A Cinderella Story: the impact of foster care

No dragons were slain in her honor. No knight in shining armor rode in on a galloping white stallion to save her. Nor were there any talking animals that appeared to help her put on her dress. However, Kaitlynn Campbell’s life has been nothing less than a Cinderella story. Last week, Campbell was crowned Miss Alabama Outstanding Teen. Amazing as […]

How long will County Road 1 be closed?

It’ll be awhile, yet

Court hurdles cleared, corrective bills passed… liquor sales good to go (on)

It’s been a long road for Blount County, but the Legislature passed bills ratifying wet/dry elections in 38 state municipalities, including five in Blount County, and they were signed into law by the Governor last Thursday. The second bill cured the constitutional defects in the original 2009 bill providing for the municipal option to conduct wet/dry referendums in towns of […]

Oneonta names park and recreation summer employees

In a meeting held in the employee break room and a day late (March 11), the Oneonta City Council hired workers for its summer park and recreation programs. The 21 represent only the first wave, as councilman Mark Gargus indicated he will present others to work the city’s pool later Those approved include supervisors Marie Walden and Becky Kaa and […]

Hayden man guilty on sex abuse charges

Last week, Samuel Preston Windham, of Hayden, was found guilty of four counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree false imprisonment. Windham was charged with subjecting his victim, who was under 16 years old at the time, to sexual contact by forcible compulsion, according to a statement from the Blount County District Attorney’s Office. The jury delivered […]

Snead adopts policy on employee driving and cell phone use

After several weeks of discussion, the Snead Town Council adopted new policy related to employee driving records and cell phone use. Town clerk Rae Ware had presented the matter months earlier in regard to concerns from the town insurer and town auditor. The new policy reads: 1. TOWN VEHICLES All Town Employees or Volunteers that drive Town Vehicles are hereby […]

Contact information for state senators and representatives

SenatorsDistrict 9Sen. Clay Scofield(256) 582-0619clayscofield@mclo.org District 17Sen. Shay Shelnutt(205) 413-9022shay.sd17@gmail.com RepresentativesDistrict 11Rep. Randall Shedd(256) 796-5870randall.shedd@alhouse.gov District 13Rep. Connie Rowe(205) 522-1659Reprowe13@gmail.com District 27Rep. Will Ainsworth(256) 582-0619willainsworth@mclo.orgwainsworth@dreamranch.org District 34Rep. David Standridge(205) 543-0647david.standridge@alhouse.gov

Child health insurance and other numbers


Alabama may be in the lower tier of the country in some categories but not when it comes to providing health insurance for children. In that one category, we excel. Brian Lyman with The Montgomery Advertiser provided an excellent study revealing that Alabama leads the South in taking care of its young people when it comes to giving them health […]

What are they saying about the Governor’s tax-increase proposal?

On Feb. 27, Gov. Bentley announced initial details of a $541 million tax-increase proposal. On March 4, he presented the full $728 million proposal to the Legislature. The plan consisted of tax increases in eight categories, none including property taxes or individual income taxes. The three major items, accounting for almost 75 percent of the total, were increasing automobile sales […]

Moss Bridge to close March 23