Arbor Day Foundation hopes to bring trees back to Alabama

In the wake of the devastating tornadoes that battered communities throughout north Alabama, the Arbor Day Foundation, in collaboration with the Alabama Forestry Commission, launched a new campaign to bring trees to families throughout the area. The new Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign has been launched in response to proactive efforts of the Alabama Forestry Commission to spearhead recovery of the […]

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Town election to be held Tuesday July 16 An election to determine the form of government for the Town of Oneonta will be held at the City Hall next Tuesday, July 16. There are two forms of city government from which the voters may make their choice, the Mayor-Council form which is now in use and the Commission form which […]

Heptinstall wins bronze at regional

Blountsville’s Sawyer Heptinstall won three bronze medals at the USA Junior Olympic Track and Field Regional Championships at Samford University earlier this month. Sawyer placed third in the javelin with a throw of 14.06 meters, in the 200 with a time of 32.97, and in the 400 with a time of 1:16.02. With his third-place finishes, Sawyer qualified for the […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FOOTBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION will hold its first meeting of the year tonight at 6:30 at The Gym across from Oneonta City School. SOUTHEASTERN YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADER REGISTRATION will be held every Saturday in July from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school concession stand. Registration is for players ages 5-12. For more information, call Bonnie Ferguson […]


CHARLES WALTER SHEA is lovingly cuddled by his big sister, Anna Katherine Shea, 3. Charlie was born May 8, 2011, at 4:26 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Hospital weighing 7 pounds 5 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long. He is the son of Stephen Robert and Bethany Self Shea of Mountain Brook and the grandson of Glinda and Walter “Buddy” Self […]

Kindergarten’s ahead…

Youngsters entering kindergarten next month, accompanied by their mothers, gather for a photograph following an end-of-the-year party where HUGS showered them with backpacks and gift cards for buying school supplies. Helping U Get Started is Blount County Children’s Center’s program in which Linda Godwin visits homes once a month, bringing information, books, and developmental activities for children. It is open […]

Oneonta High students attend Governor’s School

Blount County residents Hunter Huie of Oneonta and Andrew Metzler of Remlap were chosen to attend the 2011 session of Alabama Governor’s School at Samford University June 19 – July 1. They were among 80 outstanding rising high school seniors from 23 counties who attended the two-week honors program. Both students attend Oneonta City High School: Hunter is the son […]

Happy Birthday, Papaw!!

The Children, Grandchildren, and Great-Grandchildren of J.P. (Paul) England are pleased to announce his 80th birthday, and would like to cordially invite you to attend a celebration in his honor on Sunday, August 14, from 2:00 to 4:30 at Douglas Middle School Lunchroom, Douglas, Al. All family, friends and acquaintances are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For directions or other […]

Blount removed from Fire Alert status

Recent rains and higher humidity have increased ground moisture levels in Blount and 33 other north Alabama counties, reducing the threat of catastrophic wildfire and justifying downgrading these counties from No Burn to Fire Alert. This action brings 46 counties under Fire Alert status. The forestry commission urges anyone burning to follow safety recommendations such as having someone attending the […]


MASTER GARDENER CLASS will be offered this fall by Blount County Extension office. The class begins Sept. 7 and will be held on 12 consecutive Wednesdays at the Frank Green Building auditorium across the hall from the Extension office. Classes will be taught from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an hour break for lunch. Topics include home gardening, home […]

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