2019-05-15 E-Edition

Budget status, project priorities for near term

Oneonta mid-year budget review

Good news and not-so-good news. First, the good: the overall City of Oneonta money situation for the fiscal year and for the near-term future is generally positive. Not-so-good: even so, there’s not enough money in the city kitty to do all the community development projects city leaders have on their wish list to do or have in the works by […]

Estrada charged

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office received a tip Friday morning of a possible threat against the students and staff of Appalachian School. At the time, Chief Deputy Brian Whitt said the threat was unsubstantiated and not credible, but as a precautionary measure, the department deployed members of its street crimes unit at and around the school “to ensure the safety […]

Hayden Elementary hosts STEAM Challenge Day

snap circuits, breaking out from an escape room, and the zip line challenge. First and second place awards were determined by scores from the zip line challenge. Teams were judged on the completion of building a device that would successfully carry a ping pong ball the distance of two zip lines. The first was a 30 degree-sloped line that was […]

Blount County unit system bill introduced in state House

Legislation to change Blount County’s system of government from a district system to a unit system, subject to a referendum of the voters of the county, was introduced May 2 in the Alabama House of Representatives by District 11 Rep. Randall Shedd on behalf of the Blount County legislative delegation, responding to the request of the Blount County Commission. If […]

Remembrance of Christmas past

It’s Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Miller Road Bridge reopened today, having been so damaged in the historic flood of Christmas night, 2015, that it had to be replaced. The five men at right commemorate the reopening of the bridge that may be the last recovery event of that night. From left are Probate Judge Chris Green, District 2 Commissioner Mike […]


NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, May 16, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin. COVERED BRIDGE PLAYERS presents ‘The Odd Couple’ May 17-19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday show is at 2 p.m. Phone 205-274-SHOW (7469) or visit coveredbridgeplayers.com to reserve tickets. SPRING CLEAN DAY was postponed until Saturday, May 18, due to rain. Meet at […]


The Blount Countian’s May 8 article “Council Disses Dicey” – in an effort to communicate on short notice the basic facts of “what happened” in a Blountsville town council meeting – did not include important points of the council’s reasons for acting as it did. Nor did it include council member Childers’ reaction to what transpired. (Childers, an elected council […]

Kountry Wood Kreations

wonderland of gifts, surprises

Here is a crude stab at describing what you’ll see inside Kountry Wood Kreations, a new downtown business located at 200 Railroad Avenue. But you really need to go see it for yourself to grasp the range and uniqueness of the gift items you’ll see in this light and airy shop. Generally, the gifts fall into the category of decorative […]

Blountsville Elementary student council gives back

Every spring the Blountsville Elementary Student Council Association makes sure the school grounds are looking their best. As part of their service duties, they maintain the school gardens and cleanup around the building. These students work very hard and take great pride in their school! Pictured around the freshly cleaned flower bed are (front row, from left): Ellie Posey, Kinsley […]