And the winner is…



…Valley Ford! Their Grinch-themed display (at right) won first place in the Oneonta Business Association’s fourth annual holiday decorating contest. Second-place winner TLC Nursing Center (below) and third-place winner Kim Lee State Farm Insurance (bottom right) chose traditional decorating schemes. TLC Nursing Center also won people’s choice honors. Honorable mention was awarded to Artsy One Designs, Elegant Touch, and Weather’s […]

Precious memories

A Blount County sampler...

In the spirit of the season, The Blount Countian invited a number of well-known people around the county to submit their favorite Christmas memories to the newspaper for this article, if the spirit moved them. These are the stories, edited for brevity, of those who responded. Allen Armstrong, Blount County commissioner, District 1 “My favorite Christmas memory would have to […]

Oneonta purchases more property



Oneonta councilors voted to draw $735,000 from the city’s HomeTown Bank line to complete purchases of downtown property. The city will officially acquire the present temporary Wallace State-Oneonta campus property from HomeTown, the former downtown Alaco building site, and the presently vacant former Fendley Furniture building. The city razed the former Alaco building a few weeks ago and plans to […]

Snead identifies communication needs



Following what appeared to have initially been conflicting accounts at the latest Snead Town Council meeting, former police chief, mayor, and current councilor Tim Kent proposed a meeting between town officers and employees to address any misunderstandings. Kent spoke of the need to recognize that “we’re just one big family.” Kent’s proposal came after current Mayor La’Shone Price directed comments […]

Chamber breakfast-goers hear Korean Christmas miracle



The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas program Dec. 14 at Heritage Golf, with a quiet observance sponsored by Lester Memorial United Methodist Church. Lester Memorial pastor Barry Hallman (right) told the story of American Army soldiers summoned to help Korean refugees whose village had been destroyed by North Korean forces during the Korean War. A blizzard […]

Reader Writes

Kudos to Wilson

I applaud Joey Wilson for his willingness to pay for a 1/4 page ad in lastweek’s The Blount Countian to express his opinion for which he obviously hasstrong personal convictions. He purchased the ad to express his dismay thathis town’s Christmas decorations were devoid of any religious theme or referenceto the Christ child. How many people today are willing to […]

Call her ‘madame president’



by Ron Gholson Danna Standridge, (right) wife of Blount County’s District 34 Rep. David Standridge, has been elected president of the Alabama Legislative Club for an upcoming term of two years, beginning with the 2017 session of the Legislature. She has previously served as chaplain of the group. The Legislative Club is made up of the spouses of members of […]

Man dies in head-on collision



A Warrior man died in an accident Saturday afternoon after the ATV he was driving collided head-on with a Dodge pickup. The accident happened around 3 p.m. Saturday on Red Hill School Road in western Blount County. Blake Elliott Steeley, 34, was driving an Artic Cat UTV and was seriously injured in the collision. He was transported from the scene […]

HVAC bids approved for Southeastern field house

Blount County Board of Education

During last week’s called meeting, the Blount County Board of Education approved a pair of bids for installation of the heating and air conditioning system in the new football field house at Southeastern School. The two bids – one to R.E. Michel Co. of Cullman for $51,217.70 and the other to Mingledorff’s of Birmingham for $37,805 – add up to […]

Christmas memories

From the newspaper staff...

The following Christmas stories were submitted on short notice by The Blount Countian staff. Rob Rice, owner and editor-in-chief I’ve been on this earth for 48 years now so that means there have been probably 45 or so Christmases that I’ve been aware of. It’s very hard to single out just one memory or gift from those 45. Of course, […]


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