Commission completes business from May 11 recessed meeting



The Blount County Commission resumed its May 11 recessed meeting to complete three items of business and make two announcements. It unanimously passed a resolution required for application for a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant. Along with $25,000 in matching funds, the money will be used to install up to 75 fire hydrants in areas of the county that are […]

Chamber banquet honors local citizens and recognizes progress



Twenty-five years after its first banquet, the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce bestowed its highest honor on one of its founding fathers. Chamber directors named Robert P. (Bob) Bynum its 2009 citizen of the year. Hearing chamber president Charles Carr introduce Bynum, some questioned why it took so long to bestow the honor. Carr shared: After three years in the […]

Its own excuse for being



Stewartia malacodendron, common name silky camellia, is a large shrub to small tree that occurs mainly in wildwoods throughout the central half of Alabama and in neighboring southeastern states, though rare throughout its range. Never abundant, it can be found along the Locust Fork and its tributary streams. Its bloom is among the most beautiful of native flowering shrubs. A […]

Oneonta commemorates former mayor’s role



Almost three dozen city, county, state employees, officials, and business leaders assembled last week to recognize the contributions of former Oneonta Mayor Danny Hicks. The gatherers observed for a final time the dedication of the city’s new municipal complex named for the former four-term chief. A brief ceremony marked the installation of the last decorative touch, a large clock and […]

Readers write

Thank you

A great thanks goes out to all the businesses and individuals who helped with the travel for the Cleveland High School baseball team during the state playoff series at Lexington last month. It would have been almost impossible for the team and parents to do it alone We greatly appreciate all the support. Lisa Kester Cleveland

Dallas-Selfville FD story incomplete



The recent article about Dallas- Selfville Voluntary Fire Department and Rescue Squad was nice and informative … but it was also erroneous and incomplete. With all due respect to Troy Phillips, who was a dear friend of mine and a highly respected, dedicated longtime worker AND fire chief at DSFD … he was not the founder nor the first fire […]

Rough day on 75



No one was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident that happened last Thursday just after 7 a.m. on Ala 75 near Remlap. The Hallman Pest Control truck pictured above was hit from behind after stopping for a school bus, according to police reports. The accident was one of three that occurred in the county on 75 that day. The other […]

Personnel, discipline highlight meeting

Blount County Board of Education

  The Blount County Board of Education acted on final personnel decisions during a called meeting last week. The board granted tenure to 42 teachers in the system while non-renewing 14 other teachers and four support personnel. The board also went into executive session for a period to consider a disciplinary matter. In other business, the board acted on the […]

Council learns about Big Brothers Big Sisters program

City of Oneonta

Jim Tuttle of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Blount County introduced himself and his program at the Oneonta City Council’s last meeting. Tuttle explained the mentoring agency began operation in Blount County at Susan Moore, using high school students as mentors. With the success there, the county and city school systems have agreed that all schools will participate next year. […]

Retired Oneonta mayor dies at 58



Danny Hicks, former tireless Oneonta mayor, juvenile probation officer, and community advocate, died Sunday, May 17, 2009. A native of Oneonta, Hicks, 58, was a son of Cimmonette Hicks and the late Fred Marvin Hicks of Oneonta. Besides his mother, he is survived by son Dusty Hicks, sister Sherrie Hicks, brother Ricky (Liz) Hicks, all of Oneonta; brother Donny (Bonnie) […]