Reason for the Season

West Blount Fire District Board appointed, solid waste plan approved


In its business meeting Monday, the Blount County Commission appointed the five-member board, as mandated by state law, to guide the newly formed West Blount Fire and Emergency Services District. The district was authorized by vote of the people in the Nov. 3 general election this year, capping a period of more than a year of intensive work by members […]

Blount County Economic Development Council holds first stakeholder meeting

The Blount County Economic Development Council (EDC) held its first stakeholder meeting Dec. 4 to report on progress since its creation early this year. The first order of business was to report on the condition of EDC chairman Clyde Woods who suffered a stroke on Nov. 30, only five days before the meeting, and has been recovering at Brookwood Hospital […]

Holiday Decorating Contest winners announced

Award-winning author’s books on sale at museum

What’s B’ham Water Works Board up to now?

Quoth the maven: ‘No comment’

Officials of Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) want to sell parts of their system that lie outside Jefferson County. That’s according to in an article reported Nov. 21. Officials from BWWB met with representatives of Remlap/Pine Mountain Water Authority and Pine Bluff Water Authority, both in Blount County, to discuss their possible interest in buying parts of BWWB’s facilities […]

Butterflies for Oneonta Elementary School

Dozens of brilliantly colored butterflies grace the pages of Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses Into Their Lives. But it’s much more than a picture book. Authors Paulette Haywood Ogard and Sara Bright diligently recorded by word and photograph the 84 known species of butterflies found in Alabama. They show their variety of habitats, even rear them themselves, and photograph their remarkable […]

People Briefs

Pvt. Manny J. Mendoza Jr., 19, Oneonta, graduated from U.S. Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in September. He completed the 13-week intensive basic training and earned the Rifle Expert Marksmanship badge. After a brief leave spent at home, Pvt. Mendoza reported to Camp Lejeune for military combat training and Military Occupation Specialty School. Melissa […]

Alabama – the one-party state


The GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate has a silver lining for Alabama. We came out like gangbusters with the Republican victory. Both of our U.S. senators are Republican and both have seniority. Senior Senator Richard Shelby has been in the U.S. Senate 28 years and he is among the top 10 members of the Senate in seniority. He will […]

Record-breaking year for classroom grants

This year, the Blount County Education Foundation awarded more money than they ever have through their classroom grants. Earlier this month, during the “Jeremy and Chris Morning Show” on WCRL, 102 grant winners were announced totaling $105,246. This is the second year the Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in grants. “We’ve broken every record we could ever dream of,” […]