2020-05-13 E-Edition

Perseverance and tenacity

The 2019-2020 academic school year is coming to a close. It is safe to say that when the year began, no school administrator, teacher, student, or parent ever expected it to end the way it did. Even as late as the beginning of March, everything was progressing as scheduled. Then entered COVID-19, a pandemic unlike anything seen since, well, since […]

Chamber awards

Each spring, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce celebrates Blount County’s outstanding people, businesses, teachers, and students at its annual banquet. As COVID-19 continued to spread, the chamber was left with no choice but to cancel this year’s event. Since the chamber didn’t have the opportunity to publicly recognize their 2020 award winners, The Blount Countian is proud to partner with […]

Commission authorizes Agri-Business Center sale/relocation

Blount County Commission

Promising a brief executive session with no further official action likely, the quorum of three Blount County commissioners and the chairman met with county attorneys, returned an hour later, and passed two blockbuster motions: the first authorizing the chairman to negotiate with the City of Oneonta (co-owner) to sell the current Agri-Business Center property, and the second authorizing him to […]


KINDERGARTEN PRE-REGISTRATION Blount County Schools will hold kindergarten pre-registration during the month of May.Check your local school website for dates and times. Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020. Valid birth certificate, immunization record, proof of residency, Social Security card, and completed registration forms are required. Forms are available from the local school or www.blountboe.net. […]

Celebrating Hospital Week

Most heroes don’t appear until you need them. We don’t give them much thought until we’re in a crisis, and our gratitude often fades quickly as we get back to our normal lives. During these last several weeks in dealing with the pandemic, we’ve seen an outpouring of gratitude for the 90,000 men and women who work in Alabama’s hospitals. […]

Between the Lines

Life is slowly returning to a version of normal. Businesses are opening and folks are emerging from their quarantine. Spring will become summer and the schedules of our community will become routine once again. I for one have been anxiously waiting for the opportunity to eat in a restaurant or pop in a retailer to buy a goodie or two. […]

About People

Lindley inducted Sydney Lindley of Remlap was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Lindley was initiated at University of Alabama at Birmingham. JSU graduates Jacksonville State University graduated its largest class in university history (895 graduates) in Spring 2020. Due to COVID-19, commencement has been postponed […]

Locust Fork Elementary awarded Be Healthy grant

In a continued effort to prevent childhood obesity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s Be Healthy Grant Program has awarded $266,500 in grants to 27 schools statewide, including a $10,000 grant to Locust Fork Elementary. This is the second year that a Blount County School has received this grant. As stated in their grant application, Locust Fork Elementary (LES) […]

Amended Safer at Home Order reopens restaurants, salons, gyms, and more

Proceeding with caution

Last Friday, Gov. Kay Ivey amended the statewide Safer at Home Order allowing restaurants, gyms, barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, and other job providers to resume operations. “Let me first take a moment to say a special word of thanks to each and every Alabamian,” Ivey said during the press conference. “I know this has been tough on you; […]