Palmer holds town hall meeting, visits county venues

At a town hall meeting at the Little Brick Church last week, District 6 U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer warmed the audience up with this opening observation:‘Well, by way of overview, I’ll tell you Washington, D. C. , gets more messed up every day.’ (Timing pause.) ‘But compared to what’s going on in Montgomery…’ He let it hang there and audience […]

Cleveland principals to retire


The Blount County Board of Education handled several personnel matters last week, including the retirement of the principals of Cleveland Elementary and Cleveland High. Randy Walker (pictured at left) has been principal of Cleveland Elementary for almost five years and has 33 years in education. He served previously as principal of the Learning Center (former Multi- Needs Center) for six […]

Rotary Dodgeball Tournament

this Saturday

The Rotary Club of Oneonta will host its second annual Dodgeball Tournament this Saturday, April 16, at 5 p.m., in the McDaniel Gym. This is the Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser. Up to 16 teams can register, and there are only a few slots left. Teams can have from 6 to 10 players, and the entry fee is $200. The teams […]

Studdard wins Young Heroes Award

Austin Studdard, a senior at Oneonta High School, has been selected as one of five recipients of the 2016 Young Heroes of Alabama Award, which is given for overcoming adversity. Studdard, the first from OHS to win this distinguished honor, definitely knows about overcoming adversity. When James and Crystal Studdard’s first son was born, they never imagined how sick he’d […]

Commission awards bid for courthouse renovation

The Blount County Commission at its business meeting Monday awarded the bid for renovation to the front entrance of the courthouse. The new design adds a ramp for the disabled to access the building through the front entrance and reconfigures the existing steps and sidewalks to accommodate space requirements for the ramp. The bid was awarded to Richard Sprouse Construction […]

NEWS Briefs

REMLAP NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH will meet tomorrow, April 14, at 7 p.m., at Remlap Methodist Church. Residents are invited to take part and become involved to help secure the community from break-ins and theft of property. BLOUNT COUNTY LEPC The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet tomorrow, April 14, at 9 a.m., at the Blount County EMA office in the Blount […]

Blount County tax referendum bill stuck in Senate

Scofield to the rescue....

The Blount County local bill providing for a referendum of the people in November on a proposed 1-cent countywide sales tax increase, passed the House of Representatives last week and moved to the Senate for final passage, according to District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd, the member of the Blount County delegation who sponsored the bill. In the Senate, however, it […]

Mer it board submits opinion

in Geneva Wall v. city of Oneonta

As requested by Steven King, judge of Alabama’s 41st Judicial Circuit, the Blount County Merit Board submitted a written opinion in the Geneva Wall v. City of Oneonta case. Wall has challenged her dismissal as an employee by the city of Oneonta. The city has contended that Wall does not have legal standing to appeal her dismissal to the board. […]

Casting call announced for ‘ To Kill a Mockingbird’

Auditions for The Blount County Community Arts Council’s production of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ will be held Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at Neely Arts Center downtown. Multiple parts must be filled including men, women, and children of both races for the Harper Lee classic of prejudice, justice, and their terrifying contradictions […]

Agri-Business Center finishes 2015 in the black

The Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center ended the 2015 fiscal year on Sept. 30, 2015, showing an increase in unrestricted net assets, or profit, of $67,502 on 2015 operations, according to the annual audit released March 15. Included in income for the period was $29,560 in combined revenues from grants received from the city of Oneonta and the Blount County Commission. […]