Under Pressure

Cleveland’s Mallori Thomas is pressured by Locust Fork’s Kelsi Goodwin during Saturday’s junior varsity girls championship game of the Blount County Tournament at Locust Fork. Thomas and the Lady Panthers took home the title with a 22-18 victory over the Hornets. Cleveland also won the junior varsity boys title while Locust Fork took the varsity girls and Hayden claimed the […]

Long way to go to meet standards for most public schools

2014 ACT test results:

Last year, 10th-grade students in public schools across Alabama took the first round of ACT tests aligned with the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. The results from the Alabama Department of Education indicate most public schools have a long way to go in preparing a majority of students to succeed in college without having to take substantial remedial course […]


BLOUNT COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING will be Saturday, Jan. 31, at 9:30 a.m. in the conference room at the Oneonta Public Library. The public is invited. BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in the boardroom at 204 Second Avenue East, Oneonta. SCENIC RIVER PUBLIC MEETING will be held Thursday, Jan. 29, at […]

Three charged with capital murder

Three suspects are now charged with capital murder in connection with the death of David Hayes, 53, of Holly Pond, according to Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. Matthew Thrasher, 33, of Hayden, and Stephanie Diane Underwood, 30, of Cullman, have waived extradition from Wisconsin to Blount County after being issued warrants of capital murder during the course of robbery. […]

Hayden nixes liquor

By a vote of 139 against to 135 in favor, the town of Hayden on Jan. 20 voted down sale of alcoholic beverages within its jurisdiction, according to Hayden Mayor Larry Armstrong. Since the town’s legal boundaries include a sizable area of west Blount County, much of that part of the county will not see sale of alcoholic beverages any […]

Redskins sign scholarships

Budgets and steak dinners


The most pressing problem facing the Governor and Legislature as they enter this new quadrennium is the financial shortfall in the General Fund Budget. Last year the governor floated a trial balloon to see if there was any traction to combine the two state budgets in order to give more wiggle room in the budgeting of limited state dollars. It […]

New swim coach raises expectations

With 42 years of experience, new Blount Oneonta Aquatics (BOA) swim team coach Rick Moulton enters the program with plenty of swimming knowledge and certain standards. “My expectations will be higher than the previous coaches who have been here,” Moulton said.“We are going to have to change our mindset.” In just his third week, the Ohio native says he has […]

Teachers of the Year

School board recognizes

The Oneonta City Board of Education recognized three Oneonta teachers as Teachers of the Year at its monthly meeting Monday. The three chosen were Jennifer Woods, third grade; Jill Phillips, 7th grade; and Rhonda Ford, 9th-12th grade algebra/geometry. The teachers were selected by vote of their peers in the elementary, middle and high schools respectively. In its business session, the […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, January 29, 1997

Seven inducted into Blount County Sports Hall of Fame “We’re fortunate that we got to live out our dreams,” Dr. Donald Sutton said Saturday night to a crowd of several hundred at the National Guard Armory in Oneonta. His sentiments were echoed by the six other current and former Blount Countians who were the first inductees into the county’s Sports […]