Neill gets lay of land, gives 2011 paving plan

Commissioner Andy Neill still remembers his first moments on the job. It remains fresh on his mind, because he experienced an epiphany that snapped it into sharp focus for him just hours after learning he would be the next District 2 commissioner. “I got the call on being appointed to the job on Jan. 2 and I started over to […]

Oneonta takes no formal action in short regular meeting

In one of its shortest meetings in recent history, the Oneonta City Council took no formal action. Handling their three-item agenda in just over five minutes, councilors and the mayor spent much of the meeting with their regular comments. After the council approved the previous session’s minutes, Oneonta Business Association president Wayne Shaddix presented his regular report. He indicated the […]

Cleveland Elementary reaches SMART Board milestone

Ambassadors front and center

Twenty-five fresh-faced students from Locust Fork and Hayden High schools served as greeters and seaters at the chamber of commerce breakfast on Feb. 9. They were accompanied by Danna Standridge, countywide coordinator and head trainer for the program. The students are members of the first class of the Ambassador Leadership Program of Blount County. Seventy Ambassadors represent six of the […]

From the publisher

Save Forever Wild

Unless the state Legislature reauthorizes Forever Wild, its funding will cease in 2012, and Alabama will lose the continuation of one of the best things it has going for it, up there with the Robert Trent Jones golf courses, the School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, the Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, the School of Math and Science in Mobile, to […]

‘A breath of spring’

Thank you. We enjoyed the opportunity to do the “Flower Walk” in Oneonta. We visited stores, bought a few things, and gathered flowers along the way. Store owners were friendly, showed us interesting things for sale, and gave us flowers. The weather was beautiful, and we enjoyed being outside. Our flowers are now 10 days old and still looking beautiful. […]

Red Cross: There when needed

March is Red Cross Month, and the American Red Cross is asking you to join us in providing help and hope to people in need. The Red Cross works tirelessly to help those who need assistance, whether down the street, across the country, or around the world. We respond to disasters, help members of the military, provide blood for those […]

Ag-in-the-classroom applications sought

Applications are being accepted until April 15 for the annual Alabama Ag in the Classroom summer institute, a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture that prepares teachers to increase student knowledge of agriculture. Set for June 15-17 at the Marriott Shoals in Florence, the workshop will include activities for teachers of grades kindergarten through sixth and […]


In its story last week on Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Blount Countian reported that the organization will hold its annual fund raiser at the World Outreach Center. That is incorrect. The annual Blount County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Fashion Show will be held at the Wonderful Worship Center, located behind McDonald’s in Oneonta on April 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 […]

Alabama Scene

Slash and burn

The political mood of the new Republican majority in the U. S. House of Representatives and the new GOP majorities in state lawmaking bodies seems to be slash and burn. On the national level, the target is the program of Barack Obama. On the state level, the target is the pay and benefits of public workers, a story that is […]