The nominees are in

Blount’s Best Burger

The search for Blount’s Best Burger is well underway. The time for readers to make their nominations has ended and the sampling (tasting, judging) has already begun. Readers really responded once again with nominations coming from every corner of the county – and then some, in a couple of cases. Restaurants nominated this year: Double B Barbecue and Frosty Freeze […]

Here’s to your dog

“Folks will know how large your soul is by the way you treat your dog.” Professor Charles F. Duran

Whatever your dog’s breed, size, or level of intelligence, to you it’s the world’s greatest dog. It is probably your best friend and comparable in closeness to most family members. No doubt, Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin could learn a thing or two from your dog. Some believe there’s a special bond between humans and their dogs. Once he is established as […]

Housch announces resignation

Oneonta City Schools

Oneonta Superintendent Jack Housch formally announced his resignation during Monday night’s meeting of the Oneonta City Board of Education. Housch, who was hired in the summer of 2004, says this is a retirement resignation effective Dec. 31. “The timing just seemed right. We have had an aggressive building campaign and (the system) is in good shape as far as facilities. […]

Man dies in industrial accident



A Hayden man died Monday afternoon in an industrial accident at Art Iron Works, located in the Oneonta Industrial Park. Billy Joe Culwell, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene after he was crushed by a heavy metal plate, according to the Oneonta Police Department. An investigation into the accident by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is underway, which […]

Raising the roof at ALFA



Why are they raising the roof at ALFA? Inquiring minds want to know. So, The Blount Countian asked them. Tim Whitley of Snead is president of the Blount County Farmers Federation, which is leasing the building and making the repairs. He had the answers. Before the current round of renovations, the building’s flat roof caused a number of water leaks […]

Neely marquee making comeback



After years in dreary retirement, the marquee that once announced “Gone With the Wind” is getting a new lease on life, thanks to a round of weekly concerts of Neely Arts Center music students. Week before last it was Eli Brown, John Chesnut, and Caleb Glasscock, showcasing their band, “The Beanee Weenees.” (They didn’t name the band until the night […]

Locust Fork has new council member



Wesley Powell will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Locust Fork councilman Mark Brannon Quinn. In his resignation letter, accepted by the town council at its regular meeting in June, Quinn stated that since he was moving outside the town limits, he would be ineligible to serve. Council member Sarah Holt had nominated Powell to succeed Quinn. After […]

‘Tell me it’s not true’

OK: it’s not true

On June 15, I left my home at 8:45 for the county shop to prepare for the impending storm. After arriving at the shop and assessing the situation with the Blount County Emergency Management Agency, I began the preparation process, which included calling my crew out at 9:30 p.m. The storm hit around 10:15 causing damage. My crew and I […]

Fifty-nine years remembered



July 27 has the distinction of being National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. This almostforgotten war that some called a police action lasted over 37 months. It began on 25 June 1950 and ended 27 July 1953. President Clinton said, “Korea was war at its worst, but it was America at its best.” Last Wednesday, July 15, a group of […]

Abatement anticipates increased employment

On positive note for Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council voted July 15 to give a five-year tax abatement to Hornsby Steel Inc. The $400,000 expansion Hornsby is completing to its Cleveland plant is projected to increase its annual payroll to $124,000. Under the Alabama Tax Incentive Reform Act of 1992, the Cleveland Town Council had the authority to abate all state and local noneducational property […]