Garden clubs’ Christmas trees helping community

Blount County’s two garden clubs – the Rose Garden Club and the Amaryllis Garden Club – do more than just beautify the county. They also are heavily involved in community service and outreach. Both groups set up Christmas trees to help children receive gifts during the holiday season. The Rose Garden Club has a Children’s Tree at the Blount County […]

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The Blount Countian November 28, 2012

Mitchell merit board hearing suspended for settlement talks In the wake of weekend rumors, Greg Reid, attorney for fired county administrator Ralph Mitchell, confirmed Monday that Blount County Merit Board hearings on Mitchell’s termination have been temporarily halted while the two sides discuss a possible settlement which would restore Mitchell to employment with the county. According to Reid, a settlement […]

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The Oneonta Redskins bolted to a 21-0, second-quarter lead and then buried the Cleburne County Tigers in the second half for a 44-19 win in Heflin last Friday night. Oneonta needed just four plays to take the lead. After three runs picked up a first down, Ko Powell fired a slant pass to Trevor Smith and the sophomore outran a […]

Oneonta meets Munford in semifinals

For the third year in a row, the Oneonta Redskins have made it to the semifinals. And with a win this week, Oneonta would play for a state title for the third straight year. Over the last two weeks, Oneonta has blasted 4A Region 5’s No. 2 team ( Jacksonville, 56-7) and No. 3 team (Cleburne County, 44-19). Now, the […]

Troubled and blessed

by Lawrence W. Althouse Background Scripture: Luke 1:26-45. Devotional Reading: Psalms 89:1-7. The following story may sound familiar because I have probably used it a few times in this column during the last 49 years. An aged Christian Scotsman is lying on his sickbed and his housekeeper enters to tell him that “The pastor is here to pray with you.” […]


TURNING POINT UNITED METHODIST live Nativity Dec. 8, 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Drive or walk through. Bring cameras for photos and enjoy refreshments in the fellowship hall. Located at 337 Tabernacle Road just south of the Locust Fork town park. GOD’S LITTLE CHURCH gospel singing Sunday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m., featuring Abiding in the Vine. Located at 4977 Old […]


Hayden, died Nov. 17, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter, Oneonta. She was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed cooking, reading, and traveling. She was predeceased by parents John Newton and Frances Elizabeth Bryant Bell; husband George Madison Downs; daughter Patsy Irene Wright; granddaughter Emily Bryan. Surviving are grandchildren Jimmy (Christina) Wright and Lee Ann (Kurt) Bryan; great-grandchildren Bethany Moore, Jordan Clark, […]


Pinson, died Nov. 19, 2013. A machinist by trade, he enjoyed the guitar, music, fishing, astronomy, and gardening. He was preceded in death by parents Mack and Edith Horn; brother Gary L. Horn; and sister-in-law Cydney Horn. Surviving are sons T.J. Horn, Cody Horn, Dustin Quinlan; daughters Ashley (Brandon) Hays and April ( Joshua) Davis; grandchildren Hunter Hays, Hagen Hays, […]


Blountsville, died Nov. 17, 2013, at the residence. A 1982 graduate of J.B. Pennington, he served in the U.S. Army, attended college for two years, and worked with the Blount County Commission as a county engineer. Surviving are wife Cynthia Sansing Martin; son Andrew Martin, Blountsville; daughter Janine (Samuel) McNair, Odenville; grandchildren Nicholas McNair and Scarlett McNair; parents Simon and […]


Altoona, died Nov. 23, 2013, at Altoona Nursing Facility. Formerly of Blountsville, Mrs. Nelson enjoyed organizing birthday parties for senior citizens, cooking, and taking friends to lunch. She was a member of Cleveland Church of Christ. She was predeceased by parents Jim and Francis Goss Pitts; husband William Finis Nelson; niece Martha Phillips; nephew Paul Cothran. Surviving are niece Maxine […]

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