Work begins on Horton Mill Bridge repair Work has begun on repairing Horton Mill Covered Bridge, closed since December. Workers took one week to cut a road down the steep hillside – preserving larger trees, said Commissioner Ralph Moore – drill pipe into bedrock, set culvert pipe, and build a form for some 50 yards of concrete to serve as a foundation for bridge supports. For the present, two power poles 60 feet long and weighing 2000 pounds each will be set in the culvert pipe to support the bridge. Moore said older and retired Alabama Power employees will be needed to direct the manual installation as younger workers are familiar with automated installation only. When funds are available, a concrete pier similar to existing piers will be installed. That project could cause $75,000 or more, Moore said. Also part of the current project is replacement of a cracked floor beam, which was the cause of the bridge’s closure.
Aquatic Center proposed A new aquatic center may be in the future for Oneonta and Blount County. As supporters are envisioning the center, it would encompass Oneonta’s existing pool, renovated and improved, and a new, covered, Olympic-size pool for year-round use. The new pool would accommodate swim teams and their meets, patients undergoing physical therapy, senior citizens taking advantage of water aerobics and the generally low-impact physical benefits of swimming, and people with physical handicaps. As presently proposed, the new pool would be built between the existing one and U.S. 231. Entrance to the Aquatic Center would be from Jack Fendley Drive across from Woodland Park, and expanded, adequate parking would be provided.
Hayden Band instruments recovered Blount County Sheriff’s Department has recovered an estimated $8,000 in musical instruments stolen from Hayden High School band room Aug. 1. The instruments, primarily clarinets and saxophones, were discovered in two Blount County residences and one Hoover residence. Two men and one woman, all originally from Blount County, have been charged with the theft, according to Sheriff Larry Staton.