Friends of Rickwood eyes conference lodge

After warming up on several projects, Friends of Rickwood Caverns is considering a construction project that would expand use of the littleknown state park located in western Blount County: a sizable conference lodge that would provide a venue for business and social meetings comparable to that offered by Dalton Moss Lodge at Palisades Park near Oneonta. The group is considering […]

Earnhardt commemorative car to be raffled off in Red Cross fund-raiser

The Blount County American Red Cross will raffle a 2002 Limited Edition Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt Signature Series Pace Car to raise money to help support services provided by the Red Cross in the county. The car belongs to Bobby Tidwell of Hayden. He is contributing it to the Red Cross to make the fund-raising effort possible, and there’s a […]

For children at Christmas

The Rose Garden Club of Oneonta is sponsoring a Children’s Christmas Tree. The public is invited to donate toys and children’s clothing to the tree at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Donated items will be given to Blount County children in need through the Department Of Human Resources this Christmas. Member Mildred Williams presents gifts to Antonia Perez with the […]

Alabama Scene

People have a right to see public records

The people of Alabama have a right under state law to know whether prison guards or inmates beat a prisoner to death. Gov. Bob Riley and his prison commissioner Richard Allen are refusing to turn over prison records on the death of convicted murderer Farron Barksdale, even after a Montgomery circuit judge told them to release the records immediately. The […]

Clearly Speaking

If you own your own business, chances are you’ve at least thought about the conditions under which you will make your departure from the business and who is going to take over after you leave. Business continuation is difficult enough under normal circumstances, but if it has to take place following the unexpected death of a key person or owner, […]

From the Archives

From 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 Bank. […]


GEARLD GARNER was named Pinellas (Fla)/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Jan 5, 2008. He also received the Lifetime City Ambassador Award presented by the city council. Garner grew up in Holly Springs with his brothers James Garner of Oneonta and Ken Garner of Orlando, Fla. He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1960, then had a 20-year […]

Life in the real world good teaching tool

Face it: book learning isn’t very exciting, but expanding it to life in the real world imbues it with value. Educators pictured here joined others from Mobile to Huntsville to take advantage of a free, three-day environmental course at Camp McDowell called “Living Streams” to bring meaningful, hands-on enriching education opportunities to Blount County students. Not only were room and […]


Brody Lee Ray celebrated his first birthday Nov. 19. He is the son of Todd and Melonie Ray of Susan Moore and the grandson of Larry and Sandie Brooks of Snead and Darryl and Martha Ray of Oneonta. Greatgrandparents are Hank and Wilma Brooks of Snead, Waunita MacKender of Manhattan, Kan., and George Jackson of Gadsden. Brody has two brothers, […]


Victoria Musick Wester celebrated her third birthday with a fun party with family and friends at the Woodmen of the World building on Ala 75 in Oneonta. Although her party was in October, her birthday was Sept. 30. Tori is the daughter of Matthew and Kelli Ellis Wester of Berry Mountain. Grandparents are Rick and Belinda Faulkner, Peggy Ellis and […]

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