State of the county: past and future



To get a sense of the state of the county after a tumultuous year, and where it’s poised to go for the year ahead, The Blount Countian interviewed Blount County Probate Judge and Commission Chairman Chris Green, whose job equates roughly to county chief executive. Green dealt mainly with four issues affecting county progress – issues that in one form […]

Susan Moore teacher arrested



A Susan Moore High School teacher has been arrested and charged with transmitting obscene material to a child, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Crystal Clowdus, 32, turned herself in Friday afternoon at the Blount County Correctional Facility. She has since been released after posting a $100,000 bond. Clowdus, who had been placed on paid administrative leave, was […]

UAB market analysis suggests areas for business recruiting



A major takeaway from the retail market analysis done by UAB for the the city of Oneonta was a detailed identification of business types and in some cases specific businesses that the market area would support, based on the magnitude of unmet demand projected. The analysis was an updated report on the Oneonta section (only) of a more comprehensive countywide […]

Jacobs reflects on title



The Oneonta Redskins proved that the third time can in fact be a charm in a dominating 28-10 victory over Charles Henderson in the 4A title game at Bryant-Denny Stadium earlier this month. After two straight trips – and losses – in the Super Six, the Redskins left no doubt. Charles Henderson rolled into the championship game with a 14-0 […]

Packages stolen in Oneonta



Last week, three separate incidents of delivered packages being or attempting to be stolen were reported to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman, and two reports were officially filed. On Tuesday, two suspects were attempting to take a package but left abruptly when someone walked up, according to Chapman, and on Thursday, $700 worth of packages were taken. “They were taken […]

County gets grant for 2011 storm damage



Gov. Robert Bentley last week notified Blount County Commission Chairman Chris Green that a $758,572 Community Development Block Grant for the county has been approved. The grant proceeds will be used to repair Maple Drive in Blountsville and a portion of Joy Road from Blountsville to the Skyball Road intersection. Both roads were significantly damaged by the tornadoes of April, […]

Those we lost in 2013



As the year 2013 comes to an end, as is our custom, we will reminisce and remember some of the great names of Alabama politics that have passed away this year. Former Supreme Court Justice John Tyson passed away at 86 at his Montgomery home. Tyson was a revered Montgomerian and a real gentleman. His best friend was Bubba Trotman […]

Oneonta Fire and Rescue brings training back home



From the Archives

The Blount Countian December 22, 2004

Royal receives early Christmas gift “This has been a dream accomplishment,” says Royal fire chief Greg Hamrick. “No one ever thought a department this small would be able to afford a brand new apparatus. However, with a great deal of assistance from FEMA and our legislators, we were able to get a grant.” The apparatus the chief speaks about is […]

Four Redskins named to All-State First Team



The Oneonta Redskins wrapped up the 4A title with a 28-10 victory over Charles Henderson High School earlier this month at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The members of the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) took notice and named four Redskins to the ASWA 4A All-State First Team. On offense, Brock Latta was selected as a receiver and Tyler Short was selected as […]


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