Update from the chamber

State candidates to appear at October breakfast

The monthly Blount County- Oneonta Chamber of Commerce breakfast will be held at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Twin Oaks. The program, sponsored by Superior Bank, will feature several candidates running for statewide offices. Those candidates confirming to speak for five minutes include Kay Ivey (R) – lieutenant governor; Young Boozer (R) and Charlie Grimsley (D) – state treasurer; Susan Parker (D) – public service commissioner; Glenn Zorn (D) – agriculture and industries commissioner; and Billy Norrell – executive director of the Alabama Road Builders Association.

If no other candidates for state offices agree to speak at the breakfast, local legislative candidates will be invited to speak. Candidates for public offices are down on the ballot and often go unnoticed, so the chamber program will be a great venue to learn about other candidates and offices.

Breakfast sponsor

Superior Bank is an important member of the chamber and the Blount County financial community. Superior Bank actively promotes and sponsors chamber activities and worthy local projects and has a record of being community oriented.

Superior Bank serves Blount County through six full-service branches located in Blountsville, Cleveland, Oneonta, Snead, Walmart Oneonta, and west Blount.

Kids Count

VOICES
for Alabama’s Children has recently published the 2010 Kids
Count Data Book.
This publication provides community leaders and decision-makers information about the condition of Alabama’s children and ways to help improve their lives. This information concerns the state as a whole and each of its 67 counties. It contains the latest statistics for 12 indicators representing four categories of child well-being.

In the 2010 Kids Count Data
Book,
Alabama ranked 47th nationally in a state-by-state study on the well-being of America’s children. Alabama improved on three of the 10 measures affecting child wellbeing since 2000.

Blount County dropped from the second-best ranking to the thirdbest ranking in 2010. Shelby and Cleburne counties ranked first and second respectively. This ranking is based on five indicators of child well-being: low weight births, births to unmarried teens, children in single parent families, children in poverty, and the high school graduation rate. You may access this information at www.alavoices.org.

Even though Blount dropped one place in the listing, it now ranks as the third-best county in the state to rear a child.

Festival

For information about the Covered Bridge Festival, see ad and article on page A18.

Conclusion

October promises to be a busy chamber month with all facets of the Covered Bridge Festival and the chamber breakfast.

The high ranking in the Kids
Count Data Book
indicates Blount County has a high quality of life in regard to rearing children.

By working together, we are making a very good community even better.