Following are concise profiles for all of the candidates running for municipal elective office in Blount County. These are the names that will appear on the ballots respectively for the five municipalities that will hold elections on Aug. 23: Allgood, Blountsville, Hayden, Snead, and Oneonta. The designation (I) following a name denotes an incumbent. The first four towns listed will […]
The last day to register to vote in municipal elections is Monday, Aug. 8. The paper last week erroneously reported that deadline to be Aug. 10. The date has been changed one or more times since it was first announced earlier in the year. Those who are already registered to vote in national, state, and county elections (and have not […]
According to Blount County Merit Board member Brett King, the body is considering a tentative hearing on Aug. 29 or 30 on the legality of Oneonta City employee Geneva Wall’s dismissal. The city dismissed Wall in December. She has prevailed in previously contested points to reach the final hearing stage.
Highland Lake to borrow $70,000 for lake purchase Highland Lake Town Council authorized Mayor Frank L. Lucas Saturday morning to borrow enough money to be combined with a community development block grant (CDBG) to enable the municipality to buy Lake Highland and some 20 contiguous acres from Bill Towns. The state has provided $70,000 toward the $140,000 needed to make […]
Sidney Hoover, executive director of Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE), last week outlined the organization’s process currently being implemented in Oneonta. She told the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience that it unfolds in three stages: (1) assessment of strengths and weaknesses, (2) leadership development, strategic planning (3-5 years), and establishing a non-profit development organization, and (3) comprehensive planning […]
Expressing concern over continued traffic congestion, Snead Councilman Greg Ogles won approval to pursue installation of a traffic signal to replace the four-way stop at the town’s main crossroads. Ogles said traffic on U.S. 278 “has nearly reached Whitley’s Feed and Farm Supply” on some afternoons. He and others contend that once schools begin again, the problem will escalate further. […]
As head coach Mike Burkett said at media day last week, the 2015 season was a disaster for the Southeastern Mustangs. Injuries gutted an already thin roster and the second half of the season was a battle against attrition. The Mustangs limped to a 1-9 mark a year ago and struggled on both sides of the ball, averaging just 3.8 […]