Memorial Day solemnized

About 100 citizens assembled on the courthouse lawn Monday morning to celebrate Memorial Day, featuring the reading of names of Blount County casualties in five wars, and the singing of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ by Linda Rhymes. Guest speaker Wayne Bynum spoke on patriotism and read a moving poem entitled ‘A soldier died today.’ Commanders of four Blount County American […]

Oneonta to participate in Program

Earlier this month, the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) announced the six cities chosen to participate in their program. Oneonta was among those picked along with Abbeville, Geneva, Jasper, Red Bay, and Spanish Fort. The process includes three phases. Phase I, also known as the assessment phase, includes a comprehensive report card detailing community assets and weaknesses, according to an […]


BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will meet tomorrow, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. Speaker will be Alabama State Treasurer, Young Boozer. MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Community Arts Council of Blount County will sponsor two workshops this summer at Oneonta High School auditorium. The workshops will be June 1-6 with Aladdin performed on Saturday, June 6, and […]

Two dead after murder-suicide

A husband and wife are dead after a murdersuicide on Memorial Day. The Blount County Sheriff’s Department was called to the 700 block of Nolen Loop Road in the Susan Moore area Monday night around 7 o’clock. According to Blount County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Fred Cochran, a 41-yearold man was declared dead at the scene. A 37-year-old woman was airlifted […]

Mustang milestone

Last Thursday, 49 Southeastern High School students did what no other student before them had ever done: they graduated… as Southeastern students. For the first time ever, Southeastern has a graduating class, and the class of 2015 is proud to be the trend setters for generations to come. “We are setting the bar for everyone else, and we are setting […]


Hayden man sentenced for sexual abuse

Samuel Preston Windham, of Hayden, was sentenced last week by Circuit Judge Steven King to nine years in prison on each of four counts of sexual abuse and 30 days for a charge of unlawful imprisonment. Windham was found guilty in March by a Blount County jury on four counts of firstdegree sexual abuse and a second-degree charge of false […]

Family Reunion

WOOD FAMILY REUNION Family and friends of Fred and Rebecca (Graves) Wood are invited to a reunion Saturday, June 6, at Rock Springs United Methodist Church fellowship hall from 10 a.m. until ? Phone Helen Bevis at 256-412-1454, Bettie Alldredge at 429-3321, or Virginia Chaffin at 256-775-2825 with questions. Bring a covered dish and photos to share. HOLLOWAY REUNION Family […]

Flower theft

Recently we decorated family graves at Harmony Baptist Church. Whiledriving by one day, my daughter and I realized that flowers were missing frommy parents, grandparents, and several other family graves. An SUV was parkedat the church and a woman was walking around the cemetery. My daughter and I began talking with this woman and mentioned that wewere very upset that […]

The ultimate low

Decoration season is here throughout the county which brings up the problemof people stealing flowers and other items off graves. One person wascaught red-handed at Harmony Baptist Church. There was another caught stealingflowers and shrubbery from Centre United Methodist Church – where womenspent the better part of the day in the hot sun planting and at other times maintainingthe graves. […]