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AHSAA reboots system

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) reclassifies and realigns every two years and this year’s changes are some of the biggest ever. Gone is the six-classification (1A-6A) system. In comes the first major change in the AHSAA’s structure since 1984 with the addition of a seventh class. The new 7A comprises the 32 largest schools in the state. The […]

Blount County graduation rates above state average

For the second year in a row, Blount County schools reported an 83-percent graduation rate, which is above the state average of 80 percent, according to Blount County secondary curriculum coordinator Stoney Beavers. “I think we are at a great place compared to the rest of the state and where we have been in the past,” Beavers said. “Of course, […]

Murphree qualifies as Beason withdraws; three more qualify for county jobs

State Senate District 17: Sen. Scott Beason announced Friday he will not seek a third term in the Alabama Senate. District 17 includes northern Jefferson County, the southern twothirds of Blount County, and the western portion of St. Clair County. Beason said in a prepared statement that he plans to continue to promote the conservative principles he was associated with […]

Blount EMA commends area residents for actions during snowstorm

Last week’s snowstorm may have come as a surprise, but Blount County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director Max Armstrong said the residents of Blount County did well at taking care of their own during the winter weather event. “Calls for service were less than expected,” Armstrong said. “Taking care of yourself and your family is the norm for Blount County.” […]

Extension granted for January tag renewals

According to Blount County Revenue Commissioner Gregg Armstrong, the Alabama Revenue Commission has authorized an extension of time for renewing January 2014 motor vehicle registration for counties whose courthouses were closed as a result of the winter storm of Jan. 25-28. People whose last name begins with A or D have through Feb. 10, 2014 to renew without penalty.

Secret to schools’ snowstorm crisis response: cooperation

Former county leader Charles Carr had a favorite dictum, pronounced at least once a month at every Chamber of Commerce breakfast, “By working together, we make an already very good community even better.” It isn’t heard as often these days, but never was the proof of that pudding more apparent than last Tuesday, when multiple agencies and volunteers came together […]

Area tournaments this week

The high school basketball regular season has ended and area tournaments will be held this week. Unfortunately, only three Blount County teams (the girls of Appalachian, Oneonta, and Hayden) won regular season titles and will host area tournaments. All of the other tournaments will be outside the county this year. The Cleveland boys tied for the 3A Area 9 title […]

Players of the Year announced

The Oneonta Redskins have dominated 4A football for the most part for the last three years. After a pair of runner-up finishes in the 4A title game, the Redskins broke through this year with a 28-10 victory over Charles Henderson in December. It was the school’s first title since winning Class 3A in 2004 and the first championship for the […]


ONEONTA 3- AND 4-YEAR-OLD TBALL REGISTRATION has been extended through Feb. 14. The child must be at least 3-years-old as April 30 to play. For more information or to register, e-mail or call 205-446-8691. BLOUNTSVILLE YOUTH BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL REGISTRATION will continue through Friday, Feb. 14. Players (ages 4-12) may register at the Blountsville Town Hall from 8 a.m. […]