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Snead passes on new clerk, grants employee raise


Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to select an individual to fill the shoes of someone who has been the public face of a town for 25 years. But that is what the town council of Snead is struggling with. Councilman Greg Ogles noted, “We can’t hire all [the final four applicants], we’ve got to be patient and none […]

Senior Days in Hayden


Dinah Wilson and Sharon Jones are on a mission to bring fun to the seniors of west Blount County. After speaking with the Hayden Town Council, they have agreed to use the Community Center on Tuesdays and Fridays for Senior Days. The months of August, September, and October will serve as a trial period in order to measure its success. […]

‘Hear the beep where you sleep’

Jonathan Ledbetter assists David Mosley, age 7, spraying water from the fire truck. Oneonta Fire Department visited Kids Campus last week to share with the children the importance of ‘hear the beep where you sleep and close the door when you doze.’ Oneonta Police Department and Blount County EMS also visited the children.

Board approves late summer personnel changes and contracts

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education, in a special meeting Friday, approved a flurry of late summer retirements, transfers, and new hires, along with a considerable number of contracts and agreements for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Superintendent Rodney Green reported to the board that regular pre-school preparatory activities are scheduled soon, including the teacher’s workday on Monday, Aug. 5, […]

Back to school


Ready your backpacks and pack your pencils because the school year is about to begin! All the schools have been working hard this summer to prepare for a great year. Before the first day of school, there are a few important events that need attention in order to start the fall correctly. Each school website, along with calendars, can be […]

Weaver convicted


Henry Rex Weaver, the 74-year-old substitute teacher who was arrested in March when a firearm in his pocket discharged in a classroom of first graders at Blountsville Elementary School, was convicted Monday after a bench trail before Blount County District Judge Sherry Burns. An affidavit in the case against Weaver states one student was injured by a bullet fragment. The […]

First Baptist Hayden breaks ground


On Sunday, July 14, First Baptist Church Hayden broke ground on their new 5,000-square-foot addition. It will be used as a place to greet guests and enjoy fellowship with church members. Features include a memorial wall, a coffee service, and an elevator. The church’s two-year capital campaign, led by Keith Dillard, has raised the funds necessary to build the gathering […]

School tax-free holiday is back


With summer in full swing, many people are not ready to begin thinking about school clothing, supplies, and other items needed to prepare students and teachers for the upcoming school year. But, as we know, the summer will zoom by and the 2019–2020 school year will begin. With that in mind, it is never too early to make back-to-school shopping […]

Oneonta applies for grant for sewer rehabilitation


The Oneonta City Council passed three resolutions last week to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Appalachian Regional Commission funds for a sewer system rehabilitation project.The Blount Countian did not attend the meeting. Details on the application were provided by city manager Ed Lowe and the resolutions themselves. The application will request grants of $450,000 in CDBG funds […]

OFD to participate in pilot program


The National Fire Protection Association announced recently that Oneonta Fire and Rescue has been selected as one of 25 fire departments nationwide, and one of only two in Alabama, to participate in the pilot phase of NFPA Community Risk Assessment project. The yearlong project is designed to bring together community risk reduction (CRR) minded fire departments to build a visualization […]


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