Ugandan Kids Choir to perform Sunday at Lester Memorial

The Ugandan Kids Choir will be performing at Lester Memorial United Methodist Church on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Ten choir members, beneficiaries of the Childcare Worldwide Sponsorship Program, will bring a message of hope by sharing the power of God’s love through traditional African music and dance. These children were chosen for their enthusiasm, ability […]

Flu, flulike illness outbreak may reach record levels

Alabama is experiencing widespread flu activity, and hospitals are at or over normal patient capacity due to the number of patients presenting with flu or flu-like symptoms, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Emergency departments and outpatient clinics are seeing very high volumes of patients as well. “The outbreak is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major […]

Hayden’s Klein escorts the president

University of Alabama senior Ben Klein woke up in Tuscaloosa the morning of Jan. 8 planning to go about his day as normal, before settling on his couch to watch the Crimson Tide take on Georgia in the NCAA Football Championship Game. The day, however, unfolded much differently, and by its end, he had traveled to Atlanta, where he, and […]

Moving Blount County Forward midterm report

Look what your sales tax has done

Moving Blount County Forward, the county road-paving program growing out of the 2016 1-cent sales tax increase referendum passed by voters of Blount County, has completed the first of two years of paving – approximately one-half of the initial complement of roads promised by law to be paved with those tax proceeds. Here’s the scoreboard for 2017: 50. 8 miles […]

City authorizes mayor to explore bond execution

The Oneonta City Council authorized Mayor Ross Norris to examine the possibility of executing a bond toward construction of the city’s planned Wallace State – Oneonta main building. The authorization came in the absence of Norris at the council’s latest meeting. According to city manager – economic developer Ed Lowe and city attorney Alex Smith, the approval will permit the […]

News Briefs

WEST BLUNT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will meet tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Hayden Community Center. A legislative update will be provided by guest speakers Sen. Shay Shelnutt, Rep. Connie Rowe, and Rep. David Standridwge. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin restaurant in Albertville. Guest speaker will be Kim Patterson, […]


The Blount Countian appreciates readers who help correct any errors. We have learned that the archived Southern Democrat and therefore the last two articles in this series had the Oneonta police chief’s last name wrong. P. H. Hamby served as chief during the Mayola investigation. This series had named him as P. N. Handy in its first part and P. […]

Courthouse crowd awaits confessed killer’s return

[In the first two installments of this series, readers learned of the August, 1962, kidnap murder of 11-year-old Larry Thomas of Midfield and the disappearance of an Oneonta barber known locally as George Workman. Born as Michael Anthony Mayola, Workman surrendered to Baltimore officials days later, confessing his crime.] Claiming he had hoped to avoid prosecution in Alabama, Michael Mayola […]

From the Archives

The Blount Countian, January 19, 2005

Oneonta authorizes mayor to buy Wrangler plant Praising the work of local chamber of commerce president Charles Carr and Vanity Fair (VF) officials, Mayor Danny Hicks advised the Oneonta City Council of purchase plans for the former Wrangler – Blue Bell plant. During extended negotiations, North Carolina company officials reduced their original million dollar asking price to an agreed upon […]

Lady Hornets and Redskins wrap up area titles

The Locust Fork Lady Hornets survived a pair of nail-biters with Susan Moore over the past week to claim the 3A Area 11 regular season title and the right to host the area tournament next month. Likewise, the Oneonta Redskins took care of business by thumping Leeds (69-53) and Childersburg (52- 34) last week to claim the 4A Area 9 […]