Redskins come up short

Sometimes the best team doesn’t win. Just ask the Oneonta Redskins. In last Thursday’s Northeast Regional semifinal against Jacksonville, the Redskins led throughout – even dominated at times – yet somehow found themselves on the losing end of a 48-46 nail-biter. The Golden Eagles had dropped the Redskins by nine points during a December game but this one was different […]


BLOUNT COUNTY YOUTH SOFTBALL REGISTRATION is being held at parks throughout the county. Contact the following parks: Appalachian, Blountsville, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Oneonta, Royal, and Snead for more information or email blountcountysoftball@gmail.com. Registration is for girls ages 4 – 12. UMPIRES ARE NEEDED FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON of Blount County Youth Softball. If you are interested in umpiring, contact Mikey […]

Grrreat news!

West Blount Park fields are complete, courtesy of cash from Kellogg’s

The sky was cloudless and temperatures were warm on Friday afternoon, perfect conditions for a ballgame. Though little leaguers didn’t play, the next best thing happened: three big league-quality fields were born. The grass is green and the fields beg baseball fans to come and say hello. West Blount Park’s baseball fields have been transformed into a “field of dreams” […]

Locust Fork student wins poster contest

Lily Patterson, a fifth-grade student at Locust Fork Elementary School, has been named winner of the 2010 statewide Bring Our Missing Children Home poster contest. Lily was honored at the Feb. 11 Alabama State Board of Education meeting in Montgomery, where she was presented with an engraved state plaque and a national award certificate from the Department of Justice. Dr. […]


RILEY MAKENZIE MASON, daughter of Richard and Susan Mason of Mount Hebron, celebrated her third birthday Feb. 5. She had a Cinderella party Feb. 6 with family and friends at Dairy Queen in Guntersville. Riley is the granddaughter of James and Linda Mason of Boaz and Jerry and Sarah Smart of Snead. She is the great-granddaughter of Estelle Downs of […]


If there appears to be a disagreement among family members about information to appear in an obituary, The Blount Countian reserves the right to decline to publish any of it. The newspaper takes pride in not charging for publishing obituaries except for those of persons without direct connection to this county, and those requested to be published as submitted but […]


BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will have a disciplinary hearing Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. The board meeting will be March 1 at 1 p.m. SNEAD VFW POST 5624 will meet at 6 p.m. the first Thursday, March 4. Any veteran of a foreign war is welcome to apply for membership. George Elrod, 256-878-6797, or Gordon Brown, 205- 466-5699. BLOUNT […]

Update from the Chamber

Johnson, Davis to be breakfast speakers

Bill Johnson, candidate for the Republican Party’s 2010 gubernatorial nomination, will be the sixth of the eight gubernatorial candidates to speak at a monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast. Johnson will speak at the Wednesday, Feb. 24, breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. at Twin Oaks. Bill Johnson has an impressive resume of public and government service. He worked […]

The race for district attorney…

Casey does her homework, represents ‘new direction’

The Blount Countian interviewed all candidates for Blount County district attorney during the first two weeks of this month. This is the second in the series of four interviews, to appear in the paper weekly in alphabetical order by candidate’s last name. All responded to a list of common questions; all were asked two or more questions unique to their […]

Hayden looks toward master planning

The town council is concentrating on bringing the concept of smart growth to the Hayden community as part of its planning endeavors. At their meeting this month, council members discussed a vision for the town’s future and a master plan to make it a reality. “Hayden has seen tremendous growth within the last few years and the recent annexation movement […]