June has been like August, but water supply no problem – yet



In a survey “precipitated” by two months of well-below-normal rainfall, managers of county water departments generally said that water supplies are holding steady so far. The consensus was that could change if the moderate drought being experienced by most of the county worsens or is prolonged into the latter part of the summer . That’s when water systems, particularly those […]

City schedules work session to meet with school board



The Oneonta City Council has scheduled a work session following its regular July 12 meeting to meet with the Oneonta Board of Education. Though not specified on the city’s agenda, the purpose is presumably to resume the dialogue begun earlier this year between the city and the school board concerning the the board’s request for additional funding from the city. […]

First annual ‘Whitetail Wonders’ coming to Oneonta



The Lester Memorial United Methodist Church Men’s Group is hosting the first annual ‘Whitetail Wonders’ – a Trophies of Grace event – on Friday, Aug. 12, at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The doors open at 5 p.m. The event includes live music, a limited number of free dinners, storytelling, an inspirational testimony from Jim Porter (founder of Trophies of […]

Qualifying for municipal offices begins next week



Tuesday, July 5, begins the qualifying period for candidates intending to run for municipal offices in Blount County’s 12 municipalities. The qualifying period extends through July 19, at 5 p.m. Election day is Aug. 23. Qualifying for each town is handled by the town/city clerk. Qualifying fees are generally in the $10 to $50 range for council positions and $25 […]

We want you to have a safe and happy Fourth!



The offices of The Blount Countian will be closed Monday, July 4. Please have all material for publication in the July 6 issue to us by Friday, July 1, at 4:30 p.m.

News Briefs



BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The monthly luncheon is today at noon, at the World Outreach Center, featuring state board of education interim Superintendent Dr. Philip Cleveland, as guest speaker. See what chamber membership has to offer at an informational meeting on Thursday, July 7, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the Little Brick Church, 112 2nd Ave. Email […]

Courthouse hours for July 4 holiday



The Blount County Courthouse will be closed all day Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Normal operation, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will resume on Tuesday, July 5.

Standridge withdraws from House Speaker race



Blount County’s District 34 Rep. David Standridge has withdrawn his name from consideration for Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives. He announced last week he would not seek the position. In a statement to The Blount Countian, he said: “I am humbled by the encouragement and confidence many have shown in me during this difficult time for our state. […]

The Wood Fire Grill offers something different



Blount County’s newest restaurant, The Wood Fire Grill in Cleveland, has been packed since it officially opened last Wednesday. There are already rave reviews for the wood fire oven pizzas, Philly cheese steak, pork loin sandwich, and a new twist on an old favorite, the sweet and sour corndog which comes on a bed of fries topped with a jalapeno […]

Celebration at the pumps this July 4; autumn forecast sees cheaper gas



BOSTON – At a time of year when motorists expect gas prices to rise, prices have actually been falling, just in time for the Fourth of July when many will be hitting the road. GasBuddy predicts this Independence Day to be the cheapest since 2005. This year the United States experienced the lowest June gasoline prices in over 10 years. […]


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