Board approves $12 million budget for city schools

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a 2010-2011 system budget of $12,068,030 in expenditures. That figure exceeds projected revenues by just over $33,500. In the pre-meeting budget hearing, system officials indicated they hope the revenue projection remains firm but fear the governor may have to declare proration should the economy not reach the estimated one-percent growth over the next […]

Who’s acting like Caesar Augustus now?

Not since the days of Caesar Augustus, when he decreed that all the world should be taxed, have we had a government so hungry for taxes. The mayor-council of Locust Fork decreed a tax upon the Pine Bluff Water Authority. In turn, the tax will be passed on to the customers. If you live in the town limits, your tax […]

Does anyone really care?

The place was packed at the last Locust Fork town hall meeting Aug. 24. Many living on Payton Lane complained about their road, wanting it completely resurfaced and paved right instead of the tar and gravel they have. I wondered how many of those elderly people will be touched by the tax the town council has imposed. If you live […]

Average water bill increases $1.35 month

Based on conversations with Pine Bluff Water Authority, the average water bill for residents in the area is approximately $45 per month. If you live inside the town limits, the additional cost will be 3 percent, or $1.35 per month. If you are outside the town limits but within 1.5 miles of the town limits, the monthly cost would be […]

Town response to Quinn letter

On two previous occasions, Robin Quinn has written opinion letters for publication in The Blount Countian, and due to the inaccuracies in those letters, we felt the need to respond with corrections. It has become evident, especially with this latest letter, that Ms. Quinn is more interested in trying to spread misinformation and rumors than to truly inform the people […]

What about soccer?

I have been a “soccer mom” for going on eight years now. My son started playing soccer at age 4, back when the BCYS (Blount County Youth Soccer) was in its infancy. My daughter is now in her fourth year. Hats off to Kevin and Leslie Marazzi, Jason and Sarah Thomas, the other board members, and the many volunteer coaches, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 7, 1967

City to update downtown lights Oneonta City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to update the town’s street lighting. Alabama Power Company will replace the existing 81 incandescent units with 68 mercury vapor units along first and second avenues and on one block each of second, third, fourth, and fifth streets. The new units, installed at power company expense, will increase the […]

Old tradition renewed: singing school coming

Cleveland First Baptist will host a singing school for children and adults from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 at the church. Children from first grade through high school will be divided into three age-graded classes, with a separate class for adults. The school is free, although an offering will be taken to cover its expenses. The school is open to […]


BLOUNT COUNTY 4-H TECHNOLOGY CLUB will hold its first meeting Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Frank J. Green Building auditorium. The club is open to youth 9 to 18 who have an interest in computers, photography, and videography. The first meeting will be held to enroll members and set a schedule for the year’s meetings. Young people […]


MEETINGS BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY will meet Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building in Oneonta. Mark Bodenhausen, chair of the Alabama Libertarian Party, will speak on his party’s 2008 platform. Democrats welcome those interested in learning more of Libertarian ideas and how they compare and contrast with those of the Democratic party. CHRONIC OBSTRUCTED PULMONARY DISEASE […]