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The Southern Democrat, May 7, 1986

DA’s budget passes $280,000 mark

Candidates Fitzhugh Burttram and Van Davis agree – it is time for a fulltime assistant district attorney in Blount County. Incumbent Burttram, seeking election to a second full term, says he has asked the State for an additional $35,000 in his budget to provide fulltime prosecution services in Blount. His opponent, Van Davis, says revenues are sufficient now for a fulltimer in Blount.

Ready? State inspection this month

A four-year drive to see Oneonta certified as prepared for industrial development under the Alabama Development Office’s Prepared City Program is coming down to the wire with a final state inspection scheduled May 20.

Certification was roadblocked for several years by what seemed an almost insurmountable obstacle: lack of a backup water supply. Oneonta Utilities Board drilled numerous wells that failed to meet necessary standards. A stable water supply discovered in Bill Towns’s Quail Valley development put the program back on course.

However, Oneonta’s Industrial Park remains an eyesore, despite ADO’s recommendation that the area be improved.

…Members of Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce hope other assets will outweigh the appearance of the park when ADO tallies the city’s grade sheet this month.

Snead, Oneonta Jaycees to play in 48-hour marathon

The Snead and Oneonta Jaycees will tip off a 48- hour basketball marathon May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Susan Moore High School gymnasium.

The first 24 hours will be played at the Susan Moore gym and the last 24 hours will be played at the Oneonta Recreation Center.

According to Snead Jaycee president Mike Criswell, proceeds Snead raises will go toward the building of a recreation center in the Snead area.

The Oneonta Jaycees were undecided last week where the money they raise will be spent.