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Oneonta school board hires new principal, other employees

The Oneonta City Board of Education Monday hired Lauren Wilson of Jackson, Georgia as the new principal of Oneonta High School. She has worked the previous 16 years for the Troup County (Georgia) School System, with her last assignment being principal of Callaway High School in that system. Wilson, 38, graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree […]

Indicted teacher marries former student

A Cleveland High School teacher who lost his job because of sexual misconduct married his former student over the weekend. According to reports, Matthew Wester, 37, married Amy Nicole Cox, 18, in Gulf Shores on Saturday. Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey told,“I was provided a marriage license this morning out of Cullman County, which confirmed they were married […]

State budget: looks like a mess; no solution in sight, say local Legislators

Full disclosure: what follows are unvarnished opinions. Viewing Alabama’s legislative budget fight from a distance, it looks like no one’s in charge, no one knows how to solve the problem, competing formulas for producing a budget abound willy-nilly, and all the players are clueless as to how to organize the chaos and move it toward a solution that serves Alabama […]


DAY ON THE RIVER is sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River and the Birmingham Canoe Club and will be Saturday, June 20, from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Activities are open to third- through sixth-graders, but all ages are welcome. The free event will include canoe instruction, a river ecology program, water quality testing and how surface […]

Accused murderer dies in jail

A man accused or murder in Blount County was found dead in the Walker County Jail in Jasper early Monday morning. Jimmy Lane Maxwell, 58, was found during a routine check by jailers. An autopsy will be performed but he is believed to have died from natural causes. Maxwell was charged in the 2014 slaying of Donald Clayton Whited, who […]


Cutting to the chase on sale of home-processed foods at farmers market

Two weeks ago, The Blount Countian reported receipt of an anonymous letter warning that some home-processed foods were being sold at the farmers market at the Blount County Agri-Business Center in violation of the Alabama Cottage Food Law. A minor tempest ensued. A local task force involving representatives of the Blount County Health Department, the Cooperative Extension System, and the […]

Latta graduates NYU

Benjamin Seth Latta, son of Todd and Kathy Huie and Bruce and Suzzanne Latta of Oneonta, recently graduated from New York University with a bachelor’s of science degree in international business. He was deployed for a year in Afghanistan and served with the U.S. Army as a specialist for four years. Seth is the grandson of Bobby and Louise Snell […]

Get ready for a summer special session


The regular legislative session ended without a General Fund Budget. As we look back politically on the first half of the year, the dilemma with the General Fund has been the dominant issue. It has been at the forefront since the beginning of the year and it is not yet resolved. After five months of wrangling over the beleaguered General […]