Banquet of blue

Starting today and continuing throughout the month of April, The Children’s Center staff will wear blue ribbons in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. The color blue represents child abuse awareness, and The Children’s Center will bring that issue to light during the Blue Ribbon Dinner on Tuesday, April 14, at the World Outreach Center, beginning at 6 p.m. “The […]

Lawsuit against probate judge dismissed

The lawsuit filed against Blount County Probate Judge Chris Green for refusing to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple has been withdrawn. It was dismissed last week on instruction to their attorney by Blount County residents and plaintiffs Kelvin Hathcote and Joseph Hill. A hearing had been set for last week in U.S. District Court for the Northern […]

Report from the state House

The following information is condensed from reports and information provided over the last two weeks to the The Blount Countian from the two state representatives accounting for more than 90 percent of Blount County voters. House District 11, Rep. Randall Shedd • The Alabama House pushed through a jobs package designed to make Alabama more competitive in recruiting businesses and […]


TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold its regular council meeting on Monday, April 6, at 7 p.m. at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects […]

Gary Palmer to speak at Chamber lunch April 8

Oneonta hires bring city to full strength

The Oneonta City Council brought its public works and police departments to full strength with its most recent hiring of James Arthur Stephens Jr. and Joshua Preston. Stephens, a reported two-tour Iraqi War veteran, joins the police force following the retirement of long-time officer Delane Moon. Municipal maintenance worker Preston adds still more carpentry experience to public works. Councilors welcomed […]

Hood Cemetery gets upgrade

Cemetery trustees and builders show off a new structure at Hood Cemetery near Royal. From left to right are trustee Bud Jones, trustee Dude Singleton, builder Rick Crawford, builder John Ellsworth, trustee Johnny Beason, and builder James Hawkins. Not shown: trustee Danny Hood. The stone and wood structure provides a glassenclosed display space on the front and back for families […]

Roy Moore will address Republicans here

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore will address members of the Republican Party at their meeting set for April 23. The meeting will be held in the big courtroom on the second floor of the courthouse in Oneonta. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Moore is expected to speak […]


In an article on tax appraisal appearing in last week’s newspaper, the following Q&A appeared. Q: Who sets the pay scales (for appraisers) in Blount County? A: The Blount County Commission. That statement is accurate, as far as it goes. Some feel it is misleading and would benefit from further qualification. The following sentence provides context. Although the Blount County […]

The Republicans and charter schools


In recent years, the Republican Party has taken control of the legislatures in all of the Southern states. Alabama’s legislature is overwhelmingly Republican. The GOP holds a 25 to 9 majority in the state Senate and an equally dominating 72 to 33 majority in the House of Representatives. Our supermajority GOP legislative body appeared to take on every conceivable ultraconservative […]