Unofficial Election Results



Republican Primary Governor (Blount County results only) Robert Bentley  2632 27.53% Bradley Byrne  1258 13.16% Tim James  2751 28.77% Bill Johnson 0083 0.87% Roy S. Moore  2744 28.70% James Potts  0033 0.35% Charles Taylors  0060 0.63% Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington  6397 68.54% Randall Hosey  2936 31.46% Blount County District Attorney Ronnie Blackwood  1843 19.60% *Pamela Casey  3585 38.13% *Scott […]

Chamber breakfast hits high notes for civic, cultural values

NEWS COMMENTARY

The 96th edition of the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast set a high standard, even measured in the glow of its own eight-year history. The May breakfast held last Wednesday at Twin Oaks had everything anyone could want in an early morning civic meeting: the main event, a dramatic political debate (“forum,” to be politically correct) that […]

Thanks for Special Olympics funding



I would like to express publicly my appreciation to the Knights of Columbus Council for funding the Blount County Special Olympics this year. The Blount County Special Education Department promotes opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in activities designed to help each student achieve his or her maximum potential. We are dependent on community donations for the funding of […]

What’s he talking about?



Please tell me what in the world Mike Evans is talking about in the letter printed in The Blount Countian? Ms. Friday was present and surely knew none of that made any sense and if so why would the paper go ahead and print such nonsense? I was present but recall nothing familiar that he said. Peggy Ellis Cleveland

Response to letters about Cleveland



I was at the town council meeting in which Mr. Evans claims someone made remarks about someone’s mother. I have talked to others that were there and they like me didn’t take anything that was said the way Mr. Evans described it! According to Mr. Rice (the editor) Mrs. Friday, the reporter for The Blount Countian that was at the […]

Locust Fork council proposes ad valorem tax



Mayor Joe Hughes reminded town councilors at their May 12 meeting that Locust Fork residents rightly expect them to find ways to fund the services they need and want. Upgrades are needed at the town park; roads and bridges must be repaired as needed; and many other day-to-day needs have to be met, he said. Earlier, town attorney Jeff Sherrer […]

Hayden council sets priorities



Only after deliberating at length did Hayden council assign priority to town needs in anticipation of applying for available grants. Cheryl Hudson told fellow council members that Hayden is eligible for one of two grants under the Community Development Block Grant Program funded through Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). Through awards of up to $50,000, one grant […]

Noah’s Wife, local author wins national book award



Blount County author T.K. (Teresa) Thorne of Straight Mountain has been awarded the 2009 Book of the Year award for historical fiction by Foreword Review for her novel Noah’s Wife, released last year and reviewed by The Blount Countian in December. The announcement was made last week during a ceremony at the BookExpoAmerica convention in New York City. Foreword Review […]

Relay for Life Luminary June 13



The committee with the Relay for Life of Blount County has rescheduled the event’s Luminary Ceremony from April 23 to June 13, the change necessitated by inclement weather. During the luminary, balloons will be released in memory of loved ones lost to cancer and in honor of those battling the disease. The ceremony symbolizes the hope and courage with which […]

Oneonta accepts $500,000 senior citizen building bid



Choosing the lowest bidder, Oneonta City Council accepted Blountsville’s Adams Building Co. as contractor for its planned senior citizens center. Adams offered a $533,500 bid for the work. The other 10 bids ranged from $553,000 to just over $662,000. The figures reflect a redesign of the original roofline, reducing individual bids between $2500 and $14,500 each. Mayor Darryl Ray informed […]


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