Oneonta fire chief named

After several months with an interim fire chief, Kenneth R. Booth has been named as the new Oneonta fire chief. Booth, who has a very impressive resume, began his duties Jan. 28. Booth has worked at West Blount Fire Department for 24 years, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service for 21 years, the city of Graysville for 23 years, Bevill State […]


Last week in a front-page article summarizing the proposal for a 2020 referendum on converting to the unit system of county government, The Blount Countian reported that one provision of the proposal was that county commissioners under the unit system would be part-time employees, a change from their current full-time status. That was incorrect. The county commissioner position would continue […]

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 […]

Luxe Beauty Bar opens for business

From left, Blount County-Oneonta Chamber of Commerce executive director Barbara Andersen and Luxe Beauty Bar co-owners Carri Buchanan and Bethany Frost cut the ribbon at one of Oneonta’s newest businesses. The hair and beauty salon is now open and serving customers at 309 2nd. Ave. E., across the street from the Oneonta Tire Center parking lot. Specializing in family hair […]

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