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, […]

Blount County’s first-ever Rodeo Queen Contest set for this month

During the 32nd Annual Blount County Pro Rodeo at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center, the winner of the first-ever Blount County Rodeo Queen Contest will be announced giving her the chance to participate in the Miss USA Rodeo pageant in Las Vegas. However, these pageants involve more than just smiling while walking across a stage. This contest involves a written […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian March 13, 1991

Newly organized environmental group pleads for protection of river Representatives of a new environmental group being organized pleaded with Blount County Commission Monday to consider alternate sites for the regional sanitary landfill Browning Ferris Industries proposes to build at Lehigh. The recent organization of Friends of the Locust Fork River was prompted by Birmingham Water Works and Sewer Board’s announcement […]


Panthers win county tournament

You can never have enough pitching, is the old adage in baseball. That proved to be true again last week as the Cleveland Panthers got strong pitching to win both of their games in the Blount County Tournament. Scores Locust Fork 11, Hayden 4 Susan Moore 10, Appalachian 2 J.B. Pennington 10, Locust Fork 2 Hayden 5, Appalachian 4 Susan […]

Six plead guilty

According to a press release from the District Attorney’s office, Jeffrey Gallimore, 24, of Cullman, pled guilty to second degree sodomy and admitted to engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a child younger than 16 but older than 12. He will serve 13 years in the Blount County Jail and is required to register for life as a sex offender. […]

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