Hope House director Bud Jones…. ‘…biggest year we’ve ever had…’

Bud Jones can’t decide which to do first – thank contributors for all they‘ve given to make this Hope House’s biggest Christmas outpouring ever – or get down to particulars on what he still needs. So he does both in one breath. “I need to thank the public for making this all possible, and also give them a chance to […]

Snead cancels next meeting, delays the following

Continuing what has become common practice, the Snead Town Council voted to cancel its second meeting in December considering family and holiday activities. Members also decided to postpone their first scheduled January meeting from Monday the 11th to Tuesday the 12th, rather than conflict with the collegiate national football championship game. On a motion by Tim Kent, the council will […]

Murder charged in 2014 shooting

A Blount County grand jury has returned a murder indictment against Megan Collins in the shooting death of Clint Myrick in November 2014. Collins, 26, had been charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the slaying but the grand jury added the murder charge last week. She was originally arrested in October on the original charges and had been […]


Resolution to legislative delegation: ‘authorize referendum to vote on tax plan’

The Blount County Commission approved a resolution in its Monday business meeting asking the Blount County legislative delegation to introduce a local bill allowing the county to hold a referendum for citizens to vote in November on a 1percent general sales tax increase throughout the county. The resolution passed 3-2, with Commission Chairman Chris Green breaking the tie between commissioners […]

Float fire halts Oneonta parade

The investigation continues after a float caught fire at the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade last week, according to Oneonta Fire Chief Arthur Willis. The incident took place at the intersection of Ala 75 and McCay Avenue near the Blount County Co-op and the Corner Market.The fire stopped the parade for at least 20 minutes after the Oneonta Fire […]


ONEONTA FIRE AND RESCUE is partnering with the Blount County Children’s Center and Dept. of Human Resources to collect Christmas items for area children. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at the fire station through Dec. 16 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. The toys will be taken to the Children’s Center for Christmas delivery. BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE […]

Oneonta council holds brief regular session

Facing an executive session and the annual Blount County Christmas parade, the Oneonta City Council breezed through its latest session in near record time. During a session that lasted a little more than 5 minutes, the council approved Mayor Ross Norris’s call for a public hearing at 5:15 p.m. prior to their next scheduled meeting on Dec. 17 to consider […]

Quick-check voting guide:

Registration/absentee voting

Here’s a quick rundown on important information and dates to remember as the 2016 voting cycle approaches, beginning with the primary election March 1. Registration deadlinesFeb. 13, for primary election March 1March 28, for primary runoff April 12Oct. 24, for general election Nov. 8. You do not need to reregister for each election date unless your residence has changed or […]

The favorites in the race for governor


This week we will conclude our analysis of the potential horses in the 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial Derby. First, let me briefly recap the horses we have already handicapped. The list includes, (in descending order), Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (18), Supreme Court Justice Jim Main (17), Sen. Greg Reed (16), Sen. Arthur Orr (15), Anniston Mayor Vaughn Stewart (14), […]

Cruz to rally in Trussville