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First Avenue extension still down the road


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The 200 block – bank still a bank despite several changes

1955 Downtown Oneonta

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Task force to study inmate work-release program

Blount County Commission

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School property tax vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 20

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Celebrating 200 years

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Cleveland STEAM lab named for former teacher


Students of Cleveland High School and Elementary School began using a new STEAM lab after they returned from Christmas break. STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Brett Thrasher is the lab’s teacher/ facilitator and led a tour of the facility, which is comprised of 15 computer stations with two seats at each. Students can work […]

County schools get good grades on A-F report cards


Both county school systems brought home good grades in the Alabama State Department of Education’s report card sweepstakes. Blount County Schools scored a B with an overall grade of 83, and Oneonta City Schools scored an A with an overall grade of 91. To put those grades in context, out of 137 public school districts statewide, there were 12 As, […]

‘All businesses in town are opposed to this thing…’ NOT

Oneonta school property tax

As the lines were drawn for and against Oneonta City Schools’ proposed 9-mil property tax increase, the statement was made in The Blount Countian that all businesses in town are opposed to it. The morning the paper came out, a mini-firestorm of callers buffeted the newspaper office taking issue with the statement. We didn’t count them, but there were a […]

Blountsville: The first 200 years


While Blountsville officially turns 200 years old this year, ancient burial grounds and petroglyphs document people traveling through the site of today’s Blountsville even before the first settler, Caleb Fryley, made his home at what was then identified as Bear Meat Cabin (Blountsville) in 1816. So much rich history, as well as some fun facts, have evolved since that first […]

Wildcats, Hornets take titles


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