Oneonta School Board begins superintendent search, handles re-employment matters

The Oneonta School Board accepted the resignation of outgoing superintendent Scott Coefield Monday evening, and approved the hiring of Smiley Veal on an interim basis until a new superintendent is in place. Veal is a former superintendent of the Oneonta School System. The Board handled four other items of business: •approved Coefield’s personnel recommendations for the coming school year •set […]

Man arrested for soliciting 15-year-old

Billy Jason Rigsby, 36, of Altoona, was arrested May 14 and charged with electronic solicitation of a child and traveling to meet a minor for an immoral sex act, according to Gardendale police Detective Kyle Pannell. Rigsby had traveled to Jefferson County where he was arrested and authorities say he was there to meet a 15-year-old girl for sex. As […]

Bids awarded for Southeastern stadium

At a special meeting last week, the Blount County Board of Education awarded two bids in relation to the construction of the football stadium at Southeastern School. The base bid (seating) of $163,700 and an alternate (press box) of $56,000 was awarded to Stadium Pros of Oxford. Construction on the new stadium began earlier this spring and the facility is […]

Oneonta sets distribution formula for possible beer excise tax revenues

The Oneonta City Council voted in its latest session to allocate beer excise tax revenues by a 25/25/50 formula. Twenty-five percent of any revenues would go to the city school system, another 25 percent to public safety (presumed fire and police) and the remaining 50 percent to the city’s general fund. There remains considerable debate about the amount of revenue […]

Disaster Recovery Center set up at Oneonta Depot

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have opened a Disaster Recovery Center in response to last month’s tornado damage. The center is located on Ala 75 at the Oneonta Depot in the Oneonta Recreation Park at the Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce.The center will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., […]

Divided county

As we all know, the upcoming wet/dry referendum has been captivating the attention of not only the municipalities, but the whole county, and not without cause. If passed, this would change the face of our county. Proponents for the bill say that the sale of alcohol will bring major economic boosts to our community, while opponents argue that it will […]

How do you say thank you?

On March 28, a series of tornadoes ripped through Straight Mountain and the Highland Lake area. Homes and businesses were destroyed and hundreds of trees downed. Power lines and telephone lines were entangled in trees. Heavy rain fell in sheets and lightning lit up the sky. Not a nice time to be outside. But, many people were and on the […]


In the article, “Successful fundraiser for American Legion Post 2014,” Dave Carroll was misidentified as Joseph Roach.


Last week, in an article headlined “Social media triggers commission meeting outburst, exchange” and labelled “News Commentary,”The Blount Countian used the word “gadfly” to describe John Hedricks, who invariably attends commission meetings and is sometimes critical of its actions. Mr. Hedricks took exception to that word, as did others, he said. Perhaps the paper should have limited its description to […]

Crimestoppers program allows for texting option

Blount County Crimestoppers are evolving and embracing new kinds of communication options. “Text to Protect” is a new program that allows residents to anonymously text tips. The program, although available to everyone, is being marketed to students. All city and county schools were given posters to display in their schools detailing the program. The Discovery Middle School shooting in 2010 […]