Balloon release brings awareness to elder abuse

As Marvin Foster watched the purple and white balloons fade into the distance, he had a few words of wisdom to share. “Look how far up they’ve got,” he said. “They just keep getting smaller and smaller and higher and higher. You know, I always stood by the motto that I would never get higher than picking corn or lower […]

911 Center awaiting winning bid to proceed

The bid for construction of the new 1,775-square-foot 911 Center will be awarded on June 28, with construction to begin soon after. Completion is expected by the end of the year, given reasonable weather and no unforeseen problems, according to 911 secretary/treasurer Brandon Horton, who has been involved in the planning process for the new facility since 2009. The 911 […]

Locust Fork man pleads guilty to sex abuse of children

Wade Andrew Underwood, Jr., 64, of Locust Fork, pled guilty to a 10-count indictment for sex crimes against children under the age of 12, Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey announced in a press release last week. Underwood was indicted by a Blount County jury in January 2012, and pled guilty on Thursday to all counts against him including four […]

Busy in the Bay

Hayden native stationed on Coast Guard cutter

Cody Bartlett says he is a homebody and misses his hometown of Hayden every day. But as a Mobilebased member of the United States Coast Guard, he hasn’t had much time to return home. Instead, he has remained busy with national newsbreaking events this year. After graduating from Hayden High School in 2010, Bartlett began college. Then, he got a […]

American Apparel facing possible shutdown

About 200 American Apparel employees at the Oneonta plant were laid off two weeks ago, according to plant manager Tom Reeves, who confirmed the layoffs as a result of The Blount Countian’s inquiry yesterday. The layoffs are considered temporary for the time being, he said, though he was not optimistic about prospects for employee recall. Only six to eight employees […]

Education Matters

Legislature’s ‘bold new steps’ in education: forward or backward?

It was exciting to read recently that one of the GOP leaders of the Alabama House said, “It is time to take bold, new steps and leave the broken status quo behind.” I could not agree more. Obviously Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education feels the same way. In fact, the statement of the legislator echoes what Bice said […]


Tackling the Internet tax

Alabama’s beleaguered budgets could receive some relief if Congress passes legislation to allow states to collect the online sales taxes due them. These are not new taxes. They are taxes being avoided and are already owed. It is simply a basic fairness issue. It is not fair that retail stores, who build buildings and hire employees, are made to collect […]

Evans family places flags in cemetery

Saturday morning, more than two dozen people gathered around the recently raised American and Air Force flags at Oak Hill Cemetery in Oneonta. “I have wanted to do this for more than 25 years,” said Harold Evans, an Air Force veteran and Oneonta resident. Evans was the powerhouse behind having the flags placed in Oak Hill Cemetery, and under the […]

Quilters Guild honors sustaining members

Wallace State golf team finishes seventh at national tournament