Unit system

An alternate view

District 1 Commissioner Allen Armstrong has twice voted against a Blount County Commission resolution to hold a referendum of the people in Blount County on converting from the district system to the unit system of road maintenance. In the first vote on Jan. 15, the resolution passed 3-1 over his dissenting vote, following his unsuccessful effort to amend the resolution […]

Unit system

Questions answered

(Ed. note: – Because a number of questions were raised during the Blount County Commission’s recent resolution calling for a countywide referendum on converting from the district system to the unit system for county road maintenance, The Blount Countian consulted Commission Chairman Chris Green to get short answers to hard questions. Some answers are quoted, others paraphrased for brevity. Green […]

Oneonta to negotiate with golf facility bidder

Having received but one tender, the Oneonta City Council cited state law in authorizing Mayor Ross Norris to negotiate with the bidder. Reporting to The Blount Countian, city manager/economic developer Ed Lowe explained Jimmy Hamby of Fairview had proposed a lease-purchase arrangement with a range of options. Lowe related that Hamby had projected a six to 12 month lease for […]

New park for Cleveland?

Cleveland’s town council held its regular monthly meeting last Thursday. On the agenda was a discussion about salaries for the mayor and council. Mayor Jerry Jones formed a committee consisting of councilmen Tommy Swindle and Doug Hill and town clerk Mary Newsome to look at the current pay and determine if it needed to be raised or not. Swindle and […]

Driver license testing site to be relocated

After more than a year of planning, the Alabama State Troopers Office has announced the Blount County driver license testing office will be relocated to the Family Services Mall at 1000 Lincoln Avenue effective Feb. 25. According to county administrator John Bullard, all examinations and road testing will be conducted at the new location. License renewal locations will not change […]

Brown guilty

Donnie Wayne Brown, 48, Blountsville, was found guilty last week by a Blount County jury for the murder of Crystal Marie Huie. The crime occurred on the morning of June 19, 2015, at Huie’s home on Dunn Hill Road in Blountsville. Huie, 33 at the time of her death, and Brown had been dating. Brown was convicted of capital murder […]

Blountsville Historical Society receives grant

From left, Blountsville Town Council member Barry Smith, Mayor Michael Glass, president of Blountsville Historical Society O.K. Alexander, and councilmen Bob Cornelius and Ken Mullins display the grant received from the Alabama Historical Commission. Roof replacement and damage repairs to the park museum are the intended uses of the $9,675 awarded by the Alabama Legislature and Gov. Kay Ivey. The […]


HAYDEN LIONS CLUB will serve all-you-can-eat breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., at the Hayden Middle School cafeteria. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Proceeds will support sight and diabetes programs on the local and state level. BRIDAL FAIR The Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a […]

Out and About

America’s Amazon: The Mobile-Tensaw Delta

On Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m., Friends of the Locust Fork River will partner with Wallace State Community College for a special showing at the Frank Green Building (5th Ave East, Oneonta) of one of the most informative environmental films about Alabama. The award-winning documentary is America’s Amazon: The Mobile-Tensaw Delta. It is a very inspiring overview (past, present, […]

Time to prune!

County Agent’s Corner

It’s that time of year when temperatures warm up a bit and we get anxious to get outside and do some work. Pruning is important to production in fruit crops and for proper maintenance of trees and shrubs. My recommendation: study plants that are in need of some loving attention from your pruners, loppers, and saws. You may prune most […]