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Meeting features recognitions, routine business

Blount County Board of Education

The county board of education meeting featured a virtual banquet of special recognition highlights before the business meeting Monday, beginning with the swearing-in of three school board members (see photo page A13). School board officers for the coming school year were also elected, with Chris Latta repeating as president and Jackie Sivley repeating as vice president. Next, Southeastern School assistant […]

Board approves employee bonus, other routine items

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a one-time salary adjustment in the net amount of $150 per employee at its business meeting Monday. A quorum was present for the meeting, including board president Don Maples and members Ricky Hicks, Sharon Breaseale, and Patrick Adams. Board member Steve Anderton was absent. The board approved all of Superintendent Daniel Smith’s recommendations […]

Santa’s Workshop stages Christmas open house

Little known fact: Santa’s Workshop has an unofficial annex in Alabama. It’s hidden away deep in the underground recesses of Rickwood Caverns. And it’s open to the public from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., for 23 days before Christmas, Dec. 1 through Dec. 23. The photo shows Goliath (arrow), the largest calcite dripstone formation in the cave. Around its base […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

In the world we live in, it can be easy to speed through Thanksgiving without giving it much thought. We quickly throw away our pumpkins to make room for Christmas decorations and we leave the Thanksgiving dinner table to go shop the deals at big chain stores. My faith in Thanksgiving was restored through my Sunday school class this week […]

Sheriff’s department adjustments, resolutions dominate agenda

Blount County Commission

The Nov. 4 Blount County Commission meeting was unusual for the amount of ground covered: a public hearing on a landfill application, a work session and business meeting combined into one meeting, swearing in of two recently-reelected commissioners, and retirement recognition for two long-service District 1 road crew employees. In the business meeting, the commission handled four agenda items affecting […]

High drama: Locust Fork gets $640,000 grant:

loses out at first, gets reprieve, blows doors off competition in final round (in a manner of speaking)

First, the news. Locust Fork has received a $640,000 competitive grant award for a nearly three-quarter-mile-long sidewalk project along the main thoroughfare of the town, stretching from Locust Fork Park at the southwest end of town to Locust Fork Baptist Church at the northeast end. Next the players. From the left above: mild-mannered teammates Attorney Brett King, District 1 Commissioner […]

Farm City poster contest winners

Farm City poster contest winners recognized at the Nov. 16 Farm City Banquet are: (from left) Eli Abel, Noah Miller, Tatum Abel, Jackson Hamrick, and Reed Miller. Attendees of the banquet, held at Locust Fork Baptist Church, were treated to a catered meal and entertainment by The Cotton Pickin’ Kids from Hanceville. Kyle Hayes with the Alabama Farmers Federation spoke […]


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