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County bar association requests commission fund third judge

Attorney and president of the Blount County Bar Association Bill Burns asked the county commission in a presentation at Tueday’s work session to formally approve a plan to add a third judge to handle the increased caseload and resulting growing backlog in Blount County courts. The plan would involve substantial county funding of the normally state-funded position in the first […]

Oneonta approves funds for possible wet/dry vote

In its latest session, the Oneonta City Council voted to allocate $5,000 to cover costs of a proposed election on legalizing alcohol sales within the city. The council has yet to set any date for the discussed election, which appears at the moment in violation of existing state law. The request followed city manager Ed Lowe’s distribution of a 1988 […]

New rates for The Blount Countian

Effective this week, the cost of The Blount Countian has increased. The paper is now $1 each for vendor sales and new subscription rates are in effect, as well. The senior rate for the paper, available to those age 65 or older in Blount County, is now $25 per year. A new six-month rate for seniors has been added at […]

Chamber banquet set for March 19

The 30th annual Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Banquet will be held Tuesday, March 19, at World Outreach Center. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. This year also marks the chamber’s 30th anniversary. Featured entertainment this year will be gospel/country duet Ramblin’ Rows, featuring Blount Countians Scott Rogers and Tamra Alldredge. They will […]

It had to be done


First of all, let’s say this: We didn’t want to but we had to. Rates changed for The Blount Countian this week for the first time in seven years and only the second time in more than 20 years. We are in a difficult position here but it’s one we knew of going in and one that we accept. The […]

Mini storage vandalized again, suspect’s vehicle impounded

Seventy-one units at Whited Mini Storage in Oneonta were vandalized and/or broken into early Tuesday morning, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. While the suspect(s) were in the act, units arrived on the scene. A vehicle believed used in the incident was found on Sellers Avenue, and it has been impounded. Before the units arrival, items had been pulled […]

How much opportunity do we want children in Alabama to have?

Protect Alabama's College and Career Ready Standards

That fundamental question is now being posed to our Legislators as they consider two important bills about the standards that we will choose to accept for Alabama children. On the one side of this debate are American military and business leaders and educators who want to ensure a brighter future for our children by giving them greater economic opportunities in […]

A tale of two budgets


We in Alabama are only one of a handful of states that does not work off of one unified budget. We have two budgets. We have a General Fund Budget like all states. Then we have an Education Trust Fund Budget that obviously funds education in the Heart of Dixie. This includes K-12 and higher education. Allow me to go […]

Hayden woman charged in child pornography case

Rebecca Diane Ilarraza, 24, of Hayden, has been taken into custody for her alleged involvement with child pornography. She is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography and production of child pornography. As of Tuesday, Ilarraza was in the Blount County Jail with a $1 million bond, according to the Blount County District Attorney’s office. Ilarraza was initially […]