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The Blount Countian, December 25, 2013

County gets grant for 2011 storm damage

Gov. Robert Bentley last week notified the Blount County Commission last week that a $758,572 Community Development Block Grant for the county had been approved. The grant proceeds will be used to repair Maple Drive in Blountsville and a portion of Joy Road from Blountsville to the Skyball Road intersection. Both roads were significantly damaged by the tornadoes of April, 2011.

The grant was a part of $30 million in announced grants by Bentley for eight municipalities and eight counties in North Alabama devastated by the 2011 tornadoes. Packages stolen in Oneonta

Last week, three separate incidents of delivered packages being or attempted to be stolen were reported to Oneonta Police Chief James Chapman, and two reports were officially filed.

On Tuesday, two suspects were attempting to take a package but left abruptly when someone walked up, according to Chapman, and on Thursday, $700 worth of packages were stolen.

“They were taken within a 30-to-40 minute window from the time they were delivered,” he said.

That same day, a neighbor reported seeing suspicious activity but could not give a vehicle description. No report was filed concerning this incidence. Jacobs reflects on title

The Oneonta Redskins proved that the third time can indeed be a charm in a dominating 28-10 victory over Charles Henderson in the 4A title game at Bryant-Denny Stadium earlier this month.

After two straight trips – and losses – in the Super Six, the Redskins left no doubt. Charles Henderson rolled into the title game with a 14-0 record and the Trojans had beaten the best that the south had to offer. Most of those wins were in convincing fashion.

Oneonta head coach Don Jacobs felt his team was prepared.

“We had a good week of practice (leading up to the title game),” he said. “Actually, we had an outstanding week except for the walk-through before the game when we couldn’t do anything right.

“We have a lot of seniors and they had obviously been there before. Leadership is always a key and we had very good leaders on this year’s team.”