No school on Friday

During last week’s meeting, the Oneonta School Board chose to dismiss school on Friday so students and faculty can attend the 11 a.m. football championship game in Auburn. “This is a special event, and it’s a school function,” said Supt. Scott Coefield. “We are allowing faculty and students to attend.” According to the Flexible Calendar Act standards put in place […]

Students give blankets and receive hope Chamber breakfast will set traditional Christmas spirit

The first semester of Anchor Ministries, a faith-based teaching program that seeks to improve women’s outlook on life, is coming to an end, but before graduation, the students are giving back. Heather Lopez, of Oneonta, and Theresa Lindsay, of Altoona, recently donated blankets they quilted to Sav-A-Life in Oneonta. “These quilts will go the next babies that come in,” said […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian December 2, 2009

Arrests made in Thanksgiving murder What appeared to be a tragic holiday accident has turned into a murder investigation. The body of 71-year-old Marvin Allen Dailey was discovered on Thanksgiving morning in his burnedout house on county road 29 near Highland Lake. Further investigation has led to the arrest of Thomas Doyle Crowe, 31, of Blount County, and Toni Michelle […]

Oneonta rolls over Madison County

The Oneonta Redskins continued their march through the northern half of the 4A bracket with a 40-25 win over visiting Madison County last Friday night. With the win, the Redskins move on to the 4A title game for the second year in a row and will meet UMS-Wright (12-2) this Friday morning at 11 o’clock at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. The […]


THE BIBLE SPEAKS No longer strangers

Background Scripture: Ephesians 2 and 3. Devotional Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21. I’ve been wondering how often in the past 48 years I’ve written in this column on the Letter to the Ephesians. I recall one occasion when someone wrote me a note asking why, in column after column, I kept sounding a concern for disunity? My response: because Ephesians dwells on […]


died Dec. 1, 2012, at the Oneonta residence. Mrs. Box was a retired floral designer, having worked at Irene’s Flower Shop. She loved gardening and reading and was a member of Green’s Chapel Presbyterian Church. Parents Howard Eugene Anderson and Annie Elizabeth Brewster predeceased her, as did son James Keith Hoagland and sister Marianne Baria. Surviving are husband of 42 […]


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 the late George and Eunice Wolff Benedikt. Surviving are sister and friend Joice Sanford Benedikt, Oneonta; brother Joe Ronald […]


Cleveland, died Nov. 9, 2012. Parents Laney Mac and Mertice Eugenia Kelso Johnson predeceased her, as did husband George Robert Brown Jr., brother Glenn “Popsicle” Johnson, 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, Gary […]


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


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) […]