Retiring to the Open seas

For some, retirement leads to drinking sweet tea on the front porch, reading books poolside, or joining a knitting club. That lifestyle is not for Linda Williams. This year, she retired after 30 years at Cleveland High School as a librarian and now she’s moving on to her next position – first mate. In February 2013, Linda and her husband, […]


FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVERwill meet Saturday, July 19, at Tonka inCleveland, at 9:30 a.m. for a river tubefloat. Visit for details. NECTAR FOUNDERS DAYCELEBRATION will be Saturday, July 12,beginning at noon at the Nectar SeniorCenter. There will be a slideshow, storiesof pioneer families, horseshoes, sackraces, and horseback rides for the kids.Bring a picnic basket and enjoy freelemonade […]

First cartag kiosk

in state? In country? In world?

Officials observe while store employee Kaseie McCoy of Liberty renews her car tag on a first-of-its-kind remote computer kiosk installed at the We-Tote-Em Quick Stop in Blountsville. Looking on (from left) are Trent Kocurek of the consulting firm County Apps, council member Dicey Childers, Adam Aldrich (back row) of County Apps, Mayor Mike Glass, Probate Judge Chris Green, and Revenue […]

Stansberr y

named Susan Moore High principal

The Blount County Board of Education hired Mike Stansberry as the new principal at Susan Moore High School during Monday’s called meeting. He replaces Chris Pullen, who retired last month. Stansberry, 52, comes to Susan Moore after 16 years at Good Hope. A native of Good Hope, Stansberry taught at Good Hope Middle School and later served as the school’s […]

Snead moves forward on recreational matters

Despite the absence of councilman Greg Ogles, who coordinates council work with the park and recreation committee, the Snead Town Council authorized removal of seven trees and the trimming of others as needed around the town walking track. The matter had been under discussion previously and three sealed bids were received for the work. The council accepted the lowest bid […]

Blount Springs history book signing set for July 10

Author Greg Burden will be available on July 10 at the Blount County Memorial Museum from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. to discuss his book, ‘Blount Springs – Alabama’s Fountain of Youth.’ The book details Blount Springs history from 1810 – 1935 and includes information on how Davy Crockett came to be one of the first guests. Burden, who has […]

Plain talk

on spiders, snakes, and other critters

Right from the top – six rules to observe if you don’t like spiders, snakes, and other creatures of the pest and critter persuasion: • Don’t build your mansion in the middle of their mansions – or your home sweet home in cozy proximity to their home sweet homes – which is to say in or near expanses of fields […]

Crosscuts Salon and Spa open for business

A new beauty venue in Oneonta held its grand opening last week: Crosscuts Salon and Spa located on Railroad Avenue, next door to Clothing Care Cleaners, diagonally across from Klassy K-9/Sassy Kat. Owner-operator Elizabeth Alexander clamps down on the scissors, while operators Sharon Holland and Halley Feltman, standing beside her to the left, look on. Also present were Brodie Alexander, […]

Oneonta council makes appointments

In primarily a perfunctory session, the Oneonta City Council made two appointments and delayed a third seeking interested candidates. In the June 24 meeting attended by Mayor Ross Norris and councilors Hal Blackwood, Mark Gargus, Tim McNair, and Danny Robinson members: •named Andy Alexander to the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center Board, filling the unexpired term of Ed Parrish, whose resignation […]

Man arrested

in courthouse incident

A 67-year-old man from Highland Lake was arrested last Friday afternoon at the Blount County Courthouse following an incident in which he became loud and argumentative with clerical personnel while attempting to renew his car tag. Sheriff’s Deputy Lonnie Staton attempted to calm the man, but he remained loud and disorderly, according to authorities. Staton arrested the man at that […]