Community Calendar



FEDERAL FUNDS amounting to $31,213 have been approved for Blount County emergency food and shelter programs. Local government and private voluntary organizations may be eligible for the funds if they are nonprofit, have an accounting system, conduct annual audits, do not discriminate, and demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs. Qualified agencies may apply by phoning The […]

Wrongfully accused



You know there are some people in this world that thrive on slandering others to try and destroy their good name and character not realizing there is a law against it. Time and time again Mrs. Evans you have publicly accused Steve and I of wrongful acts while working for the town of Cleveland and continue to so so, and […]

Get the facts straight



After reading your article Kelly Evans in last week’s paper, I challenge you to sit down with me and provide proof of all accusations you made toward Anita, the past and present council, and myself. I’m sure who your source of information is, but it still doesn’t add up. Maybe you should have checked out their credibility first. As superintendent […]

Response to letter on Dizzy Dean rules



I would like to respond to Tammy Cagle on the issue of Locust Fork not following Dizzy Dean rules. I am a parent and a coach at this ball park and I am very disappointed that Ms. Cagle spoke out about something she is not properly educated on. First of all, I believe if you would have made a better […]

Pine Grove Church fire ruled arson



A fire that destroyed Pine Grove United Methodist Church early Sunday morning April 25 has been ruled arson, accordingly to a tersely-worded May 3 news release from the state fire marshal’s office. According to the release, “…a joint investigation by Oneonta Fire and Rescue, Blount Counthy Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Alabama Fire […]

Separating combined county job draws fire from Ryan



Blount County District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan said in last Thursday’s commission work session that state Rep. Jeremy Oden, who represents the northwestern third of Blount County, had said he is considering introducing a bill in the Legislature to separate the dual job of probate judge and commission chairman in Blount County into two separate positions. That move would be […]

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Jacobs hired as football coach

The Oneonta City Board of Education unanimously approved the hiring of Don Jacobs as the high school’s new head football coach. Jacobs, a former quarterback at The University of Alabama for “Bear” Bryant, is a native of Scottsboro and has been the head coach of 3A Elkmont for the past three seasons. In his three seasons at the Limestone County […]

New senior center set to meet at Mountain Pointe fellowship hall



In an unusual four-way partnership, a new Blount County senior center will begin operating soon out of Mountain Pointe Ministries fellowship hall on U.S. 231 east on Straight Mountain. Involved in the partnership are the Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A), Blount County Commission, Hope House, and the church itself, whose involvement is limited to furnishing the meeting location […]

Town of Locust Fork improves ISO rating



In the April 13 town council meeting, Mayor Joe Hughes and fire chief Russell Bynum announced the result of a recent Public Protection Classification (PPC) conducted by the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The town’s ISO rating was improved from 7/9 to 6/9, and, according to Mayor Hughes, that could result in a lowering of homeowner’s insurance premiums by 3 percent […]

Smoke Rise to celebrate Armed Forces Appreciation Day




A special celebration in honor of all men and women of the Armed Forces will be held Saturday, May 15, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Smoke Rise Baptist Church on Scenic Trail. All residents of Smoke Rise and surrounding communities are welcome to attend the free event, sponsored by Smoke Rise Homeowners’ Association. Service-related memorabilia provided by local […]