Oneonta officer honored after 36 years



On May 8, 1973, officer Paul Ethan Small, then with the Oneonta police force, was in the process of making an arrest. The suspect resisted and the two men scuffled until finally the officer secured the suspect in the Oneonta jail. Tired from all the commotion, Small went for a much needed break at what used to be ‘Round the […]

Hayden High School meets 90% graduation rate target

First of county schools...

Hayden High School has become the first high school in the Blount County school system to reach the state education department’s goal of graduating 90 percent of its students enrolled in school since the ninth grade, according to the preliminary graduation rate calculation released last month. In the 2006-2007 school year, the latest year for which final graduation rate statistics […]

Hayden High gets new coaches

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education approved new football and boys basketball coaches for Hayden High School at Monday’s meeting. Steven Kerby takes over the Wildcat football program. He comes to Hayden from Austin High School in Decatur, where he was an assistant coach under David Norwood. He helped lead the Bears to a 5-6 record and a close, 18-17 […]

Rickwood Caverns State Park targeted for possible closing



At the prospect of possibly scaling back facilities and/or closing several Alabama state parks, the Friends of Rickwood Caverns State Park has begun efforts to keep the park open. The information on possible cutbacks came at a meeting of the organization with state parks director Mark Easterwood. The state parks division is a part of the Alabama Department of Conservation […]

Oneonta rezones property again, hires summer workers



Hal Buckelew expressed his concern over reversing zoning actions of a few years past, just before casting his vote for the reversal. Announcing his conflict, the Oneonta councilman reported he made his decision to vote for the change out of respect for planning commission members who voted overwhelmingly for it. He added he appreciates the time residents serve on city […]

Sheriff’s department gets new equipment



Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington and chief deputy William Ferry show off the department’s two newest pieces of equipment. As part of the federal government’s homeland security initiative, each county in Region 6 of the state’s law enforcement district got a new John Deere Gator and 18-foot enclosed trailer. The trailer comes completely wired for power with a generator and […]

Fast Facts About Music



Global sales of pre-recorded music total more than $40 billion. The US share of the world music market is 31.3%. About 2.4 billion CDs are sold annually. The number of recorded CDs and blank CDs sold has been about equal. About one-third of recorded CDs are pirated. The LP (long-playing) record was invented by Paul Goldmark in 1948.The LP is […]

Why is a hotdog called a hotdog?



In 1987, Frankfurt, Germany celebrated the 500th birthday of the frankfurter, the hotdog sausage. Although, the people of Vienna (Wien), Austria will point out that their wiener sausages are proof of origin for the hotdog. (By the way, ham, being pork meat, is found in hotdogs.) According to Douglas B. Smith in his book “Ever wonder why?” the hotdog was […]

Blountsville robbery suspects arrested



Two Cullman County brothers have been charged with burglary in connection to a string of robberies in the Blountsville area before Christmas. The crimes occurred within a two-mile radius of each other along county road 47. In all, four houses were burglarized on either Dec. 4 or 5 with items taken ranging from jewelry and knives to guns and collectables. […]

Hope House Family Service Mall recognized



Blount County citizens who helped bring the Hope House Family Service Mall to fruition receive special recognition from Governor Bob Riley last week in Montgomery: (from left): David Standridge, Charles Carr, Wendell Ellis, Riley, Bud Jones, Elizabeth Wilson, Marsha Parker, and John Dobson. The mall is one of 10 family services centers in the state certified as a part of […]


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