Quilter of the month

Virginia Tidwell

Virginia Tidwell created this cozy-looking baby quilt using a pattern given her by a friend, Belle Sparks. The "Overall Sam Activity" pattern seems to portray the peace and tranquility of a sleeping child as it rests from a busy spring day. Virginia and husband Bob have lived on Straight Mountain since 1954. Their three sons, Ronnie, David, and Jim, and […]


KATIE WHISENANT of Oneonta is the recipient of a four-year University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) collegiate honors scholarship valued up to $20,000.00. Daughter of Julia Whisenant, she is a senior at Cleveland High School where she is a member of the marching/concert band, Beta Club, president of FCA, and an honors student. At UAB, she will major in psychology. […]


The real leader

Background Scripture: Joshua 3. Devotional Reading: Psalms 142. I am something of an amateur historian (the emphasis should be on “amateur” rather than “historian”). One of the things that have fascinated me in my readings of history is the observation that no human leader in the long run compiles a record of 100 percent, or maybe even 75 percent. Our […]



For many Christians there exists a prevailing mythology that America was established as a Christian nation. They envision the founders sitting around trying to put the language of Scripture into the framework of the Constitution. But the myth, while powerful and certainly durable in the imaginations of many believers, is just that – imaginary. Were there members of the founding […]


SPECIAL EVENTS ONEONTA CHURCH OF GOD will have a guest speaker Sunday, Jan. 18, for both morning and evening services. All are invited to the church to hear Bill Sheeks, former assistant general overseer of the Churches of God. PARK AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH invites all to hear Dr. C.P. Davis teach a Bible study on Exodus “Standing in the Awe […]


GLENDA JANE PUTMAN BLACKWOOD, 68, of Oneonta, died Jan. 7, 2009, at St. Vincent’s Blount. She was the daughter of the late Cecil E. and Geneva Parker Putman and was married to Orval Blackwood. Owner of Putman Tin Shop, she was a member of Mount Joy Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society and was one of the founders of […]


AMERICAN LEGION ORATORICAL CONTEST High School students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 are encouraged to participate in the 2009 oratorical contest being sponsored here by American Legion Post 72. Principals, counselors, and teachers of English, social studies, and speech in Blount County public schools, as well as those who home school or work in private and parochial schools […]

Work-release program proposed for inmates at Blount County jail

Hope House director Bud Jones appeared before the Jan. 8 work session of the Blount County Commission and proposed creation of a formal workrelease program for inmates of the county jail. Hope House is a volunteer service organization that provides a variety of support services for the indigent and disadvantaged, and courtordered counseling and rehabilitative services for drug and domestic-violence […]

Commemorative artwork donated to Susan Moore

Mayor Jamie Brothers of Susan Moore and artist and area resident Wanda Morton share memories and family histories over a piece of commemorative artwork Morton donated to the town for display in the community center. The handsomely-framed picture is composed of Morton’s drawings of Blount County’s four covered bridges and is entitled Four Seasons of Blount County, Alabama Covered Bridges. […]

Hearing set January 22 to get citizen input

Unit vs. district system

The public hearing set for Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the courthouse is not going to be a debate. To a man, county officials involved in the meeting are in agreement on that point. They express their agreement using identical, unequivocal words: “It’s not going to be a debate.” The purpose of the meeting is described in the county […]

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