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Legislators provide update at West Blount Chamber meeting

Three members of Blount County’s legislative delegation provided a preview of issues facing the upcoming legislative session at a meeting hosted by the West Blount Chamber of Commerce last Thursday night. Representing the delegation were District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt of Trussville, District 34 Rep. David Standridge of Hayden, and District 13 Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper. Highlights Standridge spoke […]


Tax proposal modified in special meeting; unit system creeps forward

In a 3-0 vote with District 2 Commissioner Carthal Self abstaining, the Blount County Commission Thursday rescinded two provisions of its Dec. 14 1-cent sales tax resolution. Self, who had voted against the original resolution, abstained saying he had “already voted my conviction” on the matter. Tax resolution action Removed from the resolution was provision 2, authorizing collection of an […]

High schools reclassify for 2016-2018

The Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) last week announced the new athletic classifications and alignments for the next two academic years. Classification numbers are for students in grades 10- 12 plus ninth-grade holdbacks. These numbers were provided for each school by the Alabama Department of Education. Five of Blount County’s eight high schools will stay in the same classification […]

Man hospitalized after wreck ends two-county chase

An Oneonta man was injured Friday after leading police on a chase that started in Blount County and ended with him wrecking in Jefferson County. Greg Fowler, 37, was trapped inside an SUV for approximately 30 minutes before rescue personnel could free him from the vehicle. He was taken to UAB Hospital where he is being treated for multiple serious […]


RAPE RESPONSE AND SANE FACILITY will have an open house to introduce the new facility to the public tomorrow, Jan. 28, from 3:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., at 202 2nd Avenue West, Oneonta. The open house will allow the community to tour the newly rennovated space and learn more about the services offered by the Crisis Center. The doors will […]

Work accident sends man to hospital

A work-place accident Friday sent a man to UAB Hospital. The man was an employee of Oneonta Discount Building Supply and was on the yard helping to unload delivery when he was pinned between a forklift and an 18-wheeler. The 54-yard-old man was taken to UAB Hospital where he underwent surgery. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Oneonta police chief comments on DUI arrests

Since the city of Oneonta legalized the sale of alcohol, DUIs have either remained steady or dropped in total, according to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman. “There has been really no change over the past few months, and it’s no longer against the law to possess unopened alcoholic beverages in the city limits, so those cases no longer exist,” he […]

Alabama treasure

A big thank you to our Community Arts Council and Historical Society for inviting the venerable Dr. Wayne Flynt to address students and adults in the kick-off of Blount County’s annual lyceum series. I have had the great pleasure of meeting and hearing Dr. Flynt, and he is surely one of Alabama’s “living treasures.” I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunity to hear […]

Closing after 102 years

It is with a heavy heart that I announce the closing of my father’s business, Fendley Furniture, which my family has operated since 1914. My dad, Charles, has tried to keep the business open, but due to health concerns, it is no longer possible. My family and I would like to thank the many generations of Blount countians who have helped us keep the […]