MCoal prepares for next mining stage



Executives from MCoal and their lawyer met with county commission representatives including Probate Judge David Standridge, District 4 Commissioner Waymon Pitts, and county attorney Jeff Sherrer to discuss use of county roads as the company begins to transition to the next increment of its coal removal plan. Representing MCoal were chief executive officer Neil MacDonald and chief operating officer Robert […]

Auburn will honor county hero and Korean War vet



A new ROTC drill field at Auburn University will be dedicated in honor of deceased Blount County native Major Max Adams Morris at a ceremony there on July 10. Morris was a former Auburn student and football player who won a Carnegie Medal for heroism while at the university. He was killed in action at the Chosin Reservoir in North […]

Rodeo Pros, old and new



Just the Facts Fri. & Sat., April 1 & 2, 7:30 p.m., gates open 6:30 p.m. General admission: adults $15 at door, $12 in advance; children 4-12, $10 at door, $8 in advance. Under 4 free. Advance locations: Tip Top One Stop, Hwy 231 South; Alexander Dodge- Rodeo desperados-in-waiting Albertville; Superior Bank- Snead; Radio Shack-Oneonta. Contest events: Bronc-riding, calf-roping, cowgirl’s […]

New roof and facility planning decisions begin



“We’ve got some decisions to make,” Oneonta Supt. Scott Coefield told his school board Monday night. “I will meet with an electrical contractor on April 8 to discuss how (the system) can be more energy efficient. I would like for you to be here for that meeting, if possible. “We need to begin prioritizing projects and set up a time […]

Blountsville customers petition utility board



A customer petition being circulated in Blountsville compares Blountsville Utility Board rates to rates of nearby systems and asks the company to “operate more efficiently (spending less) and look at a formula reducing the minimum bill.” The petition notes that the minumum current rate for water and sewer service is $49 in Blountsville, an increase from $22 in 2007. An […]

Oneonta as it appeared in 1924



Hanging in the Memorial Museum is a yellowed but clear, framed page from the gravure section of The Birmingham News dated Sunday, Aug. 17, 1924, and devoted to Oneonta. It’s one of a series of features The News published about Alabama towns. Claiming choice pos-ition on the page is a shot of the corner of First Avenue (Main Street) and […]

Under the radar



I spent my young life living on Kudzu Road. We carried water from a well and lived in a cold house. My 88- year-old mother still lives on Kudzu Road, as do other members of my family. The lady that raised a family on the other end of the road died a couple of years ago. She never had plumbing […]

Appalachian brings families together for reading night



On the evening of March 14, Appalachian Elementary School held its third annual Parent Reading Night, with more than 60 elementary students, parents, and other family members gathered at the school to hear stories told by Bunny Murphree, a local children’s storyteller. For the third year in a row, Appalachian provided treats for each one attending: a tasty free meal, […]

Help take care of playground



Susan Moore councilman Bobby Waddle, chairman of the park and rec board, wonders why damaging playground equipment would give anyone pleasure. Much pride and work are going into creating an attractive, well equipped playground for children of the area. The town acquired a number of pieces being replaced at Palisades Park. Volunteers are repairing, painting, and otherwise refurbishing them in […]

Alabama Scene

No More Obamacare

It’s kind of ironic. For two years the infusion of federal dollars has been propping up Alabama’s government and public schools. Now, when the state is forced into coming up with funds to carry out its duties to state citizens by paying its own way, our elected leaders run scared. The question must be: “Gosh, where is Obama and why […]


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