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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 […]

Powell faces new charge


Locust Fork town council member Weslie Ray Powell, 60, faces a new charge stemming from an incident that occurred on May 31. Originally, Powell was charged with impersonating a public servant. On July 1, the 30-year-old Trafford woman who signed the original warrant for Powell, signed another for menacing based on the same facts, according to the affidavit. Court documents […]


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