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Tire fire


As dusk settled Saturday, May 8, heavy smoke could be seen throughout Blount County and beyond. It was soon discovered that a fire had erupted at a tire and construction material landfill on County Line Road. Locust Fork, Dallas-Selfville, and West Blount fire departments responded to the fire, but were unable to use water or foam to extinguish it due […]

Council approves purchase of K9


During its May 3 meeting, the Blountsville Town Council voted to purchase a K9 to help deal with drug issues in the town. Council member Ray Baxley recommended Buck, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever being cross trained for drug detection and human tracking. Initial cost will be $2,500 which does not include vet bills, food, or certification. Buck will be teamed […]

‘Well, I know all of them’


One afternoon in small groups, Locust Fork second grade teacher Angie Armstrong asked her students, “Does anyone know where our state is located on a map?” Hands went up across the room. Then she asked, “Does anyone know where any of the other states are located?” Ryley Robertson said, “Well, I know all of them.” Armstrong pulled up a blank […]

Sen. Shelnutt reads at Hayden Primary


Sen. Shay Shelnutt read Lucy Meets a Logger to 10 first grade classes at Hayden Primary School in April. Shelnutt was joined by Stephanie Fuller, author and the Director of Workforce Development for the Forest Workforce Training Institute. There to explain the importance of the forestry industry was Cliff O’Rear, the Alabama Forestry Association’s Director of Landowner Programs. O’Rear and […]

Chamber recognizes SHP for Excellence in Community Service


The 2021 Eldridge Bynum Award for Excellence in Community Service was awarded to the Oneonta chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds and delivers beds to children who do not have a bed of their own. Established in 2020, the local chapter has already built 192 beds, with 127 delivered. Sleep in Heavenly Peace has a motto […]

Emerging Business of the Year


Casey and Brittney Dutton, (right) owners of Dutton’s Seafood in Locust Fork, recently received the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Business of the Year award. The Chamber recognized the Duttons’ impact and their commitment to the Blount County community and honored them with the award in April. “We are so grateful for our customers, for Blount County, and those who […]

Mixing with Ian


Ian Evans (right) is your typical 12-year-old boy. He loves playing flag football and basketball, he plays piano, loves the performing arts, and he loves to cook. During the quarantines of COVID, Ian thought it would be fun to “mix” the cooking with the performing to see what might happen. Well, Mixing with Ian happened. Since last spring, he’s entertained […]

Industry of the Year


Daryl Bergquist (left) has been a leader in solar power in Blount County since moving here in 1987. He has used sun power for his personal home while dedicating his work life to clean energy. The Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce recognized Bergquist and his company, Earth Steward Solar Consulting, as the 2021 Industry of the Year. The chamber recognized his […]

Business of the Year


In December 2014, a fun little shop popped up on Main Street in Oneonta. Full of cool finds and vintage goodies, this quaint new addition has grown into one of downtown Oneonta’s most treasured establishments. Now, the Pink Porch Market has been selected as the 2021 Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. Owner Dawn Glass (right) has created […]

Frank Green building future use by BCBOE

Blount County Commission

The Blount County Commission approved a memorandum of understanding between the commission and the Blount County Board of Education dealing with the future use of the Frank J. Green Building during its business meeting yesterday morning. The memorandum stipulates what each party is responsible for with the bulk of the responsibility and expense being passed on to the board. It […]


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