Public hearing favorable for B&B coverage area expansion

By a count of 15 in favor to two opposed, speakers at the June 19 public hearing supported B&B Tire Landfill’s request to expand its coverage area to include four additional states outside Alabama. If the commission subsquently approves the request, as recommended by the Solid Waste Authority, B&B will be authorized to pick up scrap tires, nearly half of […]

New school calendar schedules students to return seven days later

For the upcoming school year, Blount County and Oneonta school systems both chose to implement the 180-day school calendar as opposed to the 1080-hour calendar after legislation mandated that schools in the state must pick one or the other. Oneonta Supt. Scott Coefield said he and Jim Carr, Blount County superintendent, were both patient and waited for the state superintendent […]

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Girl Scouts celebrate 100 years

Girl Scouts of all ages gathered at Palisades Park last week to enjoy nature, make crafts, learn to bake bread, and participate in other activities. The annual event is believed to have been taking place for more 30 years, and daycamp director Patti Hansen says she spoke to a former Girl Scout who camped at Palisades in 1952. Girls from […]

Sandra Smith appointed to state Lifespan Respite Coalition

Sandra Smith, representing the Silver-Haired Legislature from House of Representatives District 34 (predominantly Blount County), has been appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to serve on the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition for a term to expire on Dec. 31, 2015. Smith, of Highland Lake, is the former director of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) for a four-county area including Blount. […]

WCRL to broadcast Crimson Tide Sports Network

Last week, WCRL signed a four-year contract with the Crimson Tide Sports Network. “It’s been a while since Alabama’s sports programs have been carried by a Blount County station,” said WCRL owner, Robbie McAlpine. “We’re excited to have that back where it belongs right here in Blount County.” Tom Roberts, director of broadcasting for the network, was on hand to […]

Oneonta and Blount County arrest reports

The Oneonta Police Department reported nine arrested and ticketed with three from June 18 – June 25. Two minors were arrested both charged with minor in possession of alcohol and one having an additional charge of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Two others had a charge of minor in possession of alcohol and one of those individuals having two additional […]


Revising Alabama’s Immigration Law

As promised, the Legislature revisited their much publicized Immigration Law during the just completed regular session. They said they were going to revise the original 2011 act and that is precisely what they did. This Republican dominated Legislature does what they say they are going to do. They may not be deliberative but they are truly disciplined, organized, productive, and […]

Hayden man arrested after 15-year investigation

A 15-year investigation ended Wednesday after police found 55 pill bottles and 14 firearms at a residence on Lakewood Trail. A 62-year-old man was arrested and charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a pistol after conviction for a crime of violence. He posted his bond of $55,000 last Friday […]

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