Miss Alabama Princess Camp

The Miss Alabama Princess Camp – for 27 young Miss Alabama aspirants aged 5 to 12 – was held June 27 and 28 at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and Miss Kelley’s School of Dance in Oneonta. Proceeds of $2,025 for the fundraiser went to Children’s Miracle Network, to be forwarded to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham. Shown are, back row […]

Convicted killer Gast released from prison

Nathan Gast, 36, formerly of Hueytown, was released from prison last week, following a Bessemer judge’s ruling vacating his life sentence, and re-sentencing him to time served – about 20 years. Gast was convicted in the 1992 beating deaths of two Blount County boys, Mollan Allen Eakes, 15, and Kevin Eugene Duncan, 14. The killings were committed by a trio […]

Ag officials host media day

Last month, the Blount County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) hosted a media day at the USDA Service Center in Oneonta. During the event, employees discussed the impacts of the organization and the steps that have been taken to reduce soil erosion, protect water quality, and solve other resource problems. These […]

Candidates vie to connect with Blount County

One of the amusing aspects of the election “runoff rally” at Oneonta High School last week was candidates’ efforts to “out- Blount-County” each other. First, one said he had spent more time campaigning in Blount County than anyone else. Another said he was born, raised, lives, works, and campaigns in Blount County. A third said he had coached and taught […]


COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL of BlountCounty presents classical guitarist JeffreyBianchi in concert Friday, July 11, 7 p.m.,at Lester Memorial Fellowship Hall.Admission is free. CITIZENS FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS TheOneonta Police Department is acceptingapplications for the class which will beheld Saturday, July 19, at 2 p.m. Seating islimited. Phone 625-4351 or visit thedepartment for more information. ONEONTA CITY BOARD OF EDUCATIONwill have a […]

Blountsville council rescinds rescission

The Blountsville Town Council Monday night rescinded the action it took in its June 16 meeting to remove the tax proceeds allocation formula from its liquor tax ordinance. Council member Dennis Beavers moved last night to accept the June 16 minutes, removing the last action item covered in the minutes, because it did not meet Alabama League of Municipality guidelines […]


Choose cotton Cotton is the fabric of our lives, and on July 15, voters can help support Alabama’s cotton farmers by voting “yes” on Amendment 1. Supporting the amendment would strengthen the state’s cotton industry by allowing farmers who grow the crop to enhance their current cotton checkoff program. Farmers fund the checkoff through a self-imposed fee farmers paid when […]

Information needed on hand-embroidered quilt

A quilt on display at the Blount County Memorial Museum is raising some questions. Currently on loan, the 6-by-6 square cream-colored quilt is hand-embroidered with names of Straight Mountain residents. Some have been recognized, while others have not, and those who loaned it to the museum are asking the public for their help in identifying some of those names on […]

Weather plays havoc with 2014 paving plans

Blount County’s 2014 paving schedule for county roads took a back seat to the whims of Mother Nature this year in three of the county’s four districts. Whereas in years past, districts normally were able to pave with tar and gravel five to 10 roads or road segments, averaging about 10 to 12 miles per district, this year only Commissioner […]

Alabama Guard Rail settles in Cleveland