Hometown folks on TV

If you live in central Alabama, you probably know meteorologist James Spann and his signature suspenders, but Blount County also has some TV personalities that have made an impact. Chris Whited, Emily Robertson, and Chris Cato are three locals using their talents to keep their communities informed of news and weather. Whited graduated from Oneonta High School in 1995 and […]


‘FIX YOUR MAMA’ is a spay/neuter program with Crossing Paths Animal Rescue for Blount County residents who need financial assistance to fix female dogs or cats and male pit bulls or pit mixes. A $25 fee covers the surgery and a rabies vaccination. Financial assistance is available. There are a limited number of appointments. Donations are needed to keep the […]

Water fees increase

Town of Cleveland

The Cleveland Town Council held its regular monthly meeting on Jan. 10. Mayor Jerry Jones and utilities supervisor Steve Pass presented the council with a proposal to increase fees and deposits in the water department. The proposed increases that were submitted were: • Return check fee raised from $30 to $35 • Non-payment or cut-off fee from $25 to $30 […]

Extrication equipment purchased with grant

On Monday, Jan. 21, members of Susan Moore Fire and Rescue received training on the new air bag lifting system (pictured in action at left) the department purchased with a $5,000 grant from Cawaco RC&D. According to Chief Jonathan Ledbetter, the Vetter Air Bag Rescue System equipment will assist firefighters in saving individuals who are trapped and need technical rescue […]

Day of Service

Approximately two dozen volunteers celebrated the Day of Service at the Oneonta Public Library. Comprised of members from various county non-profits and other dedicated individuals, the workers covered a wide range of ages and skills. Braving initially frigid temperatures, the crew cleared cobwebs, raked and placed pine straw, trimmed shrubbery, constructed a stone pathway, picked up trash, and placed two […]

Students showcase talent

Giving students the opportunity to showcase their talents, the Blount County Education Foundation held the 2018 Blount County Visual Art Exhibition. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, medalists gathered at Locust Fork Baptist Church for the awards presentation. In all, Blount County students submitted 151 works of art, with entries from each school in the district. During the show, students displayed their […]

Attractive sites beckon elsewhere, but B&B’s Adams wants to stay in Blount

The answer: “I want to stay in Blount County. I’m doing everything I can to stay in Blount County. I’ve found another site outside of Blount County that’s in a very favorable location, but I’d much rather stay here at home. If I can possibly stay, I will. If I just can’t, I won’t.” The speaker: Bud Adams, operator of […]

Teachers of the Year, Sports Hall of Fame recognitions upcoming

Blount County Board of Education

In his remarks to the special meeting of the BCBOE Monday, Superintendent Rodney Green asked board members to note two upcoming significant recognition events. Teachers of the Year will be recognized at the annual Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce banquet on March 5. Bruce McAfee will be honored posthumously at the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on […]

Business meeting report, continued from Jan. 15

Blount County Commission

Major actions included passage of four significant resolutions. They were: • to request legislative authorization for a referendum in the general election of 2020 on adopting the unit system of county government in Blount County. • to request legislative authority to create a county process to clean up, demolish, and/or remove abandoned, unsafe, unmaintained buildings or other structures, with supporting […]

Oneonta man dies in wreck

A single-vehicle wreck at 11:31 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 18, claimed the life of 59-year-old Lawrence Layne Woods of Oneonta. According to the Alabama State Trooper report, Woods was killed when the 2014 Nissan Rogue left the roadway on County Highway 29 and struck a tree. Woods was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead on the scene. The […]

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