Dr. Bice visits Cleveland Elementary

Cousin of Ebell Road victim indicted for murder

Kenneth Owen Whited, 58, of Oneonta, has been indicted on seven counts in connection with the death of his cousin, Donald Clayton Whited, 66, who was found dead in his burnedout home on Ebell Road in January, according to officials. Kenneth was booked into the Blount County Correctional Facility on March 17 after he was indicted for the following charges […]

Reward doubled for information on murder

The body of Rhonette Harris Lyles was found in February in her burned-out home on Moman Road in Horton. The original reward amount of $10,000 has now been doubled after an anonymous donation, according to the Blount County District Attorney’s Office. The $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons connected […]

Negative political signs mysteriously appear, disappear

Political signs bearing a negative call to “Vote No” for Blount County Sheriff candidate Kevin Price were posted at several conspicuous locations in the county over the last couple of weeks. They began to disappear from those locations in the Oneonta area over the weekend, though one remained late in the day on Ala 75 across from Jack’s Restaurant in […]

Final four of eight candidate profiles


Eight candidates – seven Republicans and one Democrat – qualified to run for the Sixth District U. S. House of Representatives seat that went up for grabs when Rep. Spencer Bachus announced last fall he would not seek re-election. The last four of those candidates, taken alphabetically, appear in this edition. The three Republicans are Gary Palmer, Hoover; Robert Shattuck, […]

Gary Palmer

Age: 59 Born in/resides in: Born in Haleyville; resides in Hoover Family details: married to Ann Cushing Palmer, with three children: Claire, 26; Kathleen, 23; Rob, 20 Education Graduated Hackleburg High School. Attended Northwest Alabama Junior College, 1972-1974; graduated The University of Alabama with bachelor’s degree in operations management, 1977. Attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary (Birmingham) 1987-1989; honorary Work background•1971-1976 […]

Robert Shattuck

Age: 67 Born in/resides in: born in Bryn Mawr, Pa.; resides in Mountain Brook Family details: married to Fiona Coyne Shattuck with two children: Connor, 28; and Thomas, 24 Education Graduated Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio. Attended Bucknell University and Dartmouth College, graduating with bachelor’s degree in 1969. Law degree from Harvard Law School in 1972; postgraduate degree […]

Tom Vigneulle

Age: 52 Born in/resides in: born in Birmingham; resides in Wilsonville Family details: married to Ginger Vigneulle with three children: Thomas Ray, 24, and twins Joy and Judy, 21 Education Graduated Briarwood High School. Attended Liberty University Work background •traveled during college years as sound man for Liberty Baptist Church Singers •after college, returned to Birminghamand worked in research and […]

Aver y Vise

Age: 51 Born in/resides in: born in Geneva; resides in Maylene Family details: married to Julie Stephens Vise with three children: Cooper, 16; Sarah, 13; and Henry, 12 Education Graduated Central High School, Tuscaloosa. Graduated Georgetown University 1985 with bachelor’s degree in government and history. Postgraduate work in market research applications and methods at Burke Institute in Cincinnati, 2011 Work […]

Employee arrested for stealing county money

JoAnn Green of Blountsville, a county employee who worked in the revenue office at the Hayden satellite courthouse, was arrested March 22 for the theft of $2,798.30 in tax proceeds there in November of last year. She bonded out of the Blount County Correctional Facility on March 23. The bond amount was $5,000. The incident had been the subject of […]