Samaritan’s Purse volunteers praise in the storm

By working with local churches in Blount County, Samaritan’s Purse is continuing its mission across Alabama to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of tornado victims. A Samaritan’s Purse disaster response team arrived in Blountsville to help Blount County tornado victims by weatherproofing damaged roofs, sawing fallen trees, removing debris, and praying with families thankful to be alive. The […]

Great weather makes for one fine Fling

Notes on disaster recovery from Blount County Emergency Management

Register. If you experienced damage during the tornado or straight-line wind events from April 15 to April 27, you should call and register with FEMA regardless of your insurance coverage. It will help the county document the extent of damage. The toll-free number is 1-800-621-3362. Report. To report unmet needs not covered by FEMA or to request volunteer assistance, contact […]

Commission adopts ‘fiscal responsibility’ rules, dismantles county shop

According to a resolution the Blount County Commission passed in Monday’s business meeting, a commissioner may not: incur any debt that cannot be paid off during his or her term in office. spend more than a prorated share of his/her budget for any partial budget year served. be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred for merely educational purposes once it is […]

Summer programs offered for county students

Students in the Blount County school system will be able to participate in camps and visit their school libraries this summer. The opportunities are available because of a grant applied for by the Blount County Education Foundation, according to Mitchie Neel. The Expanding Horizons program is funded through a combination of grants – $16,600 from Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham […]

From the publisher

A Toomer oak, anyone?

Surely one has to be neither a tree-hugger nor an Auburn University football fan to be lamenting still the vicious poisoning of the two 130-year-old live oaks at Toomer’s Corner. An Alabama fan claimed to have poisoned the two beloved trees the day in November when the Auburn Tigers defeated the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl. Soil samples from […]

Grand jury returns 157 true bills

The Blount Couny grand jury that convened April 26 through May 4 was the second since Pamela Casey took office as district attorney and the first to institute Casey’s policy that all non-natural deaths be reviewed by a grand jury. April’s docket included 290 cases, 80 of which could not be presented because of law enforcement officers’ response to area […]

What price beauty?

Insufficient funding for schools isn’t likely to see relief in the immediate future. School boards wonder what potential cuts would harm the least. School administrators and faculties search for projects that will raise money both for necessities and for the extras that further enrich kids’ learning. That said, one could still wish means other than elementary beauty pageants could be […]

Oneonta Police Department

Citizens Academy taking applications

The deadline is May 20 for applications to the Oneonta Police Department’s first Citizens Academy. Classes will begin on Saturday, June 11. The first class will begin at 5 p.m. and all other classes will start at 6 p.m. Even though the first class will meet on Saturday, the rest of the classes will be on Tuesdays. A graduation ceremony […]


FARMLAND DAMAGES? The Blount/Walker/Jefferson County Farm Service Agency office in Oneonta is accepting applications under the Emergency Conservation Program through close of business July 9. This sign-up is for farmers and ranchers whose farmland was damaged by tornadoes that occurred on April 15 or April 27. The program provides emergency funding and technical assistance in removing debris, restoring fences, repairing […]