Lowe bullish on Oneonta outlook

“The general outlook for the town is more positive than we’ve seen for several years,” said city manager Ed Lowe, neatly stating in his first breath the theme of the conversation that followed. He followed by listing several positive indicators of the city’s resurgent economic vitality: • more new building permit requests than any time in recent years. • new […]

Woman found beaten to death

Crystal Marie Huie, 33, was discovered dead in her home Friday on Dunhill Road in Blountsville. Investigator Pat Thomas of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department said she had been beaten to death. Time of death was estimated at 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday morning, he said. Relatives of the slain woman had tried to phone her that morning and […]

Driver’s licenses can now be renewed online

Regular driver’s licenses, commercial driver’s licenses, and state non-driver’s license ID cards can now be renewed online in alternate renewal years, without the necessity to make a trip to the courthouse. The online renewal system is now in effect. You can renew your license beginning 60 days before the expiration date. That means that on alternate four-year expiration dates, you […]

A special dog for Cole

Every child wants a pet, but some children need them. 2-year-old Cole Nicodemus was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last December, and since then, his parents, Beth and Kevin Nicodemus of Oneonta, have decided a service dog is the key to more easily managing Cole’s disease. After stressful months adjusting to necessary changes in their lifestyle and struggling with the […]


BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly chamber lunch today at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage golf course. Guest speaker is Earl Warren, director of development for Jacksonville State University. ONEONTA REC CENTER will have open gym Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Water and Powerade will be available for purchase. Phone 625-3534 for […]

Raising money to fight the battle

Since being diagnosed with a cystic brain tumor on her 40th birthday in 2013, Altoona resident Cindy Ellison has been trying to raise money for an operation to remove the growth, but has had limited success. “I haven’t had a lot of help, and I haven’t had much luck,” Ellison said. The 1.1-cm growth, located in the pineal region in […]

County representatives wind up session on a productive note

Legislative wrap- up...

Blount County Reps. David Standridge and Randall Shedd, and Sen. Shay Shelnutt probably had as difficult a time as most other legislators in the session just concluded, but they ended up with positive results for their constituents back home. All three drew assignments in connection with efforts to study and pass various initiatives related to the doomed general fund budget, […]

TOP HAT inducted into Barbecue Hall of Fame

The Alabama Tourism Department has created an Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame and one Blount County eatery has made the list. The Top Hat is among 29 establishments that have been open for at least 50 years. The Blount Springs restaurant opened in 1952. Gov. Robert Bentley announced the list of restaurants yesterday and all 29 will receive a plaque […]

Two budgets = big problem for Alabama


Alabama is one of only a handful of states that work out of two budgets. We have a general fund budget and a separate education budget. Our general fund is where the severe problem rests. The reason is that the general fund gets none of the growth taxes so its revenue has remained the same for decades. The Legislature failed […]

Earl Warren headlines Chamber luncheon today

Earl Warren will be the guest speaker at the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon today at noon at Twin Oaks at Heritage in Oneonta. Warren, a former Oneonta High School and Jacksonville State University basketball standout, is director of development at Jacksonville State. A focus of the luncheon is the leadership camp the chamber is hosting in partnership with […]