has become known as the “Conscience of Alabama,” based on that body of work. He has written […]

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