Weather watchers



Interest in winter weather has increased exponentially since last month’s unheralded winter storm. The proof was visible Monday in the Emergency Management Agency’s courthouse basement operations center, when a crowd of 30-odd officials assembled for the National Weather Service’s morning briefing. ‘It was the biggest crowd I can ever remember for a weather briefing,’ said EMA director Max Armstrong. Included […]

Commission appoints economic development council; tables Blountsville funding request



by Ron Gholson The Blount County Commission Monday appointed five members to the Blount County Economic Council executive board and announced nine more members appointed by various stakeholder groups. One representative remains to be appointed by members themselves. The Economic Development Council was formed as a non-profit corporation by action of the commission at its December 2013 meeting, when it […]

Oneonta sets date for wet/dry vote; hires new librarian



by Jim Kilgore The Oneonta City Council voted unanimously to set June 3, 2014, as the date for its first liquor legalization election. The scheduled vote, which presumes no lawsuits otherwise, follows months of legal wrangling which began after the last county-wide legalization vote in 2012. That vote saw opponents prevail in the county, but legalization advocates win in the […]

Active final week of qualifying adds one new local candidate, multitude for federal, state jobs



Last Friday, Feb. 7, the final day for qualifying for the June 3 primary election, a single additional candidate qualified for county office. Ten additional candidates qualified for two legislative jobs – five for each – one a state position and one federal. Kevin Price of Nectar qualified to run for Blount County Sheriff, bringing the number of candidates for […]

Investigator injured during Snead arrest



A narcotics investigator was taken to the hospital after attempting to arrest a man at Jack’s restaurant in Snead last week, according to Capt. Pat Thomas with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect, Shane Edward Smith, 34, of Snead, is in the Blount County Correctional Facility for 11 charges including second-degree assault, distribution of controlled substance, four counts of […]

President’s Day holiday to be observed Feb. 17



The Blount County Courthouse, state and local governmental agencies, many banks, and other local businesses that observe the State of Alabama 2014 Holiday Schedule will be closed Monday, Feb. 17.

Jefferson County needs to look at Blount



Recently, a front page story in The Birmingham News indicated an additional $5 fee is under consideration to shorten the lines and to speed up the process of issuing car tags at the Jefferson County Courthouse locations. This after several failed attempts to modernize and implement upgraded computer systems to handle what should be a simple process. In Atlanta where […]

Thanks to Rosa VFD



Being a bit stir crazy following the great snow of 2014, I decided to do a little work at our new home in Rosa. After building some storage shelves and emptying some moving boxes, I did what any red-blooded American man would do – I piled the boxes and wood scraps in the pasture and set them ablaze. Within minutes, […]

Grateful for assistance



On the day of the big snow two weeks ago, my wife had a doctor’s appointment in Oneonta. By the time she was out of the doctor’s office, snow had covered the roads. We live on Skyball Mountain in Nectar, and were unable to get up the hill on Ala 231 going out of town. We stayed one night at […]

Body found in burned-out house on Moman Road



by Nicole Singleton Authorities have confirmed a body was found in a burned-out house on Moman Road in the Snead area Saturday night. According to Blount County Coroner John Mark Vaughn, the body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy and official identification. Snead Fire Department received the call at approximately 9:30 […]


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