Weekend storm brings destruction

Of the scores of structures damaged by Sunday morning’s winds, Randy Casson’s house on B Street South suffered a total loss. Casson reported that while sleeping in a rear bedroom he was startled awake by the sound of the front of his house collapsing under the weight of an uprooted tree. Realizing what was happening, he said he called 911 […]

Damage mainly around Oneonta City Hall

At 1:25 Sunday morning, a storm front with heavy rain and gusting winds moved through the center of Oneonta, damaging about 50 residences, leaving behind a number of uprooted trees, along with broken limbs and power lines. The most extensive damage occurred either side of a line running perpendicular to Ala 75 and generally following the path of 2nd Street […]

Chamber membership soars; new focus on goals, activities

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce has quietly reinvigorated itself, fueled by a doubling of membership growth – from about 200 three years ago to nearly 400 today. New sustaining partners Wallace State Community College, Main Street Family Urgent Care and Jacksonville State University further strengthen the organization’s ability to deliver services to the business community and enhance the quality […]

Mother arrested for trafficking own daughter

Amy Floyd Morgan was arrested last Wednesday after she was accused of being paid for providing her daughter for sex. Morgan, 34, of St. Clair County, is charged with first-degree human trafficking, second-degree human trafficking and conspiracy to commit sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. Rama Raji Erramraju, 44, also known as Sonny, was arrested last […]

Truth, accuracy, fairness:

casualties of social media gossip

Rama Raji Erramraju, aka Sonny, and Pete Chunibhai have little in common – beyond the fact that Sonny lived at Covered Bridge Inn, which Pete manages, and owns. Sonny was arrested last week and charged with human trafficking and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, among other things. Pete knew nothing about it – found out […]

News Briefs

MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART Chapter 2213 meets the first Tuesday of each month at The Smokin Grill, 85 Purple Heart Blvd., Springville, at 6 p.m. for dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Guest speakers address subjects of interest to veterans. Contact Chaplain Cmdr. Lonnie Wadsworth at 790-1141 or email lonnie.wadsworth@windstream.net for more information. HOPE HOUSE THRIFT STORE is in […]

Reader Writes

New OBA president

I am honored and enthusiastic as I begin my term as president of theOneonta Business Association (OBA). I’m committed to advancing Oneontabusinesses. The mission of the OBA as a non-profit organization is dedication tochampioning the growth and enrichment of businesses within the city ofOneonta by providing opportunities for sharing information, networking andeducation; by fostering a sense of community among its […]

Women have fared well in Alabama politics


Hillary Clinton’s effort to break the proverbial glass ceiling in American politics came up a little short. More than 100 men have been nominated for president by the nation’s political parties over the past 220 years. She was the first female to be the nominee of one of the two major parties. After Hillary became the Democratic nominee last year, […]

Social media photos lead to new abuse charge

Photos posted to Facebook have led to more charges against a man who pleaded guilty to sex abuse of a young girl a year ago. Donald Fred Stallings, 65, of Remlap, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. The plea comes almost one year to the […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, January 21, 2009

New sheriff, Loyd Arrington, has Blount County ties Loyd Arrington, 62, who retired a year ago as captain and assistant chief of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation in Montgomery, was sworn in last Thursday afternoon as Blount County sheriff. Arrington was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to fill the unexpired term of former sheriff Danny Morton, who resigned effective Jan. […]