Anti-alcohol interests gird for possible referendum

Responding to the recent announcement by Citizens for Blount County’s Future of a petition-collecting drive for a referendum to legalize alcohol sales in the county, Oneonta First Baptist Church pastor Larry Gipson opened the anti-alcohol meeting with an appeal for the group to be compassionate toward their opponents while remaining true to themselves as “men and women of courage and […]

Keeping federal road funds, solving sign vandalism among new engineer’s top priorities

New county engineer Winston Sitton has been on the job a little over a month and immediate job priorities have begun to emerge: (1) overseeing the completion of the years-long covered bridges renovation project; (2) helping to administer the county’s identification of roads and application for funding through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement (ATRIP) program of support for rebuilding […]


New assistant principals named

The Blount County Board of Education filled assistant principal openings by transferring teachers during last week’s meeting. Steven Bryson was transferred from a teaching position at J.B. Pennington to assistant principal. Bryson, a long-time teacher and coach at the school, will work under new principal Brian Kirk. Kirk had previously been assistant principal at Hayden High School. Replacing Kirk will […]

Finalists named in search for best burger

The search for the best burger in Blount County has been narrowed down to four finalists and the top four burgers come from restaurants along Ala 79. The finalists, in no particular order, are Daisy’s Bake Shop in Locust Fork, D & R BBQ of Trafford, Mio Sogno (formerly Covered Bridge Grill) in Cleveland, and Dana’s BBQ of Cleveland. Three […]

Blount County’s alcohol sales could follow in Arab’s path

In 2009, the first alcoholic beverage was sold in Arab. Since then, Arab citizens have experienced firsthand what might be awaiting Blount County residents if alcohol sales become legal after Nov. 7. The recent push to have another wet versus dry vote in Blount County has resurfaced, which leaves some excited and others fearful. However, considering the close proximity Blount […]

Eagle Scout proves to be resilient

Multiple obstacles didn’t keep Christopher Kirk, 15, from obtaining the highest honor in the world of scouting. The Locust Fork 10th grader made an Eagle Scout on June 3. “To be an Eagle Scout is proving to yourself and other people around you that you can take on responsibilities, be a leader, and be a man of God,” Kirk said. […]

Amazing mom turns 100

Lillie Mae Alexander celebrated her 100th birthday July 12, 2012, at TLC Assisted Living with family, friends, and TLC employees. Born in Enterprise, she was adopted at an early age by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Roper and moved to Oneonta. She later married Rufus Alexander and they raised three children. Lillie Mae was a faithful member of E Street Church […]


Mike and Tammy Sivley of Blountsville announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Shauna Michelle Sivley to Alex Jordan Bruce, son of Doug Bruce and Chris and Lucy Riddle of Hanceville. The bride-elect is a graduate of J.B. Pennington High School and is currently attending Wallace State Community College. Grandparents are Jerry and Inez Sivley of Blountsville and […]


Brett and Andi Page of Oneonta announce the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter Catherine Elise Page to Kaden Scott Goodell, son of Andy Hackney and Janeen Hackney of Lubbock, Texas. The bride-elect is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where she received a degree in early elementary education. Grandparents are Sandra Killingsworth of Highland Lake, and George […]


was born May 21, 2012, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital weighing 7 lbs. 13 oz. and 20 inches long. Ellie’s proud parents are Taylor and Dana Dobson of Oneonta. Grandparents are John and Lois Dobson of Oneonta, and Ernest and Susan Crabtree of Meridianville. Greatgrandparents are Chuck and Annette Jackson of Oneonta and Bill and Sue Mullins of Meridianville.