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From The Blount Countian, January 19, 2005


Oneonta authorizes mayor to buy Wrangler plant

Praising the work of local chamber of commerce president Charles Carr and Vanity Fair (VF) officials, Mayor Danny Hicks advised the Oneonta City Council of purchase plans for the former Wrangler – Blue Bell plant.

During extended negotiations, North Carolina company officials reduced their original million dollar asking price to an agreed upon $30,000. Hicks cited Carr’s efforts in frequent trips to company headquarters and the sympathetic ear of company officers for lowering the price.

According to Hicks, VF recognizes its departure from Oneonta seriously damaged the local economy and wishes to restore the goodwill the company had enjoyed during its tenure as Oneonta’s largest employer.

Hayden students to get closeup view of inauguration

A solid year of fundraising and planning came to an end this morning when 27 Hayden High School students and three teachers boarded a plane at the Birmingham International Airport and headed to Washington, D.C., to see the presidential inauguration.

The group, led by U.S. history teachers Amy Speegle and Shannon Lakey and guidance counselor Gary Noles, was scheduled to depart this morning at 5:30 and will fly out of Washington late Saturday night.

Sharpe announces $67,000 grant for fire department

In the holiday-delayed first meeting of the year, Mayor Bob Sharpe apprised the Blountsville Town Council of a $67,000 grant for the town’s volunteer fire department. The grant requires the city to spend an additional $5000 of its own funds, accompanying the grant, to purchase new equipment.