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Roberson graduates

Nicklaus Roberson of Blountsville graduated with an online bachelor of science degree in cybersecurity from Grantham University, a 100 percent online university.

Mississippi College honors

Morgan Thomas of Cleveland was named to the Spring 2019 President’s List at Mississippi College. To be eligible, students must maintain a 4.0 GPA and take a full course load of at least 12 semester hours of undergraduate credit. Clay Daughtry Jr. of Cleveland was named to the Spring 2019 Dean’s List at Mississippi College. To be eligible, students must […]

Three Minute Thesis finalist

John Walker of Oneonta was a finalist in The University of Alabama’s Three Minute Thesis Competition held Nov. 11. Three Minute Thesis is a research communication competition that challenges master’s and doctoral students to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in just three minutes. Walker’s thesis is titled “The Young and the Restless: Improving Digital […]

Ingram receives scholarship

Seth Ingram of Altoona is the 2019-20 recipient of the William Hodges Ward Memorial Annual Scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is given to a Blount County student enrolled in or accepted to the College of Agriculture at Auburn University. Ingram is a 2017 graduate of Susan Moore High School and is currently an agricultural business and economics major at Auburn. He […]

Snead State Chancellor’s Awards

Four employees represented Snead State Community College at the 2019 Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony in November. Computer science instructor Dack Phillips was chosen in the faculty category. Beginning his fifth year as computer information systems instructor at Snead State, Phillips is a 1996 graduate of Oneonta High School and holds an associate degree from Wallace State Community College and bachelor’s and […]

Thrasher receives scholarship

Kiera Thrasher, 21, Hayden, is one of two recipients of the 2019 Go Build Alabama Career Kickstart Scholarship. Thrasher attends Wallace State Community College where she is pursuing a building construction and engineering technology degree. Reed Holbrooks of Glencoe received the second scholarship.

Perfect attendance

Blountsville Elementary School held a school-wide celebration Friday, Oct. 18, for students with perfect attendance during the first nine-week grading period. Robert Baird with Alfa Insurance in Blountsville sponsored the contest. Students were entered into a drawing for bicycles by being present at school every day during the first nine weeks. Diego Mejia and Eliza Palmer (pictured with Baird) were […]

Powell wins scholarship

Weslie Powell, operations manager and critical care paramedic with Blount EMS Ambulance, was selected winner of the 2019 Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma Scholarship for EMS World Expo 2019 held in New Orleans. The Childress scholarship recognizes providers who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in the performance of pediatric emergency medical services, with their primary role being prehospital patient care. […]

100th birthday

Margaret Robinson “Baby Sis” Polk will be 100 years old Oct. 22. She was born in 1919 to Nellie Aniton and Roy Robinson as the fourth of seven children. She attended school in Oneonta and worked at the restaurant in the Oneonta bus station and as a cook and housekeeper for the Bains family. She married Ollie Polk on Feb. […]

OBA annual awards

The Oneonta Business Association held its annual dinner last week and presented awards to: Tara Murphree (Volunteer of the Year); Covered Bridge Players, represented by Zach Buse, and Animal Adoption Center of Blount County, represented by Karen Gilham, Kayle Jackson, and Crystal Adams (tied for Organization of the Year); The Makers Downtown, owned by Cinamon Airhart (Emerging Business of the […]


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