From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 11, 1955

Two Blount Men Shot On Market Two Bangor farmers were in University Hospital with gunshot wounds today after a clash with a group of boys in which bullets buzzed like angry bees around Second Avenue Curb Market. William Ted Armstrong, 46, was shot in both knees and Huey R. George, 19, received a hip wound in the shooting Sunday night. […]

Not much love for county teams


The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) has released the preseason top 10 and only one Blount County team received votes. In Class 2A, Cleveland (8-4 last year) received five votes and was listed in the middle of the pack of teams receiving votes. The Panthers are well behind No. 10 Sand Rock, which received 43 votes. Practice began Monday and […]

Thefts keep OPD busy

Oneonta Police Investigator Jimmy Baldwin reports this week has seen numerous thefts within the city. Three cars were broken into at a local title/pawnshop with car radios taken from each vehicle. A firearm was also reported stolen from a local residence. There have been no arrests with these thefts. Four shoplifting arrests were made at Walmart over the past week. […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS MT. CARMEL MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have summer revival through Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. nightly, with prayer room 15 minutes prior. The church is located on County Road 29 on Straight Mountain. Evangelist is Curtis Atkinson, pastor is Jeff Fore. MT. PLEASANT MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH will have summer revival through Friday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. nightly, […]

Calling all pastors

The Blount Countian, in an effort to enhance our “church page,” invites all local pastors to submit devotionals for publication consideration. Please limit your submission to 150 words or less. Email submissions to with “Devotion” as the subject line. We reserve the right to edit or reject submissions.

Judy Bittle

JUDY BITTLE, 68, Oneonta, died Aug. 2, 2017. A 1967 graduate of Oneonta High School, she enjoyed traveling and her work. Predeceasing her were parents Birdo and Floy Beshears Miller, husband John David Bittle, brothers Arthur Miller and Jerry Miller, sister Hazel Weaver, and son-in-law Larry Brown. Surviving are daughter Amy Bittle Brown, Oneonta; sons Dawayne Bittle (Angie Cole), Oneonta, […]

Ray Owen Bodiford

RAY OWEN BODIFORD, 75, Pell City, died Aug. 4, 2017. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, Pell City. Wife Shirley Bodiford predeceased him. Surviving are daughter Gloria Bodiford Quinn; son David Bodiford; grandchildren Amanda Bodiford (Glen) Good, Erin Bodiford, Owen Quinn; sisters Juanita Bodiford ( Jerry) Foreman, Beatrice Bodiford (Bud) Price. Wayne Arnold will officiate the 2 p.m. […]

Rosa Franklin

ROSA FRANKLIN, 55, Oneonta, died July 30, 2017. She enjoyed reading her Bible, arts and crafts, and doting on her grandchildren. She attended The Lord’s House of Prayer. Parents Charles Monroe and Marilyn Jean Franklin and daughter Amber Amstrong predeceased her. Surviving are sons James Wilson, Oneonta, Aaron (Emma) Armstrong, Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren Allie Wilson, Aidan Wilson, Alexix Armstrong, Crystal […]

Margie Lee Jeffries Hogland

MARGIE LEE JEFFRIES HOGLAND, 79, Oneonta, died Aug. 1, 2017, at TLC Nursing Center. She was a member of The Rock Baptist Church. Parents Ed and Edna Bailey Jeffries, brothers James Jeffries, Gene Jeffries, and Andrew Jeffries, and sisters Lorene Swaffard, Gladys Alexander, and Estell Fendley predeceased her. Surviving are brothers Larry (Barbara) Jeffries, Rock Springs, Lonzie (Brenda) Jeffries, Dallas, […]

Chasity Ann Holmes

CHASITY ANN HOLMES, 31, Arab, died June 6, 2017. She had attended J.B. Pennington High School. Predeceasing her were father Ray Holmes, grandparents Alex Bryan and Annie Sue Bryan, Billy Ray and Sally Ann Brown Holmes. Surviving are mother Sandra Holmes; sons Austin Ray Chapman, Michael Aiden Chapman, all of Blountsville; brothers Chris (Carrie) Holmes, Blountsville, Patrick Holmes (Nicole Luttin), […]

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