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Commission requests ATRIP funds to repave county roads 26 and 29

Chaired for the first time by new Commission Chairman Chris Green, the Blount County Commission passed resolutions in its business meeting last week to submit two county road projects for state approval under the Alabama Transportation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). The roads are county road 26 in District 2 and county road 29 in District 3. At nearly 20 miles, […]

Oneonta council hears from library board and juvenile probation

Library board chair Carl Frey updated the Oneonta City Council on services and uses of the city facility. Frey noted the city took control of the library in 1947 and that the library continues with the same number of employees (four full-time and one parttime) it had when he first moved to the city 25 years ago. Despite having the […]

Send those surveys in

About three weeks ago, survey questionnaires were sent out from Jacksonville State University to all households in Blount County. The surveys were designed to evaluate the need for and interest in a JSU satellite location in Blount County. The surveys follow a period of a couple of years during which study teams from JSU have made forays into Blount County […]

Fired county administrator requests merit board hearing

Ralph Mitchell, former county administrator for Blount County, has filed a request for a hearing before the Blount County Merit Board. The purpose of the hearing will be for Mitchell to appeal his employment termination decided by majority vote of the Blount County Commission on Aug. 21, and upheld in a subsequent hearing on Sept. 6. The time for the […]

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A special bubble

My family spent time in Cullman this past weekend. First at Heritage Park, with soccer, baseball and softball fields, walking trails galore, a Cullman gem to be sure…a soapbox subject of mine for another day. After the game, we went to the downtown warehouse district. What a pleasant surprise! Boutiques, a wonderful deli, shops, and a fantastic covered farmer’s market. […]

Snead authorizes purchase of land for water expansion

Snead councilmen authorized $1,250 each to Steve Graveman and Archie Kent for purchase and easement of two pieces of land for a planned water expansion. Town engineer Robert Nelson had previously recommended the expansion, which includes a tank and booster station, to alleviate problems for water customers in the Pearman and Mt. Carmel roads area. The council directed utilities supervisor […]

Who was that receiver? Madonna?

David Smith, two-year starter at quarterback at the University of Alabama in 1987 and 1988 – and the only walk-on quarterback to ever start for the Crimson Tide – will be the featured speaker at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Twin Oaks at Heritage Golf. Now a State Farm insurance […]


Women breaking the glass ceiling

Since my column appears in most of Alabama’s small to mid-size local newspapers, as might be expected, a good many of you liked my column of two weeks ago entitled, “Small Town Boys Succeed.” Amazingly, almost all of America’s presidents and practically all of Alabama’s governors of the past century have hailed from small-town America or small-town Alabama. My assumption […]

Fines to be imposed when tobacco taxes not paid

Effective immediately, the Blount County Commission will impose fines against vendors selling tobacco products without the local county tax stamp affixed as required by law. Tobacco products requiring stamps include such items as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco, and packages of bulk tobacco. Products found during routine inspection not bearing the stamps will be confiscated. They may be redeemed […]