Bird’s-eye view

Alcohol opponents deplore loss

Reacting to the loss of the wet/dry referendum in municipal elections in Oneonta and Blountsville, Keep Blount County Special leaders Larry Gipson and Glenn Bynum were especially disturbed by the revenue projections from alcohol sales announced by Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe before the election. They said Lowe stated in a TV interview before the election that the city expected […]

Rundown on local runoffs

Three local runoff elections are of special interest to Blount County as a result of the June 4 Republican primary. Three additional state offices will also appear on the July 15 runoff ballot. District 3 commission race At the top of the list for local interest is the District 3 Blount County Commission race, featuring incumbent Dean Calvert against challenger […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSIONBULLETIN This week will mark the finalpass for Alabama County CommissionAssociation (ACCA)-designated contractors to pick up construction and demolition debris from road rights of way inareas affected by the April 28 storms.The last date to move debris to the roadside for pickup was Monday. ACCA contractor trucks will continue hauling for aslong as it takes to remove debris […]

DHR pushes for elder abuse awareness

On Thursday, DHR staff visited the Magnolia House in Oneonta with purple cupcakes and purple balloons to share with the residents, but it wasn’t for a party – it was for awareness. June 12 was designated as Elder Abuse Awareness Day for Blount County – it is recognized nationally on June 14. For the past few years, Blount County DHR […]


Personal note... Reflections on runoffs

Nothing in the history books will ever mark the coming and going of the night of June 28, 1994. But I will always remember it. Because it was the night I stood in a parking lot in Dothan and held my 72-year-old mother as she sobbed, “It’s just not fair” over and over. Just like 2014, 1994 was an election […]

Cottage Food Law requires safety training

A new law, the Alabama Cottage Food Law, allows anyone to sell nonhazardous foods made at home directly to consumers. Foods specified include cakes, cookies, dried herbs, jams, and jellies. BUT…individuals preparing these foods are required to attend a food safety course, according to Auburn University food safety specialist Dr. Jean Weese. “This food safety course, required by the Cottage […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, June 19, at 10a.m. at Catfish Cabin Restaurant in Albertville. Mary Cook,a Minnie Pearl impersonator, will be the entertainment. BLOUNT COUNTY REPUBLICAN MEETING will be Thursday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Frank Green Building. STRAIGHT MOUNTAIN SENIOR CITIZENS meet on thesecond and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 10 a.m. atMountain Pointe […]

Washburn to attend…

teacher boot camp

This Sunday, Locust Fork Elementary teacher Sara Washburn will be getting into conversations about conservation at Honeywell’s award-winning Green Boot Camp, a five-day workshop designed to help teachers learn how to incorporate “green” ideas into their lesson plans. “Conservation and sustainability is the future,” Washburn says. “We have only one planet Earth, and I hope to learn how to teach […]

Funding formula cut from liquor ordinance

The Blountsville Town Council voted 3-2 Monday night to remove a funding formula addendum from the ordinance regulating sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the town. Council member Kenny Mullins, who made the motion to remove, suspend, or eliminate the addendum, said the proper description of the council’s action was that they voted to “put on hold” the funding […]