Altoona provides West End Elementary with SRO

Altoona Mayor Rick Nash didn’t see another option. One officer patrolling three different schools almost 10 miles apart wasn’t acceptable. West End Elementary needed a full-time school resource officer (SRO). “That’s our children,” Nash said. “We had no choice.” After the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, Altoona Police took immediate action to ensure an officer was stationed at West End Elementary […]

Quilt features county covered bridges

The county’s four historic covered bridges are the focal point of the Blount County Quilters Guild 2013 fundraiser quilt, which is on display at the Blount County Memorial Museum through the month of January. The quilt will be given away at the Guild’s annual quilt show during the Covered Bridge Festival. The Log Cabin Star quilt was constructed and handquilted […]

Blount County Commission starts year with full agenda

The Blount County Commission’s first business meeting for 2013 was an unusually busy one, both for length and significance. Key highlights included votes to advertise for a county administrator to fill that job vacancy, accepting road paving schedules from three districts, requests to the county legislative delegation for assistance in passing three local laws, and other resolutions. Operating without a […]

Randall Shedd candidate for District 11 state representative


This is the third of five profiles of candidates running for District 11 of the state House of Representatives. Four are Republicans. One is a Democrat. District 11 includes about onefourth of Blount County, lying along its northern and western boundaries and extending toward the center of the county. The District 11 vacancy was created when former State Rep. Jeremy […]

All’s quiet on Mitchell front as appeal deadline approaches

As the Jan. 21 deadline approaches, no definite decision has been made on whether to appeal the Blount County Merit Board’s ruling to the Blount County Circuit Court in the matter of the termination of former county administrator Ralph Mitchell, according to his attorney Greg Reid. Mitchell’s employment as county administrator was terminated by the Blount County Commission on Aug. […]

Chamber Luncheon next week

The Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that the inaugural Chamber Luncheon is scheduled for next Wednesday, July 23, at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage Golf. A complimentary lunch will be served at noon followed by a 30 minute-program that will be presented by executives with the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA). Chamber director Donny […]

Grant possibilities discussed at HARPO meeting

by Nicole Singleton Last Tuesday, Laurel Land and Marshall Farmer from the Heart of Alabama Rural Planning Organization (HARPO) met at Oneonta City Hall with local groups to discuss grant possibilities for Blount County. Discussion centered on the Appalachian Regional Commission Grants administered by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham. The community planning assistance grant is geared to assist […]

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Wet weather brings down tree


The 14th annual General Robert E. Lee birthday observance will be Monday, Jan. 21, at 11 a.m. in front of the Blount County Courthouse. Guest speaker will be Gary Carlyle, Commander, Alabama Sons of Confederate Veterans, and Karla Horton will sing. After the program, the group will lunch at The Busy Bee in Allgood. For more information, phone R.C. Smith […]