Ryan, Cochran respond to Calvert criticisms

by Ron Gholson Responding to criticisms in a Blount Countian interview requested by District 3 commissioner-elect Dean Calvert (see “Calvert levels financial management criticisms,” above), both District 1 Commissioner David Cochran and District 3 Commissioner Tom Ryan reflected an attitude best summarized as, “He’ll be singing a totally different tune once he’s been on the job a few months.” Both […]

Grant is good only if used

I was pleased to see Locust Fork and Allgood get grants to fix their roads. I wish you all better luck than those of us who used to cross Swann Bridge to get to and from work have received from our bridge grant. Last fall I wrote a letter to this paper about Swann Bridge, how inconvenient it was for […]

Are highway meeting and election connected?

It seems that ALDOT will conduct a “Design Hearing” which will include maps, information packets, explanations concerning the scope of the Highway 160 project, and requests for comments. Didn’t we do this about two years back? I take nothing from the magnitude of this project leaving alone the entire state with its transportation problems. A perfect example is Highway 280. […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, August 24, 1988

County athletes clear first hurdle With considerable pride and perhaps some relief, Supt. Joe Hazelrig told the county school board Aug. 15 that students in the county system tested for 100 percent negative in the first series of drug testing done since the board approved the testing program last spring. In order to take part in sports programs, athletes and […]

Update from the chamber

Gubernatorial candidates to speak here in September

The monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, at Twin Oaks, and will be the 100th breakfast during my tenure as executive director. It has been my goal to bring informative, thought-provoking leaders to speak on timely topics at each of the preceding breakfasts. In keeping with that goal, it is altogether fitting […]

Authority donates funds for CT scanner

Blount County Healthcare Authority has approved the donation of $450,000 toward the purchase of a new computerized tomography scanner for St. Vincent’s Blount. A formal check presentation is planned for today, Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in the Oneonta hospital’s private dining room. “We are grateful to Blount County Healthcare Authority for its generous donation,” says Sean Tinney, president […]

Oneonta nursing home among those honored for innovations

TLC Nursing Center of Oneonta is one of eight (one received dual awards) Alabama nursing homes honored for developing creative techniques and implementing innovative practices to improve resident care. All eight are to present their initiatives during the 17th annual Alabama’s Best Practices Program tomorrow, Aug. 26, in Birmingham. In addition to the facility presentations, the event will honor more […]


This state does have an operating Alabama Kidney Foundation, a fact The Blount Countian is happy to report. The Aug 18 article about Vivian Herren (Resident helps others despite physical problems) mistakenly stated that “there is no longer an Alabama Kidney Foundation.” A Foundation spokesperson has contacted this newspaper so that our readers will know that there is a functioning […]

C AWACO funds again

Continuing a long tradition of supporting community projects in Blount County with critical funding, CAWACO Resource Conservation and Development Council Monday celebrated support for three more local projects totaling $12,500. The projects included grants to Palisades Park, Blount County Memorial Museum, and the Blount County Community Arts Council. Palisades Park received $5000 to create a “Trail of Trees,” an education […]


84, of the Austin Creek community, died Aug. 19, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was an aircraft worker for PEMCO. Mr. Beavers had been a member of Austin Creek Baptist Church for 70 years and also was a member of Dry Creek Masonic Lodge 626. Predeceasing him were parents […]