Rape charge for Birmingham man after incident at J.B. Pennington

“I think that this proved that our protocols and procedures worked,” said Blount County Superintendent Rodney Green.“The office staff did what they are taught to do and it helped lead to the arrest.” Green is referring to an incident at J.B. Pennington High School on Jan. 25 where a 35- year-old Birmingham man tried to check a 14-year-old student out […]

Ambassadors host again

Renewing their long-standing partnership with the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce and the chamber luncheon, Blount County Ambassadors – two chapters of them, no less – hosted last week’s special luncheon at World Outreach Center for all six members of Blount County’s legislative delegation. Hosting were the Hayden High School Ambassadors and the Cleveland Elementary School Ambassadors. Ambassadors are members […]

Miller Road Bridge closed

The Miller Road bridge is closed until further notice. The masonry abutment of the bridge, spanning Mud Creek off Irvin Lane in the Miller Settlement near the Marshall County line east of Snead, was undermined by the scouring action of floodwaters from the Christmas night rain event. It will be closed until it can be determined whether federal funding can […]

Mayor presents Oneonta schools $100,000 check

Despite a near second oversight, the Oneonta City Council succeeded in presenting its city school system a $100,000 check. Mayor Ross Norris had announced the payment at the city’s first meeting in January. After questioning by The Blount Countian, officials realized they had not voted to authorize that figure. In the second January meeting, Norris reached for the check facsimile […]

New areas for basketball, baseball, softball

The new classifications and alignments released last month by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) meant quite a bit of change for Blount County’s high school football teams. The same can be said for other sports, as well. Every school in the county gets an almost completely new area alignment for other sports, as well, and for some schools […]


J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL Student Government Association will host a LIFESouth Blood Drive on Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the school. THE BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION will meet Monday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., in the boardroom at 204 Second Ave. East, Oneonta. BEGINNING BEEKEEPING CLASSES for members of the Blount County Beekeepers Association […]

A Preview of the 2016 Legislative Session

As the 2016 session of the Alabama Legislature begins, I want to give you a short preview of the issues that are likely to be at the forefront of debate. The General Fund again will be the most pressing issue. The challenge is the costs of certain programs like Medicaid and corrections are out-growing the tax receipts to support them. […]

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. (Check to see if your name is included in Section B). You should do that by re-registering […]

Landslide Lyndon and the 1948 Texas senate


There are a good many stories about elections of the 1940s and 50s where votes were bought and elections stolen. The most brazen and blatant stealing of an election occurred in the 1948 race for the U.S. Senate in Texas. The players were Coke Stevenson and Lyndon B. Johnson. Therefore, it can also be classified as one of the most […]

Tortillas Sabinas stages significant growth spurt

When a company steps up the size of its operation by a factor of nearly 10, you might call that a dramatic growth spurt. But in keeping with owner Raul Gonzales’ understated but highly congenial personality, we describe it as merely “significant.” It’s definitely that, as the producer of quality corn and wheat tortillas used in the preparation of a […]