Last week, the Oneonta volleyball team hosted the Go Green Volleyball Tournament to promote organ donation awareness in honor of Deason Cornelius. At 3 years old, Deason was diagnosed with Hepatitis A, which led to acute liver failure. That was two years ago. After receiving a liver transplant, Deason is now a happy, healthy child. Throughout the time of his […]

Short takes on civic subjects

Oneonta update...

The following are concise answers to several questions posed by readers recently and by The Blount Countian itself on continuing developments in Oneonta. City manager Ed Lowe provided impromptu answers last week. Oneonta Public Library What will happen to the Oneonta Public Library after it is demolished to make way for the Wallace State campus center, set for construction on […]


Susan Moore community comes together after tragic week

On Sunday, Susan Moore students, community leaders, and residents gathered together for prayer and support after a week of tragedy. Last week, two people connected with the school died. Their deaths were then followed by school resource officer Beau Cagle being admitted to Huntsville Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the chest. “In my 15 years of ministry, this […]

Hazelrig/ Sherrer murder case to go to grand jury

The case of three men accused in the murders of Gary Hazelrig, 43, and Breann Sherrer, 36, will be presented to the grand jury when it is called during the last week of October, according to District Attorney Pamela Casey. The paper had previously reported the case would go to the grand jury last week. Accused in the murders of […]


Drive-through flu shots:

Not only free, but painless, if Scott Evans’s big smile is any indication, as he gets a flu shot from health department clinic nursing supervisor Kathie Burtram. (It cost $5, if you didn’t have a Medicare/Medicaid card.) The Blount County Health Department and the Blount County Emergency Management Agency collaborated last Wednesday to offer free, drive-through flu shots at the […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at Catfish Cabin Restaurant in Albertville. Marie Stephens with the Marshall County Health Department will be the guest speaker. ONEONTA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION The second annual OBA Awards Dinner will be tomorrow, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Oneonta First Baptist Church fellowship hall. Tickets are $25 and include […]

Fire victim known as ‘a simple man’

Cleveland native Randy Longshore, who died in a fire last week, was well-known around the community. “He was a recognizable face who was always happy,” said Cleveland fire chief Steve Pass.“He was always willing to help someone out.” Longshore’s sister described him as “a simple man,” but wouldn’t comment on the situation further. Longshore, who was in his 50s, died […]

Rosa VFD fundraiser

Rosa Volunteer Fire and Rescue will have a company conducting a fundraiser to raise money to purchase a ventilation fan to assist the department in structural firefighting operations. The fundraiser will begin this week. Blount County E911 has been notified of the fundraiser and will have names, vehicle descriptions, and tag numbers of the personnel involved. Donations from the community are greatly appreciated and we […]

Dyslexia awareness

Alabama made history on Thursday, Oct. 8, when it voted unanimously to include dyslexia into the state board policy for students. This means that all students in Blount County will be screened, identified, and an appropriate curriculum offered as a result of these changes to the administrative code. I was recently nominated to be a member of the Alabama State Dyslexia Advisory Council to […]

Qualifying update #1

Election 2016

Three Republican candidates have qualified for county office as of Friday morning, near the end of the first week of qualifying, according to Blount County Republican Party chairman Greg Reid. Democratic Party chairman Jim Kilgore reports no Democratic candidates have qualified as yet. Qualifying candidates and offices • Rodney Green, Blount County Board of Education superintendent • Gary Stricklin, Blount […]