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Commission adopts revised subdivision regulations

In a 3-1 split with District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong casting the dissenting vote, the Blount County Commission adopted revised subdivision regulations at its regular monthly meeting Monday. Armstrong told The Blount Countian the main reason he opposed the regulations was that they impose a requirement on subdivision builders and contractors to provide a level of quality on subdivision roads […]

Personnel moves dominate July meeting


The Blount County Board of Education is readying for the start of the 2016-2017 school year and several personnel decisions were made at last week’s meeting. The only administrative spot filled was at Hayden Middle School where former Oneonta teacher/coach Don Camp was hired as the assistant principal. He replaces Suzette Johnson, who was named principal of Hayden Middle School […]

Representative salaries/ wages for selected county government and school system jobs

To aid citizens in assessing the cost/benefit of county government and county school systems, The Blount Countian requested information on compensation of elected and selected upper-level employees in those organizations. A lower limit of $40,000 was arbitrarily chosen for county titles, with the exceptions appearing at the bottom of the county column. Both of those exceptions are elected officials. All […]

Recycle program comes to a halt (and may end)

The photo you see is the reason Oneonta is at least temporarily suspending its recycling program. Some residents – not all – decided that the recycling dumpster could be used as a dump, and that’s a shame. ‘It’s been a good program,’ said Oneonta city manager Ed Lowe. ‘Unfortunately, it’s gotten to the point that it just doesn’t work like […]

Dates to remember

With less than a month of summer break remaining, Oneonta City School and Blount County Schools are getting ready to welcome students back for the 2016-2017 school year. The following dates have been announced: ONEONTA CITY SCHOOL Oneonta City School teachers will begin their school year on Aug. 1, and the schools will reopen for students on Aug. 4. Orientation […]

Oneonta Board of Education approves further changes

In a special meeting called July 12, the Oneonta Board of Education approved further changes recommended by Superintendent Michael Douglas, in preparation for the upcoming fall semester. Personnel matters The board approved: • voluntary re-assignment of teacher Patricia Watson from first grade to second grade. • employment of Crystal Studdard and Crystal Pendleton as special education aides for the 2016-2017 […]

ACE planners settle on ‘Get Connected’

At the second meeting of the primary team of community representatives working toward Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) certification, the working group settled on providing Wi- Fi service at the Oneonta Recreation Park as a civic project to initiate and implement as a model for future efforts toward city improvement. The project has been dubbed “Get Connected.” Ultimately, through future […]


In the June 15 edition, The Blount Countian reported that District 1 has been awarded a $500,000 grant to make drainage corrections and intersection improvements at the junction of Ala 160 and Standholton Drive. Drainage corrections are indeed to be made at Standholton Drive, but intersection improvements in the form of new turn lanes are scheduled for the nearby intersection […]

Public notice on spending public funds for Wallace State open-ended

by Ron Gholson The city of Oneonta has published a public notice this week notifying the public of the city’s intent to spend public money to benefit Wallace State Community College at its temporary location in Oneonta. In a follow-up telephone interview, city manager Ed Lowe said the public notice is required by law to notify the public – prior […]

News Briefs

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS The Blount County chapter meets Mondays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 8 a.m. Alanon meets Mondays at noon. Both groups meet in Allgood. For information and directions to the meetings, phone 274-7780 or 274-0596. BLOUNT COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION meets every fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Resource Center in Cleveland. Phone Charlene […]