Hoover outlines ACE



Sidney Hoover, executive director of Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE), last week outlined the organization’s process currently being implemented in Oneonta. She told the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience that it unfolds in three stages: (1) assessment of strengths and weaknesses, (2) leadership development, strategic planning (3-5 years), and establishing a non-profit development organization, and (3) comprehensive planning […]

Snead explores crossroads traffic light



Expressing concern over continued traffic congestion, Snead Councilman Greg Ogles won approval to pursue installation of a traffic signal to replace the four-way stop at the town’s main crossroads. Ogles said traffic on U.S. 278 “has nearly reached Whitley’s Feed and Farm Supply” on some afternoons. He and others contend that once schools begin again, the problem will escalate further. […]

Southeastern drops back to 1A



As head coach Mike Burkett said at media day last week, the 2015 season was a disaster for the Southeastern Mustangs. Injuries gutted an already thin roster and the second half of the season was a battle against attrition. The Mustangs limped to a 1-9 mark a year ago and struggled on both sides of the ball, averaging just 3.8 […]

Harrison – Glover



Barry and Teri Harrison of Little Rock, Miss., and Lisa Harrison of Meridian, Miss., announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Jessica Lynne Harrison, to Gregory Ryan Glover, son of Tawnya Glover and the late Greg Glover of Oneonta. The bride-elect is a graduate of Newton County High and is currently a senior at Mississippi State University where […]

Church briefs



EVENTS LOCUST FORK BAPTIST CHURCH will host Rabbi Eric Walker (Messianic Jew), tonight and Aug. 10 and 17, beginning at 6:15 p.m. The theme of his messages will be ‘Setting the stage for Armageddon.’ Everyone is invited to the free event. The church is located at 30580 Ala 79. BLOUNTSVILLE CHURCH OF GOD will have a ‘Back to School End-of-Summer […]

Barbara Armstrong



BARBARA ARMSTRONG, 74, Remlap, died July 21, 2016. She was a graduate of Oneonta High School and received her degree in nursing from UAB and was a member of Oneonta Church of Christ. After retiring, she enjoyed family time and traveling. Predeceasing her were husband Jerry Armstrong, daughter Paula Kay Armstrong, and parents Manley and Lucille Hampton Ragsdale. Surviving are […]

Norman Blackmon



NORMAN BLACKMON, 66, Oneonta, died July 25, 2016. He was a member of First Independent Church of Oneonta and had worked as a night watchman. He enjoyed singing, fishing, and hunting. Parents Marvin and Cora Lee Golden Blackmon predeceased him, as did sister Sarah Blackmon and brothers Lee Gunter, James Gunter, and Andrew Blackmon. Surviving are wife Becky Blackmon; son […]

Ernest Blythe



ERNEST BLYTHE, 88, Holly Springs Community, died July 25, 2016. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing and hunting. Predeceasing him were parents Sam and Docia McCay Blythe, wife Irene Rush Blythe, and seven siblings. Surviving are daughters Melda Hill, Mary Hardin (Alan Steven), Martha Hardin (Alex Stanley); grandchildren Chris (Vanessa) Hill, Anna Hardin; great-grandchildren […]

Jimmy Lee Brumblow



JIMMY LEE BRUMBLOW, 63, Blountsville, died July 26, 2016. Surviving are wife Gracie Brumblow; daughter Amy (Danny) Whitehead; stepson Terry McCormick; grandsons Matthew Whitehead, Adam Whitehead; brothers Johnny “Bo” (Sheila) Brumblow, Robert “Earl” (Lottie) Brumblow, Larry (Laverne) Brumblow; sister Linda (Bobby) Royster; nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. on July 29 at Hanceville Funeral Home with […]

Michael Bruce Deaver



MICHAEL BRUCE DEAVER, 66, Locust Fork, died July 24, 2016. He worked for Calvert and Marsh Coal Company for many years before working at M&M Motors in Warrior as parts manager for both companies. He enjoyed Alabama football and NASCAR. Predeceasing him was father Mitchell Deaver. Surviving are daughter Brandi Deaver; mother Virginia Deaver; brother Clyde Lewis Deaver, all of […]


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