Many speak on Wallace State proposal

Participants at the Oneonta-sponsored first Wallace State informational session might be divided into three groups: the enthusiastic, the guardedly supportive, and the protect our library. Oneonta city officials, the Blount County probate judge, the county economic development director, Wallace State president and officials, a local bank president, and some regular residents fell in the first group. Generally, non-titled citizenry spoke […]

Representatives react to Bentley allegations

From nuanced to no-nonsense...

Half the six-person Blount County legislative delegation sent press releases to The Blount Countian last week concerning allegations of Gov. Robert Bentley’s involvement with his chief political adviser Rebekah Mason. Two others responded with statements when contacted. Their comments follow. District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt “With a heavy heart but with a firm conviction, I am calling on Gov. Bentley […]

Superintendent details $5 million reserve fund

Oneonta City Schools

Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Douglas provided the following explanation of the school system’s $5 million bank account, in regard to ongoing discussions with the city of Oneonta on school funding. City manager Ed Lowe last week commented on the seemingly large $5 million reserve fund and questioned why it could not be used to hire an assistant band […]

City defends its school funding effort

While expressing a desire to do more, Oneonta City officials allege the city’s school funding compares favorable with other similar municipalities. City manager Ed Lowe presented figures purporting over $1.4 million Oneonta provides the system. By Lowe’s figures, Oneonta’s school contribution exceeds that of Attalla listed at $600,000 and Geneva at under $854,000. He listed two other systems, previously cited […]

Covered Bridge Players bring real-life love to the stage

Enough with the fake romantic plots Hollywood produces every other day, in First Kisses, the Covered Bridge Players prove a more down-to-earth love story is just as, if not more, impressive to watch. “We want our audiences to go away thinking that sometimes it’s the imperfect moments in life that make us who we are; it’s how we handle those […]


TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m., at the Anchor, 612 Lakeshore Drive. BLOUNT COUNTY SCHOOLS KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION will be held during the month of April at all county schools. Bring a valid birth certificate, record of immunization (blue slip), proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms. […]

Judge extends TRO for county merit board

Steven King, judge of Alabama’s 41st judicial circuit, extended his temporary restraining order (TRO) on the Blount County Merit Board’s hearing the dismissal case of former Oneonta city employee Geneva Wall. King’s extension applies until the board provides a written decision from its Jan. 28 hearing which asserted it had jurisdiction in the case. King would then be in a […]

Summing up the election year, so far


This has been an exciting election year when it comes to presidential politics. It has been an extraordinarily unusual and unpredictable presidential contest to say the least, especially on the Republican side. The GOP race began with a large field – there were 17 candidates as the race began, all with exceptional credentials. The one with the least experience and […]

Of apples, oranges, and a proposal to put schools in the city’s budget

Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe released the following statement yesterday:“I have made a proposal to put the city school system into the city’s annual budget for the mayor and council’s consideration. If found agreeable, it could be on the council’s meeting agenda as early as April 13.” If approved by the council, the initiative would represent a step forward in […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, March 29, 1934

Political Rally Saturday The people of Hayden have just completed the auditorium to their new school building. They are celebrating this event by staging a political rally to which they are inviting all candidates. Tom Skinner, assistant City Attorney, of Birmingham, has accepted an invitation to make a speech in the interest of Col. Bibb Graves for Governor. The meeting […]