NEWS BRIEFS



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 […]

The answer to Alabama’s fiscal crisis



Alabama’s General Fund budget, which appropriates taxpayer dollars to non-education state agencies, faces an economic crisis not seen since the Great Depression. A budget shortfall estimated at $270 million looms over the State House. Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed $541 million in new taxes on everything from automobile purchases to tobacco products to utilities. Neither I nor any of my […]

The General Fund problem

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

You would have to have been under a rock for the past six months to not have heard that the state General Fund has a shortfall and Gov. Robert Bentley has proposed a $540 million tax increase to resolve the problem. This crisis has been formulating for close to a decade now. It is under Dr. Bentley’s watch that the […]

Work session delegations



The Blount County Commission allots time at the beginning of the work session each month for citizens, organization members, sales representatives, or others who wish to address the commission to present their complaints, concerns, problems, progress reports, or proposals to the commission. This month Waymon Pitts, representing the Blount County Economic Development Council, led off with an update on its […]

National Day of Prayer



About 70 people gathered at the courthouse at noon last Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer. Here, pastor Glenn Bynum of Village Springs Baptist Church voices a prayer for the media. Prayers were also offered for the city, the government, the military, business, education, the church, and the family. Those attending sang ‘God Bless America,’ recited pledges to […]

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