2020-07-22 E-Edition

Getting a head start

Like all other school and preschool programs across the state, Blount County’s Ratchford Child Development Center in Oneonta closed in March to protect its children from the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Kelly Nail, the center’s assistant director and health resource specialist, knew the extended time off would make the transition to kindergarten much harder for their 4 and 5 year olds […]

Sheriff will not enforce mask ordinance

Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris announced last week that the wearing of masks/face coverings is now mandatory in public. At the time of her announcement, Ivey acknowledged the enforcement of the mandate would be difficult and called on everyone to support it through personal responsibility. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Robert Redfield says […]

Discussion continues on potential conversion of Agri-business Center into courthouse complex

Blount County Commission

On Monday, the Blount County Commission convened for an emergency meeting. Chris Green, county commission chairman, opened the meeting by thanking everyone for their compliance with Gov. Ivey’s mandate to wear masks to keep the visitors who are vulnerable to COVID-19 safe. The roll was called and a quorum was established with commissioners Allen Armstrong, Mike Painter, Dean Calvert, and […]

‘Farm life is good’

“Farm life is good. We are just trying to keep up,” said Haley Powell. These words by Powell from Whited Farms describe most of the farmers’ lives this year. All around the county, farmers are reporting exceptionally high numbers of customers buying local produce this year, and farmers are doing everything they can to keep up with the demand. Is […]


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Snead approves supplemental pay for first responders

Last week in its regularly scheduled meeting, the Snead Town Council approved a one-time supplemental payment for the town’s police officers and firemen for their required duty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Police officers will receive a one-time payment of $500 while firemen will receive $10 per call, not to exceed $500. Town attorney Brett King explained there is a “decent […]

City earmarks $900,000 for park and recreation

The Oneonta City Council met July 14, approving items discussed in a work session held June 23. Discussion at the work session centered around the $900,000 payment it would receive from the Blount County Commission’s buyout of the city’s share of the Agri-business Center property. During last Tuesday’s meeting, the council unanimously approved earmarking the funds for its park and […]

Cleveland invests in area youth

The Cleveland Town Council held its regular monthly meeting July 9. Mayor Jerry Jones informed the council about ongoing work at Cleveland High School’s baseball and softball fields. He noted that the field renovations involve installing a sprinkler system. The school’s athletic booster club is paying for part of the project that is estimated to cost $30,000. The mayor asked […]

Best practices for cutomers shopping at farmers markets during the coronavirus outbreak

County Agent’s Corner

Not only do vendors have a part to play in preventing the spread of the coronavirus, customers have a responsibility too. Let’s look at some best practices for customers. The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries is encouraging everyone who is healthy and feels safe to visit our farmers markets in order to gain healthy local food from area farmers, […]