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Easter blessings for foster children


In an effort to do something to brighten the lives of children who have encountered abuse and neglect in their short lives, four Blount County Keller Williams realtors teamed up with local businesses to make special Easter baskets for each Blount County foster child. Sara Dean, Kathy Glaze, Shelia Gilliland, and Katrina Williams organized and filled 65 Easter baskets that […]

Snead police chief completes certification program


At the annual Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in Montgomery, Snead Police Chief Stephen Gunn received recognition and a certificate for completing the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program. The director of continuing education and outreach at Jacksonville State and UPACE Partner presented Gunn with the certificate and said, “On behalf of the University Partnership for Alabama Continuing Education, […]

ADEM investigating complaint


The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has confirmed that they received a complaint on March 29 regarding an alleged junkyard at 707 Spunky Hollow Road in Remlap. According to ADEM employee Lynn Battle, they are the regulatory agency that has to investigate the complaint and do so within a reasonable time frame. Battle confirmed late Monday afternoon that an inspector […]

Oak Hill Capital completes acquisition of Otelco Inc.


Otelco Inc. announced today that an entity formed by Oak Hill Capital completed its acquisition of Otelco, Inc. for $11.75 per share in cash, representing a total equity purchase price of approximately $40.6 million. As a result of the transaction’s completion, Otelco’s common stock will cease trading at the close of market today and will be delisted from the NASDAQ […]

American Apparel continues to support military through COVID pandemic


As many businesses and manufacturing facilities have been severely crushed by the economic impacts of the coronavirus virus in early 2020, American Apparel, Inc., headquartered in Selma, has remained steadfast through the last 12 months in support of the U.S. military. Established in 1987, with manufacturing facilities in Selma, Opp, Oneonta, and Centre, the company employs approximately 700 people. American […]

Springtime is beautiful and bountiful


It is the time of year that people love. Spring is in the air and people are taking advantage of it. As you ride throughout the county, people are mowing their yards, tilling up the land for gardens, and laying down new mulch to create a beautiful array of flowers and plants around their homes. Wild flowers have also begun […]

Compassion of the people


“Blount County is just like one big family. We are truly blessed. We have the most kind and compassionate people I have ever dealt with. To me, that is one of the greatest blessings Blount County has to offer.” These words of Hope House director Bud Jones were repeated over and over as he wanted to thank citizens, law enforcement, […]

Oneonta Historical Preservation Commission


“It has been said that, at its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” These words by William Murtagh, preservationist and founding member of the National Register of Historic Places, were thoughts that permeated Murtagh’s soul. He believed that historic buildings, landscapes, and streetscapes told the American story. During […]

Commission approves seeking ADECA grant for complex in Cleveland

Blount County Commission

On March 29, the Blount County Commission held a special called meeting to consider Resolution 2021-03-01 for ADECA Community Development Block Grant to request funding for the proposed agriculture, education, and economic development complex in Cleveland. A public hearing followed by the passage of a resolution is required by ADECA for the request of these funds. The public hearing was […]

Snead seeks grant for generator funding

Town of Snead

In their regular meeting last week, the Snead Town Council voted to finalize a grant which, if awarded, will go towards the the purchase of two electric generators for use to keep the town’s water and sewer systems functioning during emergencies. Council member Teresa Lindsay reported that she and council member Dale Snead participated in a recent hazard mitigation meeting […]


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