Oneonta agrees to $6 million loan, woos industry

Oneonta city manager and economic development officer Ed Lowe shared Wallace State – Oneonta figures at the city council’s latest meeting. Lowe reported campus director Dr. Kelley Jones had informed him that 230 students had signed for some 500 seats for the campus’s fall term. Officials expect that figure to rise before classes begin Aug. 17. With those figures, Lowe […]

A therapy success……

Oneonta tests voting machines

Last Friday, the city of Oneonta performed a public test of the electronic voting machines that will be used in the municipal election later this month. Oneonta will have two voting machines in use for the Aug. 23 election. This was pursuant to the Alabama Administrative Code, Rule 307-X-1-04. Brian Erwin and William Blythe brought the machines, set them up […]

Blount County Gospel Choir annual concert this Sunday

The 50-voice Blount County Gospel Choir will present its 11th annual concert at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church Sunday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. The choir is essentially the same choir that first performed 11 years ago. The venue is the same. And the membership is virtually the same. Only four members have left the choir, all by urgent call […]

Sales tax referendum meetings set

A series of informational meetings on the upcoming sales tax referendum on Nov. 8 has begun for county municipalities and will continue through Oct. 17. The purpose of the meetings is to outline the facts of the sales tax proposal and distribution of proceeds, and to allow the audience to ask questions about details of the commission’s Moving Blount County […]

Spring Valley Beach Water park closes but could reopen

Acting on the recommendation of the health department, Spring Valley Beach was closed Sunday after reports of illness were received from a couple of groups that visited the park. Travis Gilliland, one of the park’s owners, says the water in the park has been tested and, depending on the results of those tests, the park could reopen this weekend. “We’ve […]

Five county towns vote for local leaders Aug. 23

Allgood, Blountsville, Hayden, Oneonta, and Snead will hold municipal elections Tuesday, Aug. 23, to elect local leaders. Allgood will elect three town council members. Blountsville will elect a mayor. Hayden will elect one council member. Oneonta will elect four city council members and a member of the city school board. Snead will elect a mayor and a town council member. […]


The company whose contract for the courthouse renovation project was terminated as reported in last week’s commission meeting was incorrectly identified. The company’s correct name is Richard Sprouse Construction Company Inc.

Oneonta Police investigating possible assault

The Oneonta Police Department is investigating after an Oneonta man was found bleeding and unconscious at his home. Dr. Joe Tipton, 83, was found Monday evening at his home on Fourth Avenue West and Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman said the circumstances have led to a criminal investigation. “There are certain things about what was found at the scene that […]

Merit board hearing set

Chairman Bill Newman of the Blount County Merit Board has confirmed scheduling of the Wall vs. City of Oneonta hearing for Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the county commission hearing room of the courthouse. Wall has challenged the city’s action as an improper dismissal. Newman indicates his board has also reserved the room for Aug. 30, should the case […]