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Agri-Business Center to host Career Expo



Today, more than 700 10th-grade students from across Blount County will travel to the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center for the second-annual Career Expo. The expo is intended to offer an opportunity for Blount County and Oneonta City School students to speak with local professionals about their careers. Prior to last year, Hayden High School counselor Karron Standridge had always planned […]

Scenic overlook, pedestrian walkway in the works for old U.S. 231 river bridge



The Blount County Commission voted Monday to apply for an Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Alternative Program Grant for $400,000 to convert the old U.S. 231 bridge over the Locust Fork River at Cleveland into a tourist destination. Closed to traffic when the new ALDOT bridge was completed just a stone’s throw away downstream, the bridge would be converted into […]

Oneonta announces approval of new subdivision



City administrator Ed Lowe announced the prior approval of the Greystone Gardens subdivision at the Oneonta City Council’s latest regular session. Lowe speculated that the new subdivision represents the first in more than four years. He envisioned that a good sign for the area and its economy. In discussion with The Blount Countian after the meeting, he offered that he […]

Blount County Commission District 3 profiles



Three candidates are running for the position of District 3 county commissioner. Incumbent Dean Calvert, running for a second term, faces two challengers, both Oneonta businessmen: Pat Bryant and Pat Hyde. All are Republicans. No Democrats qualified to run for the job. District 3 comprises about one-quarter of Blount County, lying along the eastern boundary of the county, adjacent to […]

Pat Bryant



Age: 39 Born in/resides in: Born in Oneonta, resides in Oneonta Family details: Married to Lisa Elrod Bryant with four children: Kala, 26; Kara, 21; Levi, 20; and Jayse, 8 Education: Graduated Appalachian High School 1992. Attended Wallace State Community College. Graduated Jefferson County Sheriff’s Academy, 1999. Graduated Calhoun Community College 2007 with barbering degree. Work background •worked in road […]

Dean Calvert



Age: 47 Born in/resides in: Born in Ashville; resides in eastern Blount County Family details: Married to Sheila Calvert with three children: Chris, 23; Kourtney, 19; and Gracey, 9 Education Graduated Appalachian High School, 1986. Attended Wallace State Community College. Graduated Alabama Local Government Training Institute (for county commissioners) at Auburn University, 2012. Work background•worked for Advanced Glass Co. after […]

Pat Hyde



Age: 43 Born in/resides in: Born in Jefferson County, resides on Straight Mountain Family details: Married to Jill Bellew Hyde with two children: Anna Grace, 16; and Landon, 9 Education Graduated Appalachian High school, 1988. Studied business administration at Wallace State Community College, 1989-1991. Work background•1992-1993 – worked at Miller Drug Co.•1993 – purchased medical supply business fromMiller Drug•1997 – […]

Vehicle set on fire in Sand Valley



A truck parked at a residence in Sand Valley was intentionally set on fire, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. The incident, which occurred Sunday at approximately 1 a.m., is currently under investigation and Chapman says leads are being followed in the case. The truck belonged to the owners of the residence. Chapman says those in the house were […]

Veterans receive free Korean War books




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