Sheriff’s food fund adequate to feed inmates with small yearly excess

The Sheriff’s food account for Blount County, with annual deposits averaging just over $160,400 for the years 2014-2017, is adequate to feed inmates at the jail with only a small amount per year generally left over, according to Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington. Whatever is left at the end of each year is simply rolled over into the next year, […]

Oneonta holds one, schedules three public hearings

The Oneonta City Council held a public hearing before its regular session last week and, in that session, scheduled three others. In the concluded one, the council voted, again, to issue a liquor license to Two Amigos. That action resulted from a previously failed attempt by Two Amigos Cantina, when the state alcohol beverage control board had reportedly questioned the […]

Godspeed Rob Rice, Godspeed

Matt Scott asked us at Rob’s funeral to think of one word to describe him. My word is brother. Stacey agreed to share him with me (since I only had an annoying younger brother) when we were about 12. And he has been that and more. Rob loved his family, biological and otherwise. He was always there when you needed […]

Sosebee selected for state position

The Lions Club of Alabama held its annual convention at Joe Wheeler State Park and selected Tim Sosebee, the current president of the Hayden Lions Club, as the new 2nd Vice District Governor Elect of District 34A (the Northern Alabama District.) Sosebee is the first from the Hayden club to hold a state position. He officially takes office on July […]

Called Snead meeting addresses several police matters

The special called Snead Town Council meeting began with interviews of three applicants for its vacant police chief position. Information on council questioning of Kristen Bearden, Anthony Grigsby, and Kerry Randall appear in an accompanying article. Regular business of that night follows below. In addition to the above mentioned questioning, the council discussed repair of a recently wrecked town police […]

Hope House Happy Easter

Good Friday was especially good for 263 children who received these bright and happy baskets of treats from Hope House, which gives them each year to children on its list to receive Christmas toys and necessities. ‘We get the names of these kids from the schools, from churches, from policemen and deputies – and sometimes just from individuals who call […]


BLOUNT COUNTY SCHOLARS BOWL will be broadcast live today from Locust Fork Baptist Church beginning at noon. Tune in to WCRL to hear teams from all Blount County schools and Oneonta City School compete in the academic competion. BLOUNT COUNTY FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE presents an evening with The Hoppers and Surrendered, on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m., at […]


In the article headlined “Board raises out-of-district fees” in the March 28 edition of The Blount Countian, the newspaper wrote that out-of-district tuition for Oneonta City schools had been raised by the school board from $350 per student to $500 per student. That is incorrect. Tuition was raised from $350 per student to $450 per student. The cap amount reported […]

‘A pretty Republican state’


Republicans took control of federal offices and presidential races in 1964 in Alabama. It was referred to as the Goldwater Landslide. The Baxley-Graddick fiasco in 1986 was the game changer for governor. In the last 32 years there have been eight governor’s races. Republicans have won all of them, with one exception. Don Siegelman was an interloper in 1998. During […]

Snead interviews three of its own for police chief spot

While the printed agenda for Snead’s special called Thursday night meeting listed interviews with four applicants for the town’s vacant police chief position, councilors confirmed that Oneonta officer Steve Gunn had earlier withdrawn his name from consideration. The three remaining candidates, Kristen Bearden, Anthony Grigsby, and Kerry Randall, all currently serve on the town’s police force. Grigsby works as a […]