No easy matter


In what may be a first time ever, all mayors of Blount County municipalities take office without previous mayoral experience. One never knows whether to congratulate elected officials or to offer them sympathy. This newspaper does both and wishes mayors and their councils well. Lured by the possibility of receiving federal grants, most particularly those earmarked for fire protection, hundreds, […]

’09 budget offers mixed bag; defeated candidate decries ‘rumors’

Town of Snead

The Snead Town Council Oct. 27 approved its 2009 budget, reflecting some increases but an overall decrease from its 2008 counterpart. The budget lists projected town revenues of $2,395,011 (down from the proposed $2.7 million in 2008) and expenditures of $2,164,637 (against almost $2.28 million the prior year). Councilmen voted to reduce general fund, sewer, park and recreation, and capital […]

Outgoing Blountsville mayor lists accomplishments

The main topic of the Oct. 20 meeting of the Blountsville town council turned to outgoing council members thanking their supporters and campaign workers. It was the last meeting of the mayor and all council members. Some declined to run for reelection, some resigned to run for other seats, and some were defeated. The council did approve a measure that […]

Norris to speak at chamber breakfast

Experienced money manager to share views

The monthly Blount County—Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held at Twin Oaks on Nov. 19, beginning at 7:30 a.m. The program will be moved from the customary fourth Wednesday of the month so as not to conflict with the Thanksgiving holidays. Everyone has a concern about the economy and whether a recession is looming with the rising unemployment, […]

St. Clair County vs. Blount County:

Battleground for unit-system debate

St. Clair County operates on the unit system, with part-time county commissioners and county road maintenance consolidated under a road superintendent reporting to the county engineer. Blount County operates under the district system with full-time county commissioners, each responsible for road maintenance in his own district, each with an equipment pool and a county road crew of six employees. Comparisons […]

Blount County receiving share of beer tax revenue

Whatever the outcome of yesterday’s wet-dry referendum, Blount County is one of five north Alabama counties that are receiving some of the revenue generated by a statewide beer tax that had in the past been distributed only to wet counties. The other four are Cullman, DeKalb, Lauderdale, and Marshall. Last month the ABC Board paid each county the first of […]

Software crash calls for emergency commission action

Regular meeting time changes

The Blount County Commission met Monday morning in emergency session to respond to the failure of the management software system containing all records for the county jail and sheriff’s department. According to a letter sent last week by Sheriff Danny Morton to Commission Chairman David Standridge, the system contains all jail records, warrants, civil papers, protection orders, personnel files, arrests […]

New group sets sights on helping released inmates reenter the community

Kickoff set for November 13

A group is being organized to address the needs of people who have completed prison sentences and who are being released for reentry into the community. The newly forming Blount County Community Partnership for Recovery and Reentry (CPR) will hold its charter organizational meeting on Thurs. Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the private dining room off the main dining […]

Buffet ready at the Palomino Restaurant

Ann Hilburn (second from right) and employees Jeremy Weems, April Bridges, and Julie Fountain are ready to serve you at the Palomino Restaurant. The restaurant, located in the former Jones BBQ on U.S. 231 in Oneonta, has been remodeled with new tables and chairs and a new decor heavily leaning toward the old west. The menu, according to new owner […]

Clearly Speaking

Understanding Basic Investment Terms and Concepts

Below are summaries of some basic principles you should understand when evaluating an investment opportunity or making an investment decision. Rest assured, this is not rocket science. In fact, you’ll see that the most important principle on which to base your investment education is simply good common sense. You’ve decided to start investing. If you’ve had little or no experience, […]