Personnel decisions highlight meeting

The Oneonta City Board of Education granted tenure to three teachers (certified personnel) and one support person during Monday night’s meeting. In addition, the board re-employed three teachers and five support personnel without granting tenure. The board also non-renewed one teacher and one full-time support person and accepted the retirement resignations of elementary teacher Sharon Parker and bus driver Billy […]

Have questions about property valuations?

Blount County Board of Equalization makes available to owners the valuation of property that will be used in calculating the amount of ad valorem tax due. Property owners may direct questions about the valuations to appraisal clerks in the tax maintenance department of the offices of Revenue Commissioner Chris Green in the courthouse in Oneonta. If the owner then still […]

Governor Bentley tours stormdamaged areas in Blount County

Things are beginning to calm down after storms that hit Alabama three weeks ago left many communities destroyed, including areas of Blountsville and Hayden. Gov. Robert Bentley saw the damage up close and personal when he traveled through Blount County last Wednesday. The governor began his tour in Blountsville, where he met with local and state officials including Blountsville Mayor […]

Chamber banquet a festive occasion

Some 400 guests at the countycity Chamber of Commerce annual banquet May 4 paid tribute to local outstanding individuals and businesses. The festive event took place at Oneonta’s World Outreach Center. “These award winners are truly special people. And tonight we honor them for their achievements and thank them for their service and what they mean to our community,” keynoted […]

Taking advantage of others’ misfortune

Most everyone I talked with had family members, or knew of someone, who was affected by the devastating tornadoes on Wednesday. April 27, 2011. On Thursday, April 28, I witnessed something that I view – and most everyone I talked with – views as immoral and almost incomprehensible. As the citizens of Blount County came to Oneonta from outlying communities […]

Need help? Apply locally

Blount Countians who need to file claims or register storm damages have a local office now open to offer help. Representatives from FEMA, the Small Business Administration, the State of Alabama (SBA), and the Insurance Commission are available to answer questions and provide forms Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 7 […]

‘Wake up and hold people accountable’

Folks, we need to wake up and hold our Congresspeople accountable. They talk a good game like they’re playing for us, but money talks too, and here’s what our Senators are saying as a result. On Tuesday, May 17, Senators Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions put Big Oil before the American people – before YOU – and helped defeat a […]

Cleveland resident one of two to get Jack’s awards

Kelsey Skillman of Cleveland and Alex Stephens of Trussville have received Benny M. LaRussa awards, which are available to any employee or child or grandchild of an employee of Jack’s. Each received a $5000 scholarship to go toward her college education. Both girls were present with their families Monday, April 25, for an award ceremony at Jack’s corporate office. Checks […]

Lawmakers could leave positive legacy

Alabama Scene

This Legislature could imprint upon itself a positive legacy and save the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by adopting new sentencing guidelines that would reverse the current practice of locking up nonviolent offenders with overly excessive sentences. The simple fact is if something isn’t done the state will have to go in debt for at least two new prison […]

High school graduation this week

The seven high schools in Blount County will hold graduation ceremonies this week. All six schools in the Blount County system will hold commencement exercises Thursday evening while Oneonta will have graduation Friday. Following are a list of each school’s honor students and details on graduation programs: Appalachian – Valedictorian – Laven Abercrombie; Salutatorian – Tara Woodard; Historian – Kayle […]