Liquor vote issue again comes before Oneonta council

Holding its second monthly meeting a week after its first, the Oneonta City Council continued its quest for voting equality. In the Dec. 11 session, city manager Ed Lowe spoke of the petition received asking for enfranchisement on the issue of the legal sale of alcohol within the municipality. He noted officials had been in conversation with the city attorney, […]

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The Blount Countian December 22, 1999

Oneonta Council urges residents to attend debate Oneonta City Council hopes many attend the Jan. 19 meeting where election vs. appointment of city school board members will be debated. The meeting, to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s Eris Horton Auditorium, will be held before a panel comprising Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards; […]

Hayden, Oneonta host holiday tournaments

The holidays are always loaded with high school basketball tournaments and Blount County is home to a pair of solid tournaments this year. The Hayden girls will host the Hayden Christmas Classic Dec. 27-29. The eight-team bracket will be played out with four games beginning each evening at 4 o’clock. The schedule on Dec. 27: 4 p.m. – Mortimer Jordan […]

ALDOT urges motorists to drive safely

Highway travel during the Christmas and New Year holidays is expected to be heavy in Alabama. The Alabama Department of Transportation urges motorists to always drive safely in their travels and during this holiday season. As an added precaution during the heavily traveled holiday periods, ALDOT announced recently there would be no temporary lane closures in Alabama after 12 noon […]


A Biblical marriage

Background Scripture:Ephesians 5:21-6:4.Devotional Reading:John 3:16-21. Lately, in our local newspaper, there have been an increasing number of articles on the subject of “Christian marriage.” A recurring theme from some Christians is that we need to return to the Biblical teachings regarding marriage and not simply adopt those of our prevailing culture. I usually read these with interest because a decade […]


PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have a Watch Night service on Monday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8 p.m. Guest singers will be Straitway from Dodge City. Refreshments will be served at 10 p.m., and the group will pray the old year out and the new one in. The church is located on US 278 approximately two miles east of Holly […]


64, Homewood, died Dec. 20, 2012. She taught Sunday School at Canterbury United Methodist Church, served on the board of directors for Urban Ministry Inc., and was a member of the Junior League of Birmingham and Arise Citizens’ Policy Project. She was predeceased by parents Claude and Margaret McCurry. Surviving are husband William E. Bullock Jr.; daughters Katharine Pettigo Bullock […]


59, Oneonta, died Dec. 18, 2012, at the residence. Born in Oklahoma, Mr. Moore served in the U.S. Air Force and as a Mason, was a member of the Gate City Guard of Atlanta and the American Legion. He worked as a customer service representative in the aviation industry. Parents Roy Wycoff and Elizabeth Jeane Dormandy Moore predeceased him, as […]


92, Oneonta, died Dec. 16, 2012, at Golden LivingCenter. Husband Kermit Rigsby predeceased her, as did son Glen Rigsby and parents Emery and Ella Ratliff Kerr. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. Surviving are daughter Lanette (Byron) Murphree, Oneonta; granddaughter Tonya (Stephen) Hill; grandsons Tim and Tony Gardner; step-granddaughter Valerie Tolbert; six great-grandchildren; four stepgreat grandchildren; brothers W.L. […]


80, Hokes Bluff, died Dec. 17, 2012. She was predeceased by parents Mr. and Mrs. Lee Taylor; husband of 59 years, Phillip E. Smith; and daughter Jenny Karen Pond. A member of Immanuel Baptist Church, she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School for 40 years. A devoted homemaker, she was given to hospitality and enjoyed cooking for family […]

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