International educators visit Susan Moore STEAM Lab


International educators and Alabama hosts visited the Susan Moore High School STEAM Lab last week. Visitors, representing several different countries, circulated among the dozen multi-student stations observing and talking to the student teams – then conferring with each other – about their projects. From talking to participants, most are familiar with basic concepts underlying applications like the STEAM lab, which […]

2019 Blount County Spelling Bee winners

The 2019 Blount County Spelling Bee lasted 10 rounds with 64 words. Ryan Ewing, a seventh-grader at Locust Fork, was declared winner by the judges after successfully spelling the championship word, karate. Runner up is Vicky Piceno, a Susan Moore sixth-grader, and third place is Lauren Price, an Oneonta sixth-grader. Award medals for all participants and trophies for winners were […]

Board approves superintendent’s recommendations in brief meeting

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a short list of recommendations from Superintendent Daniel Smith at its Monday morning meeting this week. It approved: • the seventh-grade out-of-state field trip to Washington, D.C., from March 13-17 upcoming. • employment of Lisa Hughston as child nutrition program worker for the 2018- 2019 school year, effective Feb. 12. • declaring school […]

Commission approves countywide garbage pickup franchise

Blount County Commission

(Ed. note – Report of actions of the Feb. 11 commission meeting – other than the unit system referendum vote. See separate story on page A11 for that report.) The Blount County Commission conducted a public hearing on granting an exclusive franchise or franchises for countywide garage pickup services at its business meeting Monday. The contract is to be for […]

Two arrested for Straight Mountain burglary


Two suspects are in jail for a burglary that occurred on Feb. 5 at a Straight Mountain residence, according the Blount County Chief Deputy Brian Whitt. Kassi Lynn Vaughn, 24, and Jamie Ray Waters, 35, were charged following an investigation where the BCSO posted surveillance photos on the department’s Facebook page and received tips about the pair’s identity. The U.S. […]

Silver indicted


Amy Reeves Silver, 43, Oneonta, was indicted last week in Shelby County on charges stemming from a July 2018 traffic accident in which Silver’s 4-year-old daughter, Sharon Smith, was killed. Silver is charged with reckless murder, DUI, second degree possession of marijuana, and failure to stop at a railroad crossing. Authorities allege that on the night of July 30, 2018, […]

COMMUNITY CALENDAR

FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Tammy Mason will lead a Palisades Park group hike and climb the Sand Mountain Lookout Fire Tower on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m. Winners of the 2018 Art & Photo Contest are on display at Locust Fork High School library through Fri., Feb. 15. They will be displayed at Cleveland High School library […]

Between the Lines

I have recently made a conscious effort to stay as local as possible when looking for something to do. Growing up in Blount County, traveling to Birmingham, Trussville, or even Huntsville was a way of life. If you wanted an outing, it included a 30-minute drive. The past five years have been an exciting time as far as growth and […]

Livestock and youth

County Agent’s Corner

This time of year, the youth of Blount County are involved in several 4-H livestock projects. These projects teach important life skills, such as responsibility for raising animals, record keeping, and the importance of biosecurity and welfare of commercial animals. They must also learn about the animals they are raising. For example in the Chick-Chain, they must be able to […]

Recipe Corner

Strawberry Buttercream Icing

1 package freeze dried strawberries,blended to a powder1 cup butter, softened4 cups powdered sugar3 Tbsp heavy cream1 tsp vanilla Process strawberries into a powder. With a mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, strawberry powder, and heavy cream until creamy. Add vanilla. I pull my heart-shaped cake pan out once a year to make a strawberry cake for my son for […]


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