Ludwig settling in as Blount County Arc director



Chris Stewart, executive director and CEO of The Arc of Jefferson County, says the success Natalie Ludwig has had in the last 10 years with their organization led her to become the director of the Blount County division of the Arc of Jefferson County. “She started working for the Arc in 2003 as a behavior analyst and has excelled in […]

Oneonta hires police officers, maintenance employee



The Oneonta City Council hired three new employees among other actions taken at its meeting on May 25. Kenneth Evans and Nathan Trimble were both unanimously approved for employment as part-time police officers. Both men are Alabama Peace Officer Standards and Training (APOST) certified. Kevin William Mc- Han was approved as a full-time maintenance employee in the public works department. […]

‘Touch a Truck’ day at Oneonta Public Library



To kick off its summer reading program this year, Oneonta Public Library staged a special day last week to appeal directly to childrens’ imaginations and to lure them to the library’s environs. Strewn across the library parking lot in a heavy-duty receiving line were seven major trucks: an Oneonta Fire Department pumper truck, a bobcat, a front-end loader, a road […]

Snead resident continues campaign to enforce town nuisance ordinance



Speaking for a second consecutive month, resident John Seaton called on the Snead Town Council to force owners to clean-up unsightly and potentially dangerous sites on their town properties. Citing additional information from his prior visit, Seaton referred to a 2006 town ordinance addressing nuisances. Seaton distributed photographs to the council and read names and addresses of property owners for […]

County contracts with firm to address HVAC failure at jail



The Blount County Commission at its June business meeting Monday moved to address a partial cooling system failure at the Blount County Correctional Facility. Due to a failure of one of the two chillers in the system, it is operating at only about one-half capacity approaching the summer peak-load season, according to jail administrator Capt. Mack Kent. The commission voted […]

Thank you



On behalf of K-9 officer Tommy Herd and family, I would like to thank everyone who prayed, visited, called, and sent flowers or food during his hospital stay and surgery. A special thank you to the FOP, city councilwoman Tonya Rogers, councilman Tim McNair, deputy chief Judy Underwood, OPD, 911 dispatcher Patty Mahan, officer Wes Buchanan, Bill Barnett, and Tommy’s […]

OBA appreciates support



On behalf of the Oneonta Business Association, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the Seventh Annual June Fling such a success. First of all, big thanks to all the people who came out and supported the event. Special thanks to Mayor Ross Norris and the City of Oneonta, and Chief James Chapman and the Oneonta Police Department […]

Snead votes to raise water, sewer rates



In action at their latest meeting, the Snead Town Council voted to raise water and sewer rates effective in August. Councilman Jack Freeman introduced the topic by citing rising costs the town faces for its utilities department. In his remarks, Freeman noted the town has voted to borrow $350,000 to help pay for water and sewer expansions. He explained that […]

Chamblee Cabin dedication set for Sunday



This Sunday, members of the Blountsville Historical Society will continue restoring the past at the Blountsville Historical Park, located on US 231. From 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., the group will host a dedication for the Chamblee Cabin with guest speaker Jack Chamblee, a descendant of the original cabin owner. The Isham Chamblee Cabin was built in the 1800s and […]

Hartley book signing at museum on Friday



Carolyn “CJR” Hartley says if her book touches one life, she will consider it a success. “You Have the Power of Prayer,” is a look through the hardships and celebrations of Hartley’s life accompanied by a Bible verse with the lesson she learned from her experiences. “It is about the different things in life, and the simple things you pray […]


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