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The Blount Countian • January 20, 2010

Vietnam memorial dedicated A memorial to the 20 Blount Countians who fell in the Vietnam War was dedicated in drizzling rain Sunday in Oneonta. Memorial markers, one for each man, had been moved from the base of flags on the Avenue of Flags and are embedded in a stone and masonry arch that now serves as a permanent memorial. In […]

Cleveland wraps up three-way tie in area

The Cleveland Panthers were humbled at Ashville in December, The Bulldogs hit seven 3’s in the first quarter, 12 in the game, and rolled to an 84-49 victory over the visiting Panthers. Last Tuesday night, the Panthers returned the favor. Conny Lowery’s team used its size on the interior to dominate the paint and rolled to a 59-44 victory. With […]

Locust Fork and Hayden claim titles

Locust Fork won the girls title and Hayden took home the boys title in the championship games of the Blount County Junior High Tournament at Appalachian Saturday night. In the girls game, No. 3 Locust Fork avenged a pair of regular-season losses with a 30-28 victory over top-seeded Hayden. Hayden (14-2) was led by Taylor Garrett with 13 points. Micayla […]


CLEVELAND YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will be held the next two Saturdays – Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 – from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at the Cleveland Town Hall. Registration fee is $85 but discounts are available for families with more than one child. For more information, contact Cassie Painter (baseball) 205-446-5520 or Cassie Nichols (softball) 205-447-3140. BLOUNTSVILLE […]

Our distance to hell

Background Scripture: Luke 16. Devotional Reading: Luke 19:1-10. This parable of Dives and Lazarus is one of Jesus’ finest. Every sentence of it is a personal challenge. It is hardly possible to not understand or misunderstand it. Revolutionary as it is, it is relevant for all of us. It was this parable that helped to persuade Albert Schweitzer in 1913 […]


Hayden, died Jan. 12, 2014, at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham. Retired from Alabama Power and Stone & Sons Electric, he enjoyed working on old cars, yardwork, and his Sunday school class. He was a member of Hayden First Baptist Church. Parents Talmadge and Irene Henson Armstrong, wife Linda Simmons, and brother James Armstrong predeceased him. Surviving are daughter Amy (Barry) […]


died Jan. 12, 2014. Wife of 65 years, Ora Lee Armstrong, predeceased him. Surviving are daughters Rita (David) Sanders, Wendy Reid, Pat (Larry) Casey; sons Larry (Darlene) Armstrong, Mike (Sharon) Armstrong; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sisters Bobbie (Lawrence) Taylor, Edna Morton. Sammy Reid officiated the 11 a.m. service held Jan. 16 with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Messmer Goodwin Funeral Home […]


Locust Fork, died Jan. 12, 2014, at the residence. A retired roofer, he enjoyed NASCAR, Auburn football, and woodworking. Parents Brack and Pearl Eubanks Belk predeceased him. Surviving are wife Melba Hyatt Belk; daughter Diane (Scott) Putnam; grandchildren Amy Hollingsworth, Brandy Peeks, Gared McLemore; great-grandchildren Shelbie Hollingsworth, Clayton Hollingsworth, Emma Hollingsworth, Hunter Doss. Burial was at Abanks Mortuary, Blount County/Cleveland […]


Blountsville, died Jan. 14, 2014, at Gadsden Healthcare. Widow of William E. Gable, who died in 1991, she was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. Also predeceasing her were parents Emery and Lela C. Hollingsworth Robertson, great-grandchildren Devin Eller and Caroline Light. Surviving are daughters Judy (Larry) Newborn, Berry Mountain, Geneva (Randy) McClendon, Albertville; sons Robert (Kitty) Light, Donny […]


Hayden, died Jan. 12, 2014. He was employed with Sprint Miller. Parents J.B. and Shirley Roddy Garrett and sister Tammy Miller predeceased him. Surviving are wife Cindy Marsh Green; daughter Hannah Garrett; brother Mark Garrett. Burial was at Abanks Mortuary, Blount County/Cleveland Funeral Home directing.