Commission tackles subdivision rules

The Blount County Commission, with its complement of three stillnew commissioners, met Monday to grapple again with a chronic problem area of county governance: subdivision regulations. At the urging of veteran District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts, the commission is looking at ways to better ensure that county residents, specifically those living in subdivision developments, are protected by regulations governing subdivision […]

Former Susan Moore coach honored

The miracle of Mallory Brown

Last fall, Mallory Brown was poised to complete her senior year at Jacksonville State University where she was a secondary education English major. On Sept. 26, all that changed. She experienced a massive stroke that left her in a mildly convulsive state, and in intensive care at UAB hospital. Doctors held out little hope initially for her survival, none for […]


New football coach named at Locust Fork

Mike Bramblett was named Monday as head football coach at Locust Fork High School by the Blount County Board of Education. Bramblett, 43, a Pelham native, comes to Locust Fork from Gardendale High where he spent one year as an assistant coach. He has previously been a head coach at Shades Mountain Christian and Clements high schools in Alabama and […]

From the publisher

Flower Walk

The mindset just now is of unpleasant weather. If it isn’t presently snowing, we’re bracing for the next onset. Be adjusting your mindset now for the coming Saturday and resolve that whatever the weather, you won’t miss Oneonta Business Association’s first Flower Walk. Businessfolk invite you to take a stroll downtown and pick up a flower from one of several […]


A belated thanks to Snead councilman Jack Freeman, horticulturist extraordinaire, for donating thousands of small pines not only to his own town but also to the county seat. Jack had earlier planted quite a number of other species at Oneonta’s rec park. Not only that: he’s ever working through Snead council to keep that town’s public property landscaped and well […]

Future leaders

Blount County Extension, with considerable support, is initiating what promises to be an interesting opportunity for high school students wishing to become leaders. Seventy students have been chosen to serve as ambassadors for their respective schools, including all seven in the county system. They will serve as hosts and hostesses on campus and as ambassadors at public places and selected […]

Alabama Scene

Shutting down the Joe-Ron Room

First, a bit of history: The Alabama State Capitol served as home to the State Legislature until 1985 when lawmakers moved into their newly renovated quarters called the Alabama State House, formerly a building that housed the State Highway Department. Officially, this move was to be viewed as “temporary” since the State Constitution required the Legislature to meet in the […]

Elizabeth Franks’s recital stirs many emotions

Violinist Elizabeth Franks, with her accompanist pianist Minfang Wang, mesmerized an audience of about 100 last week at Oneonta’s First Baptist Church with an exhibition of artistry uncommon in these parts. Both women are instrumental-music majors at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. The concert of classical works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Cesar Franck, Jean Sibelius, and Edward Elgar, was sponsored […]

Locust Fork’s Hood signs softball scholarship