Former Redskin dies in motorcycle accident

Why Exercise? I was asked this past week by someone, “Why should I exercise? I hate it, I don’t care if I am overweight, and I just don’t want to do it.” This is a no-brainer, so let me get on my soapbox. I realize that exercising is not the favorite thing for MOST people in the world to do. […]

THE BIBLE SPEAKS What can we do?

Background Scripture 1 Thessalonians 3. Devotional Reading: Acts 4:32-37. We can look two different ways at Paul’s experiences revealed in his first letter to the Thessalonians. We can concentrate on the negatives: severe opposition from some of the people of Philippi, Berea, and Thessalonica, a new and vulnerable congregation of Christians engulfed by a hostile and decadent culture, and a […]

Loving ALL God’s children

The fellowship hall at Blountsville United Methodist Church was a RAIN FOREST June 7 – June 11! All the children grades K-six learned Biblical truths about God’s love, Jesus, prayer, and showing their love to God and ALL his children ALL the time. The children brought nonperishable foods to show God’s love and their love for hungry people in Blountsville. […]


SINGINGS MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST, county road 47, Blountsville, will have a singing Sunday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. Specials will be the Fishermen of Boaz. Earl Young and Milo Hamm are singing chairmen. HOMECOMINGS THE LORD’S HOUSE OF PRAYER, 46 Dailey’s Drive, Oneonta, will have homecoming on Father’s Day, June 20, with Sunday school at 9:45 a.m., worship service at […]

Cleveland mayoral candidates profiled

On Tuesday, June 22, voters will cast their ballots for the next mayor of Cleveland. The Blount Countian here profiles the four candidates – David Grigsby, Jerry Jones, Kandy Little, and Wayne Owens. David Grigsby Getting a grip on the drip Mayoral candidate David Grigsby, a Cleveland resident for most of his life, is familiar with the inner workings of […]

Board of Education New elementary principals for Locust Fork and Blountsville

The Blount County Board of Education named new principals last week for Locust Fork and Blountsville elementary schools. Hayden Middle School assistant principal Shannon Lakey was named principal of Blountsville Elementary School while Hayden Elementary reading coach Amy B. Williamson was picked to lead Locust Fork Elementary. Both former principals – Mark Carter at Locust Fork and Kay Smallwood at […]

Byrne, Bentley will square off at June 23 chamber breakfast

Chamber of commerce president Charles Carr announced last week that Republican gubernatorial finalists Bradley Byrne and Dr. Robert Bentley will meet in a political forum at the next chamber breakfast on Wednesday, June 23. Byrne and Bentley are expected to contend in a July 13 runoff for the Republican nomination for governor of Alabama. Byrne led Bentley in the primary […]

County delivers $100,000 check to Oneonta

Blount County Judge of Probate David Standridge, Commissioner Tom Ryan, and county administrator Ralph Mitchell presented a $100,000-check facsimile to the Oneonta City Council as a contribution to construction of the city’s senior citizens center. In addressing the council, Standridge noted the county recognizes the contribution of the area’s seniors and wishes to meet some of its obligations to these […]

Community Calendar

ROSA TOWN COUNCIL will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 6, at 6 p.m. The voluntary $5 fire due donations added to residents’ Oneonta Utilities bills will be discussed. Any questions or concerns may be addressed at the meeting. PINE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CENTER will hold its annual barbecue and bluegrass festival June 26. Music and food service begin at 11 […]

Commission awards fire hydrant bid, votes to purchase 18-acre chert pit

The Blount County Commission awarded the bid in the amount of $204,900 to CJF Construction of Florence, in connection with the community development block grant fire hydrant project. The project entails installation of about 52 new hydrants, all in District 2. It includes 15 hydrants in the Brooksville fire district, 15 hydrants in the Blountsville fire district, eight in the […]