Sprucin’ Up Downtown

New ‘benign’ revenue sources, separation of top county jobs, unit system in the hopper

Commission eyes local legislation...

In a work session devoted primarily to more or less routine items, one item wasn’t. Commission Chairman Chris Green introduced the discussion of local legislation – ends desired by the county that will require action by the Alabama Legislature to achieve – by summarizing two ‘benign’ revenue raising measures to bolster the stressed county general fund. The two measures were […]

Cleveland teacher placed on leave

A Cleveland High School teacher has been placed on paid leave following allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a female student, according to reports. Matt Wester, 37, is a math teacher, assistant varsity football coach, and head track coach at the school. Blount County Superintendent Jim Carr said he received a call on Nov. 24 from DHR, after they had […]

Massey sworn in as circuit clerk

Cindy Massey is sworn in as circuit clerk by outgoing Circuit Clerk Mike Criswell at a ceremony in the circuit courtroom in Oneonta Monday. Appointed by Circuit Judge Steven King, she will fill Criswell’s unexpired term, which ends in January 2019. In a statement afterward she thanked Criswell who she said was a mentor and great influence in her life, […]

Update on November shootings

Three shootings occurred in Blount County during the month of November, and each of them is still under investigation. Martin Road shooting The State Bureau of Investigations is still looking into a deputy-involved shooting that occurred on Martin Road in Blountsville. During the morning hours of Nov. 3, 24- year-old Caleb Joseph Ryan was shot to death by a Blount […]

Snead offers council health insurance opportunities

The Snead Town Council voted to permit its councilors to participate in the State Employees Insurance Board health coverage. Councilman Charles Sanders had previously asked of that possibility. After his request, town clerk Rae Ware had investigated and explained that any added coverage could not be implemented before the November open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. As the […]


BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Story telling will be the subject of the Christmas program. BLOUNTSVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE will be Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Businesses, churches, clubs, and teams are invited to participate. Phone Venus Malito at 429-4095 or 470-4790 to enter or for more information. […]

Hope House ramps up for Christmas

Every year Hope House has been among the leading purveyors of both Christmas cheer and practical assistance to disadvantaged citizens of Blount County. This year, it’s not the only such purveyor – a number of churches and civic groups have Christmas outreach projects – but since the Salvation Army moved out, it’s the main corporate one. Its Christmas efforts are […]

Christmas Open House

OBA celebrates this Saturday

Before you go stampeding through the mall and waiting in endless lines at chain stores, maybe you should check out downtown Oneonta. That perfect gift you are looking for might be there, and the Oneonta Business Association (OBA) is hosting a Christmas Open House to offer you the chance to find out. This Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., […]

Lester Memorial collects almost 2000 boxes for children

Thanks to Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and those who donated Operation Christmas Child boxes, 1995 children will get presents this holiday season. From the church, the boxes were delivered to Mountain Brook Community Church, then traveled to the processing center in Atlanta, and afterward were flown to countries including Burkino Faso, Chad, Mali, India, Burundi, South Sudan and more. […]