Public meeting on county tourism initiatives

West Blount Chamber introduces new businesses, previews assessment

The West Blount Chamber of Commerce met Thursday night at the Hayden Community Center, providing a forum for new and renovated businesses to introduce themselves to the membership. Following is a list of businesses for whom a spokesman addressed the audience: Bea’s Styling Salon (Ala 160, across from Hayden primary school) Forever Young Beautique (intersection of Ala 160 and Mountain […]

Shedd, Standridge report committee assignments

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard last week announced legislative committee assignments for the coming session. Blount County’s District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd was appointed vice-chairman of the House Children and Senior Advocacy Committee and chairman of the Senior Advocacy Sub-Committee. Shedd was also appointed to the House Financial Services Committee and to the House Local Legislation Committee. “I […]

Snead council has informational session to start new year

Meeting for the first time in the 2015 calendar year, the Snead Town Council received reports and acted on limited matters. Mayor Curtis Painter obtained approval to attend the Governor’s inauguration. Some council members joked, good naturedly, with the mayor at the inaugural expense after he had earlier urged them to take a careful look at town spending. Painter also […]

Oneonta advertises for additional employees

With the forthcoming retirement of police officer Delane Moon, the Oneonta City Council voted to advertise for a replacement during last week’s meeting. In addition to that slot, the council acted similarly for several other positions. The city seeks to add a part-time custodian, public works employee, public works director, and administrative assistant to the city manager. City manager Ed […]


Saturday, Feb. 7 at Park Avenue Baptist Church, Oneonta

Sponsored by the Oneonta Business Association, the event awards cash prizes for the chili entries deemed best in a blind taste test by the judges. The public is invited to stop by from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and taste all the entries and vote for the People’s Choice winner and Best Table Décor. Individuals, groups, and businesses are encouraged […]

Soccer kicked to the curb at Susan Moore

Reader writes

The Susan Moore High School soccer program began five years ago and to say it has been a struggle is putting it mildly. The first year we were told there would be no second year unless we had money in our coffers and were showing a profit. So we worked hard and ended in the black, albeit just barely. We […]

Liberty Bank opens branch in Snead

Robert E. Lee birthday observed

Blount commissioners selected for leadership program

District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong and District 3 Commissioner Dean Calvert have been tapped for a new statewide program designed to develop county leaders in Alabama. A total of 19 commissioners will participate. The 18-month program is directed by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA). Called the Practical Leadership Action Network (PLAN), it focuses on practical skills that […]