Alabama Scene

The battle over bingo is escalating

In Gadsden, Jasper, Dothan, Whitehall and elsewhere across Alabama bingo is springing up in many different forms…and it’s giving Attorney General Troy King a headache because the laws establishing the games differ from one location to another. There is no question about the legitimacy of the charity bingo games at VictoryLand in Macon County, approved by a local constitutional amendment […]

Clearly Speaking

I recently met with a couple and while reviewing their financial plan, they asked an interesting question. Why would a 60 year old man need to keep his life insurance or even increase it? It may seem counterintuitive that “empty nesters” need life insurance after the kids have left home. But some retirees still have dependents, such as disabled adult […]

From the Archives

Child Badly Burned The little seven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eppison, Jr., was severely burned at their home on route 3, Oneonta last Thursday morning. It seems the child was sitting in front of an open fireplace when its clothing caught on fire. It had its back toward the fire and the blaze ran up its back burning […]



Some 65 million Americans are on a diet. 35 percent are officially overweight and still gaining fast. We are much more educated today than our parents and grandparents were about nutrition and exercise, so why are we getting fatter and fatter? First, you need to change your way of thinking. You are not overweight, but you may very well be […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

  Recipes this week continue with favorite dishes of staff members responsible for the newspaper’s makeup, advertisements, articles, and briefs. It is hoped that seeing recipes of staffers’ favorite dishes will encourage readers to send in their own recipes. The Blount Countian is even making it easier for readers to share: Send in recipes freehand, computer generated, or scribbled on […]

This Day In History

1789 George Washington is unanimously elected to be the first President of the United States 1849 University of Wisconsin begins in 1 room with 20 students 1865 Robert E Lee is named commander-in-chief of Confederate Army 1913 Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim. 1938 “Our Town,” by Thornton Wilder opens on Broadway 1957 First electric portable typewriter placed […]

No alcohol; no field trip

I would like to say thank you to all the people that voted no on the alcohol sales. My son is in first grade and he is unable to take a field trip this year because there is no money for the schools. So when you go to church on Sundays when you take up the offering you need to […]

Police protection for Cleveland

Lately one of the most controversial objections aimed at the new council has been about the police protection in Cleveland. I would like to make one thing clear about the previous policemen in Cleveland. Neither of them was fired nor dismissed. They left of their own choosing. We have police protection as much as we ever did. The county is […]


Regular season ends; area tournaments begin

The regular season is over and area tournaments are set for this week for our local high school basketball teams. Only one area tournament will be played in Blount County this year. The Cleveland boys are the regular-season champion of 2A Area 13 and will host the area tournament beginning Friday night. Some schools actually began play earlier this week. […]


THE CITY OF ONEONTA is now accepting applications for parks and recreation department workers. Applicants must be enrolled in school and be at least 14 years of age with a valid work permit, if needed. Applications can be picked up at Oneonta City Hall and must be returned by Friday, Feb. 20. For more information, phone 625-3534. LOCUST FORK YOUTH […]

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