A salute to Veterans

In its sixth year, the Blount County Veterans Parade offered a salute to those who have served our country, including, from left to right, Col. Wayne Bynum, World War II veteran Wayburn Hudson, 1st Sgt. Ellis Reid, Maj. Kevin Reid, and Command Sgt. Maj. James LeCroy. On Saturday, 71 participants ventured down the streets of Oneonta in admiration of all […]

Breast cancer luncheon recognizes survivors

Last Wednesday, those affected by breast cancer and other ladies from the community gathered at a luncheon hosted by Heritage Golf in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month. The ongoing event celebrated its eighth year with close to 100 attendees, according to Heritage event coordinator Noval Hudspeth. Hudspeth said the goal of the luncheon is not only to […]

Court sanctions right to vote in local wet/dry referendum

Judge Steven King of the 41st Judicial Circuit (Blount County) on Friday ruled unconstitutional a law excluding Blount County municipalities of 1000 or more from the right to vote on legalizing alcohol sales within their jurisdictions. The ruling clears the way for qualifying municipalities in Blount County to schedule such referenda at their discretion, barring an appeal overturning it. Oneonta […]

Snead delays decision on bereavement leave

The Snead Town Council postponed action on possible changes to its employees’ bereavement leave policy. Councilors have discussed changes since police Chief Phillip Weaver broached the question of what he perceives as an inequity in town practice over the matter Town policy sets aside two days of leave for employees experiencing death in their immediate families. A controversy arose over […]

County offices up for grabs in 2014

Following is a list of county offices and two locally-oriented state offices that will be on the line in the primary election on June 3, 2014, and, if opposed, in the general election on Nov. 4, 2014. This is the first in a series of articles The Blount Countian will provide as the 2014 election cycle approaches. State and national […]

Oneonta has talent!

The Halloween haunted house at the Oneonta Public Library was so well done, clever, and imaginative. Thank you to those who put so much thought, planning, and work into it. It is so nice to live in a town that does so much for its citizens. In our Veterans Day parade, my husband represented the Merchant Marines, and it was […]

It happened at the Marsh family reunion

On Sunday, October 20, a whole bunch of Marshes met to celebrate the 71st annual Marsh family reunion at Palisades Park. Lots of folks have passed away, and lots of little ones are coming on that I don’t even know. The last member of my daddy’s generation died recently. If my daddy, O.B. Marsh, was still alive, he would have […]

Guilty verdict and Casey to be profiled for national show

NBC Dateline will produce a two-hour show on the cold case murder of Desta Byrd of Bibb County and Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey’s role in the prosecution. A Bibb County jury on Friday afternoon found Jody Byrd, of Centreville, guilty of murder in the 1999 shooting death of his wife, Desta Byrd. Casey had been appointed as special […]


The Hope House requests that individuals or groups wishing to ask questions or support the children’s Christmas drive with toys, clothing, or money should call the agency’s main number 625-4673. Do not use the other phone number provided in last week’s article in The Blount Countian. It should not have appeared in the article.

In Alabama, we love our military

Alabama is without a doubt one of the most heavily-laden military employee states in the union. In fact, if you took the federal military employment and automobile manufacturing employment out of Alabama we would be decimated. When the federal furloughs occurred recently it had a profound affect on Alabama. When the furloughs hit, more than 20,000 Alabama workers, mostly civilians, […]