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Casey keeps cool

During budget-planning meetings in September, the matter of the $29,170 annual allocation from the county commission to the district attorney’s office came up on two different occasions, both times discussed nominally in public session. Consistent with their usual attitude toward supplemental funding for offices officially budgeted by the state, commissioners groused at the historic practice of the county shouldering part […]

Critical acclaim greets Butterflies of Alabama


Paulette Haywood Ogard has a story to pitch. She’s one of the authors of Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses into Their Lives – the writer of the two-person team that includes photographer Sara Bright. In a letter to The Blount Countian, Ms. Ogard pitches her Blount County connections to support a product that needs no support, thank you very much. It […]

Reader writes Pay increases

Why do some employees and elected officials still get pay increases, while the majority of people keep getting pay cuts or shorter hours per week? I just read in a local newspaper where some elected officials in this area got close to and one got over $4000 per year increase in salary. Now what about people on Social Security or […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, October 10, 1990

ARC breaks ground for new facility Clients of Blount County Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) adult training center broke ground for a new building Monday. The 6,000-square foot structure is due to be completed in March of 2001 and will allow the present center to extend services to 25 additional clients. Added to the 20 clients now served, these 45 […]

Remember the days

Virgle Hazelrig, a 1955 graduate of Cleveland High School, holds up photos from his past. Hazelrig was generally considered one of the better all-around athletes from the county for his time period. After graduating from Cleveland, Hazelrig served in the army as a tank commander for two years before returning home to marry and start a family. During his time […]


to be held Monday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of Oneonta City Hall. Your input is encouraged to identify problems and offer solutions toward the revitalization of downtown Oneonta. Sponsored by The Blount Countian, the meeting will be in openforum format and will be dependent on questions and ideas from those in attendance. Everyone is welcomed, […]

Infant formula recall

A voluntary recall of certain Similac brand powder infant formulas has been made by manufacturer Abbott. According to a news release from Abbott and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Abbott is recalling certain of its formula products following an internal quality review which detected the possibility of a small common beetle in the product. The FDA says the formula […]

Memorial Museum to host ‘Haunted Blount County’

Just in time for Halloween, Jonathan Odom of Hayden will present “Haunted Blount County,” a onehour program of Blount County history featuring “unusual stories of strange happenings” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. at Blount County Memorial Museum. Odom is owner of SandCastle Multimedia, an advertising agency he operates from his home in Hayden. Oral history, especially history with […]


64, Ashville resident and Blount County native, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East, Birmingham. Mrs. Fuller was a retired state employee of the Baptist faith. She was predeceased by parents Harvey and Gladys Kirk McGlaughn, husband Howard A. Fuller, brother Freddie McGlaughn, and sister Bertha Lochamy.   Surviving are her children, all of Ashville, Phillip Howard (Tammy) […]