If there appears to be a disagreement among family members about information to appear in an obituary, The Blount Countian reserves the right to decline to publish any of it. The newspaper takes pride in not charging for publishing obituaries except for those of persons without direct connection to this county, in which case relatives may choose to pay for […]


YARD SALE FUNDRAISING for Old Liberty Cemetery will be held Saturday, May 23, at 1485 Sand Valley Road. Items include clothes, dishes, furniture, and odds and ends. HEALTH-RELATED ISSUES COUNSELING FOR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES is free and available on Thursdays by appointment at The Old Oak Tree, located in the Hope House in Oneonta. Servicemen often face stress, moodiness, […]

Courthouse, city closings today

Oneonta City Hall, Oneonta Public Library, and all state offices in the Blount County Courthouse will be closed today (Wednesday) due to the death of Danny Hicks, former long-time mayor and juvenile probation officer. Note, however, that all county offices at the courthouse will remain open.

Hopewell’s loss, Blountsville’s gain

The Town of Blountsville recently welcomed C. Ray Baxley as its new police chief. Although his name may not be familiar, chief Baxley served 31 years as deputy police chief in Hopewell, just not in Alabama. Chief Baxley retired from the Hopewell, Va., police department after serving 31 years as deputy and six months as interim police chief. Once his […]

County engineer: 2010-11 is target for completion of covered bridge repairs

The newspaper gets calls regularly asking “When are they going to finish repairing the covered bridges?” or “When is Horton Mill Bridge going to be opened to traffic again?” This update from county engineer Richard Spraggins is the best information presently available. It’s not cast in stone. Time of completion can still be affected by the weather, and by regulations […]

Body of missing man found

Family members discovered the body of 25-year-old Jay Brandon Price last Tuesday, days after he had been reported missing. The body was found in the Locust Fork River and its recovery was made by members of the Cleveland, Nectar, and West Blount volunteer fire departments. Price had been reported missing the previous week – on Thursday, May 7 – and […]

Possible subpoenas for absent councilors

Town of Cleveland

Cleveland Town Council called a special meeting last Thursday, just three days following the scheduled meeting held April 11. Present for the special session were Mayor Larry Longshore and council members Mike Evans, Kandy Little and David Grigsby. Evans moved to subpoena councilmen Doug Hill and Glenn Puckett to appear for the next town council meeting. Hill and Puckett have […]

New Office Hours

The Blount Countian is now open for business Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m., except on Wednesdays when the office closes at 11:30 a.m. Deadlines remain the same, although staffers urge readers to submit copy as early as possible: Thursdays at 4 p.m. for classifieds; Thursdays at noon for legals; Fridays at 4 p.m. for […]

Cleveland students have a ball

The fifth-graders of Cleveland Elementary participated in their annual Civil War Ball last Friday. Each May, for the past six years, Cleveland Elementary transforms its gym into an elaborate ballroom. Fifth-grade teachers Janice Melton, Jennifer Roberts, Brett Thrasher, and Anthony Reid prepare the children throughout the school year using their history lessons. The students then incorporate their Civil War knowledge […]

Ryan Cole addresses historical society meeting

Ryan Cole grew up with every intention of becoming a racecar driver. His need for speed has waned, however, since delving into the history of his hometown of Altoona. Cole is currently an archaeology student at Gadsden State College. When not in classes, he may be found digging kneedeep in historical documents from the beginning of the town, or at […]