EDC update, transactions highlight commission meeting

At it’s May business meeting Monday, the Blount County Commission heard an update on Economic Development Council (EDC) actions and took action of its own to further support its efforts. The commission authorized the chairman to execute agreements with the Blount County Health Care Authority (HCA)to transfer ownership of the Family Services Mall property to the Blount County Commission, and […]

Bentley lays out impacts of proposed budget cuts on state departments

In recent appearances around the state, Gov. Robert Bentley has taken the opportunity to promote his tax hike proposal and to detail the impacts of budget cuts proposed by the Legislature on several state departments and entities, with specific focus on how services provided to citizens will be affected. This article condenses three of those presentations, taken from the Governor’s […]

Two teachers recognized

Despite war and tragedy, two Blount County teachers persevered. This year, both received honors for their courage. Shannon Bridges Shannon Bridges, who teaches environmental science, anatomy, and physiology at Cleveland High School, was named the Alabama High School Science Teacher of the Year by the Alabama Science Teacher Association. She is a multi-club leader including the Student Government Association, EnviroBowl […]

Birmingham Water Works reform bill passes 70-29

A bill to impose controls and expand representation on the Birmingham Water Works Board that has been almost a decade in the making passed the Alabama House of Representatives last Tuesday evening, despite a last ditch filibuster by Jefferson County Rep. John Rogers. The bill, SB89, had previously passed the Senate. The main provisions of the bill: • The board […]

Shedd proposes two bills to reduce state overhead, signs on to anti-gambling bill

Blount County’s District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd is proposing two bills to reduce the cost of state government. One was filed last week; he plans to file the second one this week. Merging Senior Services with Public Health HB642, filed last week, would consolidate the Alabama Department of Senior Services with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Shedd said the […]


BLOUNT COUNTY FARMER’S MARKET is open each Saturday in May at the Blount County/ Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Hours are 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Phone 274-8839 for more information. AMARYLLIS GARDEN CLUB PLANT AND BAKE SALE will be Saturday, May 16, at the gazebo on Main Street in Oneonta. A selection of plants and good food will be available for […]

King pens children’s book

Vickie King, of Hayden, visited Hayden Elementary last week for a book signing for her first-ever book,‘The Gingerbread Boy Who Didn’t Run Away.’ The story follows a mother who makes gingerbread treats for her daughter’s kindergarten class, and during their snack shares her most treasured memory.‘Three weeks before Christmas the mother’s mother makes her a gingerbread boy as a treat, […]

Moore named District 2 director of the Fair Association

Recently, Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center executive director Chase Moore was elected as District 2 director of the Alabama Fair Association by a voting delegation. Moore will now be involved in logistics, speakers, and more for the Fair Association and direct fairs including Cullman, Walker/Jasper, Fayettville, Etowah, Shelby, Blount, and Northwest. – Nicole Singleton

Blount County represented well at JSU

Six Blount County students were recently selected as Jacksonville State University Ambassadors. This elite group is chosen through a stringent interview process based on academic standing, service, and commitment to JSU. County students make up 25 percent of total JSU Ambassador representatives.

Hard work pays off

Wow; I saw “Things My Mother Taught Me” last week at the Covered Bridge Players Theatre. Excellent performances by an excellent cast. I think I laughed more that afternoon than I had in a while. I can hardly believe that in just two short years this theatre has come so far, so quickly. We have a true gem in Blount County. I t […]