County schools celebrate Earth Day

Hayden Primary School students from the left, Virginia Guthrie, G. C. Guthrie, and Myles Marsh, water a maple tree provided by Schneider Electric and planted near the school on Earth Day, April 20. Blount County Schools partnered with Schneider Electric, energy conservation engineers and consultants, to conduct a conservation event at Hayden Primary and Locust Fork Elementary schools. The tree […]

Council amends alcohol ordinance, hires summer employees

Oneonta City Council

The Oneonta City Council met Tuesday, April 24, and passed an amendment to its ordinance regulating the licensing and sale of alcoholic beverages in Oneonta. Dealing with microbreweries, the amendment replaces and greatly simplifies the section of the ordinance it replaces. The amendment reads as follows: “Brew Pub, also known as microbrewery, means an establishment which includes the brewing/fermenting or […]

Triple Whammy

The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce luncheon was a triple-barreled blast last week– if you count the repast served by SwampTails as barrel number one and a highlight of the program. Most did, as evidenced by the record-setting attendance and serving line. Angelique Dotson, hovering like a guardian spirit above her work (at right), stands in for the 127 students […]

Students celebrate Blountsville’s history

As Blountsville’s 200th anniversary celebration continues, Blountsville Elementary School (BES) students participated in a variety of activities the week of April 16 – 20 to help commemorate the event. The highlight of the celebration week took place when this year’s kindergarten class assisted members of the celebration committee in planting a gingko tree, which was donated by the committee, at […]

Anything Goes!

Anything Goes 2018 is set for Friday, May 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Blount County – Oneonta Agri-Business Center. Teams from all eight county and city high schools will compete in various team relays (including the “thang”), a wheelbarrow race, tire flip, egg toss, and tug of war. Event number one, ticket sales, is happening now. You can […]

Pruitt conviction upheld

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the 2017 guilty plea of a former Blount County teacher for inappropriate sexual activity with three high school students. The opinion was issued last Friday. Ashley Pruitt pleaded guilty in April of last year to two felony counts of sex acts or deviant sexual intercourse with a student and two misdemeanor charges of […]


COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS will perform ‘The Foreigner’ on Fridays, May 4 and 11 and Saturdays, May 5 and 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, May 6 and 13, at 2 p.m., at the theatre, 413 6th Street South, Oneonta. For tickets, visit or phone 903-4060. ONEONTA MIDDLE SCHOOL will perform the musical ‘High School Musical Jr.’ on Saturday, May […]

Have fun, be safe

Alabama friends, Jimmy and Casey Johnson experienced the most horrific event that parents can endure: the death of their child. Their daughter, Carmen, who was swimming around the pier at the family’s home on Smith Lake, drowned when the water became energized, electrocuting her in the process. The Johnsons have chosen to transform Carmen’s death into an opportunity to save […]


The score for game one of the Hayden-Wenonah baseball series was incorrect. The correct score was 22-0. Ed. note: This week’s oops was pointed out by a Hayden baseball grandma. Many thanks to our readers for keeping us on our toes. We will always welcome constructive criticism (and compliments too) and corrections. We make every effort to confirm that the […]

‘Arresting’ remarks from Sheriff’s forum

All six Republican candidates for Blount County Sheriff met at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center last week (there are no Democratic candidates) to present themselves and answer questions concerning the office they will contest at the polls in the primary election June 5. All candidates made opening and closing remarks and all answered the same series of six questions. The […]