Striped Angel Tree


While incarcerated during the 2014 Christmas season, and in hopes of helping his parents out as they cared for his infant son, Bray J., Jody Bresseale put his son’s name on an Angel Tree. No package ever arrived for Bray J. Fortunately, Bray J. had both maternal and paternal family that love him and made sure he had a smile […]

Former teacher pleads guilty


A former teacher has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of violating the state’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). Crystal Clowdus, 35, pleaded guilty last week, according to court records. She was arrested in August after she served as a volunteer for open house at Oneonta Elementary School, where her children are students. Clowdus, while working as a […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, December 6, 2000

FBI acknowledges investigation New court action and press reports forced the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week to publicly acknowledge an ongoing investigation of Community Bancshares Inc./ Community Bank of Blountsville. The information comes as no surprise to many Blount County residents who have been aware for some time of the FBI’s research of Blount County court filings of Community […]

Top-ranked Redskins solid again


When the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released their initial poll of the season last week, there were some big surprises. Not the least of which was the team at the top of the ranking in 4A boys – Oneonta. The Redskins, under first-year head coach Brandon Crews, have raced out to an 8-0 record going into last night’s Area […]

Church Briefs

EVENTS ONEONTA SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH will present the Christmas play on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served after the evening service. The church is located at 736 First Ave. East, Oneonta. UNION HILL BAPTIST CHURCH presents the annual ‘Christmas in the Country’ event on Friday and Saturday nights, Dec. 8-9, from 5:30 p.m. […]

Hope House shifting into high gear for Christmas


Hope House is preparing for its 17th year of delivering Christmas to Blount County children and adults, many of whom have precious little to celebrate otherwise. Last week, The Blount Countian caught Hope House director Bud Jones just after a nostalgic walk through the halls of what has become the charitable mainstay of the county, remembering what the early years […]

Snead hires police and discusses fire pay


In its latest session, the Snead Town Council voted to hire Jacob Heaton, Phillip Hathcock, and Charles Moody as part-time police officers. Council members acknowledged the need for at least one full-time officer, but opted for part-timers, initially. In the discussion, Mayor La’Shone Price had noted Heaton had spoken with him about a full-time position. Police Chief Alan Hicks advised […]

Wallace receives ‘Courage to Care’ award


On Nov. 3, Oneonta’s Mary Starkey Wallace, a Samford University nursing alumna, was one of 14 nurses awarded a ‘Courage of Care’ award for excellence in nursing practice and patient-care delivery. The prestigious award does not come easy and Wallace is extremely proud to receive such an honor. She said, “It is a huge honor and humbling experience to be […]

Family Socks- It for Diabetes in honor of Kevin Wilson


Sometimes inspiration comes when you least expect it. In 2004, it came in the form of 19-year-old Kevin Wilson, a young man battling juvenile diabetes who decided he wanted to spend his time helping others. “He wanted to share God’s work and minister to people,” says older sister and Hewitt Middle School exceptional education aide, Sheena Wilson. “He always wanted […]

AHS ‘Sounds for the Season’ Christmas concert


‘Sounds for the Season’ will fill the air at Appalachian High School gym on Sunday, Dec. 9, as the first-ever AHS band concert will be held at 2:30 p.m. The free concert, which is slated to last about an hour, will include Christmas selections performed by band members, the guitar class, and the fourth- and fifth-grade singers. Band director Crist […]


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