‘In Dixieland I’ll take my stand…’

-words of beloved anthem

More than 60 celebrants gathered Monday morning on the courthouse lawn to commemorate Robert E. Lee’s birthday – Jan. 19, 1807. The observance featured the singing of ‘Dixie,’ led by Glenna Boyd Campbell; a 21-gun salute performed by an honor guard of volunteers of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; the pledge of allegiance to the United States, and salutes to […]

‘…live together as brothers or perish together as fools’

– words of beloved leader

In the first observance of unity day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.,the leading American exponent of social change through non-violent civil disobedience, about 100 citizens turned out for Monday’s early-afternoon ceremony. The event included participation by several churches, including World Outreach Center, Lester Memorial United Methodist Church, Redeemer Church, E Street Church of Christ, and Corpus Christi Catholic […]

Mayor announces $ 100,000 for city schools

In the city council’s meeting on Jan. 12, Mayor Ross Norris announced Oneonta will add more than $73,000 to the alcohol excise tax revenues to provide a $100,000 payment to its school system. Norris’s announcement came after city manager Ed Lowe reported the total fiscal 2015 excise revenues. Lowe had indicated that for the approximately eight-month period covered, excise taxes […]

Lowe addresses questions inspired by citizen inquiries

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe fielded questions posed during a recent visit from The Blount Contain. Community residents had broached some of the subjects with the newspaper and others emerged from the discussion itself. Lowe has moved his office from The Danny B. Hicks Municipal Complex to a converted space within the city-owned Little Brick Church. Some have questioned the […]

Walmart closing in Snead

Last week, Walmart announced the Snead Walmart Neighborhood Market will be closing Jan. 28. This closing is among 154 others throughout the U.S. Nine stores will close in Alabama this year while Walmart stores in Auburn, Phenix City, Montgomery, Hunstville, Dothan, and other locations will be opening. “Actively managing our portfolio of assets is essential to maintaining a healthy business,” […]

Two die in early morning house fire

As of Tuesday morning, a fire which claimed the lives of two people is still under investigation. The fire was at a home at the intersection of County Highway 30 and Old Scott Road in the Brooksville community. Authorities and firefighters responded to the call at approximately 1:40 a.m., Tuesday. Names of the two victims have not been released.

Quick check on readiness… Important information on registration and elections

You must register to vote. You knew that. If you haven’t moved or changed your name (for example, by marriage) since you last voted, you’re good to go. Otherwise, you’ll have to provide correct information on the voter list before you can vote. You should do that by re-registering in person with the Board of Registrars at the courthouse by […]

Dr. Flynt to speak

The Community Arts Council of Blount County and the Blount County Historical Society introduce an anticipated annual lyceum series with Auburn University Department of History Professor Emeritus Dr. J. Wayne Flynt. Flynt, a twice-nominated Pulitzer Prize candidate, has authored numerous award-winning works covering Southern, Florida, and, particularly, Alabama history. Beyond his scholarly works, Flynt has delivered distinguished lectures throughout the […]

No change for now, but final decision still in limbo

Same-sex marriage licenses...

Following a meeting last week of the state’s probate judges in Montgomery, at which definitive clarification of the state’s policy on same-sex marriage was hoped for, the issue remains murky. It was once again cast into confusion following Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s re-issue on Jan. 6 of last year’s administrative order to Alabama probate judges banning the issuing of […]


VILLAGE SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH will host the Durochers in concert on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. The group is a nine-member string band and vocal ensemble in the acoustic folk/rock/gospel tradition. The church is located five miles north of Pinson off Old Compton Road at Village Springs, across from the Dollar General. Phone 681- 8677 or 527-1186 for more […]