Charges against Owens, Longshore dismissed

Charges of first degree theft of property and conspiracy to commit theft of property against former Cleveland Mayor Larry Longshore and former Cleveland park and street superintendent Wayne Owens were dismissed in Blount County Circuit Court last Thursday. Assistant attorney general John Gibbs, representing the state of Alabama, moved that the cases be nolle prossed (dismissed), since according to his […]

Ala 160 clears last hurdle; right- of- way appraisals to begin

The Ala 160 five-laning project, a Blount County flashpoint for at least a decade, has cleared the last hurdle blocking its progress, the Alabama Department of Transportation announced last week. The Federal Highway Administration last week gave approval for ALDOT to begin buying rightof way for the 5-mile section of highway extending from I-65 eastward through the town of Hayden. […]

Cleveland to begin work on community center

Mayor Jerry Jones and Cleveland Town Council unanimously voted at their monthly meeting last Thursday to provide a $50,000 match in suport of a community/senior center project. The resolution provides for $25,000 cash and $25,000 through in-kind services. At a previous council meeting, former mayor Eldridge Bynum had recommended securing a grant to build the center, and at the June […]

Rotary Club honors memory of Charles Carr

The Rotary Club of Oneonta gave a special presentation honoring the late Charles Carr Monday at its weekly meeting. The club paid tribute to Carr’s memory by naming him a Paul Harris Fellow. Carr’s wife Brenda Carr and brother Jim Carr were there to accept the award. “Charles Carr led a life that was an example to all of us, […]


Just Wanna Testify

Throughout your life, you’ve done some regrettable things. Riding your bike downhill with iffy brakes, that was one of them. Cutting your own hair. Sassing your grandma while she was standing close. And then there was that time you ate something somebody said “tastes good.” You can attribute that to being young and dumb, but there’s no excuse when you’re […]

Snead commits to spend more than $16,000

In one of its briefer sessions, the Snead Town Council committed to spend more than $16,000 from its general and utilities funds. Utilities supervisor Jeff Whited told councilors he had received quotes for new chlorinators. He suggested the council go with the lower $8,870.15 bid from Clay-Greene of Birmingham. Stillwater Technology Inc. of Cullman offered $9626. As for the second […]

Pertussis vaccine required in schools

All students 11 and older who are entering sixth grade in Alabama schools for the 2011-2012 school year are required to have a tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis ( Tdap) vaccine. Students entering the seventh grade this year who did not receive the Tdap vaccination during the 2010-2011 school year also are required to have the vaccination. The Tdap school requirement will go […]

Alabama Scene

Did FBI and DOJ cross the line in bingo probe?

Questions arose last week in the alleged bingo vote-buying trial in Montgomery on whether an FBI investigation had turned from a criminal probe of possible “vote buying” to illegal federal interference in the state’s legislative process. Was the FBI’s attempt to kill the bill that would permit Alabama voters to decide whether electronic bingo would be permitted statewide an illegal […]

Blountsville council chooses Superior Bank

Blountsville Town Council held a special meeting Monday night to discuss financing the town’s fire department matching grant. After much discussion, the mayor and council decided to pursue financing through Superior Bank of Blountsville rather than through BB&T Bank of Oneonta. With Superior Bank, the town will receive financing for up to $400,000. The entire fire-station project is set to […]

Danny Hicks Memorial Golf Tournament set for Aug. 18

The third annual Danny Hicks Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Limestone Springs. The tournament, named for the former Oneonta mayor and long-time juvenile probation officer, serves as a fundraiser for Danny B. Hicks Scholarship Inc. Last year the tournament’s proceeds helped to fund 21 scholarships at $1000 each for graduates of schools in Blount […]