ARC grant boosts student performance in county schools

A three-year, $175,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to the Blount County Education Foundation has been used for the last two school years to implement a threepart ensemble of learning support and enhancement programs called Expanding Horizons. This school year is the final year for the program under the grant umbrella, although plans are to continue it with […]

Standridge appointed to House Rules Committee

District 34 Rep. David Standridge (R – Hayden), representing about half of Blount County including Oneonta, has been appointed to a seat on the House Rules Committee, it was announced last week by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon. The powerful Rules Committee sets the chamber’s agenda for each work day, determining which bills will be debated on the House […]

City work session examines garbage service, parking, and personnel

Oneonta City Council members discussed three main issues with several interested parties present and commenting in a work session on Jan. 31. Mayor Ross Norris asked city manager-economic development officer Ed Lowe to address the first agenda item: city garbage service. Lowe explained the city has continued under the existing waste services contract since 2009. He contended that extended agreement […]

Chili Bowl champions

Congratulations to the winners of the Oneonta Business Association Sixth Annual Super Chili Bowl Cook-Off and Corn Hole Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. 1. Shawn Meeks, Hayden – First Place Chili. 2. Stacy and Felipe Gargus, Cleveland – Second Place Chili. 3. Connie Miller, Gadsden – Third Place Chili. 4. Sherry Pierce, […]

Rowe named as nominee for Session’s U.S. Senate seat

District 13 Rep. Connie Rowe of Jasper, who represents a small part of west Blount County, was named last week by Gov. Robert Bentley as one of six nominees for Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat, in the event he is confirmed as Pres. Donald Trump‘s attorney general. In a conversation with The Blount Countian, Rowe said the Governor plans to […]

Happy Birthday, Dear Alice

Alice Hall turned 107 Monday. Residents gathered for the birthday party held for her at Diversicare, formerly Golden Living Center. Attending to help her celebrate, from the left above, were her grandson Brett Hall, and her two great-granddaughters, Emory and Ella. Alice Hall was born in Palmerdale in 1910. She lived much of her life in Tarrant, where she resided […]

Reader Writes

Doin’ Somethin’

Recently Debbie was interviewing a little girl here at the Children’s Center. They talked about the physical abuse the girl had experienced in her home. After the little girl recounted all the painful details, and wiped her eyes, Debbie asked her, “Are you happy in your new foster home?” The girl’s eyes brightened and without hesitation she answered, “Oh, yes! […]

News Briefs

J.B. PENNINGTON HIGH SCHOOL will have the 2017 Miss Felidae Pageant on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Reserved seat tickets are on sale for $6 and may be purchased at the school office. There will be a limited number of tickets available the day of the pageant. The boys basketball team will host a Miss […]

The General Fund, Medicaid, and Richard Shelby


As the third regular session of this quadrennium begins, the paramount focus once again will be on the budgets. Even more specifically, it will be about the General Fund Budget. Alabama is one of five states that has two budgets. Our education budget now receives over two-thirds of our tax revenue due to the fact that our growth taxes, income […]

The circus is in town!

This weekend, the Blount County Oneonta Agri- Business Center welcomes the Loomis Brothers Circus with this year’s FUNtastic theme. They are the only circus to feature three rings along with elephants, tigers, and a live band. Tickets are reasonably priced at $20 for adults and $8 for children (ages 2-12), and a portion of the ticket sales goes back to […]