Alabama BBQ cookoff and festival coming April 19-22


The first annual Alabama BBQ Cookoff and Festival will be held April 19-22 at the Blount County Agribusiness Center. It will feature a cookoff between out-of-state, award-winning professional cooks competing against some of the best local barbecue talent, along with four days worth of associated events including barbecue and banana pudding eating contests, entertainers covering the spectrum from secular to […]

Kay Ivey addresses J.B. Pennington students

Open letter on House Bill 541, ‘Education Options Act of 2012’

Points of view on charter schools...

Editor’s note: The following is by Larry Lee, former executive director of the Covington County Economic Commission, co-author of “Lessons Learned from Rural Schools” and former chamber of commerce breakfast speaker on the subject “Education Precedes Prosperity.” He writes often about education. This letter was written following his recent attendance at a legislative committee session on HB 541. HB 541 […]

A local take on charter schools

Points of view on charter schools...

Superintendent Jim Carr was contacted for comment on charter schools during peresonal time on spring break this week. As a local adjunct to Larry Lee’s article, he was asked his opinion of charter schools, both in the abstract and as a possible mechanism to further education in Blount County. These were his thoughts. “I don’t see how we can support […]

One man arrested in Industrial Park burglary


A 36-year-old Delaware man is in the Blount County Correctional Facility after he was arrested by the Oneonta Police Department for the burglary of a factory in the Oneonta Industrial Park. The incident occurred earlier this month at Art Iron Works when police responded to a 911 call placed by an employee of another company in the park. Police arrived […]

Another water issue

Reading of a family’s on-going battle with the Snead Town Council reminded me of an experience I had with the Oneonta Utility Board. I won’t pretend to know who is right and who is wrong in the Snead squabble over a broken water line, but I can relate. I had experience with a similar problem. You can imagine my concern […]

Soldier says thanks

I wanted to take this time and say a special thank you to a group of volunteers that have been instrumental with sending packages to soldiers deployed overseas. Operation Grateful Heart has a small group of volunteers who work out of the Blount County Museum in Oneonta, run by Amy Rhudy. I have personally used this group several times and […]

Remember ‘the least of these’

I am writing to thank the good people of Blount County for their help in preventing child abuse and caring for its victims. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month across the country, a time to remember the children who suffer the emotional and physical pains of abuse. Here in Blount County, I am sad to report, hundreds of our […]

Alabama Scene

It’s me again all you folks

Just like the fictional stalker in Ray Stevens’ comedy hit song “It’s me again Margaret,” Alabamians woke up last Wednesday to lyrics of a stalker of the political variety… Roy Moore. “It’s me again all you folks, I’m back.” And back he is, poised to regain the office from which he was removed by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary […]

Building renovation, instructional site changes highlight current status

Snead State update...

The historic Snead State administration building, built in 1921 and under renovation since last fall, is on schedule to be completed by this summer, in time for the fall semester 2012. The $8 million project includes nine classrooms, seven faculty offices, the president’s office, Academic Administration office, and the Academic Planning and Research office. Math classes now held in the […]