Amanda Gail Walden Smith



AMANDA GAIL WALDEN SMITH, 46, Horton, died June 4, 2017. She was predeceased by father Jack Walden and mother Wanda Johnson Galloway. Surviving are children Stephanie Walden, Anthony Wilson, Scotty Wilson, Salina Walden; grandchild Caden Kunze; siblings Carter Walden, Lucy Walden, Jeremy Walden; father of her children Tony Wilson; nieces, nephews, family, friends. Lemley Funeral Home and Crematory directed.

Ileen Gosser Walker



ILEEN GOSSER WALKER, 90, Mooresville, Ind., died June 9, 2017, at Millers Merry Manor Nursing Facillity. Formerly of Hayden, she was known as a talented artist, having a zest for life, and was a dedicated church member. Predeceasing her were parents Oliver and Cindy Gosser, husband Max E. Walker, daughter Karen Fench, and six siblings. Surviving are son Edwin (Mabel) […]

Opal Wall



OPAL WALL, 96, Oneonta, died June 9, 2017. She was known as the selfless matriarch of her family, enjoyed sitting on her front porch, and visiting with family and friends. Husbands James Carl Loggins and August Wall predeceased her, as did son Douglas M. Loggins, daughter Carolyn Loggins Morton, son-in-law Herman Morton, and grandson Blake Jones. Surviving are daughter-in-law Mary […]

Small spaces, large benefits



While working at Oneonta City School, Darnell Whited developed an “almost English Garden” at her Oneonta home. She used gardening as a type of therapy for herself. As Whited had meticulously planned, she retired after 25 years, set new goals of becoming a Master Gardener, designing and building her retirement home, and writing a book. Soon her retirement goals began […]

Ingram wins state



Seth Ingram, a 2017 graduate of Susan Moore High School, was recently named the Alabama FFA state champion for prepared public speaking. According to SMHS ag instructor Adam Edmondson, this is the first state championship in the history of Susan Moore FFA. Seth is the son of Dale ‘Brownie’ and Kathy Ingram of Snead. He will travel to Indianapolis in […]

Hofstalar remembered



The Josiah Brunson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Birmingham Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will host a ceremony honoring Revolutionary War veteran George Hofstalar (Huffstutler) by placing a memorial marker at his grave on Saturday, June 24, at 11 a.m. The grave is at White’s Cemetery, located between Trafford and Locust Fork. According […]

Feed truck overturns



Last Friday, several agencies responded when a feed truck overturned and dumped its contents into a creek north of Snead. The driver attempted to cross the wooden bridge on McClarty Dirt Road that divides Marshall and Blount County. According to Bruce Teal, administrative assistant at the Marshall County District 3 Commissioner’s Office, the driver for Wayne’s Feed had only been […]

Children’s landmark art



As part of the summer reading program, the Oneonta Public Library has a variety of paintings featuring Blount County landmarks on display in the children’s area. Under the direction of Laurie Bailey, owner of ArtsyOne Designs in Oneonta, several Oneonta students had nine weeks of art classes utilizing different painting techniques and mediums. Bailey said, “My main goal is for […]

Summer camping



Locust Fork Elementary School was the site once again this year for the Summer Journalism Camp, sponsored by the Blount County Education Foundation and taught by Joanna McCay. The Blount Countian’s Rob Rice visited with the students last week and gave a mini-workshop on journalism, the difference between real and fake news and the fundamentals of reporting, in general. Pictured, […]

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