Sex offender arrested after school open house

A former teacher – who is now a registered sex offender – was arrested and charged with violating the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) after helping a teacher during open house at Oneonta Elementary School last week. Crystal Clowdus, 35, was arrested Wednesday after she was asked by a teacher to write out receipts the previous evening. Clowdus […]

Locked and loaded

Midsummer Night’s Run in the books

Approximately 200 runners competed in the 5K Midsummer Night’s Run Saturday evening at the Oneonta City Park complex. While the event was broken down into several age categories, the overall female winner was Angie Hogeland of Oneonta with a time of 25:10. The overall male winner was Riley Slone of Oneonta. His time was 20:25. Jane Sims, 83, was the […]

State Farm employee charged with stealing $38,000 from clients

A former employee of State Farm Insurance was arrested and charged with stealing approximately $38,000 from customers. Cindy Cuzzort Going, 47, was arrested Thursday and charged with five counts of insurance fraud and five counts of fourth degree theft of property. The alleged thefts occurred while Going was employed at the Holt Hathcock State Farm Agency in Oneonta, according to […]

2017 solar eclipse: facts and figures

The Great American solar eclipse of 2017 – so-named because it will travel a 2,800- mile path across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, thus creating the largest audience ever for an eclipse – will occur, beginning at 12 noon in Oneonta and its environs on Monday, Aug. 21. For most of the U. S., including Alabama, the […]

News Briefs

NARFE CHAPTER 942 The annual picnic will be tomorrow, Aug. 17, at Rotary Cabin in Guntersville, beginning at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. The group will furnish barbecue and chicken. ONEONTA CITY COUNCIL has scheduled a work session to be held Thursday, Aug. 17, at 5 p.m., to discuss the 2017- 18 budget. There will be a public […]

Let’s get to know…

Jim Ed Clayton,Executive DirectorBlount County Children’s Center Favorite Movie – ‘O Brother Where ArtThou’Favorite TV Show – ‘Blue Bloods’Favorite Cartoon Character – SnoopyFavorite Author – Rick BraggFavorite Food – Reuben SandwichFavorite Cereal – Raisin BranLeast Favorite Food – Nothing (hismomma raised him to clean his plate)Favorite Vacation – Coast of MaineDream Vacation – Canadian Rockies inthe Winter (to see the […]


In its July 12 edition, in the article “2018 Election on the horizon,” The Blount Countian listed Revenue Commissioner (Gregg Armstrong) among the Blount County offices/ officeholders scheduled for inclusion in the 2018 election. That is incorrect. The office of Blount County Revenue Commissioner will not be on the ballot until 2020.

Shelby trumps them all


You know the results of Tuesday’s primaries for our U.S. Senate seat. I had to go to press before the vote. However, the assumption was that there would be a runoff in the Republican primary. It is safe to say that the winner of that runoff on Sept. 26 will be elected as our next junior U.S. Senator. We are […]

City selects new solid waste service provider

In their most recent session, Oneonta city councilors selected Waste Pro of Alabama Inc., as the city’s new solid waste collection provider. Waste Pro’s bid of $9.45 per month for residential service falls 30 cents below the present price and bid of Republic Services of Anniston. Waste Services of Alabama LLC, bid $9.82 a month and Advanced Disposal Services Solid […]