Friends of Rickwood explore rustic cabins for state park



Members of Friends of Rickwood Caverns met early this month with representatives of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), an Alabama Power representative, park manager Jim Russell, and District 1 Commissioner David Cochran to discuss the hope to build rustic rental cabins at the state-owned park. Friends member Chester Thomas who initiated the idea for the project, […]

Blount County 2010 Holiday Schedule



New Year’s Day Friday, Jan. 1 Martin Luther King Jr./ Robert E. Lee Birthdays Monday, Jan. 18 Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 15 Confederate Memorial Day Monday, Apr. 26 National Memorial Day Monday, May 31 Jefferson Davis Birthday Monday, June 7 Independence Day Monday, July 5 Labor Day Monday, Sept. 6 Columbus Day Monday, Oct. 11 Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 11 […]

Help county’s abused children



Each year hundreds of Blount County children receive something they never asked for. Sexual abuse. As this Christmas season approaches and you reflect on all of your blessings and remember those less fortunate, please remember our abused children. The Blount County Children’s Center provides a safe place for children to disclose abuse, offers counseling for abused children and their non-abusing […]

What you can do to help Cleveland



A letter in the paper last week named ReTake Cleveland “Grinchlike” people opposed to Christmas due to our displeasure over the recent purchase of Christmas lights for the town. (The group is named ReTake Cleveland, not “The group trying to take back Cleveland.”) The group has also been accused of damaging and destroying property and trying to take Christ out […]

Response to Mike Evans’s letter



In Mike Evans’s own words, “Cleveland is like most crossroads towns, not much more than an intersection in a road to somewhere else.” This is exactly why we don’t need lights that, including labor, rental for lift, and installation costs to Alabama Power, probably cost the town $8000 – $10,000. I say probably because we, the people, never get a […]

At a loss for words!



I do not even know how to respond to Mr. Mike Evans’s Grinch letter in last week’s paper. The Grinches came to town when the resigned mayor and three council members laid a man off at Christmas time, refused to pay a man overtime already worked, and reduced a man’s salary! Of all the important issues that the town is […]

City purchases Fish Hut property, advertises job openings

City of Oneonta

With city manager Ed Lowe elaborating on reasons, the Oneonta City Council voted to purchase property most recently known as the Fish Hut. Lowe asserted the city had to correct an encroachment problem in order to obtain grant funds to continue with its downtown enhancement project. All members voted for the purchase, revealed later to The Blount Countian at $30,000. […]

If looks could kill…



Locust Fork’s Kyle Smith looks to score against the defense of North Sand Mountain’s Dylan Britt during Saturday’s Coaches vs Cancer Classic at Cleveland High School. Locust Fork defeated North Sand Mountain 59- 47. For a complete report on the games that day, see Sports A4.

Overtime pay for road crews reinstated; fire hydrant project moves forward

December commission meeting

The Blount County Commission unanimously voted at its monthly business meeting Monday to resume paying county road crew employees whenever they are called in to work outside normal work hours. For two months, they had not been paid for overtime worked during any two weeks containing a holiday. The approved statement reads: “A scheduled holiday within a pay period shall […]

Work of Nicaragua medical mission changes lives



Organizing a team of medical volunteers and thousands of dollars in medication through the political and civil turmoil of the Third World is never easy, but through the efforts of mission teams like Cornerstone Christian Fellowship’s in Oneonta, hundreds of impoverished people this year have received medical treatment they couldn’t afford and would otherwise never have received. While Americans were […]