Recently, six assignees graduated from one of the most difficult regimens known in civilian life – the year-long, emotionally arduous but ultimately transformative experience of rehabilitation from physical drug addiction through Blount County Drug Court. As Drug Court Judge John Dobson observed in his send-off message to the graduates, the cure isn’t guaranteed to last without the hard work of […]

Lottery vote due in state House today

The lottery bill passed by the Alabama Senate last week goes to the state House of Representatives for final action this week. It went to a House committee Tuesday, likely spending the day there, and will probably move to the House floor for a vote today, according the District 34 Rep. David Standridge of Hayden. Passage will require 63 Yes […]

Work session includes Wallace-Oneonta expansion discussion

In what may soon become routine, the Oneonta City Council held a work session Aug. 16 to examine relevant topics. As discussed previously and at the session, councilors projected possible times for holding regular similar discussions. Wallace State-Oneonta building construction headed the meeting’s printed agenda. City manager/economic development officer Ed Lowe, in conducting most of the meeting, revealed campus registration […]

And the winner is…

Ashly Best!

The Oneonta resident is the winner of The Blount Countian’s latest contest. She wins a two-night stay in beautiful Gulf Shores provided by Perdido Beach Resort, The Gulf Coast Paradise. Congratulations Ashly!

Local graduate named WSCC cheer coach

Stefany Pate, 27, a 2007 Locust Fork High School graduate, has worked for Wallace State Community College (WSCC) since Feb. 2014 as the Secretary for Fine and Performing Arts and an adjunct speech professor. She now assumes the additional role of cheerleading coach. Pate holds an associate’s degree in general studies from Wallace State, where she graduated in 2012. While […]

New coffee shop on Main Street

Chuck Morrison, the owner of Miller’s Soda Shoppe in downtown Oneonta, is opening a new coffee shop. Morrison hopes that “Main Street Coffee” will be open to the public in September. The coffee shop will take over the location of Miller’s Drug Shoppe, next door to Miller’s Soda Shoppe. According to Morrison, he has wanted to open the coffee shop […]

News Perspective

If there seems to be a disconnect between the enthusiasm reflected in the superintendents’ statements above and the uproar over the selection of Michael Sentance, an education consultant from Massachusetts, to be the next state superintendent of Alabama public schools, perhaps it’s understandable. Superintendents of Alabama’s 130- odd public school systems were represented in the news media following last week’s […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY-ONEONTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will have the monthly lunch held today at noon at Grace Baptist Church at 41771 Ala 75, Snead. The program ‘A Year in Review’ will be presented by the Blount County Education Foundation. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m. at the Dalton Moss Lodge, Palisades Park, for the […]

The 1960 race for president – the first win for TV


In 1960, television was a new medium. Most Americans did not have televisions in the early 1950s. However, by 1960 the majority of the country had fallen in love with Lucy and TV. Presidential races had been run by party bosses in urban enclaves like New York and Boston. Political parties and party conventions were extremely important and the parties […]

Hope House studies new Wallace- Oneonta scholarship plan

Hope House recently received an unanticipated $5,000 contribution for an unanticipated cause: a new scholarship program for Blount County students wishing to attend Wallace State Community College at the Oneonta Campus Center. The initial donation was in memory of two individuals who made lasting contributions to Oneonta life: Bert Goodwin and Dean Phillips. The couple who made the donation wished […]