Hot Spot

A construction hot spot has manifested itself on Ala 75 in Oneonta before you get to Walmart. It’s on the stretch of road framed by World Outreach Center on one side and Mountain Springs Plaza (J&M Pharmacy) on the other. There are three construction projects within a half a block distance – one on the World Outreach Center side of […]

Lowe reviews hoped-for Wallace State arrival

Following several inquiries from concerned Oneonta residents, The Blount Countian visited Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe and posed questions related to the proposed addition of a Wallace State satellite campus in the city. Lowe responded with seeming confidence and candor under the grilling. The questions and summarized responses follow below. 1. Please, give me the background, preferably briefly, as to […]

SNEAD fills police vacancy; looks toward meter grant

In one of its shorter meetings, the Snead Town Council hired Josh Howell to fill a vacant position on the town’s police department. According to police Chief Alan Hicks, Howell comes to Snead from the Alabama A&M campus police force and he wanted to work closer to his Altoona home. Councilman Tim Kent moved for Howell’s hire with a starting […]

Shelton named St. Vincent’s Blount administrator

As the new St. Vincent’s Blount Hospital administrator, one might assume Amy Shelton would want people to visit the hospital as much as possible, but ironically, that’s not the case. “I genuinely care for Oneonta and the Blount County community,” she said. “With that mindset, I actually want to keep people out of the hospital by helping keep the population […]


LIGHTS AND SANTA AT PALISADES PARK The public is invited to drive through for the 15th annual Christmas lights in the park, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. each evening except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Santa will be at the cottage for photos Dec. 4-5, Dec. 12-13, and Dec. 18-19. BLOUNT COUNTY […]



The chronic controversy over how to generate sufficient money to improve deteriorating county roads mushroomed following the commission’s decision Oct. 19 to impound $455,000 from the 2016 budget, with the intent of using some part of it to apply against the burgeoning deterioration of county roads. The money has traditionally been directed to the county general fund to pay costs […]

Blountsville woman charged with child abuse and assault

A Blountsville woman has been charged with five counts of aggravated child abuse and five counts of second-degree assault. Janice Welch, 51, surrendered to authorities last week. The age of the child was not released but she is under the age of 16 and related to Welch but not her child. According to court records, the abuse happened over an […]

Economic Development Council updates stakeholders

The Blount County Economic Development Council held its annual stakeholder meeting Nov. 10 to update members on activities and accomplishments during 2015. Executive director Don Mitchell provided the following summary. Activities • Established office on the second floor of Cadence Bank in Oneonta and organized full-time staff of executive director and project coordinator. • Completed design and activated official website […]

Notice of special meeting

The Blount County Commission has called a special meeting for Monday, Nov. 30, at 9 a.m., in the commission boardroom at the courthouse in Oneonta. Purpose of the meeting is to discuss hiring a payroll clerk in the human resources department. The commission may take action following the discussion. A work session had been scheduled previously for this date and […]

Handicapping begins for 2018 race for governor


Last week I gave you an alphabetical list of the 18 potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. We will begin this week handicapping them in descending order. The No. 18 horse is current Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard. We will know whether the beleaguered Speaker of the House will remain in the derby by next March – […]