Veterans seek park site land clarification



After an evident misunderstanding, two representatives of county military veteran organizations sought clarification on the status of land designated for honoring veterans in the city of Oneonta. Some members of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and American Legion had begun preliminary cleanup on the U.S. 231 South site which once held the city’s swimming pool. City officials had asked the […]

2017 Sales Tax Holiday in effect this weekend



Alabama will hold its 12th sales tax holiday beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 21, and ending Sunday, July 23, at midnight. The holiday allows shoppers to buy certain school supplies, computers, and some clothing free of state sales tax. Local taxes as well are waived on qualifying items in Oneonta, Cleveland, Locust Fork, Hayden, and Snead, but not in Blountsville. […]

‘We’ll work ourselves silly’ between now and Aug. 10



Apparently Oneonta City Schools interim Superintendent Tim Nabors may have thought it was a naive question: “What will you, the teachers, and school employees be doing between now and the start of the coming school term on Aug. 10?” “We’ll work ourselves silly getting everything cleaned up, fixed up, finished up, and ready in every way for the kids coming […]

Paving set to begin



The Cleveland Town Council continued discussion on the bids for repaving the municipality’s roads during last week’s meeting. As reported earlier in The Blount Countian, the low bid of $1,321,025 was from McCartney Construction Company of Gadsden. Mayor Jerry Jones pointed out the bid was well above the maximum of $1 million the town had planned to borrow for the […]

Meet the new face of the Blount County Commission



The newest kid on the block of new county employees in high profile jobs is John Bullard, who completed his second day on the job Tuesday as county administrator for Blount County. More than any other one person, he’s the primary point of contact for ordinary Blount Countians who have business to do with – or questions to ask about […]

Hoover man killed in wreck



Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate a three-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Hoover man in Blount County last Friday. Michael Carpick Jr., 71, died in the accident when his 2013 Mazda Miata collided with a 2015 Freightliner and 2012 Chevrolet Tahoe. The accident happened at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Ala 79, five miles west of […]

Snead discusses industrial park and economic development



Snead town councilors offered an extended silence upon reaching the agenda question of payment on a $1,638 invoice from the Economic Development Board of Blount County. The matter, tabled previously, suffered that same fate at the latest council meeting. Town clerk Rae Ware offered comment to break the initial silence noting, “The only business that has come to town is […]

News Briefs



HAYDEN BANDSTAND The band Pure Country will be performing on Saturday, July 22, from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bring chairs and blankets to enjoy the free concert. Food will be available for purchase. TOWN OF HIGHLAND LAKE continues with the Movie in the Park program and will show Disney’s Moana on Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. Bring a […]

Let’s get to know…



Mitchie Neel,Executive DirectorBlount County EducationFoundationFavorite Movie – ‘The ShawshankRedemption’Favorite TV Show – ‘Law and Order’Favorite Music – CountryFavorite Book – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’by Harper LeeFavorite Food – SteakLeast Favorite Food – BeetsFavorite Vacation – AlaskaDream Vacation – SwitzerlandFavorite Team – THE AlabamaCrimson Tide

Correction/ clarification



The Blount Countian’s June 21 article on Hayden’s new air evac insurance coverage for town residents contained inaccurate and incomplete information. The information, related to extended coverage beyond the basic municipal membership – provided without charge to residents living within the city limits of Hayden – is restated correctly here: For $35 annually over and above the free municipal membership, […]


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