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Oneonta recognizes citizens, makes reappointments



The Oneonta City Council voted to declare Oct. 16 “Agnes Stockdale Hodge Day” in recognition of the 99 year-old retired educator. Hodge, a graduate of Alabama State University, taught in the Oneonta City School system over 30 years, first at Southside School and later at Oneonta Elementary School. Members then expressed appreciation to employee Felipe Vargas and former board member […]

Oneonta superintendent reports ‘State of the Schools’



The following is a substantially condensed summary of a presentation Oneonta City Schools Superintendent Michael Douglas made to a group of parents and interested community members at the school auditorium last Thursday night. He asked that the boxed notice be given special attention. School demographics• Total enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . […]

2016 drought impacts Blount County agriculture



How dry is it? Well, it is so dry that last week I saw three trees chasing the same dog! This is the driest I have ever seen for this time of year in my career in Extension. I do recall some talk about a drought in the mid-70s that affected our yields in Alabama, but this has to rank […]

Jail repairs highlight commission actions

Blount County Commission...

Sheriff Loyd Arrington appeared before the Blount County Commission Monday to recommend repairs and upgrades to the county jail, resulting from damage and construction deficiencies discovered as a result of the recent escape of two inmates from the facility. The two inmates managed to cut a 2×2- foot hole in the jail wall. As a result, it was discovered that […]

News Briefs



BLOUNT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FLU CLINIC will be today from 9 a.m until 4 p.m., for those 6 months and older. Cost is $5 for those with no insurance. Medic-aid, Blue Advantage, Medicare (red, white, and blue card), ALLKids, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurances accepted. Phone 274-2120 for more info. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 10 […]

Snead approves $360,000 meter-purchase loan



Voting to complete the purchase of radio-read meters for its utilities department, the Snead Town Council agreed to borrow $360,000 from Liberty Bank. The loan will permit the addition of around 1430 meters to the more than 300 already purchased and installed. Town clerk Rae Ware emphasized the timeliness of the purchase, noting that the previously prepared March quote would […]

COC Director of the year



The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama presented Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Diane Poole the Chamber Executive of the Year Award, recognizing exemplary performance and leadership of an Alabama chamber executive to his or her local chamber. Criteria that were evaluated included experience, training, and education, service to CCAA and chamber colleagues, ethical conduct, professionalism, leadership, non-chamber […]

Routine business handled by Cleveland Town Council



Cleveland Mayor Jerry Jones opened last week’s council meeting recognizing former Councilman Ed Baty, who had passed away earlier in the week. Jones told those in attendance that Baty was instrumental in helping bring the medical clinic to Cleveland. In old business, the council passed a noise ordinance that prohibits the use of “jake brakes” or dynamic breaking devices on […]

Susan Moore scores late to upend Vinemont



The Susan Moore Bulldogs broke a 21- 21 tie with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns to take down Vinemont 35- 21 last Friday night in Cullman County. Both touchdowns came from senior Angel Duarte. The first, a 33-yard run, gave the Bulldogs a 28-21 lead with just 3:09 to play. The second score broke the back of the Eagles as […]


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