2013: a ‘tumultuous’ year in Blount County

With apologies to Probate Judge/Commission Chairman Chris Green for highjacking his word, but he hit the nail on the head: it was a tumultuous year in Blount County, especially in the political arena. We review a selection of the top 10 major news stories of 2013. Several “honorable mention” stories, most representing a single event, complete the review. Most are […]

Bean selected finalist for Lineman of the Year

“We learned our lesson last year,” said one head coach about Oneonta senior defensive lineman Blake Bean. “We avoided him and if we did run to his side we had two (blockers) assigned to him.” Bean was named a finalist for 4A Lineman of the Year by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA). It is the second year in a […]

Sewer grant administrators named, employee calendar set

The Oneonta City Council named Insight Engineering as the project engineer for its utilities board sewer expansion and frequently-used contractor Community Consultants Inc. as grant administrator for the project. The expansion comes through grants from CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) and ADECA (Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs) and will serve predominately lowand moderate-income customers. In other action, councilors […]

Page named Firefighter of the Year

have been surprised when he found out he was the 2013 Firefighter of the Year, but Chief Arthur Willis was not. “I’ve been around firefighters for 26 years, and in my book, Zach is what a firefighter should be – physically, mentally, intellectually,” Willis said. Page, a 2010 Oneonta graduate, said he first became a firefighter because it provided a […]

Baldwin named Police Officer of the Year

Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman said many officers in his department exhibit exemplary skills, but going that extra mile proved to be the difference for Jimmy Baldwin, who was named police officer of the year. “The qualities Jimmy possesses are possessed by others in this department. All have initiative and drive, but Jimmy has that little bit extra,” Chapman said. […]


THIS AND THAT FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER invites residents to consider a gift to the organization. Visit flfr.org and click “join” or “donate.” Contributions are tax deductible and benefit the all-volunteer, membership organization. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY will have a “Manga Party” Saturday, Jan. 4, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Teens can draw their favorite Manga character and […]


A quiet 2014 for state races With each passing day it becomes less likely that Gov. Robert Bentley will get any serious opposition in his re-election bid. We are only five months away from the June 3 GOP primary and it would be very difficult for someone to mount a significant challenge to the popular incumbent in that time span. […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian January 5, 2010 Special Needs Foundation disburses over $375,000 With renovations at the Cleveland workshop building leading the way, the Special Needs Foundation of Blount County (SNF) reported spending over $375,000 in the past fiscal year on Arc (formerly Association of Retarded Citizens) services. Arc of Jefferson County, which administers Arc services in Blount County, purchased the […]

Lady Wildcats win title

The Hayden Lady Wildcats got a huge game from senior forward Katie Parr and knocked off region foe Mortimer Jordan 42-38 in the championship game of the Hayden Christmas Tournament Saturday night. Parr dominated the paint and finished with 21 points and 23 rebounds against the Lady Blue Devils. Sophomore guard Sharley Miller drained a 3-pointer with just 23 seconds […]

NEWS briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY MEMORIAL MUSEUM Residents are asked to submit recipes for possible inclusion in a cookbook to be published by the Blount County Historical Society. Recipes should be submitted no later than Jan. 7, 2014. Mail to the museum at P.O. Box 45, Oneonta, AL 35121. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Phone 625-6905. MIDDLE ALABAMA […]