SCHARRON FORD, 50, Oneonta, died Jan. 2, 2015, at a Birmingham hospital. She enjoyed camping, bonfires, drawing, painting, and was known as an excellent cook. Predeceasing her were mother Minnie Pearl Gossett and daughter Nicole King. Surviving are husband Tracy Ford; son Michael (Jennifer) King; daughter Katrina Marsh; granddaughters Kylie Sky Cannon, Bessie (on the way), all of Oneonta; sister […]


DAVID WES GLETTY, 69, Blountsville, died Dec. 13, 2014. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was an electrician with Louisiana Pacific. Mother Ruth Higgins Gletty predeceased him. Surviving are father Phillip Gletty; daughter Dana Colston, Blountsville; sons David Gletty, Florida, and Dale Gletty, Georgia; 12 grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; brothers Dan Gletty and Jim Gletty; sister Marilyn McMinn. A […]


HOWARD RAYFORD GREEN, 90, Hayden, died Jan. 7, 2015, at VA Medical Center, Birmingham. Retired from Union Envelope, he was of the Methodist faith, and enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. Parents Lonnie and Ludie Dutton Green predeceased him, as did brother John Green, and sisters Hildreth Doty and Bobbie Jean Hale. Surviving are son Steve (Marlene) Green; daughters Susan (Kenneth) […]


JACK ALBERT KISER, 87, Birmingham, died Jan. 8, 2015. He served with the Merchant Marines during World War II and the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Employed with Mid-Continent Telephone Company, he was president of several phone companies, retired, then worked for 10 years at Structural Technics before retiring again and moving to the Highland Lake area where he […]


LAURA JEAN POSEY UNDERWOOD, 77, Greer, S.C., died Dec. 30, 2014, at the residence. A native of Blount County, she was retired from Homelite/John Deere after 32 years and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The widow of Drexal Underwood, parents Arthur and Prudie Holland Posey also predeceased her. Surviving are daughters Sheila (Terry) Strange, Barbara (Jeff ) Bishop, […]


79, Blount County, died Jan. 5, 2015, at a Birmingham hospital. She taught school for 40 years, 27 at Appalachian. Known as the neighborhood mother, she encouraged and taught children with difficult home lives to be the best they could be. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and reading, and was of the Baptist faith. Predeceasing her were parents Clifton and Willie […]


Mr. and Mrs. Keith McCay of Locust Fork announce the engagement and coming wedding of of their daughter, Kimberly Alaina McCay, to Michael Preston Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Scott of Hartselle. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Locust Fork High School and received her B.A. in public relations from The University of Alabama in 2010. She […]

Let them eat cake

(and they did)

Blount County threw an energetic and well-attended, meet-and-greet party last week. It was called Cake and Coffeee at the Courthouse, and its object was was to welcome and get acquainted with senators and representatives who represent parts of Blount County, and who will be called upon to project its interests in the state Legislature. From the left are District 9 […]

Oneonta ready for winter weather

With the first round of frigid temperatures in the books, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe says his municipality is prepared for more cold weather. Last year’s snowstorm caught many off guard leaving some motorists stuck on icy roads, but Lowe says he has 30 to 50 tons of crushed stone and liquid de-icer ready to go, and a backup of […]

Shores selected All-American

Belle Shores, a senior at Oneonta High School, was selected for the second year as an UCA All-American Cheerleader and participated in the New Year’s Day Parade in London, England. She is the daughter of Lindie and Eddie Shores, granddaughter of William and Esther Hunt and Olin Shores and the late Margaret Shores. Belle has a brother, Antonio, and sister, […]

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