Blount goes blue

More than 90 people attended the Child Abuse Awareness Walk last Wednesday. Infants, teens, and adults all gathered to advocate for the cause. The walk, which began at Blount County DHR, ended at the Blount County Courthouse with a short speech by DHR service supervisor Alicia Tolbert. Mainstreet Urgent Care senior community educator Nicole Singleton has attended these walks previously […]

FLFR art and photo contest

The Friends of the Locust Fork River announce the first Blount County Art and Photo Contest, with categories for kids, teens, and adults. Contest entries, open to amateur artists and photographers, should celebrate life in and around the Locust Fork River. Photos, sketches, and paintings may include people, animals, bridges, and special memories. Entries will be accepted until July 31 […]

Smoke Rise hears from candidates

The Smoke Rise Homeowners’ Association held a town hall meeting last Thursday for District 1 candidates for the offices of Blount County Board of Education (BOE) and Blount County Commission. BOE qualifiers are Ken Benton (incumbent) and Rod Dabbs. Running for the county commission seat are Allen Armstrong (incumbent) and James Foster. The audience queried the candidates. The Republican primary […]

Approves superintendent’s recommendations in special meeting

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education met in a special meeting April 17, 2018, approving the following superintendent’s recommendations. It approved: • the field trip request for Susan Moore High School junior cheerleaders to attend cheerleader camp in Panama City Beach, Fla., June 4-8.* • entering a contract with Linda Tidwell to provide homebound instruction for a Cleveland High School […]

Musso named North head coach

Chris Musso will be the head football coach for the AHSAA North-South All Star Football game. When asked about his selection as head coach, Musso said: “There are so many great coaches to choose from…. I’m honored and blessed God gave me this opportunity.” Musso is beginning his sixth season as Locust Fork’s head coach, a program he has led […]


SHERIFF CANDIDATE FORUM will be tomorrow, April 26, at the Blount County Oneonta Agri-Business Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for a meet-and-greet, and the forum will begin at 6 p.m., moderated by Blount County District Attorney Pamela Casey. BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION RETIREES ASSOCIATION will meet on Friday, April 27, at 10:30 a.m., at Charlie B’s restaurant. Blount […]

Mother’s Day


We all have the best mom, and with the exception of one in the office, our moms are living and a big part of our lives. (I triple dog dare you to get in a my-mom-is-the-best contest with me. I’ll win hands down. Or maybe we’ll call it a draw.) We imagine that others in the county are just as […]

Dean sings Motown

Oneonta resident Rachel Dean stands with Matt Manuel who portrayed Marvin Gaye in last Saturday’s Motown: The Musical matinee in Birmingham. The cast chose Dean to come on stage and sing the chorus of ‘Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand.’ The Diana Ross character portrayed by Trenyce extended Dean’s appearance, praised her rendering and invited her backstage for photographs with […]

Supreme Court races on ballot this year


Among the plethora of races on the ballot this year are the important seats on the Alabama Supreme Court. We have an unprecedented five out of nine seats up for election. Our Alabama Supreme Court as well as our Courts of Criminal Appeals are extremely conservative, pro-business and all Republican. This conservatism dates back to the 1980s and 1990s. During […]

Homes on spring market offer glimpses of local trends

Two contrasting trends are visible in the Oneonta homes market this year: a growing interest in both remodeling older homes, as well as upgrading new garden homes with special decorating and efficiency touches. This week features an impressively remodeled older home that serves as the conceptual model for more to come – in more ways than one. Next week will […]