Martial arts in Blount County

Battlegrounds Gym and Southern Martial Arts recently opened in Locust Fork. Owners Harris Godfrey and Christian Drake Abbott put a lot of work into making their business become a reality. Together with their families, they have worked toward providing a place for others interested in karate, martial arts, and a gym within their community. “There are no martial arts gyms […]

Deputy injured during warrant execution attempt

A Blount County deputy was injured Jan. 11 during a joint effort by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, and an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to execute a warrant and arrest a Cleveland man. According to a press release from Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the above agencies were on the scene initiating the warrant […]

Tolbert is new assistant community developer

City of Oneonta

At last Tuesday’s Oneonta City Council meeting, the Unity Celebration Proclamation was adopted in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Council member Lee Alexander read from the proclamation, which emphasized that the community should work to encourage, respect, and value every person regardless of race, color, or background. “It is with a deep sense of urgency that unity and […]

Planting the seeds of success

School board members are ordinary people who demonstrate extraordinary dedication to our schools. They come from all walks of life. They are farmers, secretaries, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, educators, business owners… just to name a few. While they all come from different backgrounds and live different lives, these individuals come together on their school board with the common goal of helping […]

Oneonta man charged with 177 counts of child torture, sex abuse

According to court documents, an Oneonta man was charged with 29 counts of sexual torture, 53 counts of enticing a child for immoral purposes, 53 counts of torture or willful abuse of a child under 18, 21 counts of sexual abuse by force, and 21 counts of assault second. Allan Eugene Ayer, 67, was booked into the Blount County Correctional […]

Gas prices big topic

Town of Blountsville

Blountsville Town Council held its first meeting of the new year Jan. 3. All members were present. The council approved a proclamation recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Mayor Danny Baker read the proclamation, which concludes with a charge to the community to be vigilant. “We must work to ensure that all residents are aware of this problem, how to spot […]

Safe driving Christmas cash

Before Christmas, Oneonta police officers were looking for drivers who made a complete stop at a stop sign, were wearing their seatbelts, using their turn signals, and the like. The reason? A local business donated $1,000 and designated that 10 drivers be awarded $100 each for safe driving. Officers scoped out safe drivers and awarded them a crisp $100 bill […]

Three car chases, stolen vehicle, lands suspect in jail

What began as a car chase in an adjoining county ended up in Blount County on Jan. 6. Officers from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Blountsville Police Department immediately responded to the northwest part of the county. Within minutes, the situation went from a car chase to a manhunt with all agencies working together in an attempt to locate […]

Appalachian state champ recognized

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year Monday afternoon. Superintendent Rodney Green welcomed AHSAA 1-5A State 500m Freestyle Champion Elizabeth Davis (above). “State champion… that just sounds good,” Green said as he congratulated the Appalachian High School junior. “What an exciting race! We are proud of all your accomplishments.” Board president Chris Latta […]

Schools, others raise funds for SHP

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, an organization that builds beds for 3- to 17-year-olds who don’t have a bed to sleep in, held a pajama day fundraiser on Giving Tuesday. Several schools participated as well as Oneonta City Hall, Lester Memorial Daycare and Preschool, and Alabama Pediatric Therapy. Oneonta City Schools raised $1,485.55; Southeastern School raised $672.08; Blountsville Elementary raised $704; […]

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