Former Blount County educator appointed to top state education job

Phillip Cleveland of Horton was named interim State Superintendent of Education last week by vote of the board of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). He began the new job Friday. Cleveland taught agriscience education at J.B. Pennington High School from 1997 to 2001. He served as assistant principal there from 2001 to 2002 and principal from 2002 to […]

Man dies in shootout with officers near Brooksville

An unidentified man died following a shootout mid-morning Tuesday with law enforcement officers on U.S. 278 near the Brooksville intersection with Ala 79. According to Tim Kent, operations director with the Blount County Sheriff’s Department, the man began a shooting spree in Marshall County, when he fired on a Kilpatrick concrete truck. That was followed by shooting into at least […]

Decrees and spending

highlight Oneonta council meeting

With its usual unanimity, the Oneonta City Council voted to approve four decrees and spend some $35,000. Proclamations set April 29 as Sexual Violence Remembrance Day and April 30 as Jacksonville State University Day in Oneonta. One resolution endorsed the efforts of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, while a second honors Wallace State Community College during Community College Month. The expenditures […]

Wife must testify against husband

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis E. Odell ruled that Amy Nicole Cox must testify against her husband, former Cleveland High math teacher and coach Matthew Wester. Cox was 18 when in 2014 she became involved with Wester, who was 38 at the time and a teacher at her high school. Odell’s ruling means that Cox is not protected by spousal […]

Painter wins District 2 runoff

Blountsville resident Mike Painter (pictured right) defeated incumbent Carthal Self in the April 12 runoff for District 2 county commissioner by a vote of 733 to 502. Painter, now the Republican nominee for the office, is unopposed in the Nov. 8 general election, since there are no Democratic candidates for the office. He will take office the week following the […]

NEWS Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, April 21, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Guest speaker will be Mat Arnold, president of the Marshall County Economic Development Council. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s Restaurant. Dr. Jack Bradford will speak on the topic of AARP updates. BLOUNT […]

Blount County sales tax bill goes to Governor

Having already passed in the state House of Representatives, the bill authorizing a vote of the people of Blount County on a 1- cent countywide sales tax increase passed the Senate late Tuesday afternoon. It will go to the Governor for signature today (Wednesday.) Assuming it is signed by the Governor, the bill authorizes the county to include yes and […]

Update on new business projects in progress

Partly as a reflection of optimism over the planned coming of the Wallace State – Oneonta Campus Center to downtown Oneonta, the local economy shows signs of responding with several local business projects. That prospect is given momentum by Wallace State’s already published slate of courses to be offered at the temporary campus facility this summer. Five projects are bona […]

Faster Internet needed for town hall phone upgrade


Approximately five months ago, the Cleveland Town Council hired Adam Stephens to update the phones in the town hall. However, the new phones will be fiber optic which presents a problem because that means the phone service will now go through the Internet. The council could not find out who services their firewall and are left with two options: either […]

‘Conversations on Consent’ coming soon to City Hall

Is it OK with you if we have sex now? Find out where that question goes from there at a public forum called ‘Conversations on Consent,’ to be held at Oneonta City Hall on Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. If anything further is needed to put the subject into perspective for you, understand that April is National Sexual Assault […]