Redskin duo nominated for Back and Lineman of the Year

Oneonta’s Alvin Scott and Blake Bean have been nominated for Class 4A Back and Lineman of the Year, respectively, by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). The pair helped to lead the Redskins to a 14-1 record and a runner-up finish in Class 4A. Other nominees are Jordan Chunn (Madison County) and Tobe Pee (Sardis) for Back of the Year […]

2012 one for the books for politics and controversy

The article below summarizes headlines throughout the year for 2012. It covers events of the year as they appeared, edition by edition, in The Blount Countian. Only the highlights were selected and the choices were somewhat subjective. The emphasis is on major public affairs matters, although some important cultural and athletic events are included. If it seems there’s an over-representation […]

No decision yet on Mitchell appeal, counsel says

Greg Reid, legal counsel for former county administrator Ralph Mitchell, said he and his client have not met to discuss a possible appeal to the Circuit Court of the Blount County Merit Board’s recent decision upholding Mitchell’s Aug. 21 firing by the Blount County Commission. Reid said they have 30 days from the time of the merit board’s Dec. 21 […]

Michael E. Graves candidate for District 11 state representative

ELECTION PROFILE The following is the first of a series of five profiles on the candidates for the District 11 state House of Representatives seat. Profiles on the remaining three Republican candidates and the one Democratic candidate will appear in the following weeks. The primary election date is Feb. 12, 2013. In Blount County, District 11 includes the precincts voting […]

‘We’re in the business of making people better’

Since August, when registered nurse Michael Mosley began working as the director of office operations at Amedisys Home Health in Oneonta, he has been consistently reaffirming his staff of their potential. No matter how many times he cheered them on, he says what sealed their belief in themselves was being named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite by […]

A last look at Alabama politics


by Steve Flowers As we begin the New Year, let us take one last look back at the 2012 presidential year in Alabama politics. Our forefathers must have been clairvoyant to perceive that we in the Heart of Dixie would be more interested in state and local politics than presidential contests. Unlike many states, who elect most of their officials […]


ONEONTA LICENSES DUE The 2013 City of Oneonta business licenses are due by Jan. 31. Business licenses renewed after Jan. 31 are subject to additional penalties. Oneonta City dog licenses are due by Jan. 31 and require proof of current rabies vaccination. The fee is $5 if paid by Jan. 31. If paid after Jan. 31, the fee is $30. […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian January 6, 2010

Citizens gather to protest Warrior tax ordinance A crowd of more than 200, with what appeared to be that many or more vehicles, swarmed the area around Logan’s General Store Saturday afternoon to attend a rally protesting what many of them consider a “tax grab” by the town of Warrior. The group stood in 30-degree weather for almost an hour […]

Happy 75th Birthday

Mom, you have been the most influential person in our life, we appreciate all the sacrifices you have made for all of us. You have all the qualities that makes wonderful Christian woman, a great mother and grandmother, and also a greatgrandmother, you fill so many roles. For all your loving kindness and you ask for nothing in return, God […]

Hornets come up short at Corner; Lady Hornets win DAR Tournament


The Locust Fork Hornets held off the hosts 58-55 in the first round but couldn’t do the same in the finals of the Corner Christmas Tournament as Mortimer Jordan rallied for a 44-42 victory over the Class 4A No. 10 Hornets. Blue Devil point guard Mark Louis hit a pair of free throws with 28 seconds remaining to put Mortimer […]