Let freedom ring…

The Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence (DSDI), met at the Blountsville Historical Park on July 4 to host a program including the ringing of a bell. Blountsville resident O.K. Alexander is a descendent of John Witherspoon, the only preacher to have signed the Declaration of Independence. There were 56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence, […]

Oneonta announces qualifying and school tax holiday

The Oneonta City Council announced the beginning of qualifying for mayor, council, and school board elections. The mayor, all council seats, and school board places 1, 3, and 5 are to appear on the Aug. 23 election ballot. Qualifying began this week. The council voted for the city to participate in the tax free school holiday set for Aug. 5-7. […]

County municipalities respond to local government salary survey

To provide citizens with information on salaries of officials and other employees of local government, The Blount Countian requested that information for mayors, council members, heads of town functions such as police and water departments, and certain other employees of the county’s 12 municipalities. The information received is shown below. In a separate article, the newspaper will provide salary information […]

Locust Fork football team lives ‘God, team, me’

Locust Fork head football coach Chris Musso has his players excited about moving from 4A to 3A this year and there are plenty of things to do to get ready for the upcoming season. Not all of those take place in the weight room or on the practice field. The team’s 39 players have come together under the motto, “God, […]

Successful blood drive at Lester Memorial

Lester Memorial United Methodist Church and Red Cross of Alabama hosted a successful blood drive last Thursday, collecting 29 units. Because there are so many ways to use units of blood – platelets, plasma, red blood cells, and whole blood – these donations could impact as many as 87 patients, according to Pam Fikes, donor recruiter of Red Cross of […]

News Briefs

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY EXERCISE CLASSES will be Fridays, July 8 and 22, Aug. 12 and 26, and Sept. 9 and 23, at 10 a.m., at the Frank Green Building auditorium. Exercises are approved by the American Arthritis Association and classes are free to attend. Phone Sonya at 625-6079 with questions. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE will hold the regular council meeting […]


Hope House director Bud Jones (pictured, left) recently received the Adult Education Contributor of the Year Award at the state conference of the Alabama Association for Public Continuing and Adult Education. Jones and the Hope House received the award for sustained efforts over 12 years to assist county residents in furthering their education by attending Wallace State GED classes at […]

Oneonta police arrest three

An investigation that started in Oneonta led to the arrest of two men in a case that eventually involved multiple crimes and agencies. Investigators with the Oneonta Police Department were working a burglary case from June 10 when a vehicle theft occurred in the same area on June 13. Information concerning the stolen vehicle later led to authorities tying the […]

Teen dies while attempting to hang a tire swing

Oneonta Middle School student Alexsis Payne, 13, died Saturday night at Children’s of Alabama in Birmingham after sustaining injuries while attempting to hang a tire swing at her home on Painter Road in Susan Moore. Around 6 p.m. on Friday, the teen reportedly climbed a tree to install the swing and fell from the tree. According to Blount County Sheriff’s […]

Municipal election dates to remember

The following dates pertain to municipal elections. Qualifyint began yesterday and will end Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. Election day is Tuesday, Aug. 23. Run-off elections, if needed, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 4. Other important dates July 19 (5 p.m.): last day to qualify to run for municipal office July 26: deadline for absentee ballots to be delivered to […]