Fun at the fair

MaKayla Fox, 4, enjoys the ring toss during the 61st-annual Blount County Fair at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center last week. While she played the games, others enjoyed the rides, Leann Hughes, of Oneonta, decided to try one of the fair’s funnel cakes, and many businesses and organizations had booths inside the center.‘The fair was a great success,’ said Blount […]

Wheels of justice grind slowly in lawsuits against county

Two lawsuits from previous years against the Blount County Commission are currently pending, with a third having been recently dismissed. The case styled TD Farms, Alabama Forestry Association and others vs. Blount County and Allen Armstrong was dismissed Sept. 24, 2014, by special hearing Judge William Cardwell. It was ordered that “any and all claims pending by and against all […]

Sink your teeth into ‘Dracula’

Halloween is coming early for the Covered Bridge Players. Last weekend, the play,“Dracula,” opened and the public still has a chance this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to see the production. Written by Hamilton Deane and John Balderston, with permission from Bram Stoker’s widow, the play is set in Purely, England, in the 1920s at an old castle which has been […]

Field trips and personnel actions dominate meeting

The Blount County Board of Education approved three field trips during Monday’s meeting. Two of the trips are for four students each from Appalachian and Susan Moore to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., in late October. The third trip approved is for 205 eighth grade students from Hayden High to travel to Stone Mountain, Ga., on Dec. […]


ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The OBA Awards Dinner will be Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Oneonta Church of Christ fellowship hall with hors d’oeuvers at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Darrell Edwards and Wayne Shaddix will be honored for their longtime service to the organization, and the group will present awards to citizen, business, new business, and volunteer of […]

State House District 27

The District 27 election on Nov. 4 pits Democrat Jeff McLaughlin against Republican Will Ainsworth, both of Guntersville. Ainsworth qualified to run for the office vacated when retiring Rep. Wes Long (R) chose not to run for re-election to the seat. McLaughlin is the only Democrat running for political office directly representing Blount County. House District 27 includes two precincts […]

Car dealers donate CPR units

Terry Sligh, left, of Terry Sligh Chevrolet, presents CPR training mannequins to Chris Hill, chief of Holly Springs Volunteer Fire Department. The mannequins were presented by Sligh, who represented the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, which provided the units after the Holly Springs department applied for them earlier this year. According to Hill, they represent an $800 value. He said […]

United Way discusses fundraising efforts during chamber luncheon

United Way representatives (pictured from left to right) Shirley Jones, Margaret Watford, and Monika ‘Mo’ Rausch attended the Chamber of Commerce luncheon last Wednesday to raise awareness for their organization. This was the agency’s first opportunity to promote and discuss the Blount County agencies they support – the American Red Cross, the Blount County Children’s Center, The Literacy Council, The […]

Thank you fish fry

Gov. Robert Bentley took a night off the campaign trail to grace a Blount County fish fry last week at the Hallmark farm on Pine Mountain. The event was described as a mutual thank-you: Blount County to Gov. Bentley, and vice versa, as some 250 Blount County leaders and citizens attended the event. Shown above are a few of the […]


‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to spay female dogs or cats. There are a limited number of free appointments including rabies vaccinations for female dogs and cats and male pit bulls. If you do have the ability to pay, the fees are $40 for cats, […]