Bon voyage a’ Normandy!

Since 2008, Oneonta teachers Cindy O’Rear and Jennifer Bowman have accompanied people of all ages on European trips. This year, they will take a group on a World War II trip to France and Germany where they will visit some of the most influential places of the war. “Time is passing and there aren’t many World War II veterans in […]

Oak Grove Methodist Church wins court case

Just in time for Easter Sunday, the members of Oak Grove Methodist Church received word the church was legally theirs. For years, the church has been in dispute with the national organization over who is the rightful owner of the real estate and bank accounts of Oak Grove after the members chose to withdraw and stop supporting the United Methodist […]

Palmer announces opening of Oneonta field office

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, representing Alabama’s 6th District including all of Blount County, announced during a visit to Oneonta last week that he will open a field office in Oneonta City Hall. It will be the first legislative office in Blount County for a number of years. The office, to be manned by a member of the congressman’s staff, will […]

Locust Fork man arrested on 11 counts of breaking and entering

Taylor Scott Bentley, 20, of Locust Fork, was arrested Monday when stolen property was found in his vehicle, according to Capt. Pat Thomas of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. Items found in the car included a laptop, multiple phones, jewelry, pills, and more. Thomas said the valuables had been taken during eight or nine car break-ins. Heroin was also found […]


HAYDEN SENIOR CITIZEN DAY will be today from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hayden Community Center. Bring a covered dish and enjoy games, live music, and fellowship. BLOUNT COUNTY CHILDREN’S CENTER will benefit from a three-day silent auction sponsored by Hometown Bank. To see items (which include Barons tickets, hand-made furniture and decorations, jewelry, and power tools) and […]

Big impact projects approved:

U.S. 231 bridge tourism, mass notification system, massive road equipment upgrade coming

The Blount County Commission approved significant projects to move the county forward in tourism, public safety, and infrastructure rehabilitation, and opened discussion on a major economic development strategic initiative in this month’s cycle of planning and business meetings. Tourism The commission unanimously approved a resolution required to activate application of a $400,000 Transportation Alternative Program Grant. The purpose of the […]

Is there more child abuse nowdays, or just more reporting of it? Both, says Children’s Center head


Is there more child abuse nowdays, or does it just seem that way? Lately people have been asking me this question. People wonder if social media, talk radio, and 24-hour news stations make it seem like there is more child abuse – or if more children are actually being abused. I am writing this to offer my perspective. First, the […]

Legislators busy in Montgomery


As the world turns in Alabama politics, a lot has happened in the first three months of 2015. After Inauguration Day, a federal judge in Mobile ruled Alabama’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage was not constitutional under federal law. In appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, it was obvious that the high tribunal concurred with the lower court ruling and […]

Agri-Business Center, nuisance powers figure in work session discussion

The Blount County Commission discussed at length both the Agri-Business Center’s financial needs for the remainder of this fiscal year, and the commission’s inability to substantially control or regulate nuisance problems such as junkyards and neglected areas that affect the value of surrounding property. Neither subject appeared on the commission’s business meeting agenda for concrete action by the commission, but […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, April 12, 2006

FLFR celebrates 15 years A group that began as a protest to the Birmingham Water Works Board’s (BWWB) attempt to dam the Locust Fork River celebrated its 15th year Saturday night at Palisades Park. Sam Howell, president of the group and one of its founding members, welcomed everyone and recounted the history of the organization. After Howell’s introduction and welcome, […]