Tragedy on the river

The body of 19-year-old Allysa Huffstutler was pulled from the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River last Friday, two days after she disappeared while tubing with friends. Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington defined the event as “a terrible accident.” Huffstutler’s uncle, Larry Staton, described her as a free-spirited, loving girl, who loved her family and enjoyed outdoor activities. “I’d […]

Safety in the sun

Haskell Hulgan knew something wasn’t right. He had been hot before, but this feeling was different. “Everything went black and I went blank,” Hulgan, of Holly Pond, recalls. Hulgan, 74, remembers that one time in Hueytown when he was out cutting firewood and the heat got to be a little too much to handle. “I was by myself, and I […]

Personnel issues dominate Oneonta council session

In a session delayed for a week, the Oneonta City Council addressed several personnel matters in its most recent meeting. Councilors hired Curtis Alexander for a position as a public works maintenance employee. Members also added Andrew Gargus as a part-time firefighter. Councilor Tonya Rogers noted the city had intended that Gargus, who had previously resigned a full-time position, continue […]

Otelco emerges from brief bankruptcy with no impact on local service

On May 24, 2013, Otelco Inc., headquartered in Oneonta, announced that it had emerged from bankruptcy and completed its balance sheet restructuring process, including a significant reduction of its remaining debt and an extension of its senior credit facility to April of 2016. The remaining balance on the loan is $133.3 million. A senior credit facility is a secured loan […]


Newman to fill vacant seat

During the Blountsville Town Council meeting on Thursday, Larry Newman was voted in unanimously to the seat left vacant after the death of Gary Shelton last month. Newman says he was a friend of Shelton’s for 25 years, and the two would often talk about Shelton’s plans for Blountsville. “Gary was a good guy who knew a lot, and he […]

Music on the porch

It’s been a year of firsts throughout 2013 and we are excited to introduce another new chamber event… Music on the Porch! The front porch of the old L&N Depot will serve as a beautiful backdrop for an afternoon of music, food and fellowship as we celebrate this amazing county we call home. Stop by from 5 p.m. to 7 […]

Temporary cure for shingles

If you are over 50 and have had the chicken pox, the chances are 1 out of 3 you will get shingles at some point. So far, there is no known permanent cure for shingles. I have had shingles five times in the last 12 years. The first time, my doctor recommended the $121 shot to prevent shingles from recurring […]

Missoula Children’s Theater + Community Arts Council = Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Venture into the Black Forest with Snow White and her friends this Saturday, when a cast of thousands of local students (well, more than 50 anyway) under the guidance of Missoula Children’s Theater directors, bring you Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. An original musical adaptation of the classic tale, the performance should thrill audiences of all ages. The local […]

Vandalism at Oak Hill Cemetery

Commission considers CDBG, disaster grants in public hearing

The Blount County Commission Thursday considered applications for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and a disaster recovery grant, both requiring a public hearing as part of the qualifying process. Disaster recovery grants relate to damage to public property, including roads, directly resulting from the April 2011 tornadoes. CDBG grants are competitive grants that relate to improving public infrastructure (primarily […]