Northern Beltline construction officially underway

Although contractors and subcontractors actually moved onsite in Palmerdale and began clearing and grading in late February, the official kickoff of the longdelayed Northern Beltline project was held Monday. More than 150 people, including Gov. Robert Bentley and an impressive array of local and state politicians, gathered at the beginning point of the 52- mile, $5.4-billion, 30- year-long project to […]


Don’t fall for ‘free food’ call in middle of the night

Citizens take warning about a recent telephone scam offering free food vouchers or coupons from Hope House. That caution from Hope House director Bud Jones. “It’s a scam pure and simple. Don’t fall for it,” said Jones, who heads the agency known for its extensive efforts to feed the hungry in Blount County. Jones said the scam was reported to […]

The gang’s MOSTLY here

Not all of them, but 22 of the 35 candidates running for Blount County offices, or for state and federal offices directly affecting Blount County, appeared and spoke at the political forum sponsored by the West Blount Chamber of Commerce, assisted by the Town of Hayden, which provided the venue at the Hayden Community Center last week. As you can […]

Blount County coroner profiles

Two candidates are running for the office of Blount County Coroner: incumbent John Mark Vaughn and challenger LaShone Price, owner and director of Snead Funeral Home.They faced each other once previously in the 2006 election for the same office. The salary for the position is $12,000 per year. It includes medical, but not retirement, benefits. The job is classified as […]

LaShone Price

Age: 41 Born in/resides in: Born in Boaz; resides in Snead Family details: Married to Mary Nicholas Price with one child, Mason, 17 Education Graduated Susan Moore High School; attended Wallace State and Jefferson State community colleges; onthe job professional training working with Blount County district attorney, law enforcement officials, first responders, EMTs, hospice, hospitals, and nursing homes; will attend […]

John Mark Vaughn

Age: 60 Born in/resides in: Born in Andalusia; resides in Oneonta Family details: Married to Debbie Marcum Vaughn with two adult children, John Eric and Rachel Leigh Morgan Education Graduated Oneonta High School, 1973; graduated Wallace State Community College with associates degree in criminalistics, 1983; graduated UAB with bachelor’s degree in math/science and criminal justice, 1995; received associates degree as […]

Fire district?

Why now and not before?

What if you were to dial 911 and nobody answered? What if your house is on fire and you NEED the fire department – and nobody comes? What if you were involved in a wreck and you’re injured and trapped in your vehicle and the ambulance service needs the fire department to extricate you, but they didn’t answer the call? […]

Oneonta native writes full-length musical

The idea first came to Kevin Roland in 2006 after listening to the song “Better Days,” by The Goo Goo Dolls. Now, eight years later, he has been given the chance to take this idea and bring it to an audience. Roland, a 2004 Oneonta High School graduate, will present his first musical, “Find A Better Day,” later this year. […]

Malone wins Blount County Children’s Center poster contest

Blountsville Elementary fifth-grader Parris Malone was recognized as the grand prize winner of the Blount County Children’s Center ‘Be a Hero – Stop Child Abuse’ poster contest last Wednesday. Malone received a $50 gift card and first place winners from each grade – kindergarten through sixth-grade – were awarded a $20 gift card. In total, 224 posters were submitted for […]

Old-time, live variety show makes comeback Saturday

REVUE! 2014

Revue! 2014, modeled on the old-time variety shows of yesteryear, will splash onto the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta High School. The program, similar to the Revue! of 2004 will feature a baker’s dozen of vocal and instrumental acts with all local talent (save one). Like its predecessor, the 2014 version is sponsored […]