Community leaders begin ACE strategic planning

A group of community leaders met last week with a team of Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) coordinators to begin the strategic planning process that leads to certification of Oneonta as an official ACE community. A number of benefits, including access to grants and marketing assistance, accompany that designation. Although turnout was considered light, the planning process began with an […]

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Alabama Splash Adventure annual Coasterthon this Friday

Alabama Splash Adventure Water and Amusement Park (ASA) in Bessemer will be hosting their second-annual “Coasterthon” on Friday, June 10, from 3 a.m. until 9 a.m. to benefit Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Anyone who registers and can raise $100 will be permitted to ride ‘The Rampage’ all night. The park will be open for normal operation at 10:30 a.m., giving […]

Summer brings yard sale season

School is out and summer is here; to bargain hunters, this also means it is yard sale season. Yard sales, garage sales, or tag sales – no matter what you choose to call them – have become a summer weekend custom all over the country. Whether hosting their own or searching for a great deal, people love yard sales. What […]

Merit board votes to hear Wall case

The Blount County Merit Board voted 3-2 to take jurisdiction over the case of dismissed city of Oneonta employee Geneva Wall. Removed in December of 2015, Wall has fought that action within city channels and beyond. Wall had appealed to the merit board after the Oneonta City Council had upheld Mayor Ross Norris’s dismissal action. The city holds that Wall […]

News Briefs

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, June 10 and 24, beginning at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions. BLOUNTSVILLE HISTORICAL PARK will offer a basket weaving class on Saturday, June 11, beginning at 9 a.m. ‘Family Movie Night in the Park’ will […]

County eases forward

Economic snapshot...

“We’re experiencing slow, steady, measured growth. Sometimes, there’s a certain level of impatience with that, but I think it’s a good way to serve this community,” said Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe in a brief interview sandwiched between breaks in a meeting on broader aspects of economic development last week. Lowe unintentionally summarized the results of three interviews – his […]

Municipal elections set for Aug. 23

Blount County’s 12 municipalities will observe Aug. 23 as election day this year for mayors and town or city council members, with a runoff election scheduled for Oct. 4, where needed. The last day to register to vote in municipal elections is Aug. 10 for those not already registered to vote in county, state, and federal elections administered by the […]

Cooper appointed to governor’s committee

Roger Cooper, owner and administrator of The Jacobs House in Hayden, was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to the Board of Examiners of Assisted Living Administrators for the state of Alabama. This board is charged with overseeing licensing procedures of assisted living administrators, as well as investigations within assisted living facilities. “It is exciting to be chosen over all of […]


In last week’s report on the meeting of the Snead Town Council, it should have been noted that Woodmen of the World donated the flag and the pole and the town is going to install the pole at the Snead Senior Citizens Center. A dedication ceremony has been scheduled for Flag Day, June 14, at 10 a.m.