Unofficial results from Blount County precincts

President of The United StatesBarack Obama 2961 (12.32%)Mitt Romney 20,741 (86.30%)Virgil H. Goode, Jr. 59 (.25%)Gary Johnson 169 (.70%)Jill Stein 50 (.21%) Do you favor the legal sale and distribution ofalcoholic beverages within Blount County?Yes 11,427 (49.65%)No 11,587 (50.35%) 27 of 28 boxes counted

Remembering those who answered the call…

The theme of this year’s Veterans Day Parade was “Veterans are Unsung Heroes” and the crowds lining the parade route through the streets of Oneonta Saturday couldn’t have agreed more. With almost 70 entries, this year’s parade was the largest since the event was renewed five years ago. Bands from Cleveland, Locust Fork, Oneonta, and J.B. Pennington participated in the […]

Candidates look back on campaign, forward to runoff


by Ron Gholson The election for District 34 State Representative enters its final phase as the two highest vote-getters – David Standridge with 33.4 percent of the vote and Chris Latta with 22.8 percent of the vote – prepare to face each other in the runoff election set for Dec. 11. Third-place finisher Jim Murphree missed the runoff, with 22.4 […]

Merit board hearing set for next week on firing of county administrator

The Blount County Merit Board hearing for Ralph Mitchell, former county administrator fired by the county commission on Aug. 21, has been scheduled for Nov. 15 and 16 at 9 a.m. at the courthouse. At Mitchell’s request, the hearing is closed to the public. The hearing had been originally scheduled for Oct. 12, subsequently rescheduled at the parties’ request. The […]

Tax increase requested

ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION After a presentation by Supt. Scott Coefield, the Oneonta City Board of Education adopted a resolution requesting an additional 5 mills in ad valorem taxes. The increase in ad valorem taxes, more commonly known as property taxes, would result in an additional $50 per year on property valued at $100,000. The formal request was aproved […]

15th annual Agigaue auction on the 15th

The Agigaue Women’s Club annual main fundraising event will be held on Nov. 15. A silent and live auction will take place at Twin Oaks at Heritage. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. David Smith will be the auctioneer. Early tickets, available at the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and Blount […]

Police continue random business checks

A golden slip of paper, slightly bigger than a business card, can help catch criminals. For decades, the Oneonta Police Department has been randomly checking businesses throughout the night. Officers check doorknobs, windows, locks, and anything else that, if tampered with, might be an indication of forced entry. “If one little thing is out of place, you will see it […]

Protecting our roads

On October 18, 2012, I received a letter that was one of many sent to Blount County voters by the Alabama Forestry Association, which is an organization to protect loggers. The letter was received one day before the last election for State Representative. The letter was written in derogatory terms towards honorable men in Blount County. The Association letter claims […]

Busy time of year

Chamber update

As it has been for the past 29 years, the month of October marks the end of a very busy, event-filled time for the Chamber. This past month we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the first Chamber of Com-merce in our county. October also marked the 30th anniversary of the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce. We are very proud of the […]

Snead postal operators plead for town help

by Jim Kilgore Sisters Mistie Mashburn and Kristie Broom asked the Snead Town Council for assistance in maintaining the local postal center at last week’s meeting. The United States Postal Service (USPS) notified the two of plans to reduce their compensation for providing postal boxes and other services at their local pharmacy. Mashburn reported they had received a letter praising […]