Open Doors opens doors to community for Thanksgiving

The Open Doors Sunday School Class at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church fed the multitudes Thanksgiving Day. The free Thanksgiving dinner and fellowship was the class’s way of wishing Happy Thanksgiving to the community. Nearly 150 meals were served at Lester Memorial’s fellowship hall, and the food remaining was delivered to the Oneonta Police Department and 911 Center. ‘We are […]

Local bands march at Disney World and in Philadelphia

Oneonta Redskin Marching Band represented Blount County in first-class style as they marched in the Walt Disney World Parade on Monday, Nov. 20, in Kissimmee, Fla. Oneonta band director David Bearden said, “This was the seventh time for the Redskin Band to perform at Walt Disney World in the 25 years that I have been director, and probably the best […]

Let ‘Small Town Christmas’ begin

The Christmas tree lighting, Wallace State Singers, hot chocolate, letters to Santa, the Christmas parade, festive frenzy flash sales, ice skating, pop-up shops, carriage rides, photos with Santa, a man cave, and so much more. This Friday night kicks off three days of what will be a weekend of holiday fun and excitement for Blount County. “Small Town Christmas” will […]


BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Amy Rhudy, Blount County Memorial Museum curator, will coordinate the program ‘Fun Time with Santa Dollars.’ ALTOONA CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. There will be bands, floats, classic cars, mascots, costumed characters, Santa, and more. For more information […]

Santa’s Underground Workshop discovered at Rickwood Caverns

A secret toy manufacturing workshop manned by Santa Claus and an undetermined number of elves has been found in a previously-unexplored passage of Rickwood Caverns State Park in West Blount County. Though chagrined by the discovery, Santa agreed with park officials – after negotiations with conditions – to allow the previously secret operation to be viewed by members of the […]

Readers write

‘It was a great success…’ Wow! Things really get going when God’s people decide to work together. Shiloh United Methodist Church has not had that many people in it in years if, indeed, it ever has. Your contribution to the success of the Hymn Sing event helped make it happen. I personally thank you and I am quite sure that […]

A true Christian gentleman


Jim Martin passed away recently in Gadsden at the age of 99. His beloved wife of 70 years, Pat, was by his side. He was a true Christian gentleman. Jim was one of the fathers of the modern Republican Party in the South. In 1962, John Kennedy was President and Camelot was in full bloom. Congress was controlled by Democrats […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, November 30, 2011

A Redskin Revival The Oneonta Redskins went on the road and knocked off the Anniston Bulldogs 21-14 last Friday night. The Redskins will face Jackson in the 4A state championship game Friday at 11 a.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Fans are urged to get to Tuscaloosa early for the Walk of Champions outside the stadium at 8:55. Midyear personnel […]

Holiday Closings Schedule

The office of The Blount Countian will be closed on Monday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Dec. 26, for Christmas and Monday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s.

Holiday Deadlines

All ads and content for the Wednesday, Dec. 20 issue must be in by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14. All ads and content for the Wednesday, Dec. 27 issue must be in by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21.