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Snead council touches on a variety of issues

In an event-filled evening, the Snead Town Council addressed several matters and delayed several others. The meeting began with a utilities customer’s request for consideration on her $2280 bill. She asked the council to have her water service restored and to work with her on permitting her to pay the past-due bill in installments. Councilor Trudy Campbell responded quickly, noting […]

Oneonta addresses grant and application

With Alabama Power Company employee Tim McNair abstaining, the Oneonta City Council approved a half million dollar construction contract for improvements on sewer service in the city’s Southside area. Bama Utility Company will perform the work, funded primarily through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). By resolution, councilors also authorized Mayor Darryl Ray to apply for another $250,000 CDBG toward […]


Cleveland councilperson Kandy Little has pointed out an error in a story about the Cleveland Town Council earlier this month. Little says that there was no mention of a pay increase in the street department. The increase in payroll in the department came from the creation of a new position – street and park superintendent – in January. We apologize […]

Blount’s Best Burger Contest

The entries continue to arrive as our search for Blount’s Best Burger goes on. The rules are simple: Nominate your choice for Blount’s Best Burger and the staff of The Blount Countian will do the rest. Tell us what makes your favorite burger the best and give details – we love details. All nominees will be tested – a tougher […]

Forty years and still going strong

Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department

Add 25 more names to your list of county heroes. The members of the Cleveland Volunteer Fire Department are also deserving of recognition. Founded in 1968 by Odell Grigsby, Cleveland’s volunteer fire department began with an Army truck from the civil defense and a 3000-gallon water tank. The tanker, a first for Blount County, was donated by the Standard Oil […]

Summerfield to speak on fraud

Ralph Summerfield, president of Forensic Strategic Solutions PC of Birmingham will address the city-county chamber of commerce breakfast Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 at Twin Oaks. Among his discussion topics will be an analysis of the role of fraud in the national economic meltdown of 2008-09. Summerfield’s professional designations delineate his special status in the field of forensic accounting: CPA, […]

Community Foundation grants $14,600 to nonprofits located in Blount County

The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham recently awarded grants totaling $14,600 to three nonprofit organizations in Blount County. •Blount County Court-Appointed Special Advocates received $3600 toward the full-time position of volunteer coordinator to provide services for 35 additional children in the county. •The Blount County Education Foundation received $5000 toward hiring a part-time executive director to handle fundraising, grant writing, […]

Readers write

Info sought on POW camp

I am trying to locate where I might obtain a copy of The POW Camp, Oneonta, AL, by Warren Weaver or other printed items on the camp. Any info on availability and costs would be most appreciated. James Controvich 97 Mayfield Street Springfield, MA 01108-3535

‘I’m glad they didn’t call my number’

Last week’s letter to the editor “Forgotten Heroes” inferred we’ve forgotten our fallen heroes. What’s worse is that Washington, D.C., politicians care more about the Latino vote and insurance lobby contributions than what our forgotten heroes fought and died for. I betcha my dad wouldn’t have gone to Korea if he knew he was fighting for a place for Latinos […]