Trees, again “No,” came the reply. “Well, an unidentified elderly lady phoned irate that the city was cutting down the trees in front of the Denton-Hendrix home on Second Ave. East across from Ace Hardware. I thought it must have been you.” But it was a pretty good guess, as this elderly writer is an inveterate tree hugger. However, the […]

Budget numbers up in the air

Oneonta City Board of Education

The downturn in the economy is being felt throughout the nation, and the effects are being particularly felt by the school systems in the state of Alabama. The Oneonta City Board of Education learned from system financial officer Kathy Loggins at Monday night’s meeting that the system will need to look at revising the current budget when the board meets […]

Truck breaks pole; pole stops traffic

A truck swerving to avoid a merging car veered off Ala 75 and slammed into a pole in the Hometown Market parking lot around 2 p.m. Monday. According to the Oneonta Police Department, the driver of the truck and his elderly passenger each received minor injuries. Traffic moving north on 75 was reduced to one lane for approximately one hour […]

Tree City, USA

“One wonders how many more trees Oneonta can lose without also losing its distinction as a Tree City USA.” And if the time will ever come when people will find more reason to keep them than to cut them. Editorial, pg. 2. – Ron Gholson

Alabama Scene

Chancellor Byrne's faux pas

Two-year college Chancellor Bradley Byrne says he is concerned about who will follow Bob Riley as governor because he believes there is a chance we could go backward as a state, “and we cannot afford for that to happen,” he told a Mobile Press-Register columnist a few days back. Byrne singles out Congressman Artur Davis of Birmingham, one of several […]

Clearly Speaking

Disability Insurance for Business Owners

One of your greatest assets is the ability to earn an income. If you were to lose that ability due to a disabling accident or illness how would you pay your bills, send your kids to college, and save for retirement? A disability can create substantial economic hardship for individuals and their families. As a business owner, both your personal […]

From the Archives

From The Southern Democrat, January 31, 1979

Oneonta citizens complain about dogs “We could add 30 or 40 goats to the neighborhood and it wouldn’t be as disturbing as the dogs are,” Herman Thomas told Oneonta City Council. Thomas, accompanied by Laney King, told Mayor Jack Fendley and the council that the dog situation “is awful.” “People in the neighborhood can’t sleep for the dogs barking and […]


Healthy living made simple

We cannot be productive individuals in our communities, schools, churches, jobs, etc., if we are not healthy. We need to take responsibility for our health and the health of our families. The best place to start is with nutrition and exercise. Our approach to medicine is to treat disease rather than prevent it. We practice reactionary healthcare: Only when we […]

This Day In History

1787 Philadelphia’s Free Africa Society organizes 1807 London’s Pall Mall is 1st street lit by gaslight 1851 Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered 1858 John Brown organized raid on arsenal at Harper’s Ferry 1878 Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper 1878 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT) 1878 George W Coy hired as 1st full-time telephone operator 1902 Carnegie Institute […]

Culinary creations

From county cooks...

Want a little insight into the faces behind your newspaper’s makeup, advertisements, articles, and briefs? Seeing recipes of their favorite dishes might provide glimpses into their tastes. So, staffers (yes, we had a little trouble getting some to participate) were asked to provide favorite recipes for readers’ enjoyment and also as an incentive for readers to send in their own […]