Hayden High’s Karron Standridge honored at the White House



Karron Standridge, the guidance counselor at Hayden High School, was named the Alabama Guidance Counselor of the Year. She was invited to Washington, D.C., to be honored at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. Standridge said she got an e-mail one day at school saying that she was being considered for the honor of Alabama Guidance Counselor of […]

Hoopin’ it up



Another judge to help speed justice in county? Don’t hold your breath

News Perspective

Not too long ago, the prospect of getting a third judge – a second circuit judge – in Blount County seemed a fairly reasonable expectation. That statement is based on three presentations made to the county commission over the last five years, drawing attention to the problem and to the need to address it in order to assure speedy trials […]

Council praises city workers and others in storm recovery



During their regular comments, Oneonta City Council members expressed appreciation to city employees, volunteers, Alabama Power workers and others for help in relief efforts following severe weather on Jan. 22. City manager-economic development officer Ed Lowe joined the praise and noted the city became the county command center after winds took down the courthouse roof antennae. Fire chief Arthur Willis […]

News Briefs



LOCUST FORK INVITATIONAL is this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m until 3 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at King’s Bend, just north of Cleveland on Ala 79. Admission is $3 per person. There will be canoe and kayak racing, food and drinks for sale, and a bonfire. Visit www.AlabamaCupRaces.com for more information […]

Legislators preview upcoming session



The Blount Countian recently asked four members of the county’s legislative delegation to provide a succinct preview of the 2017 session of the Legislature, set to begin Feb. 7. Queried were District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd, District 34 Rep. David Standridge, District 9 Sen. Clay Scofield, and District 17 Sen. Shay Shelnutt. Questions covered legislation they plan to introduce, legislation […]

The question of gambling in Alabama

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE

During the past couple of months everywhere I go people continually ask me why in the world the Legislature could not simply put the issue of whether they could vote for or against a lottery on the November ballot. The fact that this inquiry has lingered for this long tells me that folks are upset about this travesty. They are […]

Snead to continue funeral escorts



Putting a sometimes emotional issue to rest, the Snead Town Council decided not to act on a proposed funeral escort ordinance discussed over several months and introduced in December. With councilors Ann Sullins and Greg Ogles expressing opposition to the ordinance, Councilman Tim Kent spoke at greater length. Kent covered perceptions he labeled as errors that some on the council […]

City school system gets an ‘A’ on state report card



The Oneonta City School System graded out A on a controversial assessment of public school performance conducted by the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE). While ALSDE managed collection and compilation of the data and issued the report, it did not assign A-F ratings for the 137 public school systems in Alabama, fearing it would be damaging to schools scoring […]

Wet drowns dry 153-121 in Hayden referendum



Citizens of Hayden last week voted 153 to 121 to authorize sale of alcoholic beverages within the town’s boundaries. It was the second alcohol referendum held in the town since January 2015, when voters failed to authorize alcohol sales by a vote of 139 to 135. Hayden Mayor Larry Armstrong said the town’s next step will be to meet with […]


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