Local educator turns 100

A birthday celebration honored 100- year-old Ella Culwell Hays Saturday, June 27. Mrs. Hays taught first grade at Hayden Primary School for over 40 years. Never having children, she claimed each student as her own. More than 100 guests attended the party, each taking a moment to thank the beloved mentor. As students shared memories, it became apparent that Mrs. […]


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Update from the chamber of commerce

State Attorney General King will be next speaker at chamber breakfast

Troy King, Alabama’s attorney general, will be the featured speaker at the monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast scheduled for Wednesday, July 22, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at Twin Oaks. The program will be sponsored by Tyson Foods, an excellent corporate citizen that is involved in a number of worthy local causes. Attorney General King is no stranger to […]

Tim James brings campaign for governor to Oneonta

Tim James, one of six Republican candidates for the gubernatorial nomination in 2010, addressed the county Republican Committee meeting at the Frank Green office building last Thursday, with a message of fiscal responsibility in state government and support of the activist conservative wing of the Republican Governors Association. Before the meeting, James stopped by The Blount Countian for an interview […]

Oneonta continues with employment/personnel issues

The Oneonta City Council placed additional responsibility on its firefighters to pay the city should they obtain training at city expense and soon move to another city’s department. Councilors approved an employment contract, which requires firefighters to remain with the city two years or pay the city for training they have received at city expense. City attorney Alex Smith explained […]

Fifth Blount cemetery named to national registry

McDonald-Chitwood Cemetery is the fifth cemetery in Blount County named to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register, a prestigious listing of historic cemeteries in the state. The Alabama Historical Commission considers historic cemeteries particularly worthy of preservation and appreciation and deserving of this special recognition, awarded thus far to only 303 cemeteries statewide. Historians Sallie Johnston (above left) and Debbie Bein […]

Canadian company files for mining permit on Rosa Mine

Comment period until Aug.1...

The MCoal Corporation, a metallurgical coal company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has filed an application with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission to mine coal at a site in Blount County known as the Rosa Mine. The tract is located generally in the Dry Creek, Andy Branch, and Cold Branch watersheds, along the margins of Berry Mountain, including large parts […]

Readers write

Column sparks good memories

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the recent column “Wallace’s Ponderings,” which brought back many good memories. We are sure that a weekly column such as this would be a tremendous asset to The Blount Countian. Edward R. Herd Oneonta

Don’t look back and say ‘What if’

This letter is in response to the article printed 6/17/2009, in regards to Kathy Tidmore pleading guilty to the murder of Alfred Holston Sr. First I would like to say my sympathy to the Holston family. I regret my actions on July 30, 2007, were too little too late for their loved one. My name is Clayton Garrison. When I […]

The beat goes on

Town of Cleveland

“The council can do whatever this council wants to do,” town attorney Stan Glasscox retorted at Cleveland Town Council’s special meeting last month. Glasscox was responding to utilities supervisor Steve Pass’s challenge that the council couldn’t reduce the hours of Michael Walker, the water board’s full-time operator, nor do away with overtime for the position, actions called for in motions […]