Clearly Speaking

The Fed went to where it has never gone before by dropping its target shortterm interest rate to no more than a quarter of one percent last Tuesday. By making the cost of money almost zero for interbank lending, the nation’s central bank has now pushed its stated monetary policy to the limit. Its next move may include the buying […]

From the Archives

From The Blount Countian, December 22, 1999

Oneonta Council urges residents to attend debate Oneonta City Council hopes many attend the Jan. 19 meeting where election vs. appointment of city school board members will be debated. The meeting, to begin at 5:30 p.m. at the school’s Eris Horton Auditorium, will be held before a panel comprising Sandra Sims-deGraffenried, executive director of the Alabama Association of School Boards; […]


Too busy to exercise?

“I know I need to exercise but I am too BUSY to do it.” How many times have you heard someone say something like this? How many times have YOU said this? Who are you? You are the single mother, the attorney, the college student, the pediatrician. You are the devoted dad who wears too many hats; you are the […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

Nothing evokes the smells and tastes of the holidays more than cookies baking! The Blount Countian continues with seasonal recipes, using mouth-watering recipes from cookbooks produced by groups within the county. Countians have responded with delight to see their own and friends’ recipes, and some have tried several to add to their own stores of loved concoctions. The paper invites […]

Oneonta Holiday Classic tips off Friday


Several ranked teams highlight the field of the 2008 Oneonta Holiday Classic. The highest ranked team in the tournament is Phillips-Bear Creek. The Bears, located in Marion County, have sprinted out to a 14-0 record and are currently ranked No. 2 in Class 1A. Head coach Scott Veal’s team is led by 6’8 senior center Andy Pounders (18 pts., 9 […]

Remembering Michael David Long

Parents of Michael David Long, 12, killed in an accident Jan. 8 last year, created this display in their yard in Cleveland in his memory. Michael’s organs were donated to the Alabama Organ Center by the family, benefiting the lives of four recipients. Many of his clothes were donated to individuals and to Department of Human Resources representatives. “We can […]

Phillips- Parkins

Eddie and Krista Phillips of Straight Mountain announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara Gail Phillips, to Daniel Lee Parkins, son of Bill and Donna Parkins of Locust Fork. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Ed and Gail Phillips of Straight Mountain and the late Ervil and Gracie Baker of Hayden. A 2003 graduate of Appalachian High School, she earned […]


MEL WADE AND ERIC SANDERS have completed a comprehensive three-day training program designed to qualify each of them as a “Certified FeedMaster® Specialist” in the Cullman and Oneonta areas. The program is designed to augment the existing knowledge base of employees involved in advising the co-op’s customers on issues related to feeding various types of beefand dairy-cattle. It provides new […]

Bert Goodwin’s Christmas prayer

Retired pastor Bert Goodwin offered a Christmas benediction at last week’s City- County Chamber of Commerce Christmas breakfast. By popular demand, it is reprinted here. O God, let some joy loose. Let it rise to the surface and shake me out of preoccupation with lists and tasks. Forgive me for my heavyhearted approach to your season of joy and light. […]


What shall we do?

Background Scripture: Luke 3:1-20. Devotional Reading: Psalms 51:10-19 Some might be tempted to skip over or rush through the first two verses of Luke 3. In case you haven’t noticed, Luke is very careful to set his narrative in an exact time-frame. In other words, he wants us to know that this is not just a once-upon-atime tale taking place […]

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