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Schools closed for rest of year


Gov. Kay Ivey and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey announced last Thursday that all K-12 public schools in Alabama will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Both of Blount County’s public school districts – Oneonta City Schools and Blount County Schools – are affected by the order. The announcement extends the closure which began […]

Keeping connected


As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the world, many businesses and organizations have closed the doors to the public, but have found innovative ways to stay connected with others while they are staying in. Although the lobby is closed, Ricky Statham, director of the Oneonta Public Library, continues to work diligently to help people in a variety of ways […]

Free meals for all county students


The Blount County School system launched its free meal program March 23 for all students 18 years and younger. Pick up locations are Appalachian High School, Locust Fork High School, Susan Moore High School, and Blountsville Elementary. A total of 691 students were given 2,764 meals on Monday. This program works like the summer feeding program. Any student can receive […]

End of watch

Rex Allen Allred passed away March 20 after an extended battle with cancer. Allred served Blount County as a firefighter and paramedic. He was loved and respected by many, a few of whom submitted memorials. Firefighters are taught to never give up, to never quit.It is ingrained from the very first day of firefighter recruit school. Rex Allred didn’t give […]

Inmate release


“I want to assure you that we have not opened the door and just let people go.” That is the message Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon made on social media Friday as a way to dispel false rumors of the jail being emptied because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Rumors were probably prompted by a news report earlier in the […]

Like the princesses they are


Saturday, March 14, was a special day for 26 sweet Blount County princesses.As the state was just beginning to deal with its first cases of COVID-19 and the ensuing chaos, these special needs princesses took the stage in the Miss North Central Alabama Pageant held at J.B. Pennington High School. The special princesses get to have the whole pageant experience […]

Arabians in Allgood


More than four years ago, Ted Carson began looking for a home to build a horse training and housing facility. He had his business in North Carolina for 22 years and wanted to make a move. Carson’s search ended when he purchased 252 acres in Allgood. The fully wooded site was developed into what is now Ted Carson Arabian Horses, […]

Blount County COVID-19 Update


School closings All Blount County Schools and Oneonta City Schools closed beginning Monday, March 16, until April 6, or until further notice. Other closings County Government/Courthouse: offices are open though buildings themselves are closed to the public.County personnel at the courthouse will be available to serve the public via telephone and web-based services 205-625-4160. (See related article on page A3 […]

Taxation without representation


The Highland Lake town council met March 10, in part, to address pending ordinances that would impose a sales tax, a motor fuel tax, and a lodging tax on residents, including those who live within the 1.5-mile police jurisdiction. After a lengthy, sometimes disorderly meeting punctuated by mostly negative audience comments, the council tabled the matter. The ordinances would impose: […]

Chavez convicted


Leo Santiago Chavez, 19, was convicted Monday for his involvement in the murder of his parents at their home in Cleveland in December 2017. Chavez was 17 at the time of the killings, but was tried as an adult. A Blount County jury found him guilty of three counts of capital murder and two counts of abuse of a corpse […]


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