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Council approves rezoning, tax abatements

City of Oneonta

In their final meeting of the month, the Oneonta City Council approved rezoning two parcels of land from light industrial to retail, two alcohol license requests, and a tax abatement. The parcels that were rezoned are 203 Third Street South and 201 Third Street South. The two alcohol license requests came from Oneonta Quick Stop, currently under construction on Ala […]

Under new ownership


The Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony Jan. 30 to commemorate change of ownership of the Sears HomeTown store. New owner Mike McKenzie took the reigns in December and has high hopes for the business. McKenzie knew from the beginning that he wanted to focus on customer service. He said it is extremely important to him […]

‘Fannie Lou Hamer – This Little Light’


The fifth annual E.L. and Pauline D. Kilgore Lyceum presents Dr. Billie Jean Young in two presentations on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The first takes place at Eris Horton Auditorium at Oneonta City School at 1 p.m. where she will present her one-woman drama, “Fannie Lou Hamer – This Little Light.” At 5:30 p.m. there will be a reception sponsored by […]

Book of the Year

The Blount County Historical Society received the Book of the Year Award – Specialty Division for the publication of The Heritage of Blount County: Bicentennial Edition 1818-2018. The award came from the publishing house, Acclaim Press, that produced the work. Acclaim’s publishing consultant Clint Oftedahl was in town to present the award. He said the company published 35 books last […]

Snead, county jointly agree to clean up industrial park


The Snead town council approved a joint agreement with the county in its Jan. 21 meeting to clean up the Snead industrial park. The vote was 4-0 with one abstention. The Blount County Commission approved executing the agreement in its December business meeting. The terms of the agreement are reported to be that the county will provide the equipment and […]

Snead hires water clerk


During a special called meeting on Jan. 21, the Snead council approved hiring Kim Hipp as water clerk at a starting salary of $13 per hour. The motion was made by Ann Sullins and seconded by Greg Ogles after an executive session was held to try and reach an agreement over the nine applicants the council reviewed. Snead Mayor La’Shone […]

Beavers retires as assistant superintendent; superintendent recommendations approved

Blount County Board of Education

The Blount County Board of Education at a special meeting Jan. 21 accepted the retirement resignation of Dr. Stoney Beavers (pictured at right), assistant superintendent for curriculum matters for Blount County Schools, effective Jan. 31. Beavers has more than 30 years of service in various teaching and staff jobs with Blount County Schools. (Ed. note: The Blount Countian will interview […]

Board opposes anti-school start date legislation

Oneonta City Board of Education

The Oneonta City Board of Education approved a resolution Monday opposing passage of statewide school start dates and/or end dates by the Alabama Legislature. The resolution states: “NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Oneonta City Board of Education unequivocally oppose state efforts to mandate a school calendar and ask all lawmakers representing Oneonta City School system […]

Sweetie’s Place – good food served with grace


Good food served with grace while feeding those who can and those who can’t afford to pay. Let me introduce you to Sweetie’s Place, a “pay as you please” restaurant. Opening just a couple of months ago, Sweetie’s Place has become a frequented breakfast and lunch venue for locals, out-of-towners, and those traveling from out-of-state, as well. Sweetie’s Place offers […]

Blount County Historical Society


The Blount County Historical Society will meet Sunday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m., at the Blount County Memorial Museum. Guest speaker will be Julie Burks from the Cullman County Museum. She will discuss her research of the Brindley family and her work to have the family’s cemetery included in the Alabama Historical Commission’s Cemetery program. Genealogy Classes Blount County Museum […]


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