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ASAN grants

The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network is offering mini-grants to farmers and farmers markets, including those in Blount County. The $500-or-less grants come from ASAN’s COVID-19 Adaptation fund and are available for farmers and markets to cover the cost of supplies and upgrades to ensure safety and accessibility, as well as any adaptive measures that enable them to continue to meet […]

Summer feeding program


As Dreamcatchers and STEAM camps continue through July, the Blount County Education Foundation and Blount County Schools are also gearing up for the summer feeding program to go along with the camps. Since March when schools were forced to shut their doors, Blount County schools has provided 55,754 lunches for 12,406 students. “We are just so thrilled we are getting […]

Board approves operations, personnel recommendations

Oneonta City Board of Education

At the Monday meeting of the Oneonta City Board of Education, academic accountability coordinator Lauren Wilson presented results of a parent satisfaction survey of the district’s handling of coronavirus-related matters during the latter half of the spring term, conducted in early June. A total of 582 responses were received from elementary, middle, and high school parents/students. To the question about […]

About People

Adams awarded scholarship McKenzie Adams, a 2020 graduate of Oneonta High School, was awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Alabama Power Foundation. Adams, the daughter of Pat and Mary Ashley Adams, will attend Auburn University this fall. Beck graduates Samantha Sloan Beck, 2013 graduate of Hayden High School, earned a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from Auburn University Harrison School […]

Council approves sales contract

City of Oneonta

The Oneonta City Council approved the contract for the sale of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-business Center at its regular council meeting on June 23. The council had previously voted to accept a $900,000 offer from the Blount County Commission to buy out its share of ownership in the aging facility. During the brief council session, they also approved a resolution […]

Council considers supplemental pay

Town of Snead

Tabling action until a later date, the Snead Town Council discussed supplemental pay for police and firemen during the COVID-19 shutdown. Assistant police chief Ron Kiker presented a proposed pay schedule, which would give policemen a $500 one-time payment and firemen up to $500. Attorney David Dobson told the council that it can give “hazard pay” to officers and firemen. […]

Oneonta Quick Stop

On June 29, the Blount-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce was on hand to help celebrate the grand opening of Oneonta Quick Stop located on Ala 75 across from Walmart. Hours of operation for the gas station and mini-mart will be 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There is also a […]

June Beautification Board awards

The Oneonta Beautification Board announced its June awards for residential and business properties. Beautiful Heart Day Spa located in Oneonta’s historic Tin Town district nabbed the business award. Located at 323 1st Avenue East, the recently remodeled building with its original art work (above) by Erica Whited of Just Plain-A-Door-Able has brightened up that end of town. The residential award […]

Council handles routine business

Town of Blountsville

The Blountsville Town Council met Monday, June 15. In attendance were Mayor Michael Glass and council members Dennis Beavers, Bob Cornelius, Cathy Irvin, Ken Mullins, and Barry Smith. The council approved: • appointment of O.K. Alexander as the town’s representative to the Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce board of directors. • donation of $1,000 toward Spring Valley Beach’s upcoming fireworks […]

Snead Police Department awarded grant


Snead Police Department was recently awarded the Edward Byrne Local Law Enforcement Assistance Grant in the amount of $23,490. The annual need-based grant helps small agencies obtain necessary equipment as they protect and serve the community. Assistant chief Ron Kiker, who submitted the grant, said it has allowed Snead Police to purchase better equipment and update software necessary for officers […]


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