Balloon release commemorates National Adoption Day

The balloon release yesterday is a precursor for National Adoption Day on Nov. 17, but it’s more than that. It calls attention to another successful season with adoptions of nine children in Blount County finalized for fiscal year 2012. Blount County Department of Human Resources in partnership with Alabama Post Adoption Connections, the City of Oneonta, and Blount County representatives […]

Symbol of a brewing controversy

Skinner Road, a quarter-mile stretch of county road off Elvester Road in west Blount County, serving half a dozen rural homes, symbolizes a brewing controversy and impending clash in Blount County Circuit Court between logging/forestry/landowner interests statewide and locally and the Blount County Commission. The controversy was stoked recently by a letter sent by the Alabama Forestry Association to many […]

Mark your calendar

Several events will be held in Blount County in the coming weeks

The 4th annual Dawg Daze, hosted by the Oneonta Business Association, will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning at 9 a.m. in downtown Oneonta. Local shelters, groomers, and pet vendors are invited to exhibit. Bring your pet for a relaxing day out or enter your pooch in one of several contests, including most talented, best looking, best dressed, and most […]

Blount County official general election results

Blount County sent 24,198 voters to the polls in the Nov. 6 general election for a total turnout of 74.5 percent of 32,497 active registered voters in the county. That compares to a statewide turnout rate of 72.5 percent. Below is a final summary of county vote totals for the Nov. 6 ballot.

No suspect named in window shootings

The Oneonta Police Department is investigating three incidences involving windows being shot out, including multiple windows at the old Bargain Town building, a car window by the Oneonta Library, and a storm window at a residence in Eastwood. Police are currently exploring leads in the case. A 19-year-old male is in Blount County Jail with no bond after being charged […]

Celebrate public education

READERS WRITE The 90th annual American Education Week is this week, through Nov. 16. This presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. The theme of this year’s celebration, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” reflects our vision of […]

Education matters

an “edu-torial” for parents on what’s happening in education around Alabama

Editor’s note: Larry Lee led the study “Lessons Learned from Rural Schools” and is a long-time advocate for public schools. He continues to observe and comment on developments in schools and classrooms around Alabama. He is a former Chamber of Commerce breakfast speaker on the subject “Education Precedes Prosperity.” On a Thursday night while millions were watching Vice-President Joe Biden […]

What now?

The day after the wet/dry vote in our county, I challenged “Keep Blount County Special,” and its supporters, both churches and individuals, on Facebook to answer some questions: The wet vote in Blount County was successfully voted down by playing on unfounded fear of church members and spending close to $100,000 to advance campaign efforts. Please tell me and the […]

Election recap


The 2012 Presidential Election is now history and nothing has changed. There is absolute status quo in Washington. You have the same president, the same Democratic majority in the Senate, and the same Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. That, my fellow Alabamians, is a recipe for continued gridlock. Our federal government has to find a way to […]

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