82, Oneonta, died Dec. 16, 2012, at Golden LivingCenter. Mrs. Staton attended Hendrix Missionary Baptist Church and had worked as a retail sales clerk. She was predeceased by parents Oscar and Dorella Elizabeth Hays; husband James Staton; grandson Brett Bergeron; sister Betty Schaffner; and brother Joseph Wynn. Surviving are son Larry ( Juanita) Staton, Oneonta; daughters Dianna Pugh, Village Springs, […]


92, Fenton, Mich., died Nov. 7, 2012. She was predeceased by parents James and Mary Jane Gilliland; husband Clarence Vaughn, who died in 1987; grandson Phillip Walker; sisters Vera Mason and Mabel Stafford; and brother Wiley Gilliland. She enjoyed cooking and taking care of family. Surviving are children Tommy (Carolyn) Vaughn, Russell Vaughn, Gayther (Bernie) Wilcox, Bobby (Cathy) Vaughn; grandchildren […]


94, Blountsville, died Dec. 16, 2012, at TLC Nursing Center. She was the widow of Alvis Wright, who died in 1975. A member of Blountsville Baptist Church, she had worked as a drug store clerk and in the restaurant business. Beside her husband, Mrs. Wright was also predeceased by parents Hillard and Ida Boatwright Sheffield and six siblings. Surviving are […]


Chase Thomas and Kymberly Findley of Altoona announce the birth of their son, Austin Kamryn Cole Thomas. He was born Nov. 28 at 1:51 p.m. at Northside Forsyth Hospital, Atlanta, Ga. Cole weighed 9 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Lisa Thomas and Kevin Smoot, Oneonta, Michele Hand, Atlanta, Ga., and Chris Thomas, Nectar. Great-grandparents are […]

Tucker receives scholarship

Go Build Alabama, an initiative of the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute, awarded Brady Tucker its Future Skilled Workers of America Award for December. The award, which honors one high school junior or senior each month, was created to recognize and encourage students who plan to pursue careers in the construction industry. This year, each student that wins the award will […]


of Remlap is the recipient of a four-year UAB presidential scholarship valued up to $57,000. He is son of Brian and Nancy Metzler and attends Oneonta High School, where the senior is a member of the National Honor Society, the student government association, and the OHS marching band. He plans to major in health care management while at UAB.

Grant winners receive visit from prize patrol

After announcing the winners on WCRL, the grant awards prize patrol delivered balloons and certificates to teachers who received grant money on Dec. 6. This year, the total amount of money awarded for the 128 grants was $98,975. Since 1998, the Blount County Education Foundation has awarded 1251 classroom grants and in 2009, endowed $16,870 to each classroom teacher in […]

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