Alabama Scene

Nation less divided as new president takes office

Public confidence in the new president to deal with the nation’s most pressing problems is high. About 7- in-10 polled say they believe Barrack Obama will do the right thing when it comes to mending the economy, preventing terrorism, and dealing with Iraq. Many who were polled by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press just before […]

Clearly Speaking

What Stock and Bond Alternatives Do I Have?

Most prudent investors have at least some of their holdings in stocks, corporate bonds, or both. In fact, when most people think of “investing,” they think of Wall Street and the stock markets. Many fail to realize that there are a number of ways to invest in stocks besides owning individual shares. Mutual Funds A mutual fund is a collection […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, January 22, 1986

Bottom Line – Oneonta ends fiscal year with deficit The City of Oneonta ended fiscal year ’85 with its general fund in the red and members of the council are predicting the financial crunch will worsen next fiscal year with the anticipated loss of more than $100,00 in revenue sharing funds. The council was presented the ’85 audit at the […]



Sugar is sweet, but is it good to eat? We believe that after reading recent statistics you may want to practice moderation in consuming that addictive substance loved by many! My column this week deals with ways sugar can adversely affect the body and its functions. Sugar can suppress the immune system; upset the body’s mineral balance; cause hyperactivity, anxiety, […]


ANNA ENGLAND AND SUGAR, her long-haired Dachshund, received an AKC canine good citizen certificate during the Oct. 19 annual Pell City Paws in the Park gathering. Sugar lives with England in Nectar. Birmingham Obedience Club members Richard Karranch and Rose Lehn presented certificates during the day. KITTEN PEERS WISTFULLY from behind a fish bowl, perhaps hoping it will be one […]

This Day In History

1677 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), Boston 1793 Prussia & Russia sign partition treaty (Poland divided) 1799 Edward Jenner’s smallpox vaccination is introduced 1818 Keats writes his poem “On a Lock of Milton’s Hair” 1827 Freedom Journal, 1st Black paper, begins publishing 1846 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ “Daily News” published 1853 Envelope-folding machine patented by Russell […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

This week, for a change, all recipes shown are from one individual instead of from a batch of different cooks. Some time ago Robert Vaningan shared his book Cooking in the Deep-South with Chef Bob and gave The Blount Countian permission to print any of his recipes. Patrons of The Chocolate Cottage, Chef Bob’s former restaurant in Oneonta, will be […]

The Old Oak Tree

Counseling service for veterans and their families

Robert has mixed feelings about his father returning from Iraq. He was sad when his dad left and relieved when he returned safe. But things are different now. Dad is either bossing him around or blowing up at just anything. He’s hard to be around. Robert remembers he and his mom had struggled but learned to manage okay with dad […]

Reader writes

Readers like good news

Just a note to tender some food for thought concerning our newspaper. As you are aware, Sylvia and I both are regular readers of The Blount Countian and we enjoy it very much. We hope that this medium of communication, of telling the readers what’s happening as well as what has already happened continues at least as long as we […]

Panthers, Redskins claim junior high titles

The Blount County Junior High Basketball tournaments wrapped up Saturday night with a pair of exciting games in the finals. The top seeds held true for both tournaments with Cleveland taking the girls title with a thrilling, 36-34 victory over J.B. Pennington in the finals. Oneonta took the boys title with a 43-32 win over Appalachian in the championship battle […]