West Blount VFD breaks ground for new Nyota station

Members and friends of the West Blount Volunteer Fire Department Board met last week to break ground for a new fire station and community hall on Elvester Road in the Nyota community. From left, District 34 Rep. David Standridge (who lived in Nyota as a child), board vice-chairman Marty Stover, board member Annette Cox, board secretary Delores Fort, Hayden Mayor […]

The Blount Countian wins APA awards

At last week’s Alabama Press Association (APA) Summer Convention, The Blount Countian won three awards in the Better Newspaper Contest. The Blount Countian won first place in Class C for “Best News Photo” for “A warm welcome home” (right) from Jan. 27 last year. We also won second place for our year-long economic coverage, a first for the paper in […]

Hears courthouse renovation report; approves two crucial hires

Blount County Commission...

Courthouse improvements recently completed to the front entrance of the courthouse are just the tip of the iceburg. At its monthly business meeting Monday, the Blount County Commission received a verbal summary of a detailed written report from Lathan and Associates Architects on renovations necessary to ready the 60-plus-year-old building to continue providing county government services to people of the […]

Local and fresh produce available

At the height of the summer gardening season, many farmers are making Blount County fruits and vegetables available for citizens to enjoy. Several of these farmers can be found at the Blount County Farmer’s Market every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., as they offer some of the freshest produce around. Peaches, melons, blueberries, tomatoes, corn, […]

Board hires interim superintendent, bids Douglas goodbye

Oneonta School Board...

The Oneonta City Board of Education voted unanimously Monday evening to employ Tim Nabors as interim superintendent of Oneonta City Schools during the time a permanent superintendent to replace Michael Douglas is being sought. Douglas resigned, effective July 11. Terms of the interim contract were $7,000 per month for August and September, grossed up for taxes; and $375 per day […]

2018 election on horizon

Here’s what’s up for grabs...

It may seem too soon to start talking about another round of elections before the people have recovered the last, but the broad outlines of the general election for 2018 are already visible. Below is a summary of the county, state, and federal offices that Blount County citizens will vote on. Names of current office holders are shown in parenthesis […]

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Cindy Massey,Blount County Circuit Clerk Favorite Movie – ‘The Notebook’Favorite TV Show – ‘Forensic Files’Favorite Song – ‘Chain Breaker’ byZach WilliamsFavorite Book – ‘90 Minutes in Heaven’by Don PiperFavorite Food – Coconut ShrimpLeast Favorite Food – BeetsFavorite Vacation – Disney CruiseDream Vacation – Alaskan CruiseFavorite Team – Auburn

New county HR manager reports for duty

Greg Glasscock, 49, the Blount County Commission’s new human resources manager is on the job as of July 5. Duties of the newly-created job include interviewing, hiring, and handling disciplinary matters for county workers, handling personnel files and serving as Blount County Safety Coordinator, as appointed Monday by the commission. He will also administer the county employee manual and compensation […]

It’s looking like Moore vs. Strange… but don’t count out Mo


The race for our open U.S. Senate seat is evolving. Folks, we are in a brief 33- day sprint to the primary on Aug. 15. The winner of the Republican Primary will be our next junior U.S. senator. The Dec. 12 General Election will be a coronation for the Republican. The eight Democratic candidates are irrelevant as are at least […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, July 11, 2012

No completion date for new bridge No official completion date has been set for construction on the new Ala 75 bridge just north of Oneonta, but Gary Smith, district manager of the Alabama Department of Transportation for Blount County, estimates the entire project should be finished by the end of the year. Work on the bridge began Aug. 19, 2011, […]