Wallace-Oneonta welding ready to grow



The Wallace State Community College spring semester ends this week and marks the completion of the first semester of welding classes for the school at its Oneonta campus. Chris Posey of Nectar is the instructor. He said to complete the certification program will take four semesters, but if a student also wants to earn an associate degree, it will take […]

Oneonta’s most dangerous intersection?



Sparked by citizen concerns regarding the intersection of U.S. 231 and Ala 75 in Oneonta, an investigation regarding Oneonta’s most dangerous intersection began. Despite contacting several local and state agencies, The Blount Countian was informed by a representative of the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) that they “do not disclose site-specific data and the information is sensitive and protected from […]

Oneonta grants alcohol licenses, hires lifeguards



Following its normal prior public hearing policy, the Oneonta City Council granted liquor licenses to Heritage Golf, Pounder’s Seafood, and Toke Sushi Bar and Grill. Due to new ownership and the city’s vote to legalize alcohol, Heritage had to have its license reissued. Pounder’s opened initially without alcohol sales, and Toke will open in the near future. No one commented […]

Snead to consider support for ambulance advisory committee



Continuing his visits to local municipal governments, Blount County 911 director Caleb Branch sought the endorsement of the Snead Town Council for his agency’s proposed ambulance advisory committee. He reiterated the points made in other presentations that the 911 board has legislative responsibility for monitoring ambulance service. In synopsis, the plan calls for a nine-member, county-wide board to write specifications […]

Senate Budget Committee to make final decision

House approves $750,000 for J.B. Pennington...

The Blount County Board of Education has received news that a request for $750,000 to assist in restoration of J. B. Pennington High School has been added to the state House of Representatives Education Budget. The request must still be approved by the Senate Budget Committee before it becomes final. The state appropriation would help the high school recover from […]

Sister-in-law offers to serve as surrogate mother



Last week’s beginning article introduced the efforts of two local couples (Brooke and Brandon Wilson and Mallory and Brian Wilson) to become pregnant, as a precursor during National Infertility Awareness Week. Brooke and Brandon succeeded with Brooke giving birth in a difficult pregnancy to a son, Easton. Brandon’s brother and Mallory had not succeeded. This week the story continues. Brooke […]

Democratic Club to welcome John Archibald



Continuing its ATIP (Addressing the Issues Program) series, the Blount County Democratic Club will host Alabama political columnist John Archibald at its May 11 meeting. Writing for The Birmingham News, AL.com, and the Alabama Media Group, Archibald’s regular column on Alabama politics and life appears tri-weekly in The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and the Mobile Press-Register. Archibald quips that […]

Busy week for Oneonta police



This past weekend the Oneonta Police Department worked two missing person cases. The first case involved a 55-yearold female who left in her automobile late Sunday afternoon to take the dog for a ride. Her mother became concerned when she did not return after three hours and the lady did not answer her cell phone. After OPD made numerous attempts […]

From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, May 6, 1954

Record turn-out for vote In the heaviest vote ever cast in Blount County, more than 8000 went to the polls last week. W.C. Copeland (2684 votes) and Roy Murray (2463 votes) will be in a run-off for the sheriff’s office with Vick Thompson (2246 votes) finishing a close third. State-wide, Governor-elect James E. Folsom had a clear majority with 281,228, […]

Bulldogs on the road for first round



Susan Moore has returned to the high school soccer world in a big way – heading into this week’s playoffs the Bulldogs are 14-3-1 overall and ranked No. 4 in the state 1A-3A poll – after two years without fielding a team. The playoffs started last night and the Bulldogs probably had their hands full. Susan Moore, which lost a […]


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