Susan Moore wins dogfight

Armstrong opposed to tax plan

Moving Blount County Forward

District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong has been the most steadfast and outspoken opponent of the Moving Blount County Forward sales tax increase action plan since it was first in the talking stages more than a year ago. The tax increase proposal contained in the Moving Blount County Forward action plan will appear on the ballot Nov. 8 for county residents […]

New downtown event signals Covered Bridge Festival’s approach

More by fortuity than by design, a brand-new event this year – Dinner Downtown – serves as a bellwether for the Covered Bridge Festival, coming on the dinner’s heels by less than a week. That’s right, it’s being called Dinner Downtown, set for Tuesday, Oct. 18, only four days before the festival opens on Saturday, Oct. 22. But there’s no […]

Oneonta budget reflects added categories

The record $7,822,500 Oneonta city budget for 2016-2017 includes an additional line item for the city’s school system. While listed as a $435,000 expenditure, the actual budgeted city outlay stands at only $122,000, since the school board reimburses the city $313,000 toward school indebtedness paid from that account. While the budget figures do not break down total salaries as an […]

News Briefs

BLOUNT COUNTY SOLAR HOMES TOUR will be Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. The five-home guided tour is offered in the Royal community and features homes that are both energy efficient and use solar technologies that are clean and renewable. Email or phone 429- 3088 to register. CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK MOTORCYCLE RIDE will be Saturday, Oct. 8, with […]

Snead goes to the dogs

Snead police Chief Alan Hicks introduced Didi, his department’s newest officer, at the town’s first council meeting of September. Didi comes to the town from the Netherlands by a federal grant partially procured through Blountsville resident Robert Sandusky. The 16-month-old German Shepherd offers the police an additional drug-fighting tool. Her estimated $6,800 training prepared her to locate various prescription medications […]

Probate Judge, chief clerk get professional certificates

Chief clerk Bonnie Montey, left, and Probate Judge Chris Green both received certificates recently from the Alabama Law Institute for completion of the ‘Law for Probate Judges’ course. The course covered subjects such as probate of will, administration of estates, commitments to mental facilities, adoptions guardianships, conservatorships, eminent domain, election laws, real estate, and general courtroom procedure. The course was […]

Fall armyworms ‘worst ever’

‘The fall armyworm infestation in pasture and hayfields this summer and fall is the worst one I’ve seen in my 26 years,’ said Dan Porch, county agent in the Blount County Cooperative Extension office. The photo at right shows large mature worms (quarter for size comparison) and one small one, curled up in the center. ‘I’d agree it’s been a […]

Politics in 2016 and Julian McPhillips


During this election year I have watched all the politics on television. In order to judge the coverage, I have perused all the channels. Over the years political observers have bemoaned the fact that certain networks are biased. Folks, I am here to tell you they are. There is no doubt Fox is a Republican channel and MSNBC and CNN […]

Efforts continue to enhance Polk Park

Interested parties met on the resurfaced basketball court last week to explore ways to continue restoring and enhancing Polk Park in the Sand Valley community of Oneonta. From the left, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, park proponent Mitchell Hill, and Oneonta city councilman Tim McNair. Hill and his associates want to restore the park and make it into ‘a fully […]