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District 34 candidates vary widely in campaign spending

Campaign fundraising for the District 34 House of Representatives seat vacated by Elwyn Thomas on Aug. 31 varies widely among the six candidates running for the job, from a high of more than $20,000 to a low of $7,750. Two candidates have filed no campaign finance reports with the Alabama Secretary of State as of Tuesday morning, Oct. 16. Reports […]

Commission tackles several major subjects in work session


Last Thursday’s commission work session was remarkable for it’s quantity. With more than 50 agenda items, it was about about twice as long as normal. But it was even more remarkable for quality – the quality of interest conferred on the meeting by its guests and delegations – individuals Scott Coefield, Supt. or groups who of Oneonta City appear before […]

Oneonta adopts liquor ordinance ahead of vote

The Oneonta City Council unanimously adopted a liquor ordinance intended to severely restrict liquor sales within the municipality. Mayor Darryl Ray and councilors have frequently noted that they have no intention of permitting “bars” or public advertisement of liquor sales within the city limits and its jurisdiction. Prior to the regular meeting vote, the council held a public hearing on […]

Covered Bridge reopening ceremony set for Oct. 22

The Blount County Commission Monday approved the date of a dedication ceremony celebrating the re-opening of Easley and Swann Covered Bridges. The time is Monday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. at Swann Bridge. Many of those who have had a stake in the preservation of the historic structures will be present. Others wishing to attend must approach the bridge from […]

Sad anniversary

On the two-year anniversary of my daughter’s death due to complications from preeclampsia, I would like to inform mothers-tobe of this condition that can sometimes be fatal. Preeclampsia is a condition that only occurs during pregnancy after the 20th week. The exact cause of preeclampsia is not known, and only occurs in a small percentage of pregnancies. Risk factors include […]

Let’s raise our own money

The no side on the alcohol sales issue says that Blount County will lose $400,000 from the ABC Board if we go wet. Well, here’s the fact, we will lose that money anyway due to the state’s ongoing budget woes. The state troopers, state prisons, ALDOT, as well as DHR and the Department of Mental Health all can use that […]

Forged signatures

Mine and my family’s signatures were forged on a petition. After a phone call from a friend who is on the Keep Blount County Special committee informing me that our signatures were on the petition, I was outraged that this could happen in our little corner of the world. I contacted the probate office and spoke with Chris Green regarding […]

Impressive county

We would like to congratulate Blount County on raising over $132,000 during the annual Radio-thon for the Education Trust. We work for the American Federation of Teachers Alabama and have only recently been assigned to your system after spending several years in another county. If you don’t know this already, let us assure you – you have a lot to […]

Covered Bridge Marching Festival big success

In October 1999, the Oneonta High School Redskin Band and band boosters sponsored the first Covered Bridge Marching Fest-ival. With the exception of 2006 (when our stadium was damaged by a tornado two weeks before the festival), we have continued to host high school bands from throughout the state as well as Tennessee, Mississippi, and Georgia. This annual event brings […]