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Girls Night Out

The Heritage Buncers (translation: bunco-persons) will sponsor Girls Night Out, an evening of fun and games mainly for women, Dec. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Twin Oaks at Heritage Golf. Proceeds from the event will go to Hope House, which will use them to provide Christmas necessities and presents to underprivileged Blount County children. Featured activities include bunco […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, November 16, 1994

County voters join Revolution of 1994 Blount Countians had called for change. Blount County voters cast winning votes for Republican nominees in 18 of the 26 contested state and local races in the county’s Nov. 8 ballot. Remarkably, Blount County’s Democratic nominees held their own while the nation watched the political balance of power shift in the nation’s capitol, in […]

Haleyville knocks off Oneonta

The Haleyville Lions used a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull away from Oneonta for a 41-14 victory at Gilbreath Stadium Friday night in the second round of the playoffs. The Lions took the opening possession of the game 67 yards in seven plays for a touchdown and never trailed, although the Redskins got some inspired play from the defense […]

Bobcats bounce Panthers

The Cleveland Panthers led 10-9 early in the fourth quarter but couldn’t finish as Woodland scored 14 points over the final eight minutes of the game to take a 23-10 win over the visitors last Friday night. Playing without starting running back Brett Erwin, who was out after an emergency appendectomy, the Panthers were missing one of the key cogs […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS FOWLER SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH in Blountsville will have the annual Thanksgiving Bazaar and Lunch on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be a $10 per plate turkey and dressing lunch, arts and crafts, and homemade baked goods available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the new church building fund. CLEAR SPRINGS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH will […]


LORETTA BELL, 74, Altoona, died Nov. 12, 2014, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. Parents Ted R. and Deloris Houseman Copeland predeceased her, as did son Billy Kilgo, brother Teddy Copeland, and grandchildren Gerold Harper and Christopher Riddle. Surviving are daughters Julie (Eddie) Smith, Snead, Beverly Wallace, Nevada, Patricia Kilgo, Decatur; grandchildren Jason Turlington, Patrick Turlington, Amber Riddle, Tianna Riddle, […]


JOSEPH LEE CUTRIGHT, 51, Birmingham, died Nov. 8, 2014, at the residence. A faithful member of Trussville Southside Baptist Church, he was active in children’s ministries, enjoyed singing, was known for his sense of humor, and was an avid Philadelphia 76ers fan. Surviving are wife Sandra Cutright; sisters Sherry (Jeff ) Calkins, Cambridge, Ohio, Kelly (Scott) Anderson, Princeton, Ind. Al […]


JOHNNY FRANKLIN, 63, Blountsville, died Nov. 13, 2014. Parents Carl Franklin and Buna Williams predeceased him, as did siblings Margen Miller, Glenda Lewis, and Gary Franklin. Surviving are sister Lucy (Dormal) Campbell, Cullman; brother Roger (Rita) Franklin, Oneonta; nieces and nephews. David Laughlin officiated the 11 a.m. graveside service held Nov. 15 at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Family members served as […]


G. WAYNE GARGUS, 74, Trussville, died Nov. 11, 2014, at Trinity Medical Center, Birmingham. A 1957 graduate of Oneonta High School, he owned businesses in Blountsville, Oneonta, and Birmingham. His GM dealership, Courtesy Buick-GMC, won numerous awards and he was named a 2010 TIME magazine Quality Award winner. He was a member of Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and served […]


WILLIE WALTON HOLOWAY, 88, Oneonta, died Nov. 12, 2014, at the residence. Married to P.T. Holoway for 72 years, she was a member of Robin Hill Baptist Church and enjoyed quilting and working in her flower garden. Parents John Cleveland and Annie Mable Tidwell predeceased her, as did brothers Joe Tidwell and Bob Tidwell and sister Myrtle Smith. Surviving besides […]