Mission Neighbor

of Jesus should “go and make disciples of all nations.” (NIV) But, that includes our own nation, and for the youth group at Grace Baptist Church in Snead, the go wasn’t far – it was in their own community. “Every year we go with World Changers, but last year while on a mission trip in Kentucky, I felt God calling […]

Oneonta renews tax collection contract service

In its most recent regular session, the Oneonta City Council voted to renew its tax collection contracts with Revenue Discovery Systems. City manager Ed Lowe had advised the council that the city technically has four contracts with the system: sales and use, rental and lease, lodging, and revenue discovery. The four renewals were approved in one motion. Oneonta businessman Clyde […]

Final five

named for superintendent

At a special meeting last Thursday, Oneonta City School Board members received recommendations for five candidates for superintendent to replace Scott Coefield who resigned May 31 to take a job as superintendent of Pelham City Schools. The five candidates recommended by the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB), hired by the Oneonta school board to conduct the search, are presented […]

Commission approves funding for Economic Development Council

The Blount County Commission, by means of a unanimous resolution, approved initial funding of $15,000 for the Blount County Economic Development Council in its monthly business meeting Monday. The action follows the commission resolution of Dec. 9, 2013, creating the council and the filing of a Certificate of Formation for the council with the state about three months later. The […]

Football… in July?


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meettomorrow, July 17, at 10 a.m. at TheCatfish Cabin in Albertville. Guestspeaker will be George Jones, amotivational speaker, ofAlbertville. Phone 256-891-1113for more information. ONEONTA CITY BOARD OFEDUCATION will have its regularboard meeting Monday, July 28, at5:30 p.m. in the PD Room. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORKRIVER will meet Saturday, July 19,at Tonka in Cleveland, at 9:30 […]

Bryson retires as system financial officer

The Blount County Board of Education accepted the retirement resignation of longtime chief financial officer Marcena Bryson at last week’s meeting. Bryson, who has spent 24 years as the system’s director of funds, will remain on the job through the end of July. In other personnel matters, the board accepted resignations from Hayden High English teacher Chaney Bowers; Hayden Middle […]


Last week in the article on the release of Nathan Gast, convicted in the 1992 murder of Blount Count teens Allen Eakes and Kevin Duncan, The Blount Countian reported that Kevin Duncan caught a ride with Allen Eakes from the skating rink. The paper said that he called his mother to say he was coming home with his friend Allen. […]


LEWISBURG SCHOOL REUNION Relatives of anyone who attended Lewisburg School from 1893-1965 are invited to a reunion Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Fultondale Elementary School. Bring a snack and memories to share. HIPP AND MURPHREE REUNION will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Rock Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. For more information […]

Oneonta graduate dies in Northport

A 19 year-old died Sunday at his home in Northport possibly from drowning, according to a report from The Tuscaloosa News. Oneonta interim superintendent Smiley Veal confirmed the teen was a 2013 graduate of Oneonta High School. The body was taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy. Sgt. Dale Phillips of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide, […]