Courthouse renovation begins



Construction began last week on renovations which will restore the front entrance as a public entrance to the Blount County Courthouse. The project will entail building a ramp on the left side (as you face the building) of the steps leading up to the lobby, to render the entryway compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Ramp construction and redesign […]

Here! (almost)



It’s coming – not this coming weekend, but next weekend – Friday and Saturday week, June 3 and 4, to be precise. To make sure there’s no mistake, you gotta understand this here’s the teaser. The actual event is still a week and change away. It’s the annual street festival that officially kicks off summertime in Blount County, where the […]

Courthouse Hours for Memorial Day



The Blount County Courthouse will be closed all day Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Normal operations, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

Divided merit board to vote again June 1



With member Robert Sanford absent, the Merit Board of Blount County split 2-2 in its jurisdictional hearing on dismissed Oneonta city employee Geneva Wall. Wall’s status as a merit employee hinges on whether or not she served as a department head. Members Brett King and Gary McGill voted she was, while chair Bill Newman and secretary Tim Frye concluded otherwise. […]

Summer camps set to begin next week



This is the sixth year that the Blount County Education Foundation is offering more than 30 camps for Blount County students, according to executive director Mitchie Neel. There are so many amazing opportunities for the students and there is no limit on how many camps a student can attend. Thanks to a grant, the students can attend at no cost […]

Classes start tomorrow, May 26; registration still open

Wallace State - Oneonta

Classes will begin at Wallace State’s Oneonta campus tomorrow, May 26. As of Monday, May 23, 138 students are registered for the upcoming summer term, with more expected by Thursday. All courses offered on the summer schedule remain open as of Tuesday, and summer registration will remain open through the first day of classes. “Summer is a great time to […]

NEWS Briefs



MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY ON AGING or M4A, has designated May as Older Americans Month. There will be a free program and lunch for seniors age 60 and older tomorrow, May 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at Bethel Baptist Church in Snead. There will be door prizes awarded and free health screenings. PICTURE MAKERS PHOTO CLUB will meet […]

Kid’s Day a big success



The Blount Farmer’s Federation would thank the following businesses and organizations for their help in making the 2016 “Kid’s Day on the Farm” a big success: -Blount County Young Farmers, Farm City, and Women’s Leadership Committees -Blount County FFA and FCCLA -Blount County Cattlemen’s Association Education -Blount County and Oneonta Boards of -Blount County- Oneonta Agri- Business Center -Barber’s Milk […]

Incoming commissioners hesitant on countywide 1-cent sales taxa

Moving Blount County Forward...

Last week, The Blount Countian gave the four serving county commissioners an opportunity to express themselves (they did) on “Moving Blount County Forward,” the countywide 1-cent sales tax proposal, itself moving forward toward a Nov. 8 referendum. This week, commissioners-elect Mike Painter (District 2) and Nick Washburn (District 4) get the same questions. Why ask them? They weren’t involved in […]

Oneonta Board of Education approves personnel actions



The Oneonta School Board approved superintendent Michael Douglas’s recommendations dealing with end-of-term personnel matters at its regular meeting Monday, May 23. Following executive session to discuss good name and character of individuals, the board approved the following: Re-employment with tenure: • Dan Bell, sixth-grade reading • Brad Mitchell, seventh-grade math • Beth Hypes, third grade Re-employment but not granting tenure: […]


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