Veterans groups present plaque



The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Disabled American Veterans team up on behalf of the Blount County Grateful Hearts to present a plaque of appreciation to Lt. Col. J. R. Bass, commander of the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Birmingham International Airport. Lt. Col. Bass and his staff provided the Chinook helicopter flyover of the Veterans Day […]

Bullard announces District 2 roads for reclamation/paving



District 2 Commissioner Robert Bullard announced an ambitious program of road repaving for next spring, which will begin with “reclaiming” work starting soon. Reclaiming involves use of a machine that plows up existing pavement to a depth of about six inches, mixing the pulverized pavement with the dirt base of the road in the process. The material is then compacted, […]

Saturday hours for office start this week

Blount County Sheriff ’s Department

The Blount County Sheriff’s Department will begin opening on Saturdays for a half-day this week. The office will be staffed by a clerical worker and a deputy supervisor from 8 a.m. until 12 noon each Saturday at least for the next couple of months. “We’ll try it and see,” said Sheriff Loyd Arrington. “If the amount of work merits, then […]

A random act of compassion

Day’s work make volunteers, residents happy

It was another mission accomplished by members of the Snead VFW Post 5624 and their Ladies’ Auxiliary, led by Beverly Mize. One major mission of the auxiliary is community service. While Beverly was tending a poppy sale last year, she learned about the Crestline Home in Oneonta where 10 special-needs people live. A small staff of dedicated employees sees to […]

Oneontan aboard ship made from WTC metal



PFC Joshua Fields, son of Terry and Beth Fields of Oneonta, was one of 20 Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., selected to sail aboard the USS New York (LPD 21) as she sailed into New York on Nov. 2. As the vessel passed the World Trade Center, a 21-gun salute was fired. Joshua was one of the marksmen. What’s unique […]

Historical Society parties down at 50



Blount County Historical Society president Stanley Moss and Memorial Museum curator Amy Rhudy prepare to serve the some 70 guests at the society’s 50th anniversary celebration Sunday, Oct 25, at The Oneonta Depot. The society, formed in 1959, had a charter membership of 38. Memorial Museum, one of the society’s most important projects, was built in 1970 and dedicated to […]

Career Tech class goes robotic



Drafting design students at Career Tech Center make final design adjustments to their robot as they prepare for BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology)-sponsored robotics competition at Wallace State Community College last weekend. From left are instructor John Ganus, Rhianna Payne, Alex Baker, Jake Daily, Skylar Tolbert, Garrett Shaw, Jacob Calvert, and Patrick Hubauer. The group competed against over a […]

Grand opening at Elegant Touch



A large and happy crowd assembled at the new Elegant Touch location for the store’s grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony. Under Andrea Register’s new management, it’s located on 3rd St. North between Kuttin’ Krew and Kay Rae’s Purses and Accesories. Turning out to help celebrate are a number of downtown regulars, including (front row, from left) Chuck Morrison, Tom Prickett, Jim […]

Letters ask for help

‘Covered bridges ... will only be a memory’

A resident of Texas and another of New Hampshire are searching for a way to ensure the preservation of Blount County, Alabama’s, three covered bridges. Sharon Ellis Laird grew up in Blount County and prizes Horton Mill, Easley, and Swann bridges for the historic treasures they are. Knowing the bridges have been closed to the public because of the structures’ […]

Blount County, home of the covered bridges



We have covered bridge festivals, covered bridge golf tournament, covered bridge quilt show, covered bridge festival pancake breakfast, covered bridge 5K run, covered bridge marching festival, Covered Bridge Inn, Covered Bridge Grill, covered bridge post cards, photos, couch throws, and much, much more. Has anyone looked at our covered bridges lately? Since Blount County brings in and raises so much […]


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