Update from the chamber

Most ever in attendance for June breakfast

Thank you for making the June Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast the most attended in chamber history. Dr. Robert Bentley and Bradley Byrne, the candidates in the Republican gubernatorial run-off to be held on July 13, attracted an audience of 291. This was the first in a series of debates involving the two candidates that is being held between […]

Leaders graduate with a flourish



Members of Blount County’s sixth annual leadership class display their plaques following graduation banquet at Twin Oaks June 22. (Front row, from left) Joyce Breasseale, Angela Ellis, Debbie Ratliff, Tanya Tucker, Teresa Wood. (Back row) David Wilson, class organizers Ron Dewberry and Charles Carr, class member Brandon Guyton. The annual leadership seminar focuses on orienting members to major civic and […]

Elderly may apply for state aid for Medicare Part B premiums



Elderly and disabled citizens on Medicare may apply for state assistance in paying their monthly Medicare Part B premiums, the Alabama Medicaid Agency announced last week. The agency is accepting applications for the Qualifying Individual – 1 (QI-1) program, which will pay the $110.50 monthly Medicare Part B premium. It is available to Medicare Part A recipients whose income does […]

Republican nod for District 9 Senate seat up for grabs July 13



Residents of Alabama Senate District 9 will decide July 13 who gets the Republican nomination in this fall’s election to replace retiring Senator Hinton Mitchem of Albertville. Their choices are poultry farmer and Alabama Stormwater Control business owner Clay Scofield, 30, who resides in the Summit area of Blount County on the Marshall County line, and Don Spurlin, 52, owner […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, July 4, 1929

Work To Start On Highway Soon Col. Finnell, Director of the State Highway Department, says that work on the road between Oneonta and Huntsville will start in the next sixty days, that two convict camps will be placed on the road, one between Oneonta and Arab, and the other between Arab and Whitesburg. He says this road will go by […]

St. Vincent’s Blount successfully completes MQSA Accreditation



St. Vincent’s Blount completed a mammography quality standards inspection survey on June 1 and received an “all items in compliance” rating – the best possible outcome. The inspection compared specific items in six major areas (equipment performance, technologist quality control, medical physicist survey, personnel qualifications, medical reports, and outcome audits) to required standards. According to the report, “The inspection of […]

Community agencies may help with students at risk



James E. Carr, superintendent of education of Blount County Schools, announces the availability of funds to provide services through community agencies to at-risk students. Alabama legislation specifies that eligible community agencies must be “nonprofit – 501 (c)(3) status, non-government” and that the programs of the agencies will “directly assist in improving academic performance.” To obtain further information or a Request […]

Communities invited to help schools with at-risk students



The Alabama Legislature intends that schools involve communities in providing effective programs for students at risk of school failure. Schools are instructed to spend at least 20 percent of their at-risk funds to partner with nonprofit community organizations in planning and bringing about at-risk programs that help students improve academic performance. Such programs may include, among others, Boys and Girls […]

Snake whisperer



Poll watcher falsely accused



Around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, the Cleveland town clerk received a call from a voter alleging that a poll watcher, Anita Pass, was campaigning while at the polls during the special mayoral election. “I received a call that Mrs. Pass was greeting voters at the door and passing out literature,” said Debra Millwood, Cleveland’s town clerk. Anonymous calls were […]


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