Redeemed Ministries


“I was depending on my best, and my best took me to seven different rehabs.” Those powerful words send out a message that Redeemed Ministries’ pastor, Chris Gortney, wants people to understand. He simply said, “My best failed.” It was during a time in one of those rehab stays that he heard a statement that changed his life. In a […]

Baseball/Softball

(April 15-20)

Baseball State Playoffs Round 1 The weather hindered many of the baseball playoff games last week and some teams remain in question of who will continue their season. One county team advanced, two ended their seasons, and one was pushed to a showdown Tuesday. ONEONTA originally had home field advantage. However, they were unable to play on the wet field […]

Scores and games


Donald Blackmon

DONALD BLACKMON, 67, Armstead Community, died April 14, 2019. Predeceasing him were parents Lonnie and Annie Knighten Blackmon; brothers Super Blackmon and Coy Blackmon; sisters Ollie Bowden, Frances Glass, Brenda Gail Crowe, and Katie St. John; children Randall Yancey and Brenda Yancey. Surviving are wife Martha Lowe Blackmon; children Denice Blackmon, Lonnie Blackmon, Anita Thomas; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings […]

Robbie Tidwell Burgett

ROBBIE TIDWELL BURGETT was born on July 22, 1929, and went to be with her Heavenly Father and her beloved husband of 70 years, Alfred, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at the age of 89. She was born and lived in Blount County her entire life. Next to God, her greatest joy was her family. She was a selfless, caring, […]

Billie Fae Gunter Cheney

BILLIE FAE GUNTER CHENEY, 96, was born Nov. 29, 1922, in Talladega, Ala., and died April 17, 2019. She was predeceased by her parents James Louis Gunter and Lillian Lenora Gunter, her husband of 52 years Alan Breck Cheney Sr., daughter Anne Cheney, and brothers Ned Louis Gunter and Ronald Vandegrift Gunter. She is survived by children Celia (Wendell) Ellis, […]

Mary Ellen Dye

MARY ELLEN DYE, 91, Oneonta, died April 18, 2019, at Diversicare Health Care Center, Oneonta. She was a member of Tait’s Gap Missionary Baptist Church and loved to work in her yard, do puzzles, and read. Predeceasing her were the father of her children Junior Dye; parents F.O. and Lela Redman Pearman; brothers Stancel Pearman, Aubrey Pearman, Marlin Pearman; sisters […]

Oneonta, Southeastern place in AMSTI STEM challenge

On Friday, April 5, around 400 students converged on the campus of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville for Athens State’s inaugural AMSTI STEM challenge. The event drew second- through sixth-graders from Limestone County, Athens City, Cullman County, Blount County, and Oneonta City schools. Students competed in a team-building exercise against a total of 25 teams in their grade level. […]

Susan Moore class of 1959

Susan Moore High School class of 1959 celebrated the 60th reunion with lunch at Sarah’s Restaurant in Walnut Grove. Pictured are, front row (from left): Juanita Nickels Baggett, Roberta Yancey White, Kathy Evans Lowe, Genene Miller Jackson, Faye Frachiseur Hullet, Sandra King Masters, Elaine Morris Womack, Carolyn Wright Haynes, and Elizabeth McCray Newman. Back row: Floyd Hogland, Bruce McCray, Martha […]

Fred Ingram

FRED INGRAM, 92, Oneonta, died April 14, 2019, at St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital. He held a bachelor’s and master’s degree from The University of Alabama, served in the U.S. Navy, retired from the Social Security Administration, and owned and operated Eureka Antique and Collectible Shop in Oneonta for many years. Predeceasing him were parents Clinton L. and Clara Nix Ingram. […]


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