Attention turns to revitalization

A publisher’s view

No single idea extended at the recent town hall meeting will become the base for revitalizing downtown Oneonta, but a number of valid suggestions were made. Several people meeting in advance had come up with a well thought-out plan and presented it to the gathering. More will be heard of that. The Blount Countian, which sponsored the meeting with the […]

Dr. Bronner’s salary approaches two-thirds-of-a-million

Alabama Scene

Seventeen months ago I reported the salary was $518,000 for our state’s highest paid official, Retirement Systems of Alabama CEO Dr. David Bronner. This month the state website lists Dr. Bronner’s salary for a single state pay period as $23,499.75. The state has 26 annual pay periods so Dr. Bronner’s annual salary has increased nearly $100,000 to $611,000 since my […]

Numbering our days


Background Scripture Psalm 90. Devotional Reading: Psalm 1; Timothy 1:12-17. I have come to that part of life – waiting in doctors’ offices and attending memorial services – when the Psalmist’s petition “Teach us to number our days” (90:12) has a somewhat different and more urgent meaning then in years previous. If only we could “number our days,” how much […]


THE BLESSED POOR It is not my usual practice to take issue with something Jesus said, but I have struggled for years to understand what he meant with “Blessed are the poor.” I did not grow up poor, but it was always just one missed paycheck away. And while my immediate family managed to avoid the more extreme experiences of […]


SINGINGS MOUNTAIN GROVE BAPTIST on county road 47, Blountsville, will have a singing Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Special singers will be the Singing Commodores Quartet and the Strait-Way Quartet. Earl Young and Milo Hamm, singing chairmen, and Jerry Hackney, pastor, invite all to attend. PLEASANT VIEW MISSIONARY BAPTIST will have its regular third Sunday night singing Nov. 21 […]

Longshore, Owens arrested on charges

Larry Longshore, who resigned as mayor of Cleveland, later resumed the office, and was finally removed from office by court order, was arrested on a two-count indictment last week. One count was for first degree theft and one was for conspiracy to commit theft. Also arrested on the same charges was former Cleveland parks and streets superintendent Wayne Owens, who […]

Veterans Day superlatives honored

Field trip requests approved


Trips to the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta and Universal Studios in Orlando were approved last week by the Blount County Board of Education. The trip to Georgia is for 86 sixthgrade students on Nov. 10 (today) while the Susan Moore and Cleveland bands will take the trip to Orlando May 11-14, 2011. In addition, a field trip request for 100 […]

Beautiful Blount County moon

DA’s office concludes two significant cases

The district attorney’s office has recently concluded two criminal cases with significant convictions. One was child abuse case involving a mother and her 7-year-old son, and another was home invasion case in which two men broke into a Hayden home, robbing and severely beating the occupant. In the child abuse case, Trudy Warden was charged with and convicted of first […]