Family-owned business celebrates 50 years

In 1962, Sara Thomas encouraged her husband, Arnold, to begin his own business. Fifty years later, his business is still going strong. Thomas Garage and Auto Parts, in Warrior, is a family- owned and-operated business where the employees have seen their fair share of hard economic times but continue to find success through the hardworking principles taught by Arnold and […]

Co-Op fire ruled accidental

Machinery parked too close to combustible material is believed to be the cause of the fire that occurred last Tuesday at the Blount County Co-Op, according to an investigation conducted by the State Fire Marshal and the Oneonta Fire Department. No serious injuries were reported, but three first responders and two civilians were taken to the hospital where they were […]

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The Blount Countian November 30, 2011

A Redskin Revival The Oneonta Redskins went on the road and knocked off the Anniston Bulldogs 21-14 last Friday night. The Redskins will face Jackson in the 4A state championship game Friday at 11 a.m. at Bryant- Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Fans are urged to get to Tuscaloosa early for the Walk of Champions outside the stadium at 8:55. Midyear […]

Redskin defense smothers Jaguars Oneonta hosts Madison County in the semifinals


The powerful J.O. Johnson running game proved to be no match for the Oneonta defense as the Redskins choked the life out of the Jaguars in a 33-0 thrashing last Friday night in Huntsville. Oneonta (13-0) led just 10-0 at the half but rolled up 16 unanswered points to build a commanding 26-0 lead after three quarters over J.O. Johnson […]



THE BIBLE SPEAKS We are all Ephesians

Background Scripture: Ephesians 1. Devotional Reading: Psalms 33:8-12. Samuel Taylor Coleridge said that Ephesians is “One of the divinest compositions…” It is also one of the most unique books in the Bible because it is quite unlike any other New Testament epistle. So for the whole month of December* we will be focusing on this unique and challenging book. Ephesians […]


Oneonta, died Nov. 15, 2012, at the residence. She was well known in the area for her cooking and baking skills, and served as manager of Benedikt’s Restaurant for more than 48 years. Born in South Carolina, she was daughter of George and Eunice Wolff Benedikt, both of whom preceded her in death. Surviving are sister and friend Joice Sanford […]


Cleveland, died Nov. 9, 2012. She was predeceased by parents Laney Mac and Mertice Eugenia Kelso Johnson; husband George Robert Brown Jr.; brother Glenn “Popsicle” Johnson; and sister Loyette Robertson. Surviving is daughter Sandy (Rex) Wilemon. Hughlen Murphree officiated the 2 p.m. service held Nov. 13 at Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Green’s Chapel Cemetery. Shannon Tawbush, […]


Wynnville, died Nov. 26, 2012, at St. Vincent’s Blount in Oneonta. She was retired from the housekeeping department at Blount Memorial Hospital and was a member of Big Spring Church in Guntersville. She was predeceased by husband George Mitchell Butler; parents Arthur and Maude Greggs; brother Shelton Greggs; and sister Opal Greggs. Surviving are son Guy (Peggy) Butler, Wynnville; daughters […]


Oneonta, died Nov. 23, 2012, at Talladega Health Care. She was daughter to Hilario Chacon and Aurelia Nunez. Surviving are children Clementina (Pedro) Estrada, California, Pablo Estrada, Florida, Octavio (Irma) Estrada, Florida, Araceli Lopez, Altoona, Alma Rosa ( Juan) Lopez, Oneonta; 18 grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren; siblings Justina Chacon, Oneonta, Reyna (Gabriel) Chacon, Mexico, Fortino (Graciela) Chacon, Cleveland, Roman ( Vicky) […]

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