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Sixth graders integrate geography during World Math Day

Answering questions in literal split seconds has become muscle memory for Arturo Rico. For one minute, his eyes almost never leave the computer screen as his fingers quickly tap correct answers. In the last few seconds, he edges out his competitors for first place and answers 70 questions correctly. Too bad. He didn’t beat his highest score of 74 correct […]

Superintendents comment on education legislation

In the wake of public concern over two education bills making their way through the Alabama Legislature, The Blount Countian asked both county school superintendents to comment on the bills: (1) the Alabama Accountability Act, providing for school choice and associated tax credits for families of children opting out of “failing schools,” and (2) a bill to repeal Alabama’s 2010 […]

Of Wagons and Buicks

Commission chooses county administrator; considers interim resolution for additional judge

by Ron Gholson The Blount County Commission voted unanimously at its Monday business meeting to offer the job of county administrator to Zac Marsh of Locust Fork. Initial salary was set at $55,000 annually. Marsh holds dual degrees in accounting (2010) and finance (2011) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The effective date of employment is April 1, subject […]

Chamber announces more service award winners


The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce announced two more service award winners for the upcoming chamber banquet March 19. The banquet will be held at World Outreach Center at 6 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. Tickets are available for $25 apiece or $200 for a table of eight at the chamber office at 274-2153. The Charles Carr Volunteer of […]

The year Alabama Legislators took over the schools

My father grew up poor and never finished high school but was incredibly resourceful. He did his own plumbing, wiring, and construction. But on occasion, Dad’s chief asset became a liability. So confident was he in his ability to fix things that he refused to admit he didn’t know everything. That is a good description of the new Republican Legislature. […]

One jailed for manufacturing in Oneonta

As of Tuesday, a 28-year-old Oneonta man was in custody at the Blount County Jail on a $30,000 bond for manufacturing 2nd. The Oneonta Police Department received an anonymous tip suggesting the investigation of a nearby apartment, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. The police gained consent from the apartment owner to search the residence and remains and components […]


BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will welcome Congressman Spencer Bachus for the monthly luncheon on Monday, March 25, from noon till 1 p.m. at Twin Oaks. This month’s luncheon is sponsored by HomeTown Bank.

BP trial has begun


The much anticipated BP trial began Feb. 25 in New Orleans. British Petroleum faces billions of dollars in civil claims resulting from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Alabama will reap a bonanza, which will go primarily to our beleaguered General Fund. To his credit, Attorney General Luther Strange has taken the helm of the legal battle […]

Three-peat for Blount County Fair

For the third year in a row, the Blount County Fair received the Grand Champion Award from the Association of Alabama Fairs. “It is tough to win this award in consecutive years because other fairs start gunning for you by stepping up their game,” said Keith Hamby, Blount County-Oneonta Agri-business Center director. “We knew that going into the 2012 fair, […]