Study provides snapshot of county road conditions

5.3 percent "poor"

Preliminary results of an evaluation of county roads were presented Thursday to the Blount County Commission work session by Steve Ostaseski, principal planner representing the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham. The findings are based on a study conducted last year. It forms the database for an on-going “pavement management system” for county roads. The study evaluated 54 county road […]

Here comes the heat

Cleveland’s Kristen Harris fires a pitch during Monday’s game with Oneonta. The weather has heated up and so has the spring sports season for the local high schools. Several local softball teams have gotten off to good starts this year, as have some of our local baseball teams. See Sports, page A4. – Rob Rice

New paving projects set to begin

City of Oneonta

Bids will be opened this Friday for an ambitious paving project planned for Oneonta’s city streets. According to Mayor Darryl Ray, the city has advertised for paving 7.4 miles of road but will look for bids on pavement by the ton and not by the mile. “We did that because not all of the streets on this project are the […]

Hope House announces free life-initiative classes

The Hope House will offer a series of four different free classes this spring, all designed to help people take the initiative to control difficult aspects of their lives such as addictions and other undesirable behaviors. Youth Empowerment Series. This series is a 12-week class for teens aged 13 to 18 and their families. It is designed to help teenagers […]

A home-grown success

HomeTown Bank

Sometimes a business’s motto says it all. If the motto is “Modern banking, old-fashioned values” then the pressure is definitely on. However, HomeTown Bank president Danny Kelly says there is no pressure at all. “I believe there is a difference between us and larger banks,” he says. “We do business in and around Blount County and we want to be […]

‘Riverboat John’ Ferguson sets gig at Moon Song Cafe

Riverboat John Ferguson will perform a retrospective of his 1950s New York coffeehouse days at the Moon Song Cafe in Gadsden on Saturday, March 21. Time is 7 p.m. Admission is free to the Gadsden coffeehouse located on Meighan Boulevard near Noccalula Falls. Ferguson’s show features story-telling and folk music singing and playing, focusing on the steamboat era of American […]

From two packs a day to zero; is it possible?

It was William’s 72nd birthday and the day of his routine annual physical checkup. Considering his many years of dancing with most of life’s demons, he was determined to be in relatively good health – that is except for moderate COPD from 60 years of smoking sometimes two packs of cigarettes a day. “I did find a suspicious area on […]

Alabama Scene

State's prepaid college tuition program takes hit

Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code authorizes states to create two types of college savings programs – prepaid tuition plans and college savings plans. Alabama was the third state in the nation to implement a prepaid college tuition program when the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) Program began operating in March, 1990. PACT is based on the concept – […]


Pop's Farm and Thereabouts

Frank Smith, now a resident of Scottsboro, has done what more of us want to do and need to do but keep putting off. He has captured on paper treasured recollections of his growing-up years, and his wife, Rosemary, has created attractive pages held in loose-leaf binders, the book entitled “Nectar – Pop’s Farm and Therabouts.” Below are its introduction […]

Addiction: Confusing and baffling

Addiction seems confusing and baffling. Many people in this county know first hand the price of drugs and alcohol. During the course of a single day, I heard several individuals’ own accounts of the impact of drug sales. A person who used to work for the railroad recounted being on a train moving 25 mph towards a bridge. A father […]