2013 property tax notices mailed; protest deadline July 5

On June 4, the Blount County Board of Equalization mailed a Notice of Value to all county property owners whose property increased in value over the last year. Values are set and based on the annual sales ratio study performed by the Alabama Department of Revenue. Individuals whose property remained the same or decreased in value were not notified, but […]

Glimpses of a Swingin’ Fling

Not to bog you down with details, June Fling was a $3,500 success this year, with an estimated crowd of 4000 to 5000. Entertainment was a highlight of the day, the new cafestyle tables and food court arrangement was a hit, and organizers said the outcome was gratifyingly smooth, with few complaints and even some accolades. Mark your calendar for […]

New coach named at Southeastern


Drew Barnett was officially hired as the new football coach for Southeastern School at Monday’s meeting of the Blount County Board of Education. Barnett, a native of Florence and a graduate of Rogers High School, was an assistant coach at Locust Fork last year and had previously worked as an assistant at Hueytown. He will also be teaching social studies. […]

Cleveland police officer injured in wreck

Part-time Cleveland police officer and Highland Lake chief of police Scott Kon was injured Sunday when his police car hit a culvert, flipped, and came to rest in the Cleveland Auto Parts parking lot on Ala 231, according to Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones. “He is recovering in the hospital, but he told Cleveland Fire Chief Steve Pass that he does […]

OPD officer recovering at home after accident

After undergoing surgery to repair his fractured vertebrae, Oneonta police officer Tommy Herd is recovering at home, according to Oneonta assistant Chief Judy Underwood. Last week, while assisting the Blount County Sheriff’s Department and the Blountsville Police Department, Herd was injured during a pursuit of suspects in west Blount County, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. Herd wrecked near […]

Thank you

On behalf of the Beautification Committee and cemetery owner Greg Long, I would like to thank everyone who visited Blount Memory Gardens on our scheduled Decoration weekend. For those who were unable to visit but had the Gardens in your thoughts and prayers, thank you, too. To be able to witness and share how much community and family support has […]

County commission considers Palisades Park property purchase

The Blount County Commission held a hearing last Thursday to provide for public input in connection with its proposed preapplication for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to purchase a tract of land contiguous to Palisades Park property. The hearing was necessary to meet a “preapplication” deadline of May 31 to apply for the grant. The report of the […]

The Legislature and the business of education


The 2013 legislative session has come to an end. Our Legislature, both the House and Senate, is Republican controlled. In fact, both chambers have super Republican majorities. They were elected in 2010. Therefore, this is the third year of their fouryear reign. The GOP holds about a two to one advantage in both the upper and lower chambers. This will […]

Farmers Market open for business

Despite the never-ending cold and rainy weather that seemed to haunt farmers this year, Janet Dooley and Tammie Gulley, along with four others, set up their stands Tuesday at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center Farmers Market. Dooley says even though only six farmers currently have items for sale at the market, more than 20 have already reserved spots for […]

Expanding Horizons summer camp registration now open

After receiving a $90,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Blount County Education Foundation now has three years of funding for Expanding Horizons, a program that provides summer library access and camp opportunities for students in all grades. Registration for the program is now open. “This generous grant from the foundation has secured this program through 2015 […]