‘Education precedes prosperity’ speaker tells chamber breakfast

“There is simply no such thing as an outstanding community that has only average or below-average schools,” Larry Lee declared early on in his talk to chamber breakfast attendees last week. The aphorism “education precedes prosperity” flows directly from that realization. Lee said he reached that conclusion after years of working in community and economic development in Alabama, followed three […]

Fighting through the heat


Casey answers commission, defends Tahoe purchase

The item looked innocent enough on the commission’s meeting agenda. It was a simple oneliner: “Consider District Attorney’s funding request from fund 761.” The item concerned District Attorney Pamela Casey’s written request to move $60,000 to cover salaries from the worthless check fee fund (#761) to the district attorney’s fund (#760) for the operation of their offices. The commission had […]

New thrill ride for Spring Valley Beach

Spring Valley Beach welcomed an addition to its water park this summer: the 360 Rush, a computer-operated waterslide that launches two riders at the same time. “It’s the first slide of its kind in the world,” said Spring Valley Beach owner Allen Gilliland. The company that designed the slide will be at Spring Valley Beach this week with a camera […]


Susan Moore Elementary principal resigns

Just one week before the start of the school year, Susan Moore Elementary is looking for a new principal. On Monday, the Blount County Board of Education accepted the resignation of long-time principal Helen Dunn. “I am sad to see her go but I understand,” said Supt. Jim Carr. “She is taking a position in the Cullman County system that […]

Oneonta city manager earns excellence award

Ed Lowe, Oneonta city manager, was presented the Sam Gaston Vocational Excellence Award on June 30 at the 2011 Alabama City/County Management Association meeting. This annual award is presented to a member who has exhibited outstanding leadership and professional management in local goverment. Recommendations for the award are submitted to the award committee by member cities and counties for review. […]

Full agenda for Blountsville Town Council

Attorneys and employees of Superior Bank were present at the meeting Monday when Blountsville Town Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the town to borrow money to construct a new fire station. At a special meeting last week, the council had decided to pursue financing for up to $400,00 through Superior. The construction loan is for up to one year or […]

Oneonta approves contracts for seniors and tax collections

In its latest meeting, the Oneonta City Council agreed to continue its contract with M4A (Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging) for the upcoming fiscal year. Prior to the vote, city manager Ed Lowe explained that M4A provides meals for the city’s senior center and funds toward employee and delivery costs, with the city and county covering expenses beyond the […]

Alabama Scene

Justice still for sale to the highest bidder in Alabama

This past week The Birmingham News editorialized about the obscene practice Alabama and a few other states in the nation still have that forces judicial candidates to raise money to be elected and then allows them to rule on court cases that involve those from whom the judges have sought and received campaign money. The practice simply does not pass […]

Commission awards paving bid, approves special road projects

The Blount County Commission resumed its July 18 recessed meeting last week to handle four items of business: awarding a tar-and-gravel bid, approving $790,471 in special road projects for the four districts, approving the district attorney’s request to transfer $60,000 from fund 761 to fund 760 (see “Casey answers commission,” pg. A1), and authorized the county administrator, Ralph Mitchell, to […]