Council talks industrial park expansion

Town of Snead

Expansion of the town’s industrial park was the main topic of discussion during the Snead council meeting last week. Council member Greg Ogles presented aerial photos showing properties that he believes would be good additions to the town’s existing industrial park to help draw businesses and industries to the town. Don Mitchell, executive director of the Blount County Economic Development […]

Park and rec enhancements moving forward

City of Oneonta

“We all promised we would do all we could to improve and develop our parks and rec program. This is the beginning of that process,” Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips said as he opened the city’s work session Dec. 17. The work session was a continuation of discussions regarding the proposed comprehensive park and recreation enhancements and downtown revitalization. Around a […]

Teachers get a special surprise

Blount County Board of Education

On Friday, Dec. 11, in a special called meeting, the Blount County Board of Education approved a onetime supplement of $500 for current BCBOE employees who are active full-time employees as of Dec. 18, and who are currently scheduled to work and perform additional duties beyond the normal job requirements related to teaching and serving students during the pandemic for […]

Statewide contest for masking videos

With face masks proving to be one of the most effective methods of preventing COVID-19 transmission, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the Alabama Hospital Association (ALAHA) and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama are sponsoring a video contest for Alabamians of all ages to share why they feel it is important to wear a mask. Entries […]

New officers at OPD


The recent hiring of three officers will enable the Oneonta Police Department to continue with their mission to protect and serve the city. Police Chief Charles Clifton confirmed all three have begun their duties. Clifton feels each hiree is well qualified and brings their own specific asset to the department. Stephen Dossey of Remlap previously worked with the Birmingham Police […]

Final meeting of 2020

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission held its December business meeting Monday, Dec. 21. COVID-19 illnesses spread through the courthouse forcing officials to close the facility through Christmas, cancel the commission work session, and push back the commission business meeting. Commission chairman Chris Green and District 2 Commissioner Chad Trammel were present in the commission chambers. Commissioners Allen Armstrong, Dean Calvert, and […]

BWWB votes to reinstate Inland Lake security detail with BCSO


The Birmingham Water Works Board met virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 16. In what was his last meeting as a board member and Blount County representative, local attorney Brett King made a motion during a discussion of new business that the BWWB vote to reinstate the security detail at Inland Lake. The motion was seconded and passed with a unanimous vote. […]

Recipe Corner

Pull-Apart Christmas Tree

1 lb. refrigerated pizza doughEgg wash (1 egg whisked with 1 Tbsp.water)7 mozzarella sticks, cut into 1 inchpieces¼ cup melted butter½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese½ tsp. garlic powder Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Divide pizza dough into 2 pieces. Stretch and roll each piece into a long rectangle, then cut dough […]

From the Archives


Dear Santa, I am nine years old and I go to school at Blountsville Elementary. I am in the fourth grade and Mrs. Francis Small is my teacher. Please bring me a billfold, a watch band, a peddling Pete toy, a necklace, bracelet, and ring, some story books, and a surprise. Please remember my teacher, my Sunday school teacher, my […]

All Region football teams named


It’s been a few weeks since the Alabama High School Athletic Association crowned its state football champions. Over the past couple of weeks, coaches have been working to finalize the 2020 All Region teams. Blount County’s football teams gave fans many exciting moments throughout the season. There were many stand-out playmakers at all positions. Hayden senior RB Carson Rickels broke […]