Collateral damage, delays among concerns over Ala 160

Excessive delays – perhaps as much as 15 years – and right-ofway acquisition that will destroy viable businesses along the proposed four- to five-lane route of Ala 160 were among concerns voiced to the Blount County Commission in its work session last week. Citizens presenting their objections requested the Blount County Commission review how many jobs and how much revenue […]

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Commission relays CAWACO grant, helps fund JPO salaries for 2012

The Blount County Commission Monday divided a $4000 grant among four municipalities that will use their $1000 toward improving future disaster readiness. The grant comes from CAWACO Research Development and Conservation, a government-affiliated agency that supports educational and community development in five central Alabama counties, including Blount. Blountsville and Cleveland will use the money toward building community safe rooms. Locust […]

Oneonta Public Library greatly expanding online services

Oneonta Public Library is excited to announce that it will soon be offering OverDrive, a free online eBook and audiobook service. “I know OverDrive is going to be really big,” says library director Gail Sheldon. “We’re really excited to offer it. Oneonta Public Library has never offered anything like this before.” OverDrive will launch live on Nov. 30 at 9 […]

Boy Scouts Camporee salutes veterans

About 450 people were involved last weekend in Hayden in a Boy Scout Camporee with the theme “Salute to Veterans.” Danny Krigger, scoutmaster for Troop 212 of Hayden, planned the camporee, held for the Three Rivers Boy Scouts District, which includes Scouts in Blount and St. Clair counties and part of Jefferson. The event took place Nov. 11- Nov. 13 […]

A great loss

When Jane Arthur came to the newspaper right after her high school graduation, she was reserved, even shy, private, and somewhat self-effacing, but being so didn’t hide her sharp mind nor her readiness to work. During those first 20 years she was here, she grew in many ways. She became a valuable employee and the right hand of my mother, […]

Volunteer fire and rescue defended

I just read a letter in your paper from Nov 2, which I received yesterday. This letter, written by one who lost her house to fire, causes me concern. But first I write that I am very sorry for the loss of the writer’s house. I doubt that anyone who feels differently could be found. This writer’s letter maligns volunteer […]

October sees festival, veterans banquet, parade

The past month was both a busy and exciting time at the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. Numerous activities and events were held and many more are planned for the weeks ahead. The 28th Annual Covered Bridge Festival was a huge success in October with record crowds filling the streets for arts and crafts and patrons enjoying a great pancake breakfast […]

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‘Gimme Five’Mr. McGregor

The con man, Washington lobbyist, and convicted criminal Jack Abramoff, who was released from prison a few months ago, has written a book titled Capitol Punishment in which he details how $20 million in Mississippi Choctaw Indian funds was spent to defeat gambling expansion in Alabama. Abramoff was in cahoots with his buddy Michael Scanlon, a former employee of Bob […]

Oneonta makes appointments in routine session

The Oneonta City Council reappointed three to the zoning board. Jimmy Stewart will resume his seat on the actual board, with Justin Peavy and Daniel Warden returning as alternates. Councilors took the opportunity to thank the three and others who serve without pay on city boards. In personnel-related matters, the council approved Justin Hamilton as a volunteer firefighter and voted […]