Redskins reign



The Oneonta Redskins took out two years’ of Super Six frustration on Charles Henderson with a dominant 28-10 victory in the 4A championship game at Bryant- Denny Stadium last Friday in Tuscaloosa. After finishing as runner up in 2011 and 2012, Oneonta jumped out to a 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game and never trailed in claiming […]

Voting districts for state Legislature change in 2014



Blount County’s voting districts for state representative change considerably in 2014 from the districts that have been in effect for the past several years. State Senate districts also change, but not as extensively. They will be treated in a subsequent issue of the paper. In previous years, Blount County has been divided between two House districts. As a result of […]

Alcohol opponents appeal court ruling sanctioning referendum



Keep Blount County Special spokesmen Larry Gipson and Glenn Bynum – both intervenors in the lawsuit over the right of Blount County municipalities to hold a “wet/dry” referendum – announced last week they will appeal the ruling in that case to the Alabama Supreme Court. Both men are local Baptist preachers. Blount County Circuit Court Judge Steven King ruled Nov. […]

Casey prosecutes murder case featured on Dateline



This Friday at 7 p.m., Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey will be featured on Dateline NBC. Airing on Channel 13, the Dateline episode will focus on a murder case in Bibb County that dates back to 1999. Casey was assigned to the case as a special prosecutor in 2012. Dateline was already interested in the case prior to the […]

Commission creates Blount County Economic Development Council Inc.



The Blount County Commission Monday unanimously passed a resolution sanctioning the formation of a non-profit corporation to handle economic development related activities in the county. It is to be called The Blount County Economic Development Council Inc. By the same vote, the commission endorsed a 10-page advisory draft of articles of incorporation for the entity, thus taking two significant steps […]

Literacy Council fund named in honor of Bob Bynum



Last week, Blount County Literacy Council president Mitchie Neel, right, announced the creation of The Bob Bynum Literacy Fund and presented a plaque commemorating the event to his wife, Linda. Neel noted his commitment to the Literacy Council. “Bob was a remarkable man who led us for so many years so tremendously and diligently,” she said. Linda accepted the plaque […]

To quit or not to quit



The year 2013 could be called the year of the quitter in Alabama politics. We have seen some high profile and significant political resignations during the year. The parade of departures began with 1st District Congressman Jo Bonner. He served 10 years as the coastal Mobile/Baldwin Counties’ representative in Washington. He left Congress and doubled his congressional pay to take […]

Grant winners announced



On Thursday, Blount County Supt Jim Carr, along with other members of the Blount County Education Foundation, announced the classroom grant project winners. According to Mitchie Neel, Foundation executive director, this year was the first time more than $100,000 has been handed out in connection with the classroom grant project to Blount County teachers. The foundation awarded 107 grants to […]

Prepping for the parade



From the Archives

The Blount Countian December 15, 2004

Redskins dominate fourth quarter to take 3A title Trailing Winfield 21-7 and facing fourth-and-nine from their own 42-yard line early in the fourth quarter, the Oneonta Redskins needed a play. Who better than Miguel Hurtado to deliver? Redskin quarterback Brody Cornelius was flushed out of his pocket to the right and appeared to be ready to run when he spotted […]


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