IMMIGRATION LAW More transactions identified

In layman’s terms, the new immigration law requires proof of citizenship in connection with all “transactions” between citizens and their governmental entities. Depending on how broadly “transactions” is interpreted, that could cover a lot of ground. A conversation with a county official for example: is that a communications transaction and must the citizen show his driver’s license or other acceptable […]


State Education Department issues clarifying statement

Hispanic student absenteeism spiked last Monday in both county school systems, in apparent reaction to the implementation of the state’s new immigration law on Sept. 29. A total of 243 children – 76 in the city system and 167 in the county system – were reported absent that day. By the next day, absenteeism had dropped essentially to the normal […]

Successful day at the Blountsville Harvest Festival

Many Blount County families enjoyed a day of fun at the Blountsville Harvest Festival Saturday. Blountsville Business Association, Town of Blountsville, Alabama Power, Superior Bank, and Otelco sponsored the festival, which proved to be a great occasion for family togetherness and provided entertainment for all ages. The festival featured the Covered Bridge Antique Car Show, a tractor and equipment show, […]

Free vision screening in Blount County

Many young Blount County children attended free vision screenings given Friday, Oct. 7, by FocusFirst, one of four main initiatives of the organization Impact Alabama. The screenings were conducted at the Ratchford Child Development Center in Oneonta, Hayden Elementary, and Susan Moore Elementary. Impact Alabama is a service learning initiative that takes pride in using college students for FocusFirst and […]

Agigaue Auction coming soon

The Agigaue Women’s Club will hold its annual auction on Thursday, Nov. 3, at Heritage Golf in Oneonta. The event, this year is the 14th annual, serves as the main fund-raiser for the group’s many community projects that are held throughout the year. Those projects include bringing the Birmingham Children’s Theatre to Oneonta Elementary School for performances, providing activity bags […]

‘Tale of a turnaround’

I usually do not submit letters to the paper but feel compelled to write this one about the paving of Hamilton Mountain Road. I am well aware of the road’s previous condition, the many complaints that have been raised, and the need for the repairs. However, I know that the work that has been completed as of Oct. 5 has […]

CASA reels in donation, a social networking site for fishermen, sponsored a bass tournament in Guntersville Sept. 17 to benefit Blount County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children). Jodi Harrison and Wally Green of manned the scale, professional angler Chris Jackson acted as the master of ceremonies. Tournament participant Douglas Webster brought in the winning catch. An experimental weighing system was […]

The 28th Annual Covered Bridge Festival

Saturday, October 22

9 a.m. to 4 p.m Events Golf Tournament Miss Covered Bridge Pageant Quilt Show  Arts & Crafts Pancake Breakfast 5K & Fun Run Car Show  River Walk This message presented as a public service by The Blount Countian.

Alabama Scene

Dr. Bronner’s hat trick

The Huntsville Times called it “the ultimate recycling project.” I call it “the ultimate Hat Trick.” During the past month, David Bronner, the head of the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), has reversed the biggest miscalculation of his career, restored his Superman status with industrial leaders in north Alabama, and temporarily saved a potentially disastrous $625-million loan by RSA. Back […]

Agribusiness Center meeting set for Oct. 20

Immigration law and agriculture

A consortium of agriculture growers announced a public meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at the Agribusiness Center in Oneonta to dramatize the impact the new immigration law is having on agriculture and related industries. The meeting is being organized by Amy Allman and Amy Dickie, representing two of the county’s tomato growers, who employ […]