Health Care Authority sets $879,128 budget for 2011



Blount County Health Care Authority chairman Wendell Ellis last week announced the agency’s 2011 fiscal year budget will be $880,000 including expenses, agency funding, and payments on bonded indebtedness. That compares with a 2010 budget of $900,000 for the same items. The 2011 budget is about 2 percent less than the current fiscal year budget, reflecting the authority’s trimming of […]

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Two lame ducks a quacking

In a press conference this past week, Atty. Gen. Troy King compared Gov. Bob Riley to a panhandler begging for crumbs. King said the governor has been “manipulated” by BP, to the extent he believes Riley is working against the state’s interest by criticizing lawsuits that King has filed. This came after BP said it wouldn’t pay Alabama’s $148-million claim […]

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Self – interest prompts letter writer



This is in response to the recent article regarding the Locust Fork Town Meeting on Aug. 24, 2010. I, along with the majority of the residents on Payton Lane, attended this meeting. I must concur with the Town’s response to Ms. Quinn’s letter, as it is a gross misrepresentation of the facts and attempts to mislead the reader for what […]

9.7 percent: The uncertain economy hits home



In July of this year, the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations released its Unemployment Data Report. The results showed that the rate of unemployment for Blount County jumped to 9.7 percent. In times of economic depression, few are spared the hardship that comes along with it. Though difficult for individuals and families, tremendous damage is done to local businesses. Specifically, […]

Best fair ever’



I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the folks in and around Blount County who supported this year’s Blount County Fair. From what I hear, this was the best fair ever and that was our goal. Two out of the three variables – weather and a new amusement contractor – were in our favor, and in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, September 18, 1985

County board borrows to pay teachers The Blount County Board of Education will borrow between $90,000 and $100,000 to pay teachers and support personnel raises for the first month of the current school year. State funds will cover the raises for the remainder of the year. The county board voted in a special meeting Saturday to make raises effective with […]

Oneonta hires and appoints personnel



Acting in a brief meeting attended by more than two score high school seniors, Oneonta city councilors officially hired Amy Myrick as library circulation clerk. The members also appointed city manager Ed Lowe to the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Mayor Darryl Ray, responding to a portion of Lowe’s regular report, set a public hearing on […]

Update from the chamber

Don’t forget Bentley and Sparks breakfast debate

The monthly Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held tomorrow, Sept. 23, at Twin Oaks. The program begins at 7:30 a.m., will be sponsored by St. Vincent’s Blount, and features the respective Republican and Democrat nominees for governor, Dr. Robert Bentley and Ron Sparks. Bentley is a retired physician from Tuscaloosa and has served two terms (2002-2010) in […]

Senior agency offers flu vaccination/Medicare counseling events



The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging (M4A) will host two combination flu vaccination/Medicare counseling events in the coming months. The first will be Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the Oneonta Senior Center. The second will be Nov. 9 from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon at the Snead Senior Center. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid […]