Drought endangers crops

The small amount of rain that fell earlier this week didn’t bring any relief to the crops around the area that are suffering from the recent drought. Dan Porch, Blount County extension coordinator, said it is going to take a whole lot more precipitation to have any affect. “It’s not like a one-inch rainfall would save it,” said Merry Gaines, […]

Citizens group urges petition for alcohol referendum

During the week of June 25, a group called Citizens for Blount County’s Future began distributing copies of a petition requesting an election to be held to permit the legal sale of alcoholic beverages within Blount County. Margaret Boatright of Locust Fork, speaking for her father-in-law Ronnie Branham, who heads the group, said that about 1000 signatures were collected in […]

Bond costs raised to support Alabama court system

House Bill 688, which went into effect June 21, was passed to improve the money issues faced by the Alabama court system. The three sections of the bill include raising court costs, implementing an appearance bond, and adding a bail bond court cost. Civil filing fees will increase $45 for circuit and district courts, with the exception of child support. […]

Stefkovich discusses weather


Jim Stefkovich, meteorologist in charge of the Birmingham National Weather Service office, talked about a lot of aspects of weather at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber breakfast last week. Some of the discussion was esoteric for laypersons, but two main points came through loud and clear. One: know the difference between a severe weather watch and a severe weather warning. The […]


Concerns appear with first summer heat wave

Beginning last Friday, the county weather station at Cleveland recorded high temperatures of 102, 104, 104, and 103 for Friday through Monday, with triple digit temperatures expected for one or two more days, followed by a forecast cool-down into the mid- 90s for the rest of this week. Meanwhile, it got dryer and dryer as June wound down. The first […]

Bulls and Barrels will feature local rodeo talent

Twenty-five bull riders from around the country will gather at the Blountsville Saddle Club on July 7 for Bulls and Barrels. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., gates will open at 6 p.m. and tickets will be $10 at the door. This will be the first time for a bull riding and barrel racing event at the Blountsville Saddle Club, […]


The 1978 race for governor

Recently a good friend and reader asked me about one of Alabama’s most interesting governor’s races. The 1978 gubernatorial contest was truly one of the best. My friend was curious as to where all the players on the 1978 stage are today. The 1978 race was a classic upset contest. In fact, it may very well be one of the […]

Chamber gets $13,500 grant from CAWACO

Two found guilty

A man who robbed the Hwy 231 BP in Oneonta in 2008 was found guilty of robbery (1st). Michael C. Parker, 22, of Birmingham was sentenced to 25 years in the Alabama Corrections Department. He must also pay a $10,000 fine, $283 in restitution, and $500 to the Alabama Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund. During the robbery, Parker held a gun […]

Blueberry farms across the county

Thanks to a mild winter, blueberries in Blount County began to produce fruit weeks early this summer. “I was able to pick the third week in May,” said Linda Tidwell, who has grown blueberries for eight years. “They were about two weeks earlier than normal.” Tidwell says she saw Tom Baty, of Locust Fork, with his U-Pick Blueberry sign up […]