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 […]

African serval draws a crowd at library’s summer program

An African Serval kitten was the star of the show at last Thursday’s reading program at Oneonta Public Library. The savannas of central Africa are the Serval’s native habitat. Mature adults range in size from 35 to 50 pounds. The Serval is reputed to be the most deadly hunter of all mammals, catching its prey on an average of 50 […]

Workers and winners

Workers in the Drive Out Breast Cancer golf tournament benefitting the Susan G. Konen Foundation are standing, (from left): Diane Clowdus, Christi Campbell, Lori Elrod, Kathy Wright, Tina Adams, Betty Strong, Jayne Posey, Glenda Dumas, and Margene Hyatt. Kneeling in front, (from left): Annalee Posey and Savanna Owen. The tournament, held last Thursday at Limestone Springs, generated 18 foursomes and […]

‘Life throws some surprising punches’

Life throws some surprising punches. I have had to stop the clinic for veterans – The Old Oak Tree – as of June 1. Due to my own medical issues and those of other family members, there really is no option to do otherwise at this time. It has meant so much to me to be a part of the […]

Generating enough money to repair county’s roads

“Where are the dollars going to come from to improve the county’s bad roads?” That so many concerned citizens ask this question so often would indicate the county commission needs everybody’s help to solve this very serious situation. The question continuously remains on the minds and often the lips of concerned citizens, particularly those that have to use these deteriorating […]

Leaders learn about recruiting incentives

“Tax abatements have come to be viewed as a right.You’ve got to pay to play. If you don’t respond with that as a minimum incentive, you’re not going to get that second look – heck, you’re not going to get the first look – because all your competitors are going to offer them.” – Consultant Ed Gardner Sr.

The Blount County Commission and the county Industrial Development Board learned last week about the range of incentives that can be offered to prospective businesses interested in moving to Blount County. Presentations were made at Limestone Springs Golf Club. Incentives discussed at length were tax abatements and bond financing. Tax abatements include related incentives such as site prep grants and […]

Cahaba Lilies thrive in Locust Fork River

Much has been made of the outstanding display of Cahaba Lilies in the Cahaba River at Hargrove Bend in Bibb County, within the boundaries of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. Of lesser fame but comparable beauty are beds growing in the Locust Fork River in Blount County. Two known populations occur in the Standridge Bend area on the lower […]

Sheriff wants crimestoppers program; business, elected officials will pitch in

A major element of Sheriff Loyd Arrington’s second-phase goals for county law enforcement is to mount a countywide crimestoppers program. The program would provide rewards for anonymous telephone tips and information leading to the arrest and conviction of criminal offenders, he told the Rotary Club Monday. The call would connect to the sheriff’s department’s dispatch office. Implementing the program will […]

Homicide at Limestone Springs under investigation

The Oneonta Police Department is investigating the death of a 37-year-old man whose body was found last Wednesday at Limestone Springs in Oneonta. Family members found Michael Shannon Watkins dead in his home on St. Andrew’s Parkway Wednesday morning around 10:30. The Oneonta Police Department responded to the 911 call and was on the scene within minutes, according to Oneonta […]


A distant ‘second’

Background Scripture: Exodus 13:17 through 14:30. Devotional Reading: Exodus 15:1-13. Freedom can be very elusive and fleeting because the dimensions of freedom evolve along with society. The Exodus from Egyptian slavery is one of the great liberation stories of all time. But, the world of 1300 BC (approximate date) was a radically different world from ours. The Israelites gained freedom […]

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