One new candidate this week

Rodney Dabbs qualified as a Republican this week for the office of county board of education, place 1 (Hayden). He is the first to qualify for that office, so far. No additional candidates qualified for state elective office in Blount County this week. Those offices are circuit judge, district judge, and circuit clerk. No Democrats have yet qualified for any […]


The Loneliest Christmas Tree

The Loneliest Christmas Tree by Deborah Allen, illustrated by Molly Brooks c.2011, Carpenter’s Son Publishing $12.99 / $15.99 Canada 54 pages What are the things you’re dreaming about this Christmas? Are you hoping to see a new bike beneath the tree, a video game, or a new stuffed pal? Would you like a new pair of pajamas from Santa, or […]


PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINES Producers who want a Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL) before the end of 2011 should contact the FSA County office immediately. MALs are tools available to producers to allow for a more orderly marketing of commodities throughout the year, and available for many locally grown crops. Dec. 31, 2011 is the application closing date for Alabama potato crops. […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, December 22, 1999

Oneonta Council urges residents to attend debate Oneonta City Council hopes many attend the Jan. 19 meeting where election vs. appointment of city school board members will be debated. The meeting, to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s Eris Horton Auditorium, will be held before a panel comprising Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards; […]

Holiday tournaments highlight the schedule

The high school basketball schedule just seems to heat up each year during the holiday break and this year is no exception. Several area schools continued to play well and maintained their ranking, according to the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). The Oneonta girls defeated Douglas 50-40 last week for their first 4A Area 11 victory and then wiped out […]


Charles Jr. and Phyllis Shirley of Oneonta announce the engagement of their daughter Camille Alaina Shirley of Maryland to Adam Andrzej Galas of Shoreview, Minnesota. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Jack and Patty Standridge, Oneonta, Louise Shirley, and the late Charles Shirley Sr. A graduate of Oneonta High School, she attended The University of Alabama and is currently a […]


Cully and Rene’ Doty of Cleveland announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter Tamra Janae to Russell Todd Alldredge of Brooksville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ruby Paulk of Oneonta and the late Otto Paulk and the late Troy and Dimple Doty of Cleveland. A Cleveland High School graduate, she attended The University of Alabama and The […]

Five Generations

Nash named Eagle Scout

Hugh Anthony Nash III of Troop 160 in Oneonta was recently awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor held at First Baptist Church. To earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, one must earn 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership through a service project benefitting the community or chartering organization, hold a troop leadership position, live his […]