Redskins head to the Plains

Oneonta to meet UMS-Wright for 4A title

For the second year in a row, the Oneonta Redskins are in the 4A title game. Oneonta will meet UMS-Wright out of Mobile for the 4A title this Friday morning at 11 o’clock. The Bulldogs are the champion of Region 1, the same region as Jackson, the team that defeated the Redskins in last year’s title game. The Redskins are […]

Merit board hearing resumes; no dice on settlement

The Blount County Merit Board hearing in the matter of the firing of county administrator Ralph Mitchell remains in abeyance this week as the merit board struggles to find a hearing date that meets the schedules of all parties. The board had proposed continuing the hearing on Friday, Dec. 7, according to merit board chairman Bill Newman, but all parties […]

Oden resigns as state representative; another election looms for Blount County

District 11 State Rep. Jeremy Oden, representing about a third of Blount County in its northern and western areas, resigned from office Monday to accept an appointment to the Alabama Public Service Commission effective Dec. 3. Gov. Robert Bentley will call a special election to fill the District 11 seat. The election timeline will be announced as soon as it […]

Oneontans call for right to vote on alcohol sales

by Ron Gholson Richard Phillips, Bonnie Peavy, and Lisa Wester addressed the Oneonta City Council at its regular meeting last week, asking that city residents have the opportunity to vote on legalization of alcohol sales. Speaking first, Phillips noted a majority of the city’s voters, along with voters from other municipalities in the county, expressed their preference to legalize alcohol […]

Changes coming Jan. 1 for license plates, tag renewals

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013 all vehicle owners must show proof of liability insurance along with their driver’s license when requesting a license plate or renewing registration on vehicles at the courthouse. That means they should present both their insurance card and driver’s license at the courthouse window when registering or renewing registration on vehicles. The insurance card or other proof […]


District 34 State Representative runoff election set for Dec. 11 The election to determine who will represent the majority of Blount County for the next two years in the state House of Representatives will be next Tuesday. The choice is between former Probate Judge David Standridge and Hometown Bank marketing executive Chris Latta. The runoff follows a short campaign characterized […]

The wrong page 8

This week, readers will notice that there are almost twice as many obituaries as normal. Due to an error last week, the main obituary page was not printed. Instead, readers were treated to what I guess we will have to call a major computer error. Somewhere between our offices and the offices of our printer, the original page 8 (which […]

Map showing Alabama House of Representatives

District 11, split between Blount, Cullman, and Morgan Counties. The Blount section incorporates the U.S. 231 and Ala 79 corridors, including Summit, Blountsville, Cleveland, and surrounding areas, and the area bounding the Locust Fork River from county 26 north.


BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet today at 8:30 a.m. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY will offer a class titled “E-reader Help” on Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. The one-hour class will teach the basics of E-readers and how to check out books with the Overdrive system at the library. Phone the library at 274-7641 with questions. ‘HANSEL AND GRETEL’ DATE CHANGE […]


The resurrection of Roy Moore

The Roy Moore victory continues to reverberate throughout the state. Whenever the subject of politics comes up it is the first subject of conversation. Undoubtedly it is the political story of the year. Moore’s amazing resurrection triumph was astonishing. He was written off as an “also-ran” candidate after dismally losing two races for governor in the past four years. Moore […]