FLFR Art and Photo Contest winners

The Friends of the Locust Fork River (FLFR) held its first art and photography contest this year as a way to generate interest in the beautiful wild river that flows through Blount County. The winners were announced at the county fair with almost 100 people in the audience. There were four categories (Adult Art, Adult Photo, Teen Photo and Child […]

Budget and livestock ordinance passed

Cleveland Town Council

The Cleveland Town Council met last Thursday, first in a work session to discuss the proposed budgets, followed by its regular monthly meeting. The bulk of the regular meeting dealt with the budgets and the continuing problem of animals roaming free in town. The overall revenue projected for the FY 2019 general fund budget is $745,820, an increase of more […]


The $100,000 special allocation reported for District 2 in the 2019 county budget article in the Sept. 19 edition of The Blount Countian was incorrect. District 2 will not receive that allocation in fiscal year 2019. The amount reported was for fiscal year 2018 only. Reporter’s error. The county commission budget document was labeled correctly. Also, an incorrect amount was […]

Poetic scientist

Leonard Yarbrough’s bona fides in science are unquestionable. He earned a doctorate in industrial engineering. He worked at Redstone Arsenal while in the military and later as a civilian. He went on to work at and retire from NASA. Along the way, Yarbrough was also part of academia by virtue of teaching at several colleges and universities. All the while, […]

Commission moves quickly on new jail addition following task force report

Blount County Commission

Last week, the Blount County Commission voted, following discussion in executive session, to proceed with building a 72-bed addition to the Blount County Correctional Facility to house low-risk inmates, appointing District 2 Commissioner Mike Painter as project manager for planning and construction. This week, Painter and others met with Lathan Associates, architects for the project, for an initial planning meeting. […]

Commission adopts 2019 budget– with last-minute changes

The Blount County Commission adopted the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget on the second call for a motion to adopt after the first call failed from lack of a motion. After the failure, Commissioners Mike Painter, Allen Armstrong, and Nick Washburn each requested an amendment to the budget. Painter proposed an amendment reducing the line item for communications/computers and light bar […]

Chamber hires new director

Barbara Andersen (right) was chosen as the new director of the Blount County – Oneonta Chamber of Commerce to fill the position vacated by Aimee Wilson in August. Chamber board chairman Richard Phillips said that while the four finalists chosen from the applications were well spoken and interviewed well, Andersen’s past experience with the chamber, her knowledge and experience in […]

Five-year capital plan includes big projects

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education at its Sept. 4 business meeting approved the five-year capital projects projection for fiscal years 2019 through 2023. The Alabama State Department of Education requires state school boards to submit such a plan annually. The Blount Countian asked Blount County Schools Superintendent Rodney Green to comment on the plan submitted. “This plan is formulated […]

2018-2019 fiscal year budget approved for county schools

The Blount County Board of Education approved Friday the fiscal year budget for the county school system for 2019, with total estimated revenues of $69,492,107 and projected expenditures of $76,516,711. The breakdowns provide an indication of how system expenditures for the year are allocated.

Auman, Jones, Boyd speak at Democratic Club

Lee Auman, Bill Jones, Will Boyd, and Mike Evans (left to right) pose following candidate presentations at the monthly Democratic Club meeting at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Jones, the party candidate for the District 27 state legislative house district, Auman, the nominee for U. S. House District 4, and Boyd, the choice for state lieutenant governor, addressed over two […]

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