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Fire and water department issues dominate Snead meeting

Residents of Mt. Carmel Road in Snead should soon have adequate water and pressure, following completion of a new tank and booster station. Many of the residents had appeared at council meetings several times last year, asking for a solution to those problems. The town had accepted engineer Robert Nelson’s proposal, borrowed money, and begun work on the new tank […]

Superintendent gives state of school address

Oneonta City Schools Supt. Scott Coefield delivered his state of the schools address to the Oneonta City Council at last week’s meeting. Among the statistics and plans, he identified three main needs: technology, facilities, and teachers. He noted that the system’s budget has no funds set aside for technology, an area Coefield has worked to address. He explained that the […]

Chamber develops action plan to address criticisms

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive board met on Sept. 4 and established an action plan to respond to criticism expressed at an Aug. 29 county commission work session on the subject of the chamber’s efforts relating to economic development in the county. The meeting was called at the request of county mayors to discuss the subject. Criticism at […]

Covered Bridge Players take the stage

There’s a new theater in town. Also a new community theater organization. The theater, with its new Covered Bridge Players sign, grandly opened last Sunday, at 413 C Sixth Street South (that’s U.S. 231 east) in Oneonta, in the blue metal building across from the Jet-Pep station. The theater is an intimate, 60-seat, “black box” theater. “How intimate?” you may […]


Red Alert!

Chronic manpower shortage now acute; many VFDs drastically undermanned by Ron Gholson In an article on Nov. 19, 2011, on the need for volunteer firefighters, The Blount Countian wrote: “As a group, Blount County’s 22 volunteer fire departments… are in trouble. They need citizen support – especially volunteers – they need it now, and if they are to function effectively, […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat September 21, 1983

Morrison’s Food Services coming to Blount Memorial Hospital Blount Memorial Hospital has contracted with the Morrison’s Food Service of Alabama, Inc. chain in providing management services for its cafeteria and dietary facilities. Under the contract, Morrison’s will supply a food services manager, as well as offer the benefits of its group-purchasing power. Hospital administrator Tom Hackney told members of the […]

Six plead guilty

The 28-year-old man arrested for the 2010 robbery of the Dollar General on Ala 160, pled guilty to 1st degree robbery, according to a press release from the Blount County District Attorney’s office. Wearing a mask and armed with a handgun, Thomas Richard Betts, of Hayden, stole $2,083 from the store’s safe and attempted to steal a vehicle belonging to […]

Panthers put down Bulldogs

The Cleveland Panthers got off to a slow start before burying visiting Ashville in the second half for a 29-0 victory last Friday night. Cleveland’s only points of the first half came early in the second quarter when Peyton Gilliland found a seam and raced 77 yards for a touchdown. Gilliland broke loose for a 34-yard touchdown run in the […]

Redskins roll past Hornets

The visiting Oneonta Redskins used solid defense and just enough offense to take a comfortable 38-6 victory over Locust Fork last Friday night. Actually, you can add one more factor into Oneonta’s win – a big play from the special teams. The big crowd at Gary Pate Field had just settled in when Oneonta’s Rashad Roberson fielded the opening kickoff […]