Search continues for missing couple

The search continues for two people missing after a shooting occurred at their Cleveland residence residence before Christmas. Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington said there were “suspicious circumstances” in the disappearance of Adelberta Chavez and Ricardo Santiago Gonzales (left), parents of a juvenile, Leo Chavez (below), 17, who has been charged as an adult. Their disappearance is being treated as […]

Fire destroys home

A fire destroyed the Lilac Avenue home of Ranae Manning on Dec. 27. Manning was at work when the fire started; however, the fire is believed to have begun from a warming pad for the family cat. The home is a total loss. Manning has insurance on the home and hopes to rebuild at some point. At this time, Manning […]

So far, no sweat (pun intended)


The first week of the new year 2018 – including the last night of 2017 – got off to a crackling cold start: nearly a full week of low temps in the teens, relieved by only one night that “warmed up” to 20 or 21 degrees. Not to mention wind chills for much of that time approaching zero. And days […]

Teen missing since Dec. 12 found on Cold Branch Road

Christian Boyle, 18, of Cleveland, missing since Dec. 12, was found outside his car on a woods road off Cold Branch Road (above) Monday evening, Dec. 25. He had been dead for a period of time as yet to be determined by autopsy, according to Blount County Operations Officer Tim Kent. The vehicle was reported by members of the public […]


CITY OF ONEONTA will have a special called council meeting tomorrow, Jan. 4, at 7:30 a.m. All interested residents are invited. ONEONTA PUBLIC LIBRARY The Plus Ultra Animanga Club will meet tomorrow, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m. The very first Minecraft event for children and teens will be Saturday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. Winners will receive a 3D printed […]

Oneonta woman found dead

Oneonta Fire and Rescue responded to a noontime report of an unresponsive female at a Camellia Court apartment on Dec. 29. The call indicated the female was unconscious, not breathing, and CPR was being administered. Upon arriving, first responders found Melissa Graves, 48, as initially described. County coroner Mark Vaughn pronounced Graves dead on the scene. The case is currently […]

Pedestrian struck and killed

An accident in the 1400 block of Valley Road took the life of an Oneonta man on Dec. 22. James Andrew Smith, 33, was walking along the pavement on Valley Road around 10:30 p.m., when he was struck and killed by an approaching vehicle. According to Oneonta Police Investigator Jimmy Baldwin, Smith was wearing dark clothing and struck in an […]

A look back at Moore-Jones


As we enter the 2018 campaign season, many of you have asked me to look back and analyze the 2017 Special Senate Election and explain in depth what happened and why. The most asked question is how could a Democrat win a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama and does this mean that we are now possibly a two party state? […]

Business owned by one of state’s most notorious murderers

First and First series...

On Aug. 2, 1962, a man approached 11-year-old neighbors Larry Thomas and Kim Canady at a Midfield playground and set in motion a nationwide search ending with a murder trial at the Blount County Courthouse. That story, which would be polled the fifth biggest of the year by state newscasters, reverberated throughout Alabama and the nation Canady reported the kidnapping […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, January 5, 2011

Special Needs Foundation disburses over $375,000 With renovations at the Cleveland workshop building leading the way, the Special Needs Foundation of Blount County (SNF) reported spending over $375,000 in the past fiscal year on Arc (formerly Association of Retarded Citizens) services. Arc of Jefferson County, which administers Arc services in Blount County, purchased the Cleveland structure for use as a […]