Morton out January 15

Blount County Sheriff 's Department

After months of speculation, Blount County Sheriff Danny Morton will retire Jan. 15, bringing to a close a state investigation of alleged sexual misconduct. Special prosecutor Tom Sorrells, who was assigned to the case by the Attorney General’s office, released a statement Monday saying that Morton will step down as sheriff and, in return, the state will end its investigation. […]

Oneonta hires grant firms and employees



Oneonta City Councilmen approved two firms for its $500,000 sewer extension grant. While its utilities board will actually fund the matching portion of the grant, the city must assume responsibility for its oversight. City manager Ed Lowe reported Community Consultants Inc. as the only applicant to administer the grant and Insight Engineering the top contender for the actual work. The […]

Absolutely Alabama Christmas



Weather anchor and “Absolutely Alabama” host Fred Hunter brought the Channel 6 crew to Palisades Park last week to videotape segments for the program’s Christmas special. The program will air on WBRC Channel 6 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Christmas Day. The program is a composite of “Absolutely Alabama” segments connected by 30-second cutaways to scenes inside Palisades Park’s […]

Snead councilors demonstrate skepticisms



As covered in an abbreviated report in the Dec. 10 issue of The Blount Countian, the Snead Town Council reappointed Rae Ware as town clerk and Lee Netherton as fire chief. Members also tabled consideration of the reappointment of police chief Chuck McBrayer until their Dec. 22 regular meeting and approved a resolution requesting the state attorney general issue an […]

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Soil tunnel unveiled



The Blount County Soil and Water Conservation District unveiled its Soil Tunnel as a part of its booth at the 2008 Blount County Fair. Many children and some adults enjoyed crawling through the tunnel and learned about soil functions. Material for the Soil Tunnel was paid for through educational funds from the Dry Creek Watershed 319 project. The Soil Tunnel […]

Oneonta needs funds to finish project



The Oneonta Athletic Booster Club is in the final stages of fundraising for the new athletic complex. The “Buy a Brick” campaign began last month with all money raised going to finishing the construction of the facility. For a donation of $500, each contributor will get a brick that can feature up to three lines of text (maximum 18 characters […]

‘A dream coming true’



It may look like a mess to outsiders, but to members of Mountain Pointe Ministries, it’s a dream coming true. Church members are excited to see building begun on their new 400-seat sanctuary with two nurseries, a choir room, and restrooms. Pastor Bob Bryant says contractors – and church members – hope to have the construction complete by July. Located […]

Local author Odis Epps tells of ‘An Incredible Journey’



In his new book, An Incredible Journey, Oneonta’s William Odis Epps recalls with nostalgia personal and local events experienced in growing up in the rural Blount County during the Depression. Young people will relate to it with delight, as indicated when they beg their elders to tell them tales of what it was like in “the olden days,” he says. […]

Coundown to Christmas



MONTGOMERY DEC. 17 – Counting today, only 12 shopping days are left before Christmas. The Alabama Retail Association offers these daily tips to make sure you get the most out of those days. 8 days till Christmas Wednesday, Dec. 17 Save money. Coupons are back. Before you head to the store, check your newspaper and other sources. Don’t forget to […]


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