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Cleveland authorizes wet/dry referendum

The Cleveland Town Council voted unanimously last Thursday evening to authorize a municipal option (wet/dry) election on Nov. 4 to determine whether to allow the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages within the town limits of Cleveland. Voting in favor of the resolution were council members Eldridge Bynum, Sherry White, Doug Hill, Tommy Swindle, Glenn Puckett, and Mayor Jerry Jones. […]

Commissioners state road budget positions

Following an acrimonious exchange of opinions in an Aug. 7 budget meeting over how to divide the road budget among Blount County’s four districts, commissioners worked through a pleasant and largely uneventful meeting a week later – without, however, addressing the seeming impasse on how to split the nearly $2.6 million pot of gasoline tax road money at stake. (Ed. […]

Salaries of interest to Blount County citizens

In this article are annual salaries of elected Blount County government officials, along with annual salaries of certain other employees holding public jobs. Not all are employed by county government, but all receive at least part of their compensation from taxpayer funds. In a separate category are jobs headquartered in Blount County but paid by the state of Alabama. The […]

Snead personnel issues take much of latest meeting

The Snead Town Council approved continuing education and training classes for several of its employees in its most recent meeting. Members agreed to fund additional awareness and operations pumper classes for their volunteer firefighters. Fire Chief Lee Netherton sought approval, envisioning that the $66.50 per person for the class and text would exceed his authorized $300 limit for training classes. […]

Place 4 candidate profiles

Six candidates are running for two spots on the Oneonta City Board of Education. The election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 26. This week, Place 4 candidates are featured; Place 2 candidate profiles appeared in last week’s issue. Visits for those profiles. If necessary, a run-off is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7. PATRICK ADAMS Age: 47 Family: wife Mary […]

Amusement found in budget article

I read with amusement the article in last weeks paper titled Dispatch from the Budget Front. A writer can make an article appear any way they like depending on how they use words,numbers or a lack there of. In the article it stated District 1 had received over a period of time an amount of $77,000 a year more that […]

Get ready for the Cruisin’& Croonin’ event next week

The Oneonta Business Association will host the Classic Cruise-In Cruisin’ and Croonin’ event Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in downtown Oneonta. The Crossroad Cruisers will be showcasing their classic cars and trucks while attendees are encouraged to shop, eat, and enjoy live music provided by the winners of the Singing Showdown. From 5 p.m. until 6 p.m., […]


In last weeks article “Sonny Tolbert honored,” his sons’ names were reported incorrectly. Their names are Craig and Brent Tolbert.

Woodley book signing on August 28