Fun at the Fling

June Fling draws big crowd; Singing Showdown winner crowned

The first-ever Singing Showdown during the Oneonta Business Association’s June Fling drew a crowd on Saturday. Twenty-five contestants took the stage and four reigned supreme by the end of the day. Brittany Poe Teeter, of Graysville, was named the winner, Lacey Whitefield, of Attalla, was second; Addison Nolen, of Oneonta, finished third; and Cody Johnson, of Altoona, was fourth. “This […]

District 3 commission race goes to runoff

After four provisional ballots were addedto the tally for the Blount County District 3commission race, a runoff was created outof what had been Dean Calvert’s thin, twovote majority margin when regular andabsentee ballots were counted. Of the fourprovisional ballots cast in the race, threewent to Pat Hyde, one went to Pat Bryant,and none went to Dean Calvert, producingthe following final […]

Special prosecutor appointed

A special prosecutor has been appointed by Attorney General Luther Strange to pursue investigations conducted by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation (ABI) in 2012, concerning missing drugs and money at the Blount County Sheriff’s office. Sheriff Loyd Arrington said he requested ABI to conduct inquiries on two separate occasions – one in September 2012 and another in early 2013 – […]

Alcohol sales approved in Oneonta and Blountsville

Hopefully, no one believed restaurants and beverage stores would appear overnight in Oneonta or Blountsville after both municipalities voted last Tuesday in favor of alcohol sales. However, talks have begun. Wednesday morning, Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe was already on the phone with representatives of three new restaurants and an Alabama Beverage Control (ABC) store after a city council meeting […]

Time for a change

As you might have already noticed, we’ve decided to shake things up a bit. The new masthead and new front page are just the beginning. Throughout the rest of this issue, you’ll notice bolder print and, hopefully, a layout that is easy to read and follow. If you like it, let us know. If you don’t like it, let us […]


Paving roads means replacing some mailboxes

Paving roads with federal funds – the source of Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) funds – means meeting federal standards for highway safety, and that means bringing mailboxes and other roadside structures into compliance before county ATRIP roads are paved. That was the subject of considerable discussion Monday at the June meeting of the Blount County Commission. Those […]


BLOUNTSVILLE YOUTH FOOTBALL AND CHEERLEADING REGISTRATION will continue through June 20. This is for players and cheerleaders in kindergarten through sixth grade and registration will be taken at the town hall, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. First-time players must bring their birth certificate. Blountsville Park and Rec will also be accepting applications for coaching positions. For […]

All state

teams announced

The Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released the all state teams for high school baseball and softball last week and several athletes from the county were named. Two players from Oneonta’s quarterfinal baseball team were named to the first team while two more were named honorable mention. Redskin junior centerfielder Luke Wall and senior second baseman Hunter Musso were each […]

Redskin 12-U All stars

The Oneonta Tomahawks 12-U all star team participated in the District 4 ARPA Tournament, where they were awarded the ARPA Sportsmanship Award. The team’s performance in district play earned them a spot in the ARPA State Championship, where they made it to the Elite 8. Pictured from left: Kayleigh Jennings, Gracean Bittle, Laura Blakely, Kira Byers, coach Nate Butler, assistant […]

The Edge wins state