Don’t forget Blount County Public Transit


“Of all the services county government provides the people of Blount County, demand/response bus pickup service is one of the best,” said county administrator Ralph Mitchell. “And it’s one of the most underutilized.” He is referring to the transportation service provided by the trucklike buses of Blount County Public Transit. They provide contracted route service to Blount County senior citizens […]

Making his point

J.B. Pennington principal resigns; Appalachian gets new coach


The Blount County Board of Education accepted the resignation of J.B. Pennington principal Dr. Philip Cleveland at last week’s board meeting. Cleveland, who had returned to Pennington this year after a stint in the state junior college system, will become the Alabama Department of Education’s director of career technical education/workforce development. He will finish the academic year at Blountsville and […]

New stores reflect economy struggling to revive

Two new small businesses opening in the last six weeks and one not-so-small one scheduled to open late this summer have brightened Oneonta’s economic prospects for the remainder of 2012. The two already open are 3 Mamas Cakes and Coffee shop on U.S. 231 across from McDaniels Recreation Center and The Playroom, a play place for kids (crawler to age […]

Lowry earns distinction

Cindy Lowry, executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance, was honored with a Women’s History Award at the 11th annual Women History Celebration of the Metro Birmingham Branch NAACP on Saturday, March 31. These awards are given to “outstanding women who serve untiring for the greater good and excel in their fields of endeavor.” The Metro Birmingham NAACP began giving […]

New storm shelter approved for Cleveland

During last Thursday night’s town council meeting, Mayor Jerry Jones announced Cleveland has received approval for the safe room grant they had applied for several months ago. These grant funds will be used to build a new community storm shelter. A motion was approved granting the mayor authorization to sign all documents required to secure the funding, once the paperwork […]

Susan Moore archery teams will compete at nationals again

Elementary school places third in state

The Susan Moore Elementary School archery team placed third in the elementary school division at the 2012 NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) State Championship held April 5 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. More than 1200 students from across Alabama competed for the state championship title and the opportunity to advance to the national championship which will be […]

Alabama Scene

Giving away the store

Let’s see if I can get this straight. The governor and the leadership of the Legislature want to let companies that build new or expanded facilities in Alabama keep as much as 90 percent of the state income taxes withheld from the pay of new employees. That’s what The Birmingham News reported last Sunday. Those tax dollars now go to […]

BBQ Cook-off Winners

(or, local boys beat the big boys)

Local BBQ purveyors beat the “big boy” professional traveling contestants from out of state in three of the five categories judged in the First Annual Alabama BBQ Cook-off and Festival last weekend. (See photos.) Johnson’s Barbeque of Virginia Beach, Va. managed to pull off a win in the barbequed chicken category and the People’s Choice award, taken from interviews with […]

Redskins sweep Dora in first round

The Oneonta Redskins wanted to make sure that 2012 was not a repeat of 2011. One year after getting swept out of the first round at home by Area 11 runner-up Haleyville, the Redskins used their own brooms in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Dora. With the win, the Redskins get a shot at Haleyville this Friday (and possibly Saturday) […]