FRIDAY IS SCIENCE DAY for Hayden Primary second-graders. During the day April 30th, the students will integrate science topics covered in school this year by 1) spending time with the county extension agent learning about sun safety and making solar bracelets; 2) working with AMSTI science specialists from Athens State University analyzing soil and using augers to manipulate soil layers; […]

Smith further certified

Successfully completing educational and training requirements has earned Doug Smith the designation advanced level emergency manager. Smith hired in as deputy director of Blount County Emergency Management Agency in November 2007, working with longtime county EMA director Max Armstrong, whose efficient, forward-looking operation of the agency has won accolades for both himself and the county. Coming to that field after […]

Personnel decisions begin

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education officially created an administrative opening during Monday night’s meeting by moving elementary principal Ed Parrish to the position of full-time transportation supervisor/part-time elementary assistant principal. The position, which had been discussed during the March meeting, will now be posted for two weeks to allow for applications. The board also accepted the resignation of head […]

Murphree announces he’ll oppose Beason for Blount County Senate seat

Vows push to roll back Senate pay raise...

Oneonta businessman Jim Murphree earlier this month declared his candidacy for Alabama Senate District 17, the seat currently held by Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, who defeated former Sen. Jack Biddle for the office in 2006. The seat includes about two-thirds of the area of Blount County, excluding the northern third of the county, which falls in Senate District 9, […]

Mountain Silverbell gongs both experts and amateurs

The crafty Mountain Silverbell and its slippery accomplice, The Blount Countian ‘s horticultural Joker, snookered old pros and talented amateurs alike with a spring season identification challenge in the April 14 edition. Old pros like nurseryman Doug Hill of Blackwood Crossing Nursery and lifelong native plant collector Gay Hawkins were so sure they knew the name of the beautiful blooming […]

Update on Hope

She needs a place

The dog named Hope is well and ready to find a forever home. She spent two weeks in the utility room of her foster home until she regained her strength. Currently, her day is split between free play and confinement in a carport. Hope is happy and attached to her foster family, but she cannot stay there. She loves to […]


Blount County Animal Shelter will have a pet adoption weekend at PetSmart in Trussville on April 30, May 1, and May 2. The group will have a variety of pets available for adoption at reasonable rates: rat terrier/chihuahua mixes, Corgis, dachshunds, yorkie poos, stub-tail terriers, American Bulldog mixes, chow mixes, and more. 647-8340.

Fire destroys historic Pine Grove Church

A fire that began early last Sunday morning substantially destroyed Pine Grove United Methodist Church, one of the county’s oldest, built about 1860. The site is on county road 39 near Altoona. The church was home to about 25 regular members, according to church treasurer Laura Walker. She said the building was insured, but not for enough to replace it. […]

New immunizations required for sixth-graders

Following is a copy of a letter about a new required immunization for sixth-graders sent to parents of fifthgraders enrolled in Blount County Schools by James E. Carr, superintendent of the county school system. Some of the information has been included in a newsbrief elsewhere in this issue of The Blount Countian to give sites and dates for immunizations at […]

How long?

How long must we the people of the used-to-be-quiet little town of Cleveland be forced to contend with poor judgement, unwise use of town’s money, failure to use good common sense, smart and lawful business practices within our town council? Is it too much to ask that bids for services required be taken, accepted, and completed by the lowest bidder […]

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