911 board approves costsplit agreement for GIS hire

With one member absent, the sevenmember Blount County 911 Board unanimously approved a draft agreement with the county commission to split the costs associated with hiring a new employee at the 911 center to produce maps based on Geographic Information System (GIS) computer technology for users authorized by the county commission. The matter was approved at an emergency meeting called […]

Keep institution viable

Agri-Business Center board, management, and Fair work to

Fair facts for 2014 in a nutshell: about 10,000 attended the five-night engagement this year. The Agri-Business Center cleared about $58,000 on the event, with revenues of approximately $150,000 and expenses of just over $92,000. That is roughly $11,000 less than last year’s fair, according to Agri- Business Center director Chase Moore. The main take-away for future fair planning? The […]

Supreme Court appeal

of alcohol ruling at Samford Thursday

The Alabama Supreme Court will meet in a special session at Samford University on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m. to hear the appeal of the court ruling that cleared the way last year for alcohol referenda held and passed in June 2014 in Oneonta and Blountsville. Alcohol is already being sold in stores in both municipalities. Cleveland and Locust […]

Suspect dead

in deputy-involved shooting

A man was shot to death by a Blount County Sheriff’s deputy Monday morning, and the investigation has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI), formerly known as the Alabama Bureau of Investigations (ABI), according to Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington. The incident happened on Martin Road in Blountsville at approximately 2:30 a.m., after the deputy responded […]

Museum to host open house

Blount County has many talented authors, photographers, and artists, and on Thursday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m., the Blount County Memorial Museum is giving residents a chance to meet some of them during an open house. Blount County Historical Society members and museum committee members will also be available for discussion during the event. Two artists and five […]


In the commission business meeting report on Oct. 22 , the newspaper referred to the state forestry agency as the Department of Forestry. That is not the correct name of the agency. It’s proper name is the Alabama Forestry Commission – not to be confused with the Alabama Forestry Association, a private trade association representing the forestry industry.

Veterans Parade this Saturday

In celebration of Veterans Day, Operation Grateful Heart is once again hosting the Veterans Parade this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Thirty-eight entries, including five bands, will be featured during the parade. “It’s very important to recognize veterans for what they did,” said Operation Grateful Heart president and veteran Lester Hallman. “We feel strongly about what we did whether it […]

The Goldwater Landslide of 1964

You already know the results of yesterday’s general election but my column had to go to press prior to Tuesday’s vote. Therefore, we will discuss and analyze the outcome next week. More than likely there were no surprises. It would be a major upset if any Democrat won a statewide contest on Tuesday. We are now one of the most […]

Two businesses supporting United Way

Next week, two Oneonta businesses will donate a percentage of their proceeds to United Way. On Monday, Nov. 10, 15 percent of Charlie B’s proceeds will be donated to the cause, and on Nov. 11 and 12, Creative Frame and Trophy will donate 10 percent of their proceeds. Charlie B’s owner, Lee Alexander, wishes for all of the donations from […]