City building activity dives in fourth quarter this year

The total number of building permits for the City of Oneonta dropped 29 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, compared to the fourth quarter of 2007. There were a total of 130 residential and non-residential permits issued in the fourth quarter last year, compared to 92 in the quarter just ended. More significant is the comparison of total value […]

Museum exhibits fabric postcards

Collage of unusual fabric postcards brings an explosion of color to Memorial Museum’s lineup of new displays beginning the new year. The 4″ x 6″ hand-made cards are miniature works of art, and Chris Wheeler’s collection contains examples by hobbyists from around the country and some from overseas. Check with the museum in Oneonta or go to for more […]

Final night for holiday lights

Volunteers, like the three pictured above, invite everyone to Palisades Park tonight for the final night of the annual Christmas lights display. Attendance has been heavy this year for the event and the number of lights used, easily in the tens of thousands, has amazed visitors both young and old. – Rob Rice

Oneonta council rezones lot, hears reports

Following its usual public-hearing policy, the Oneonta City Council accepted the unanimous recommendation of its planning commission and rezoned property near the downtown area. Requested by developer Lonnie Fowler, the rezoning alters from R-3 to B-2 a lot at 223 Jefferson Ave. E. No one spoke at the public hearing. In the brief regular meeting, Ed Lowe updated the council […]


The last issue of The Blount Countian should have listed the regular Snead Town Council meeting dates as the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m.

Unique contest open to students

River of Words

Debra Gordon-Hellman of Royal is urging teachers to encourage their students to enter a unique contest dubbed River of Words and open to ages from kindergartners through 12thgraders. Gordon-Hellman heads Friends of the Locust of the Locust Fork’s education committee. The statewide, international contest was created to promote watershed awareness, literacy, and the arts. It invites students to “explore the […]

American Legion oratorical contest

High School students are encouraged to participate in the 2009 oratorical contest being sponsored here by American Legion Post 72. Principals, counselors, and teachers of English, social studies, and speech in Blount County public schools, as well as those who home school or work in private and parochial schools within the county, are urged to begin recruiting students now for […]

Oneonta students have holiday spirit

Kindergarten students taught by Beverly Anderson and Amanda Wood gather around the mitten tree at Oneonta Elementary School. The Oneonta High School SGA collects socks, mittens, and hats each holiday season for needy families and this year the elementary school was included in the project. The students pictured won a cookie treat for collecting the most items, according to SGA […]

CareFirst opens in Oneonta

Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce announces the opening of CareFirst in Oneonta. A home health and hospice provider, CareFirst serves 12 counties from offices located in Oneonta, Pell City, and Birmingham. Located at 1104 2nd Avenue East, Suites B and C, in Oneonta, CareFirst is available for referrals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The company maintains a […]

Alabama Scene

Can Artur Davis remake state's political landscape?

Congressman Artur Davis believes he can follow in the footsteps of Barrack Obama’s successful quest for President and become the first African-American governor of Alabama. To accomplish that he will have to dramatically remake the state’s political landscape. The congressman from Birmingham and areas south and west, who was born and raised in Montgomery, has become the main topic of […]