Rogers leads Birmingham Veterans Day Parade

Lt. Col. Tonya Rogers, an Oneonta city council member, served as the grand marshal during the Birmingham Veterans Day Parade on Monday. “It’s humbling when you’re riding along and you see all of these veterans on the sidewalks saluting you,” Rogers said. “You see the look on their faces and it’s different from the others in the crowd.” Rogers is […]

Oneonta progress group back in action after alcohol ruling

The race to legalize the sale of alcohol in Oneonta has been a slow-paced marathon for the members of A Better Oneonta, a progress citizens group led by Richard Phillips, Lisa Wester, and Bonnie Peavy. “It’s time for this to happen,” Phillips says. “It’s time for this city to have this as an economic aid, it’s not necessarily the answer, […]

Work session focuses on economic development

Economic development wasn’t on the Blount County Commission work session agenda Thursday, but it was perhaps the major subject of discussion. That sometimes happens at work sessions: citizens raise issues. It began early in the meeting, right after the library report, when Hayden Mayor Larry Armstrong addressed the commission saying the county had been “called out” by Gov. Robert Bentley […]

A silent bus says a thousand words

The road from Appalachian to Courtland isn’t a short one. Especially for teenage boys. In a cramped bus. On the way to one of the biggest football games of their lives. Yet, they remained focused and headstrong on the two-plus hour drive to the town in the northwestern part of the state. The Appalachian Eagles (5-3) began their journey to […]

Mt. High service area gets ISO upgrade

Fire Chief Bob Sanford of the Mt. High Volunteer Fire Department said last week that the ISO rating for the department and for the area it serves has been upgraded to a 5/9. The previous rating was 6/9. The new rating is based on a Public Protection Classification (ISO) survey done on the Mt. High department in June this year, […]

Standridge appointed to House Judiciary Committee

State Rep. David Standridge of Hayden, representing District 34 encompassing two-thirds of Blount County, has been appointed to serve on the Judiciary Committee, Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard announced last week. The appointment will take effect for the 2014 legislative session, set to convene on Jan. 14, 2014. The committee routinely handles bills dealing with Alabama tort laws, […]


In last week’s article, “2015 Blount County Calendar in the works,” Harlon Wilson was misidentified. His name is Harlon Wilemon.


The fight against underage drinking

In recent years, there has been significant emphasis on warning people about the dangers of texting and driving and rightfully so. The number of accidents caused by texting is alarming. However, the primary culprit for accidents among young people is still underage drinking. Surveys reveal that 40 percent of Alabama students in grades 9-12 have had one or more drinks […]

Meet Mike Crawford, as election cycle 2014 kicks off

Other municipalities mull alcohol ruling implications

Oneonta isn’t the only municipality affected by the recent court ruling paving the way for alcohol referenda in Blount County. All municipalities in the county with a population of 1000 or more qualify to hold a municipal option election if requested to do so by petition of at least 30 percent of citizens voting in the last municipal election. Affected […]