2019-07-17 E-Edition

School tax-free holiday is back

With summer in full swing, many people are not ready to begin thinking about school clothing, supplies, and other items needed to prepare students and teachers for the upcoming school year. But, as we know, the summer will zoom by and the 2019–2020 school year will begin. With that in mind, it is never too early to make back-to-school shopping […]

Oneonta applies for grant for sewer rehabilitation

The Oneonta City Council passed three resolutions last week to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Appalachian Regional Commission funds for a sewer system rehabilitation project.The Blount Countian did not attend the meeting. Details on the application were provided by city manager Ed Lowe and the resolutions themselves. The application will request grants of $450,000 in CDBG funds […]

OFD to participate in pilot program

The National Fire Protection Association announced recently that Oneonta Fire and Rescue has been selected as one of 25 fire departments nationwide, and one of only two in Alabama, to participate in the pilot phase of NFPA Community Risk Assessment project. The yearlong project is designed to bring together community risk reduction (CRR) minded fire departments to build a visualization […]

Powell faces new charge

Locust Fork town council member Weslie Ray Powell, 60, faces a new charge stemming from an incident that occurred on May 31. Originally, Powell was charged with impersonating a public servant. On July 1, the 30-year-old Trafford woman who signed the original warrant for Powell, signed another for menacing based on the same facts, according to the affidavit. Court documents […]


BLOUNT COUNTY COMMISSION designates tomorrow, July 18, at 9 a.m., for a special called meeting to discuss potential litigation and employee liability concerns. NARFE CHAPTER 942 will meet tomorrow, July 18, at 10 a.m., at Catfish Cabin. The chapter service officer will report. FRIENDS OF THE LOCUST FORK RIVER Float the Fork Saturday, July 20, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 […]

Between the Lines

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a presentation in The Little Brick Church in Oneonta by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. For those of you not familiar with the organization, they are a grant-making entity based out of Birmingham. The primary community that they serve is the region around Birmingham including Blount, Jefferson, St. […]

School Rocks Backpack Giveaway this Sunday

With less than a month until the 2019-2020 school year begins, parents are getting school lists and checking them twice in an effort for their student to transition into the new year. If you’ve ever had to gather the necessary items, you will agree to the expense that comes with the school preparations. To help ensure children across the U.S. […]

Recipe Corner

Ice Cream Pie ¼ cup light corn syrup3 Tbsp. butter2 Tbsp. brown sugar2 ½ cups Rice Krispies¼ cup peanut butter3 Tbsp. light corn syrup¼ cup fudge sauce1 quart vanilla ice cream Combine corn syrup, brown sugar, and butter in a sauce pan. Cook over low heat stirring occasionally until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat, add Rice Krispies, stir […]

Blount Awards and Engraving ready and rarin’ to serve

Cathy and David Bearden (above) display a sample of the many wares at their new store at 316 First Avenue East, right beside the Knit Shop and one door further down from Heart’s Desire in Tin Town. The grand opening – complete with ribbon cutting and punch and cookies – was last week, though they’ve been up and running since […]