Fundraising continues for Ellison’s surgery

Cindy Ellison needs help. Ellison, 43, has been trying to raise money for surgery to have her benign brain tumor removed. Diagnosed in 2013, she has had to live with the chronic pain and increasing number of symptoms caused by the growth, including impaired vision, severe headaches, insomnia and facial numbness. Eventually, the tumor could cause seizures and brain swelling. […]

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The Southern Democrat, July 31, 1980

Meningitis outbreak watched About 50 suspected cases of aseptic meningitis have hospitalized at Blount Memorial and many milder cases have been allowed to recover at home. The disease at this point is thought to be aseptic meningitis, due to infection from a form of enterovirus. “The blood serum has gone to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta to be […]


After almost two months of voting, our readers have spoken and their voices were heard. The winners of the Readers Choice Awards are announced this week. A couple of things to clear up first. Almost all of the categories were extremely close – including one category where there was a three-way tie. In some cases, the winner won by just […]

Southeastern’s Zamora signs with Faulkner

Mauris Zamora (center), pictured with his father Froylan and his brother Alan, signed a football scholarship Monday with Faulkner University in Montgomery. As a senior, Zamora rushed for 398 yards and four touchdowns on just 84 carries (avg. 4.7 ypc) and caught 18 passes for 150 yards. On defense, he led the Mustangs with 100 tackles, including four sacks with […]


SUSAN MOORE TOUCHDOWN CLUB is selling chances to win a John Deere Gator. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased from any booster club member. BLOUNTSVILLE YOUTH FOOTBALL REGISTRATION is underway. Players at Blountsville Elementary (or those home-schooled in the area) in grades one through six can register at town hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS WONDERFUL WORSHIP CENTER and Norchris Productions present The Hoppers in concert on Saturday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and reserved seating is available for $25. Phone 994-0988 to purchase tickets. LOCUST FORK BAPTIST CHURCH will host the Valley Road Bluegrass Band tonight at 6:30 p.m. The toe-tapping event is free […]

Euguene Alexander

EUGENE ALEXANDER, 72, Snead, died July 18, 2015, at the residence. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church. Parents Jackson and Lena Alexander predeceased him, as did son Jimmy Alexander, granddaughter Dianna Bailey, and sister Alene Key. Surviving are wife Mildred Sharon Alexander; children Charlotte and Shea Crump, Adamsville, Jennie and Brian Ginn, Snead, Carolyn and Richard Otinger, Oneonta, […]

Jerry Armstrong

JERRY ARMSTRONG, 77, Remlap, died July 18, 2015, at the residence. He retired from ABC Coke and had also worked as a brick mason. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and of Oneonta Church of Christ. Predeceasing him were daughter Paula Kay Armstrong, parents, two sisters, and six brothers. Surviving are wife Barbara Armstrong; daughter Renee Armstrong; son […]

Eldridge Bynum

ELDRIDGE BYNUM, 82, Cleveland, died July 21, 2015, at UAB Hospital. He was a member of Union Hill Baptist Church and served for many years as an ordained deacon at Cleveland First Baptist Church. He was retired from PEMCO after 41 years of service. Mr. Bynum served as the first mayor of Cleveland from 1963 to 1975 and then from […]

Louise Hathcock Colley

LOUISE HATHCOCK COLLEY, 82, Oneonta, died July 22, 2015, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital, Birmingham. She enjoyed quilting, canning, singing, and watching wrestling. Predeceasing her were husband Ernest Colley, daughter Patricia Thomas, son Eddie Colley, and her siblings. Surviving are daughter Dorothy (Raymond) Higgins, Holly Springs; sons Billy (Ruth) Colley, Marvin Colley, Johnny Colley, all of Ashville, Wayne (Roxie) Colley, […]

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