Tire fire!

Firemen from the Dallas-Selfville Fire Department and a representative of Amerex Corporation prepare after dark to test an extinguishing agent on a scrap tire fire that began last Wednesday on County Line Road about a mile west of its junction with Ala 75. The massive column of roiling black smoke was seen Wednesday afternoon by observers as far away as […]

Alabama 160 project put on indefinite hold, Standridge says


The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has told county officials that the Ala 160 five-laning project has been delayed indefinitely. The information was relayed to county representatives by ALDOT director John R. Cooper in a meeting on Jan. 9, according to District 34 state Rep. David Standridge, who was present along with state Sen. Scott Beason, Commission Chairman Chris Green, […]

Finding our history

A department of the Blount County Courthouse has been compiling this area’s history since 1820. Dates, names, and records reside in walls of bound books, categorized documents, and copious amounts of newspapers. The archives department, located in the basement of the courthouse, is open to anyone who wants to research and delve into this county’s past. An average of 40 […]

Hinton Mitchem, long-serving senator for county, dies at 74

Former Sen. Hinton Mitchem, who served in the Alabama Legislature for more than three decades, died last Tuesday, Jan. 22, following complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 74. Before his retirement in 2010, Mitchem had been elected nine times to the Alabama Legislature – one term in the House of Representatives, and the remainder, more than 30 years, in the […]

Severe weather bulletin for TODAY

A squall line is approaching from the west, expected to reach Blount County between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning. Damaging straight-line winds are the main threat, but isolated or single cell storms could produce brief tornadoes with little warning. Sustained winds in the 20-30 mph range are expected, with possibly higher winds at higher elevations. Residents are encouraged […]

Grateful to all


The Oneonta Foundation for Educational Resources (OFFER) is very grateful to all of the citizens of Oneonta and Blount County who made this year’s OFFER Christmas Home Tour a big success. First and foremost, sincere thanks go to the homeowners, Frank and Charlotte Langner, Brett and Daniya King, Neal Guthrie, and to the First Baptist Church of Oneonta for providing […]

Oneonta citizens working to legalize alcohol sales

Don’t throw away those alcohol-motivated political signs just yet. Oneonta residents may be staking their stance on the alcohol issue in their front yards again and sooner than some might think. A movement, headed by the group, A Better Oneonta, to hold an alcohol referendum for the city of Oneonta will be a hot topic in the coming months. A […]

The year of reckoning is upon us


The state is now two months into the 2013 fiscal year. This is the year that all financial experts pointed to as the year of reckoning. It was postponed for three years because of the Obama administration’s federal deficit spending stimulus spree. This manna from heaven rained down on all of the states and allowed them to temporarily postpone the […]

Collins sentenced to life

Toni Michelle Collins, 36, of Marshall County, has been sentenced to life with the possibility of parole, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Collins plead guilty to a lesser charge of murder in exchange for testifying against Thomas Doyle Crowe, 34, of Blount County. Crowe and Collins were arrested for the murder of Marvin Allen Dailey, 71, a […]

‘A little convenience store but with good food’


Six months ago, Lorinda Kirby, manager of the Cleveland Chevron, received a small note with a drawing of a pie and a handwritten message stating, “Let me cook for you.” Accompanying the note was banana pudding, homemade cinnamon rolls, and homemade yeast rolls – successfully displaying Ruth Whitworth’s ability to cook. Whitworth was hired almost immediately and has been serving […]