Relay for Life at new location

The Blount County Relay for Life will be held for the first time at the Blount County-Agri- Business Center in Oneonta. The event will begin on Friday, May 11, with a survivors dinner at 5 p.m., and continue with the survivors walk starting at 7 p.m., followed by others walking. Sixteen relay teams have worked tirelessly raising funds toward their […]

Come celebrate Altoona this Saturday

They know how to celebrate in that Etowah County town that spills over into Blount northeast of Oneonta. Altoona Day 2012 is set for all day this Saturday, May 12, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. It will be a day of FREE food and music yet, a day of arts and crafts, classic cars, fun for kids, and celebrities […]

Arrest nets 10 gambling machines, $7,900 cash


Sheriff’s deputies executed a warrant last Thursday evening at a residence off Ala 79 south of Locust Fork, confiscating 10 gambling machines, about $7,900 in cash, and records relating to the gambling operation, according to captain Larry Dabbs of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. The house was located on Goodwin Road, near the county line. “The house was set up […]

Commission close to county engineer hire

The Blount County Commission has completed its search for a candidate to fill the position of county engineer, vacated officially on Feb. 29, the effective date of former county engineer Richard Spraggins’s resignation. The commission interviewed a total of six qualified candidates out of seven persons who applied for the job, selecting three for follow-up interviews, which were completed last […]

Three county meetings set tomorrow; plan to start early


The county commission board room at the courthouse will be a busy place tomorrow morning. Three public meetings will occur in back-to-back rapid-fire order at 8:30, 9, and 9:30 a.m. Citizens wishing to get a concentrated dose of county public affairs should plan to attend. Here’s a rundown on the meetings. 8:30 a.m. CDBG meeting The purpose of the meeting […]

Honoring our nurses

Readers write

National Nurses week is this week, ending on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded nursing as a modern profession. I would like to take the opportunity this week during National Nurses Week, to honor the many talented and compassionate nurses who serve the patients and residents of Golden LivingCenter- Oneonta. Many of our residents consider the nursing […]

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world

Blessings on the hand of women!Angels guard its strength and grace,In the palace, cottage, hovel,Oh, no matter where the place;Would that never storms assailed it,Rainbows ever gently curled;For the hand that rocks the cradleIs the hand that rules the world.Infancy’s the tender fountain,Power may with beauty flow,Mother’s first to guide the streamlets,From them souls unresting grow –Grow on for the […]

Catching up on the news

HomeTown Bank Heroes Run 2012

Approximately 200 people gathered in front of Oneonta High School on April 28 for the 2012 HomeTown Bank Heroes Run. Sponsored by The HomeTown Bank of Alabama, the event, in its second year grew in participation by almost 50 percent over last year. All proceeds from the race go to The American Cancer Society- Relay for Life of Blount County. […]

Alabama Scene

Alabama: low taxes but good state pay

The following are the words of Dr. David Bronner, CEO of The Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), on the state’s fiscal problems as published in the May, 2012, RSA newsletter. “I know it does little good to repeat the simple facts that Alabamians pay the least amount of state taxes in the country, and if we paid just what the […]