County delegation collaborating on economic development, other matters

Emphasizing their shared efforts, members of the Blount County legislative delegation are working in concert on a number of strategic issues affecting the county, according to a joint news release. The delegation is made up of state Sens. Scott Beason (Gardendale) and Clay Scofield (Arab), and state Reps. David Standridge (Hayden) and Randall Shedd (Fairview). Issues addressed by the delegation […]

Singing school tradition renewed at Cleveland First Baptist

Cleveland First Baptist Church, for the third time in four years, will offer a singing school for adults and children (first grade and above), beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3. The first session will last until 7 p.m., with supper provided by the church. The school will continue for the next four evenings, Monday through Thursday, from 6:30 […]

Teenage girl dies on soccer field

A 17-year-old soccer player died Thursday night after colliding with another player during practice, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis. Just before 8 p.m., the Oneonta Fire Department was called to the soccer field next to the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Upon arrival, a bystander was in the process of administering CPR before members of the fire department […]


Chamber discussion occupies commission work session

Flash back to the commission’s last budget meeting on Sept. 26. One of the commission’s most contested items was what to do about funding for the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce, with an allocation of $60,000 for fiscal year 2013. Cutting to the chase, the decision was made to agree to reduce the 2014 allocation to $50,000 in order to […]

Inaugural Hayden Celebration Day a success

Oneonta appoints and proclaims

The Oneonta City Council, in its latest actions, replaced city manager Ed Lowe on the Blount County- Oneonta Agri-Business board with local businessman Robbie McAlpine. Members also reappointed Ed Parrish to his slot on the board. Prior to the new appointment, Mayor Ross Norris explained McAlpine had expressed interest in serving on the board. City attorney Alex Smith read a […]

Councilor miscue leads to Snead council discussion

Alan Smith of A and J Steel Products opened the business portion of the Snead Town Council’s Sept. 23 session seeking clarification of how he could resolve a problem when his business encroached on town land. Smith explained that in the process of constructing a retention pond, he had used dirt and land not his. Council Jack Freeman interjected his […]

Veterans Day parade in danger of cancellation

During the Operation Grateful Heart meeting last week, members discussed canceling the Veterans Day parade set for Saturday, Nov. 2, due to lack of participation. “We just haven’t had the normal response,” said Operation Grateful Heart president Lester Hallman. Operation Grateful Heart began hosting the parade in 2007. That year, the parade boasted more than 100 entries. This year, less […]

Officials report progress on ATRIP road projects

special from the Blount County Commission ATRIP, the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, is making a $14.3 million impact in Blount County, and significant progress has already been made on 10 road projects throughout the area, said Blount County Commission Chairman Chris Green at a news conference Friday. “We want everyone in Blount County to understand the profound impact […]

Fall festival to help man’s best friend

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon until 8 p.m., Boogie Bottoms will be hosting a fundraiser benefitting Crossing Paths Animal Rescue. Many different activities including a zipline, cake walk, car show, moon walk, puppy kissing booth, games, face painting, balloonsculpting clowns, and concessions will be available. Last year, 850 dogs were adopted from Crossing Paths which is impressive considering the […]