2015-06-10 E-Edition

Gambling, the lottery, and the state budget


As I was walking out of the Statehouse recently, someone asked me,“Do you think we will have gambling in Alabama?” My response was simple,“We already have gambling; the state just does not derive any revenue from it.” Indeed, gambling proliferates in our state just as it does in all of the other 49 states and the District of Columbia. People […]

County, state file to dismiss U.S. 231 bridge lawsuit

Attorneys for Blount County filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed in April by plaintiffs Eldridge and Susan Bryan contesting the county and/or state’s possession of a right-of-way originally granted in 1940 for the construction of U. S. 231 and the U.S. 231 bridge across the Locust Fork River north of Cleveland. A date of July 22, 2015, at […]

City fire department gets major grant

Oneonta city councilor Tonya Rogers announced her city’s fire department has received an almost $175,000 grant. She and other council members praised the work of firefighters Josh Gibson and Jonathan Ledbetter who wrote the grant which entails a 5 percent ($8,714) match from the city. Fire chief Arthur Willis elaborated on efforts of his men, including Dalton Teal who played […]

Best fossil site in the world?

Come to museum June 16 at 1 p.m. and see/hear

Several years ago, local science teacher Ashley Allen discovered an incredibly rich Carboniferous Age fossil site at Union Chapel Mine in Walker County. It’s now known as the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site. It’s been declared by some as the best site of its kind in the world. It is now preserved as a holding of the State Lands […]

Principal search drawing to an end


“I think it says a lot about the reputation of our system,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Douglas. What he was referring to was the number of applicants for the soon-to-be vacant high school principal job. The opening was created when long-time high school principal Keith Bender was approved to transfer to a central office position. Since the job was posted […]


A BUTTERFLY TO REMEMBER is an event sponsored by Golden LivingCenter and Asera Care to be held Friday, June 12, from 10 a.m. until noon at the D.S. Loyd Building at Palisades Park. Community members are invited to remember those who have passed with the release of a butterfly. Refreshments will be served. Phone 256-350-8688 for more information. BLOUNTSVILLE PUBLIC […]

Commission decorum bites the dust

as commissioner criticizes administrator

District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong mounted a verbal attack in Monday’s commission business meeting on county administrator Zac Marsh, over a public request for proposals in connection with redesigning the county website. The type of vendors to be considered had been broadened at Armstrong’s request to include local website developers, as well as vendors of statewide experience. One local vendor […]

Oneontans aid Texas flood victims

Oneonta resident and Pell City fireman Caleb Walker sent out a plea for help collecting relief supplies to help victims of last week’s flooding in Wimberley, Texas. Residents and businesses of Oneonta donated more than $2,000 in supplies ranging from rakes, shovels, other tools, shopvacs, infant diapers, gloves, bottled water, and other items you may identify in the photo at […]

Did you ‘fling’?

The 14th Annual June Fling has flung itself into the record books. With over 125 vendor booths and a great turnout (even raccoons), the Oneonta Business Association’s spring event was considered a huge success. The 2nd Annual Singing Showdown proved just as successful with 25 competitors in the solo category and six competitors in the duet/group category. Winners of the […]