If you build it…

Play ball! These are the words the many volunteers, parents, players and the Appalachian community have been anxiously awaiting to hear over the last one-and one-half years as the construction of the additional field began. On Saturday, a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony was held at Appalachian Youth Park for the addition of a multi-purpose field, on which both baseball […]

Zac looks back

Zac Marsh is an easy-going guy. But the position of county administrator for Blount County is not an easygoing job. That makes for some interesting reflections – not all of which will appear here – as he prepares to move on to another challenging assignment: handling accounting for Cheney Lime and Cement at its corporate office in Allgood. However, Marsh’s […]

Board approves $5,000 for J.B. Pennington relief


The Oneonta Board of Education approved a $5,000 donation toward relief of J. B. Pennington High School in the aftermath of a fire that severely damaged the building on March 21. Half of the amount is to go toward the school’s fund to restore the damaged structure and half toward replacement of library media and classroom contents, according to Superintendent […]

Stopping child abuse is everybody’s business

Blount County Children’s Center and Judge Sherry Burns hosted a reception Sunday for winners of the annual Stop Child Abuse poster contest. The theme of this year’s contest was, ‘Stopping Child Abuse Is Everybody’s Business.’ The grand prize winner was Ellie Posey (pictured with Burns), a 4th-grader from Blountsville Elementary School. Her poster depicted bees from all over the hive, […]

Third annual Child Abuse Walk

Last Friday, as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month, approximately 50 people, including local dignitaries, DHR staff, Children’s Center employees, foster/adoptive parents, and concerned citizens, participated in the third annual Child Abuse Walk. As participants walked behind the large banner promoting the event, several held posters high in the air with important messages about the prevention/effects of child abuse. Upon […]

News Briefs

ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY ‘Yarn for Others’ will meet tomorrow, April 27, at 10:30 a.m. to create afghans to donate to Project Linus. The library is conducting a change drive to collect funds for J.B. Pennington’s library. The program is ‘Pennies for Pennington’ and the library encourages local businesses to participate also. Visit the library to donate or for promotional materials. […]

A wild senate race is coming


The decisive move by newly minted Governor Kay Ivey to declare a special election for the U.S. Senate seat (formerly held by Jeff Sessions) this year rather than next year redefines the landscape of an ever changing and pivotal Alabama political scene. This next year will be an adventure as we elect a senator and concurrently the 2018 Governor’s Race […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, April 22, 1992

City and E911 reach agreement Oneonta city officials last week ratified an agreement to pay $65,000 annually to Blount County E911 Board in return for the board’s providing centralized dispatching services for the city. The $65,000 represents salaries and benefits paid city dispatchers, who will become employees of the board when the computerized emergency telephone communications system goes on line. […]

Blount County teams crash out of playoffs in first round

The high school baseball season came to an abrupt end for Blount County last week as all five teams that qualified for the postseason were eliminated in the first round. As a matter of fact, the county teams combined to go just 1-10 in the first round and were outscored 108 to 35. The only victory for a county school […]

Bulldogs roll to 6-1 win over Oneonta


The Susan Moore Bulldogs, ranked No. 4 in 1A-3A in this week’s poll, jumped to a 4-0 halftime lead and then cruised in the second half to a 6-1 win over visiting Oneonta. Susan Moore (15-3-1) got a big night, make that a huge night, from senior striker Angel Duarte, who scored five goals. The Bulldogs’ other goal came on […]