RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Blount County’s American Red Cross building at 906 2nd Avenue NE, Oneonta. All presenting volunteer blood donors will be automatically entered into a drawing for one set of two Delta Air Lines tickets. To give blood, you must weigh at least 110 pounds, […]

Kay Ivey to speak on gubernatorial campaign

Update from the chamber of commerce

State Treasurer Kay Ivey (Republican) will be the featured speaker at the monthly chamber breakfast scheduled at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Twin Oaks. Sponsored by New Beacon Hospice, this breakfast has been changed to Tuesday to avoid conflicting with the Thanksgiving holiday. The program continues the chamber series featuring the eight candidates seeking nomination from their parties for […]

New lights for Appalachian fields approved

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education accepted a bid for lighting Appalachian High School’s baseball and softball fields during last week’s meeting. Littleton Electric of Oxford won the project with a base bid of $262,016. Work is scheduled to begin immediately, according to Supt. Jim Carr, and should be finished by the end of January which would allow Appalachian’s teams […]

Library contributions for Blountsville

The Mayor and Council of the Town of Blountsville met in regular session Monday, Oct. 19. Present with Mayor Randy Millwood were council members Michael Glass, Barry Smith, Kenneth Wilson, and Ken Mullins. Council member Marlin Murphree was absent. Mayor Millwood began by presenting the budget for fiscal year 2009/2010 for the park and recreation department. The budget projected revenues […]

Snead council approves tax abatement and purchases

The Snead Town Council approved resolution 2009-06 granting a tax abatement to the more recent Quality Mills owner Michael Dendy. The abatement, which runs until 2011 unless extended, transfers the original abatement to the current owner. The council introduced the resolution at its final October meeting. In addition, councilmen voted to make purchases for the police and water departments. Police […]

New classes and alignments announced

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) has released the enrollment figures and the new region and area alignments for the 2010-2012 athletic seasons. The AHSAA uses enrollment figures from the State Department of Education for the upper three grades (10-12) plus ninth-grade holdbacks. Schools are divided into six classifications (1A – 6A) with the largest enrollments placed in 6A, […]

Bulldogs come to life in second half

A dominant second half carried Susan Moore into the second round as the Bulldog defense hammered visiting Walter Wellborn for a 30-20 victory last Friday night. The Bulldogs looked to be in trouble early. Panther running back Delrickus Rhoden ran all over the home team in the first half with 245 yards and three touchdowns. The only thing that saved […]

DOT spokesman promises better communication, but not faster progress

At 160 Promise meeting...

It was a presentation long on explanations of the road construction process and problems but short on concrete indicators as to what to expect in terms of future developments. In the discussion of what to expect in terms of progress on widening Ala 160 to five lanes, there were no time benchmarks given and few reassurances as to future progress, […]

Partners in Crime Stoppers

Three of the prime movers in launching the Blount County Crime Stoppers program met at the jail last week to transfer a grant check for $6,000 from state discretionary funds arranged by Rep. Elwyn Thomas to Sheriff Loyd Arrington. “The phone lines are in, the phone number is assigned, the bumper stickers and signs are ready to distribute around the […]

Retake Cleveland – take two

On Monday Nov. 2, the recently formed group Retake Cleveland gathered again to discuss recent and ongoing actions taken within the town’s government. Despite this being only their second formal gathering, this privately funded and determined group had over 50 residents in attendance. Jerry Jones reported to those attending of a recent meeting held with Blount County District Attorney Tommy […]